Euronext and Vigeo partner on CAC 40 corporate governance index

Mar 24th, 2017 | By | Category: ETF and Index News

Euronext and corporate social responsibility ratings firm Vigeo Eiris have launched the CAC 40 Governance Index, a thematic index that rates companies in the CAC 40 Index, the flagship French equity market benchmark, based on their corporate governance performance.

Euronext and Vigeo partner on CAC 40 corporate governance index

Euronext and Vigeo partner on CAC 40 corporate governance index

The Index takes the constituents of the CAC 40 Index and weights the components based on their corporate governance score, using the ‘Equitics’ methodology developed by Vigeo Eiris. Equitics is based on 45 indicators that address four key pillars of strong corporate governance.

These are board practice and organisation, including board effectiveness, balance of power, and integration of social responsibility factors; audits and internal controls, including independence of specialised committees and review of corporate social responsibility (CSR) risks; shareholders’ rights, including fair treatment and protection of minorities; and responsible executive remuneration.

The score is assigned using a questionnaire that rates the integration of social responsibility and sustainability in their processes for decision-making, control and management assessment.

The CAC 40 component stocks are classified in four groups of ten, based on their scores, and assigned a corresponding weight in the index. The ten top-rated companies are assigned a total weight of 40%, the next ten are assigned a total weight of 30%, the ten following companies are assigned a total weight of 20%, and the final ten are assigned a total weight of 10%.

Index composition and weighting are reviewed quarterly, like the CAC 40 Index.

According to Vigeo, the index shows that CAC 40 companies demonstrate robust performances in responsible corporate governance. Environmental, social and governance factors are well integrated, particularly in terms of respect for shareholders’ rights and audit and internal controls.

The main area of vulnerability and axis for improvement is responsible executive remuneration, in particular the independence of remuneration committees, transparency on remuneration levels, and integration of objectives for mitigating CSR-related risks based on performance and progress indicators in short and long-term incentive plans.

Fouad Benseddik, director of methods and institutional relations at Vigeo Eiris, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our longstanding partnership with Euronext with this new thematic index. And we are convinced that this new index, which responds to strong market demand, will lead to even better recognition of the companies that rely on the most responsible governance systems.”

“In socially responsible investment, extra-financial rating is considered a good indicator of company solidity and CSR performance,” added Anthony Attia, CEO of Euronext Paris and Global Head of Listing. “We teamed up with Vigeo Eiris to design the first corporate governance index based on the CAC 40, to demonstrate that aligning company interests with those of its stakeholders can create long-term value.”

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