meeting, employee engagement, workers, speak up

6 August, 2019

If you want employees to speak up, show that you will listen

Corporate scandals have highlighted the need for appropriate oversight by boards seeking to ensure the stability and sustainability of the businesses they run. Indeed, the new UK Corporate Governance ...
global outsourcing

19 July, 2019

Outsourcing: the risks and rewards of a multi-faceted tool

Discussion of outsourcing has travelled a long way. Once used to cut costs, the process of transferring in-house processes and functions to an external provider has now become a core part of achieving...
audit, audit ethics

16 July, 2019

Financial watchdog moves to strengthen audit ethics

Given the frequency of trouble facing auditors in recent years, there was bound to be a reaction. While the government continues to wrestle with reforming the audit market and audit regulation, the cu...
AI, artificial intelligence

6 June, 2019

Ethics body issues warning to boards over AI accountability

Back in April a report from a think tank at New York University made headline news around the world.
AI, artificial intelligence

1 March, 2019

Ethical business in the age of AI

Whether we like it or not, technological advances are reshaping the way companies do business. Artificial intelligence, which involves the processing of huge amounts of data by machine, is becoming mo...
corporate governance, uncertainty, Macron, Trump, May, AI, sustainability

14 February, 2019

Strategic decision-making in a fast-changing world

The future is hard to predict, and the current pace of change poses more questions than it answers. What impact will shifting global demographics and increasing longevity have on investment strategies...
Ted Baker

10 December, 2018

Ted Baker: ‘Hugging’ and making employees heard

Last Friday fashion retailer Ted Baker revealed it had removed a “hug zone”. Formerly situated near the desk of founder Ray Kelvin, the sign on the floor was taken away. Its presence would be a...
Portugal

21 November, 2018

Portuguese workers lead on ethics

Bosses might well consider the merits of setting up base in Portugal, after the latest survey from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) found the country’s workers are the least likely to welcome ...
ethics, integrity

21 September, 2018

Ethics: Must have, not nice to have

Warren Buffett, the so-called Sage of Omaha and vaunted leader of investment house Berkshire Hathaway, is credited with saying: “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrit...
CSR, corporate social responsibility

24 July, 2018

Follow the rules of corporate obligation, and reap the rewards

While it might be considered that the prime responsibility of company directors and managers is to grow the company, and thereby also grow the returns to owners and investors, this is ac...