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Companies have always faced activism. In addition to traditional forms of activism, such as shareholder activism, new forms of stakeholder activism have developed. The battle is thus shifting from the general meeting to the courts.
What is new is that companies are increasingly adopting an activist stance. Beyond the shareholder value paradigm, companies are formulating objectives that have an impact on society at large. In this way, companies are themselves becoming actors of social change.
To further explore these developments, the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium and GUBERNA invite you to the eighth edition of the Yearly Day of Listed Companies on the theme of activism. During this study afternoon, internationally renowned experts will share their vision of activism in 2021 from different angles.
Arie Van Hoe, Executive Manager VBO/FEB
Keynote – Conceptual insights and key trends in activism
Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, London Business School
The activist perspective – Discussion on the Shell case
Roger Cox, lawyer at Paulussen Advocaten
The corporate and board perspective
Bert De Graeve, Chairman at Telenet and Sibelco
Panel discussion with representatives from business, activists and politics
- Hilde Laga, Chair, GIMV
- European Commissioner Didier Reynders
- Prof. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
- Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock
- Sandra Gobert, Executive Director GUBERNA
Conclusion – The dialogue with shareholders and stakeholders in the 2020 Belgian Corporate Governance Code
Thomas Leysen, Chairman of the Belgian Corporate Governance Committee