financial services

16 January, 2019

Special report: Future-proofing financial services

Financial services firms are facing an unprecedented raft of challenges. Since the financial crisis, a new regulatory environment has forced a revamp of the responsibilities of boards, pushing functio...

20 December, 2018

Survey reveals that boards are grappling with sustainability

Board members are confident that they understand the importance of addressing sustainability, but a new survey also reveals that leadership teams are still grappling with how to build the right polici...
risk management

2 October, 2018

Ten most common mistakes boards make about risk management

1. Failing to place risk at the centre of business Boards often fail to put risk at the heart of the business because they underestimate the extent to which potential risk touches all aspect...
Business ethics, Mazars

1 October, 2018

Business ethics and building a strong ethical culture

Examples of questionable ethical behaviour by organisations and their employees are easy to find. Consider staff at banks such as Barclays fixing the London interbank offered rate (Libor...
human rights, modern slavery, supply chains

22 September, 2018

Ten mistakes boards can avoid on human rights

1. Identify and understand the risks Boards often fail to identify and understand the serious risks to human rights such as exploitative work conditions relating to pay, contracts, safety, h...

12 September, 2018

Ten measures boards should take to protect against cybersecurity attacks   

Boards are under increasing pressure from regulators, clients and investors to safeguard data and protect against operational disruption. Tackling the complex, rapidly changing issues of cybersecurity...
Secret Ned, sustainability, sustainable business

27 July, 2018

Survey to reveal sustainability thinking among boards

  The Leadership in Corporate Sustainability Survey has been launched by Board Agenda in partnership with Mazars, the international au...
Mazars, investors, responsible investment, sustainability

18 May, 2018

Sustainable expectations: how the ESG investment agenda is shifting

It’s a perennial debate, but one that refuses to go away. Companies need to plan for the long term but are concerned that demands from investors create a short-term attitude that will drive focus aw...
Mazars, shared services, outsourcing

18 May, 2018

How automation and digitisation are driving an outsourcing rethink

Since they first emerged in the US in the 1980s and then in Europe in the early 1990s, the use of shared service centres (SSCs) has spread exponentially. According to research by Everest Group, mor...
Mazars, cybercrime, cybersecurity

15 May, 2018

A road map for protection against cybercrime security

As international cybercrime becomes big business and a primary corporate risk, boards are grappling with understanding its complexities, and ensuring robust defences are in place against hackers. T...