Comment: The EU’s revised Shareholder Rights Directive comes into force this week. But while some investment managers are embracing the opportunity to engage boards on ESG issues, others appear to be hoping they will go away.
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.
Accountants can embed lasting change in corporate culture by helping businesses to assess and communicate their non-financial information (NFI) and make the right decisions to ensure a more sustainable economy.