Investors around the globe are demanding that businesses embrace tougher corporate governance standards, according to a survey from research and consulting firm Institutional Shareholder Services.

The firm will release the full 88-page report -- which is based on a survey of 320 large investors overseeing $10.5 trillion in assets in 19 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China -- later this week. Specifically, the shareholders want companies in their countries to disclose more financial data, to adopt chief executive pay plans that reward only strong performance and to use independent boards with no ties to management.

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