sustainability committee, green boardroom

8 December, 2020

‘Future generations’ clause in section 172 could boost sustainability

Calls for companies to be more sustainable currently echo from many quarters. For the most part this is embodied in demands for new kinds of corporate reporting. However, academics looking at the prob...
Computer with company email icons

18 November, 2020

The Secret NED: Clinton, company email and a confidentiality dilemma

“Is there a reason why you are not using your company email account for company business?” asked the company secretary one day soon after I had joined the board as a non-executive director. “...
US flag flying on Wall Street

28 October, 2020

Governance experts call for US Stakeholder Capitalism Act

The US debate over the future of capitalism continues to flare with a proposal for new legislation that would shift companies away from “shareholder primacy” and into the realm of “stakeholder g...
A group of worker directors

18 August, 2020

Worker directors: what to consider when appointing employees to boards

Growing regulatory support for large UK corporations to ensure employee interests are represented to and properly considered by their boards should spur organisations to consider whether "worker direc...
Law books and gavel

3 July, 2020

Companies Act duties ‘need testing in the courts’ to improve governance

New legislation will not be needed for corporate governance reform resulting from a move to a stakeholder capitalism model, says a leading academic. In an
M&A, mergers and acquisitions

8 June, 2020

How failed M&A can destroy a director’s credibility

Big mergers and acquisitions (M&As) make their first splash in the headlines based on the huge price tags attached to them. “Abbvie acquires Allergan, $63bn”, “United Technologies acquires R...
growth, company's purpose and profit

28 February, 2020

Company purpose and profit are not mutually exclusive

The past few years have seen a vivid international debate about the purpose of companies and the purport of their directors’ duties towards various stakeholder groups, pursued against the backdrop o...
CSO with green tie and leaf in his top pocket

11 September, 2019

UK directors’ duties ‘include ESG responsibilities’ says legal expert

Debate over the precise implications of UK law on directors’ duties was given fresh legs this week with publication of a legal memorandum warning that failure to consider environmental, social and g...