CEO looking out of office window

24 February, 2021

Hampton-Alexander report highlights lack of women on executive teams

The latest report from the Hampton-Alexander Review on the progress of women in UK boardrooms—with targets happily reached and exceeded—offers much to celebrate. But there is no mistaking its note...
Women in discussion at business meeting

19 February, 2021

AIM and FTSE SMC companies lag behind larger firms on diversity

All-white boards are unlikely to disappear from smaller listed companies for years, according to a new report. Research into the progress of women and ethnic minority directors across the AIM UK 50...
Diverse boardroom team discussing strategy

19 February, 2021

Is it inevitable that the FTSE 350 is ahead on boardroom diversity?

Company Matters’ report, released this week, into diversity on FTSE SmallCap (SMC) and AIM listed company boards shows a familiar picture. Compellingly summarised in its own title
Megaphone on green background

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...
Boardroom meeting with diverse board members

5 February, 2021

Progress on ethnic diversity in FTSE 100 boardrooms ‘has stalled’

“The snowy peaks of British business remain stubbornly white.” Those are the words of Trevor Phillips, chair of Green Park, the consultancy whose research this week revealed the cause of ethnic di...
Team of people linking hands at sunrise

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 ...
BlackRock offices in San Francisco

27 January, 2021

Annual BlackRock CEO letter focuses on climate and diversity

Companies wait expectantly for the annual CEO letter from Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.
Black businesswoman looking out over the city

26 January, 2021

WEF launches coalition to ‘put racial equality on the board agenda’

Saadia Zahidi, managing director of the World Economic Forum (WEF), points out this poignant fact: just 1% of Fortune 500 companies are led by Black chief executives. She highlighted the statistics th...
Board meeting in glass-walled office

15 January, 2021

‘A systemic risk’: investors demand greater ethnic diversity in boardrooms

In case there was any doubt: it’s time to address the lack of ethnic diversity in boardrooms. The issue has been in the background for some time, but the Black Lives Matter protests in the US, UK...
2021 sign on a cliff

11 January, 2021

Beyond Covid: risk and resilience among governance trends for 2021

Following the travails of 2020—the pandemic, the economic crisis and Brexit—many will be glad to put the past 12 months behind us. But what does 2021 hold for corporate governance? Those lookin...