Boohoo website on smartphone

25 September, 2020

Boohoo board in the firing line over governance failings

This week will have been a chastening experience for board members at Boohoo, the fashion retailer. After controversy in the summer over the treatment of workers in its supply chain, an independent re...
notebook on boardroom table

21 September, 2020

Pandemic or no, it’s business as usual for boards

The scale and pace of change unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic has no precedent in modern history. How well companies perform depends in part, at least, on their board of directors, the highest decis...
Stock market board

15 September, 2020

Share buybacks criticised for ‘short-term self-enrichment’ of executives

Share buybacks have earned themselves an unenviable reputation in recent years. And now they—and the executives who use them—are under attack again. Analysts this week unveiled a new scoring sy...
Jacinda Ardern

11 September, 2020

Women leaders are better at fighting the pandemic

On 8 June 2020, New Zealand was declared virus-free and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Employee returning to the workplace holding a mask

10 September, 2020

Not business as usual: returning to the workplace after the pandemic

Among the many challenges facing organisations in the wake of Covid-19 is the question of how to effectively communicate with staff about the "when and if" of returning to the workplace. There’s ...
Row of Adidas trainers

8 September, 2020

Corporate support builds for mandatory human rights due diligence

The drive for new European laws compelling companies to undertake mandatory human rights due diligence has received a boost: from companies themselves. Twenty-six large corporates have signed a let...
Committee members sitting around a table

4 September, 2020

Companies ‘need new mechanism’ to integrate stakeholder interests

Much has been written about how the pandemic compelled businesses to adopt more of a “stakeholder” approach to governance, thus elevating the interests of staff, customers and suppliers over those...
stressed CEO at his desk, mental health

1 September, 2020

Covid crisis could lead employees to ‘compromise ethical standards’

It’s not just survival that businesses have to deal with as they grapple with fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic. New research reveals Covid-19 could prompt a surge in misconduct and behav...
financial disclosures during covid pandemic

28 August, 2020

Corporate disclosures and investor relations ‘impaired by Covid-19’

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has posed many challenges for companies, but among the top concerns for audit committees has been corporate disclosures and the relationship with shareholders. Af...
Lightbulbs on a green background

28 August, 2020

Going green benefits businesses—and should be central to their recovery

The onset of the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown have imperilled businesses worldwide. It will be