Recent cases of controversial social media posts have focused attention on what happens when employees' beliefs or opinions contradict their employers' values. It's the responsibility of the board to lead an offline discussion with staff about the boundaries of their personal and professional personas.
The controversy over Sir Nigel Rudd's multiple chairships is part of a trend of investors—and governance experts—challenging overboarding and questioning whether non-executive directors can meet their commitments.
Comment: Negotiations to leave the EU have proved enormously complex and have exposed major fault lines in British politics. But the process has also been instructive about the challenges and principles of leadership. Our commentators discuss the lessons they take from events so far.
Comment: The special committee's investigation into governance issues highlighted by the Carlos Ghosn affair reveals a corporate culture that allowed the "concentration of authority" in the CEO and a board that felt unable to ask the necessary questions.
Board Agenda was at the Non-Executive Director Awards in London to see Sir Roger Carr—chair of BAE Systems and the English National Ballet, former chair of Cadbury and Centrica—receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. In his acceptance speech Sir Roger explored the qualities that make a good non-executive.
Small and mid-cap companies need a better regulatory framework, which recognises that their needs differ distinctly from SMEs, and which will enable them to compete and thrive on a fairer playing field.