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12 February, 2021

Six key areas of brand activism—and how your company can speak out

On 6 January 2021 the world watched with horror at the storming of the US Capitol. Some were shocked, others angered, and many felt disbelief this was actually happening on the soil of the world's mos...
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29 January, 2021

Why 2021 is a year of opportunity for boards to build business resilience

The IIRC’s founder and Chair Emeritus, Professor Judge Mervyn King, recently said that “business is a part of society, not apart from society”. This message has never been more relevant than in ...
CEO facing performance-related pay target

8 January, 2021

CEO pay incentives reflect board priorities—and its still shareholder returns

Board Agenda readers will have noticed the growing criticism in recent times of the doctrine of shareholder primacy, and the promotion of alternative philosophies based on concepts such as "p...
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23 December, 2020

Top stories of 2020: climate, coronavirus and stakeholder capitalism

This year has been one of the most disruptive, enraging, fear-inducing and thought-provoking years on record. The UK entered 2020 with a new government focused on implementing Brexit, yet by the sprin...
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3 December, 2020

Corporate purpose: elevating performance from board to brands

The role of the corporation in society is under review. The paradigm that corporations are run solely in the interests of shareholders, which has defined a generation of management practice, is being ...
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30 November, 2020

Watchdog’s ire provoked by ‘vague’ purpose statements

Regulators are a little disappointed. While the world is calling on companies to better define their purpose, it’s not going as well as it should. A review of governance statements from 100 UK co...
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4 November, 2020

Can business leaders be more effective human rights advocates?

Recent events have once again posed questions about the role of business in society, particularly when it comes to issues of systemic discrimination and inequality. Business speaking out on issues of ...
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23 October, 2020

Business leaders want incentives to spur switch to ‘purposeful’ companies

Enthusiasm for companies becoming “purposeful” organisations has grown considerably in recent years—and even more so during the pandemic. New research reveals that businesses believe they should...
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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...
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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...