boardroom, board executives

14 February, 2019

Establishing vision and values in financial services

The global financial crisis had at its heart a failure of governance and oversight. Controls were ineffective, non-executives did not challenge and relationships broke down with regulators. Boards ...
ESG, environment, sustainability

14 February, 2019

Why integrating ESG is the key to sustainable business

Many of the world’s leading companies have ESG policies embedded within their operations. Some, like Unilever, place their credentials at the forefront of their corporate identity; others may not se...
VW, Volkswagen

21 January, 2019

Culture and intangibles top list of engagement concerns

It’s culture, stupid! Whichever way you look at the annual letters from two of the world’s biggest investment managers, it all comes down to a concern for corporate culture. Culture was either ...
corporate culture

12 October, 2018

Steps to strengthen boardroom culture, reputation and risk

In 2002, a team of European insurance supervisors built on their inside knowledge and a decade’s worth of experience of insurance company crise...
Business ethics, Mazars

1 October, 2018

Business ethics and building a strong ethical culture

Examples of questionable ethical behaviour by organisations and their employees are easy to find. Consider staff at banks such as Barclays fixing the London interbank offered rate (Libor...
John Lewis Partnership, employee ownership

28 September, 2018

Employee ownership: a help or hindrance to UK business?

CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn describes Labour’s business plan as displaying a “wilful misunderstanding of business”, and would “hobble UK ambitions to compete on a global stage”. ...
human rights, modern slavery, supply chains

22 September, 2018

Ten mistakes boards can avoid on human rights

1. Identify and understand the risks Boards often fail to identify and understand the serious risks to human rights such as exploitative work conditions relating to pay, contracts, safety, h...
people together, corporate culture, trust, responsible business

23 July, 2018

The cultural attributes of the most innovative companies

Innovation is the number-one priority of today’s CEOs. They correctly perceive that the fast-turning treadmill of disruption topples organisations that stand still. The only sure-fire way to stay on...
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...