Aviva puts its ethics to the vote

Aviva, Britain’s second-largest insurer, is set to become the first UK company to allow shareholders to vote on its corporate responsibility practices this week, as it holds its annual meeting at the Barbican on Wednesday. Aviva chairman Lord Sharman, is leading calls for authorities to introduce requirements for businesses to follow suit, arguing that performance in sustainability is as important to enhancing long-term returns as other areas of business.