ethics, business ethics

25 June, 2018

Business ethics: Why do good people do bad things?

There is no escaping the current increasing pressure for boards to have this question on their agenda, as the draft new UK Corporate Governance Code contains a provision requiring directors to monitor...
Steven Baert

21 May, 2018

Culture at heart: Steven Baert, Novartis

Launch into a conversation about culture change at Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis with Steven Baert, the company’s head of human resources, and you get a swift response. He’s happy with prog...
Secret Ned, gender pay gap reporting

18 May, 2018

The gloves are off: gender pay gap reporting and dirty tricks

How do cheating at cricket, the values of a world-class boxer and executive pay all connect? In the news recently was the Aussie ball-tampering incident, involving the application of sandpaper to c...
Audit stamp, audit quality, auditor reporting

10 May, 2018

‘Professional scepticism’ must be further embedded into audit firms’ culture

Greater consideration must be made by auditors into embedding a culture where integrity and professional scepticism are fundamental to their work, according to a new report by accounting watchdog the ...
Volkswagen, VW

2 May, 2018

Asset manager Hermes calls for external review of culture at Volkswagen

More senior investment advisers have come out against Volkswagen’s board prior to its AGM tomorrow. Hermes Investment Management’s stewardship team is calling on shareholders of the carmaker to...
London Stock Exchange, LSE

25 April, 2018

London Stock Exchange told to tackle culture following CEO’s departure

The board of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) has been told it needs to lay out the "culture and behaviours"  it wants for the company, and "embed" them in company policies, according to a report that...
board portals, corporate culture, brainloop

19 April, 2018

How boards foster a strong culture

Corporate culture has moved into the spotlight in the past few years as boards, management, regulators and investors increasingly recognise that failure to build healthy core values and ...
executive pay, remuneration, salary

29 March, 2018

Will a private company governance code really duck executive pay?

According to reports, executive pay is off the agenda for the corporate governance code for private companies in the UK. James Wates, chairman of Wates Construction and the man appointed by governm...
culture, corporate culture

26 February, 2018

Corporate culture: concept into focused action

Culture is one of the biggest business buzzwords of our time. A decade since the 2008 financial crisis discredited “shareholder value” as a sole justification of business action, cor...
Magnet, shareholders, stakeholders

12 February, 2018

A very strategic engagement: stakeholders and long-term value

Everyone is talking about them, but who or what are they? The term “stakeholder” is a catch-all shorthand for all those who can in any way affect, or be affected by, the fortunes and...