Corporate governance has become a household term and investors across the world are demanding more transparency and accountability from controllers of listed corporations. The current resources boom that has been driven by soaring demand from China has brought China’s listed resources companies into focus. Some of these companies are beginning to be known internationally, such as Sinopec, PetroChina, CNOOC (in the oil industry) and CHALCO (aluminium); but their governance structures are often not well known. This book explores the corporate governance of these listed companies. Compared with the governance of global companies, such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell, Shevron, the governance of China’s resources companies has special characteristics.
While the authors focus is on the governance of resources companies in China, this book also tackles contemporary issues of resource security and environmental change which are closely related to the depletion of the world’s natural resources. Case studies of other international resources giants such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell and Chevron are provided to enhance our understanding of the differences that exist between them and Chinese resources companies. This book will be of interest to the business community and to those readers who are interested in China and its governance related issues.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Tables List of Abbreviations Acknowledgements About the Authors Preface 1. The Rise of Large Resources Companies in China 2. The Regulatory Environment of Listed Companies in China 3. Understanding Governance in the Resources Sector Companies: Is Disclosure Adequate? 4. Are Owners Really in Control 5. Corporate Goverance in the World’s Leading Resources Companies – The Cases of BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Shell and Chevron 6. Corporate Governance in Leading Chinese Resources Companies: The Cases of Sinopec and Baosteel 7. Governing Resources Companies and Corporate Social Responsibility: Can China do Better? 8. Resources Security and Corporate Governance 9. Conclusions: Challenge for the Future References Index
Dr Xinting Jia is an Associate at Responsible Investment Unit of Mercer Investment Consulting; previously she worked at the Centre for International Corporate Governance Research of Victoria University in Australia and remains as an Adjunct Fellow of the Centre.
Professor Roman Tomasic is the chair in company law at Durham University in the UK and previously worked on this project at Victoria University in Australia. The authors would like to acknowledge that the findings and opinions in this book are based only on the authors’ personal views.