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1 March, 2021

Furlough cash adds to ethical dilemmas around executive pay

Pay is in the news again. This time boards have been warned that pay should not be excessive, especially if their companies have received pandemic furlough money that has not been paid back. The ethic...
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4 February, 2021

How boards can steer companies to ‘build back better’

When the history of the Covid-19 pandemic is written, it will no doubt note how, in one fell swoop, the bug accomplished something humanity had long struggled to do:
Directors planning strategy

2 February, 2021

Why directors should make compliance a strategic exercise

The challenges for boards of directors have never been so great. The trend is unlikely to be reversed in 2021—quite the contrary. Besides the fact that boards of directors have to handle a continuin...
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29 January, 2021

Why 2021 is a year of opportunity for boards to build business resilience

The IIRC’s founder and Chair Emeritus, Professor Judge Mervyn King, recently said that “business is a part of society, not apart from society”. This message has never been more relevant than in ...
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26 January, 2021

Why Covid-19 is driving action on climate, biodiversity and social justice

Following an incredibly challenging year for the world in 2020, many people were looking forward to 2021 and putting the vicissitudes of the Covid-19 pandemic behind them. But with many countries begi...
AGMs

18 January, 2021

Boards urged to reform AGMs as part of post-pandemic strategy

Boards have been called upon to improve and rejuvenate their annual general meetings after a year in which four out of five FTSE 350 companies staged their AGMs behind closed doors. A letter to com...
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11 January, 2021

Beyond Covid: risk and resilience among governance trends for 2021

Following the travails of 2020—the pandemic, the economic crisis and Brexit—many will be glad to put the past 12 months behind us. But what does 2021 hold for corporate governance? Those lookin...
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23 December, 2020

Top stories of 2020: climate, coronavirus and stakeholder capitalism

This year has been one of the most disruptive, enraging, fear-inducing and thought-provoking years on record. The UK entered 2020 with a new government focused on implementing Brexit, yet by the sprin...
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21 December, 2020

Pandemic shows ‘broader range of expertise’ is needed on boards

The Covid-19 pandemic has helped crystallise the need to renew efforts on boardroom diversity, according to a report from ethics experts. Researchers from the
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17 December, 2020

Covid and liquidity boost ‘mega’ M&A deals

Corporate finance junkies will have noticed the stream of M&A "mega deals" (those worth $5bn or more) over recent months, capped by news this week of