Socrates wearing a business suit

3 July, 2020

What’s a company for? An answer from Ancient Greece

The now venerable management scholar Charles Handy asked “What’s a Business For?” in an article published in Harvard Business Review in 2002. Charles Handy has often been ahead of the t...
network of pins and string

2 July, 2020

The PEP framework: how business can harness the power of purpose

The needs of stakeholders in a corporate ecosystem are changing. New generations of employees who will soon make up the majority of the workforce are demanding more than just safe and fairly compensat...
IoD corporate governance centre, London

29 June, 2020

Institute of Directors launches new corporate governance centre

The UK will this week become home to a new centre studying corporate governance, aimed in part at resolving issues thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic. Established by the Institute of Directors, tho...
BlackRock building

18 May, 2020

Business Roundtable members ‘should become benefit corporations’

Academics have called on member of the Business Roundtable—whose luminaries include Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Larry Fink of BlackRock—adopt the legal status of benefit corporations to ensure their ...
head bookcase

14 May, 2020

Balancing the books: the challenges of chairing a library charity

I have been chair of the board for the past 18 months at Libraries Unlimited, which is a charity representing more than 50 libraries across Devon. During this time I have found myself navigating five ...
social gap caused by inequality

27 April, 2020

Social factors ‘now key to good corporate governance’ says ICGN

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed social failings and inequalities that has prompted the elevation of “social factors” to a new level of importance in corporate governance, according to a group r...
world map representing new capitalism, bail-outs

21 April, 2020

Government bail-outs indicate ‘shift in mindset’ towards societal purpose

Denmark’s recent statements on bail-outs for companies illustrates a trend seen widely at the moment: if companies want state aid they have to do right by the societies in which they do business. ...
Cogs and wheels working together

15 April, 2020

What every business can do to help during this crisis

The 2020 Edelman Trust Barome...
Professor Colin Mayer, British Academy

7 April, 2020

Business ‘will fundamentally change’ as result of Covid-19 crisis

Business will “fundamentally” change as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, according to one of the UK’s leading experts on corporate governance. Colin Mayer, professor of management at the Saï...
Professor Colin Mayer, British Academy

7 April, 2020

No more business as usual: Professor Colin Mayer, Saïd Business School

Covid-19 has presented business with its biggest challenge since the financial crisis of 2008. Perhaps one of the most pressing questions is whether the development of “purposeful” businesses will...