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Governance

business ethics

Ethics & leadership

Personal moral values key to ethical corporate governance

Moral values are so important for company directors they should be given equal weighting in selection procedures, while ethical competency should be a key performance ind[...]
Man in suit, mirror, gender bias

Recruitment

Unconscious bias is keeping women out of senior roles

Research shows that unconscious bias—affinity bias—may lead recruiters to favour candidates who are like themselves.[...]
King IV, corporate governance, South Africa

King IV by Ansie Ramalho

King IV on corporate governance: a product of African soil

The highly respected King reports lead global thinking on corporate governance. The most recent report drops the “apply or explain” principle for “apply and explain[...]

Strategy

boardroom, businessman, digital business, digital storm

Digitalisation

Digital transformation: how boards can weather the storm

With the digital revolution about to present "the greatest disruption to both leadership and governance in the entire history of business", there are ways that boards can[...]
organisational politics

Organisational politics

Organisational politics can be an asset to strategy execution

Identifying the types of political behaviour in your organisation is the first step to using it for positive change, says Michael Jarrett.[...]
family, succession

Succession planning

Five challenges that could derail a succession plan

Many family businesses in China are still controlled by their original founders, and yet research shows that only 22% have succession plans in place. To ensure longevity,[...]

Risk

Risk graffiti

Reputational risk

Managing reputation risk in the boardroom

A lot is spoken about organisational risk, but non-executives should remember their reputations are on the line too. Nick Hood describes the steps needed to protect a per[...]

Diversity & risk

Does gender diversity affect a company’s risk management?

Do female board directors have less appetite for risk? Recent research attempted to reveal whether there is a link between gender in the boardroom and measures of risk.[...]
risk

Corporate risk

Risk: Why boards need a collective mindset

Handling risk should not be viewed as the domain of a boardroom “expert” but as an area for collective decision-making, where everyone recognises there is no such thi[...]

Ethics

business ethics

Ethics & leadership

Personal moral values key to ethical corporate governance

Moral values are so important for company directors they should be given equal weighting in selection procedures, while ethical competency should be a key performance ind[...]
corporate culture, ethics

Patricia Harned – chief executive, Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Corporate culture: five questions for the boardroom

Responsibility for safeguarding corporate culture falls with board directors, but how can that be done effectively? A good start would be to ask yourselves the following [...]
whistle-blowing, business ethics

Whistleblowing

Speak up: how to encourage whistleblowing in your organisation

Corporate malpractice is damaging to a company and its reputation, but many employees are unaware of whistleblowing procedures, or they fear retaliation if they do speak [...]

Board Expertise

Sustainability

Enduring institutions prosper through serving society

The drive for sustainability has to some extent undermined the concept of shareholder value. Denis Kilroy argues that the key strategy companies should be pursuing is cre[...]
Information gap, jigsaw bridge

Boardroom skills

Information asymmetry is good for effective boards

Commentators often complain that non-executives need more information. But recent research suggests that it is information asymmetry that actually makes non-executives ef[...]

Remuneration

Give investors a greater say on executive pay

Even non-binding shareholder votes on CEO pay improve firm performance and shareholder value.[...]
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