15 January, 2020

Why every company needs a chief fun officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Fo...
boardroom, board executives

9 January, 2020

FRC governance report calls for ‘greater focus’ on culture and strategy

UK companies are struggling with defining their purpose and “greater focus” is required on sustainability, stakeholder engagement, diversity and the importance of corporate culture, according to a...
bribery and corruption

10 December, 2019

Anti-bribery and corruption efforts ‘compromised’ by poor procedures

Last week the Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson was fined an eye-watering $1bn by US enforcers to settle bribery and corruption charges. A statement from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the a...
businessman using mindfulness to improve staff mental health

25 November, 2019

Organisations are still falling short on staff mental health

Conversations around mental health provisions are more common than ever before. We’re increasingly told that stigma surrounding illness is breaking down and everyone from
McDonald's sign

22 November, 2019

McDonald’s upheaval is a stern reminder to CEOs about ethics

The board of directors of McDonald’s recently announced it was terminating the employment of CEO Stev...
CEO, political issues, speak out

14 October, 2019

Corporate activism: how CEOs should approach political issues

As the chaos and uncertainty of Brexit continues, the impact on UK business is starting to bite. Industry’s strategy of abstention and neutrality has materialised into a freeze on spending and hi...
man running, future fit

7 August, 2019

Setting the pace: how to ensure your board is fit for the future

To excel at any pursuit, you need to follow a fitness programme. This is no different whether you are an elite athlete or high-level business executive. But crucially, at a time of rapid advances in t...
meeting, employee engagement, workers, speak up

6 August, 2019

If you want employees to speak up, show that you will listen

Corporate scandals have highlighted the need for appropriate oversight by boards seeking to ensure the stability and sustainability of the businesses they run. Indeed, the new UK Corporate Governance ...
Stephen Haddrill, FRC

28 May, 2019

FRC reveals increased budget as it prepares for transition

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is set to increase its workload and budget, monitoring audits as well as compliance with the UK corporate governance code, before its transition to a new regulato...

17 May, 2019

Why mental health is a board-level issue

This has been Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and where better to focus attention than on the workplace. Last week the World Economic Forum published an article on its website declaring: ...