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9 March, 2021

Business leaders issue warning on governance rules and sustainability

This week a fightback began in support of European Commission effort’s to redraw corporate governance so it promotes sustainability. In an
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9 February, 2021

Norges Bank rejects idea of standards for board sustainability skills

Sustainability is a key issue for boards but should it require specific boardroom skills? Not necessarily, according to one of the world’s biggest investors. Norges Bank, Norway’s sovereign wea...
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3 November, 2020

Brussels pushes ahead with project for new European governance

Efforts by the European Commission to introduce new corporate governance laws have stepped up a gear, with a fresh consultation proposing mandatory human rights due diligence and new obligations on co...
Businessman looks at green graph showing growth

23 October, 2020

Harvard experts slam EU report on long-term strategic thinking

Four Harvard professors have criticised a recent European Commission report that proposes reforms to encourage long-term strategic thinking. The commission’s
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3 August, 2020

EU urges firms to focus on long-term strategy over short-term goals

If there is one theme that characterises debate about corporate governance over the past decade it is the conflict between short-term and long-term strategy and decision-making. The European Commis...
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24 February, 2020

EU set to review its Non-Financial Reporting Directive

Barely two years after it came into effect, senior figures have confirmed the European Union’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) is to undergo review. The review will look closely at impro...
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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...

30 August, 2019

A new agenda for Europe: capital markets union, sustainability and IPOs

Europe is a global leader when it comes to opportunities, innovation, job creation and industrial output. To support the objective of growth and creation of jobs which are at the core of the EU agenda...
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17 July, 2019

Human rights due diligence push ‘could turn boards into legal departments’

It’s become a commonplace approach among lawmakers and regulators: if you want to enforce new rules, get big companies to do it for you among their suppliers. And so it is with human rights due dili...

29 March, 2019

Promoting SME growth markets

On 24 May 2018, the European Commission unveiled a legislative package focused on alleviating administrative burdens on SMEs, enabling easier access to public markets for shares and bonds and increasi...