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 ...
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...
Business ethics, boardroom ethics

3 April, 2020

Fall in number of boards that ‘discuss ethics on a regular basis’

It is a challenge to move ethics into the boardroom, according to research examining business ethics across the UK and Europe. The
social media, hashtag, reputation

28 May, 2019

Social media: when personal beliefs clash with corporate values

By its very nature, social media blurs our professional and private selves. When we put a disclaimer in our Twitter bio stating “Views my own, and do not reflect those of my employer”, we may feel...
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...
culture, corporate culture

26 February, 2018

Corporate culture: concept into focused action

Culture is one of the biggest business buzzwords of our time. A decade since the 2008 financial crisis discredited “shareholder value” as a sole justification of business action, cor...
corporate culture, ethics

31 October, 2017

Twelve of the biggest mistakes boards make about culture 

1. Failing to realise the importance of culture This is one of the most frequent mistakes boards make. They often dismiss it as something vague and just tick a few boxes for the company repo...
FRC, audit

31 August, 2017

FRC updates mission statement and website to improve transparency

The UK’s governance regulator has set out its mission as “promoting transparency and integrity in business”, as part of an update of its image. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has