EU flag with wind turbines

12 April, 2021

Academics issue ‘call for reflection’ on EU corporate governance reforms

Dozens of academics from across Europe and and the US have called on the EU to pause for thought before pushing ahead with reforms to corporate governance aimed at improving sustainability. Dubbing...
social value, innovation

6 April, 2020

What’s in your hand? How businesses can create social value

The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the imperative for businesses to be responsible. Companies that have put profits above purpose have been rightly shamed, such as Sports Direct, who
slice of the pie

21 November, 2019

Companies need to grow the pie, not worry about how to split it

Business has lost the public’s trust. CEO pay and profits are soaring, wh...
Bernie Sanders

6 February, 2019

Share buybacks prompt promise of fresh US legislation

It’s becoming clear that corporate governance could feature heavily in the 2020 presidential election campaigns of Democratic candidates. And ahead of the primaries, would-be presidents have begu...
share buybacks, investments, finance

23 May, 2018

Buyback mountain: why the rise in share buybacks is causing concern

Share buybacks are under suspicion. So numerous have they become that there is disquiet among policymakers that something is not quite right. At a time when investment levels remain low, the big ca...

21 March, 2018

Asset owners should ‘enforce’ ongoing investor engagement

Engagement by investors should not be reserved for "intensive care" cases but involve ongoing regular dialogue with companies, and should be enforced by asset owners, according to a respected academic...
City of London

2 March, 2017

Purpose at the heart of business and how to achieve it

UK business is at a critical juncture. Low investment and low productivity have been compounded by perceptions that their fruits are unequally shared. The government’s recent green papers on corpora...

17 February, 2017

That was the governance week

It's been a big week in governance. The Financial Reporting Council, the UK's governance watchdog, proved that its staff must be in overdrive when it revealed that it would undertake a
Professor Alex Edmans

17 February, 2017

Executive pay best reformed with long-term equity

Executive pay should be reformed not by focusing on the sums paid, but on the structure of pay packages, according to a leading business academic. Professor Alex Edmans writes that chief executives...
City of London skyline

17 February, 2017

Remco chairmen should resign over shareholder revolts

City investor Fidelity has called for the chairmen of remuneration committees to resign if shareholders revolt against pay recommendations.