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ACCA supports the thrust of Professor Kay’s recommendations. If we are to generate a sustainable, long-term approach in UK business, we need to address not only the factors which, intentionally or otherwise, incentivise excessively short-termist corporate behaviour, but the whole issue of the relationship framework between asset managers, beneficiaries, and investee companies. A healthy system of corporate governance needs to be based on a foundation of engaged ownership, but at present, this dimension is too often absent
—John Davies, head of technical, ACCA

The findings of the Kay Review, which called for a change in the culture of the UK’s equity markets, including an end to rewarding short-term performance, have been welcomed by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Professor Kay has called for wide ranging reforms to encourage a more long-termist business environment, including paying executives’ long-term incentives in shares which do not become available to them until after they have left the company. 

ACCA especially welcomes Professor Kay’s focus on the restoration of trust and confidence in the investment chain, and the recommendations relating to the application of standards of fiduciary care on the part of asset managers who handle enormous sums of money on behalf of others.  

John Davies, head of technical at ACCA said: 'ACCA supports the thrust of Professor Kay’s recommendations. If we are to generate a sustainable, long-term approach in UK business, we need to address not only the factors which, intentionally or otherwise, incentivise excessively short-termist corporate behaviour, but the whole issue of the relationship framework between asset managers, beneficiaries, and investee companies. A healthy system of corporate governance needs to be based on a foundation of engaged ownership, but at present, this dimension is too often absent.’ 

The report, which found that the corporate sector was too heavily geared towards rewarding traders and middle men and was not focused enough on long-term investment and providing returns to shareholders and which questioned the need for bonuses in the City, took on board a number of suggestions made by ACCA, which was consulted as part of the review.

ACCA had told the review that 'small incremental changes to a code here or a piece of regulation there will not be sufficient. More radical change is needed.'

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For more information, please contact:

Colin Davis, ACCA Newsroom
+ 44 (0) 207 059 5738
+44  (0) 7720 347713
colin.davis@accaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

  1. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 
  2. We support our 154,000 members and 432,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 80 offices and centres and more than 8,400 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 
  3. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.