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: ...
men, women, business team

10 April, 2019

The gendered corporation

In the wake of the most recent economic crash, popular analysts looked at the gender of those involved in corporate governance and asked whether the recession would have happened if there were more wo...
people, crowd, workers, employees

1 April, 2019

More work needed on workforce disclosures

In an age when companies are coming to terms with calls from all directions to define their societal purpose, it is logical that some should focus on the way workers are treated. Employees form per...
Carlos Ghosn

29 March, 2019

Nissan’s governance report is a warning for all boards

Just 20 minutes. That’s the time Carlos Ghosn allegedly allowed for each board meeting when he was heading Nissan. Whatever the facts surrounding Ghosn’s guilt or innocence of the charges he no...
remuneration, remco, pay, CEO pay, employee pay

20 February, 2019

Think tank recommends culture and people role for remcos

While boards attract much attention, especially in times of crisis, their constituent committees remain largely unnoticed (except audit committees when something goes wrong with the accounts). That co...
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 ...