Stock market board

15 September, 2020

Share buybacks criticised for ‘short-term self-enrichment’ of executives

Share buybacks have earned themselves an unenviable reputation in recent years. And now they—and the executives who use them—are under attack again. Analysts this week unveiled a new scoring sy...
PwC audit building, London

4 September, 2020

PwC loses top spot in the FTSE 100 audit rankings to KPMG

For those intrigued by the arcane world of audit a small earthquake has just occured. PwC, for some time the UK’s most significant auditor of FTSE 100 companies, has lost its top position. Resear...
financial disclosures during covid pandemic

28 August, 2020

Corporate disclosures and investor relations ‘impaired by Covid-19’

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has posed many challenges for companies, but among the top concerns for audit committees has been corporate disclosures and the relationship with shareholders. Af...
Misconduct or ethical lapses are more lekly when people are under stress

3 August, 2020

How the impact of Covid-19 could cause an epidemic of misconduct

There have been many positive stories during the pandemic of people and organisations supporting the cause, from frontline health and key workers to Captain Sir Tom Moore’s fundraising heroics, to f...

27 July, 2020

A blueprint for business to transition to a nature-positive future

The average person today is 4.4 times richer and lives 25 years longer than in 1950. The Great Acceleration, however, has been brought to a screeching halt by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is clear ...

10 July, 2020

Boohoo supply chain under scrutiny after Leicester lockdown claims

It’s been a bad week for Boohoo, the fashion group. Following an exposé in The Sunday Times about pay and conditions at a supplier based in Leicester, the company—owner of brands such as...
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
IoD corporate governance centre, London

29 June, 2020

Institute of Directors launches new corporate governance centre

The UK will this week become home to a new centre studying corporate governance, aimed in part at resolving issues thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic. Established by the Institute of Directors, tho...
financial disclosures during covid pandemic

17 June, 2020

FRC urges ‘clear and timely’ disclosures on company prospects

UK corporates facing a significant recession have been warned their financial disclosures must fully recognise the risks to their survival. Investors expect painful transparency for company prospects,...