UN SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals

22 September, 2020

CFO taskforce reveals plan to boost UN Sustainable Development Goals

Last week we got the bad news that the world has failed to hit a single target designed to help save biodiversity on Earth. This week a group of chief financial officers (CFOs) has given the United Na...
Audit separation

6 July, 2020

FRC issues principles for separation of audit from other services

A landmark in the reform of the UK audit market has been reached with the Big Four firms put on notice that the “operational separation” of audit from other services must take place by the end of ...
Covid-19, coronavirus, hits markets

22 May, 2020

FRC urges companies to provide ‘full disclosure’ of survival prospects

UK companies are under notice to be transparent about their prospects for survival as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The warning comes from the
EU NFRD review

10 December, 2019

European agreement on sustainable business taxonomy divides opinion

European institutions have taken a step closer to agreeing definitions of what constitutes green business activity. The end of last week saw the commission president and the European Parliament rea...
empty boardroom chairs

6 November, 2019

Boards gear up for section 172 disclosures

This is the year of corporate reporting. Its importance was underlined last week when the UK’s company reporting watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), wrote to the chairs of audit committ...
active investors, shareholder rights

7 October, 2019

Active investors bring about better governance, academics confirm

Active investors are piling the pressure on boards and companies to change their ways or improve their governance, but the effects of all that engagement are notoriously difficult to measure. With the...
people, crowd, workers, employees

3 October, 2019

FRC citizens’ juries reveal public views on corporate governance

Commentators often make great claims for what the public thinks about complex issues like audit, corporate reporting and governance. But rarely are the public’s thought processes put to the test—u...
sustainability encouraging growth

12 August, 2019

Sustainable funds prosper as strategic shift gathers pace

The evidence that fund managers across Europe have switched their attention to the sustainability of their stock picks grew this week, this time with research revealing proof of the strategic shift—...
ESG, environment, sustainability

9 August, 2019

Better Alignment Project maps the road to sustainability

Building a corporate reporting system that is effective, robust and reflective of the realities of doing business in the modern day is central to the work of the
UN SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals

4 June, 2019

New drive to integrate UN SDGs into corporate reporting

Efforts to place the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) front and centre of business thinking are to receive a shot in the arm following a new agreement to integrate them into corporate repor...