Singapore Calls for Greater Investor Engagement

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has asked asset managers and retail investors to actively engage with listed companies to drive better governance. Deputy Managing Director Ho Hern Shin said investors need to “keep a close watch” on where investee companies are headed, and “responsibly exercise their ownership rights to exert market discipline”. Ms Ho said institutional investors should take the lead in exercising responsible stewardship, through active engagements with their investee companies and proxy voting. “Investors need to exercise their rights responsibly by taking keen interest in resolutions put to shareholders. They should also monitor the governance and performance of the company, by asking good questions,” she said. “Good stewardship shapes the corporate behaviour of investee companies towards long term value creation, sustainable returns, and making a positive impact within their communities.” 

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