collaboration, covid

3 April, 2020

Collaboration is key for the challenging AGM season ahead

The changing corporate landscape continues to make the AGM season an uncertain time. Investors are more courageous and more likely to vote against boards on a range of issues. This season boards ar...
WPP buybacks

1 April, 2020

Pushback on buybacks as global brands postpone plans

On Wednesday this week WPP, one of the world’s largest marketing and advertising companies, suspended a £950m buyback announced last year. A day later Adidas, a global sports brand announced postpo...
City of London, financial, banking

26 March, 2020

FRC warns firms to be candid about prospects of corporate failure

The UK’s financial reporting regulator expects more companies to report “material uncertainties” about their future prospects in the coming reporting season and warned companies to be clear abou...
temporary measures

24 March, 2020

Regulators must grant boards flexibility during Covid-19 crisis

The outbreak and spread of coronavirus has put real pressure on all aspects of human life including the functioning of our corporate governance framework. In order to support directors over this perio...
City of London

10 March, 2020

FRC chief indicates support for a UK version of Sarbanes-Oxley

The UK’s leading corporate governance regulator has raised the prospect of new US-style laws that would force finance directors and chief executives to personally attest to the veracity of their int...
sustainability reporting, ESG, CSR

6 March, 2020

Investment Association calls for better climate risk reporting

More pressure is on the way for companies over climate risk reporting. The Investment Association (IA), a professional bo...
Google, tech acquisitions

12 February, 2020

US regulator orders tech giants to release data on acquisitions

Corporate acquisitions by Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are to come under scrutiny as US regulators look to see if a series of tech acquisitions were “anticompetitive” and whether ...
stakeholders, public trust in business

7 February, 2020

The stakeholder capitalism era could mean more UK governance reform

It’s almost a month since the UK general election and already the policies on corporate governance reform paraded by the main parties as part of their manifestos seem like a fading memory. But no...

22 January, 2020

Why stakeholder capitalism is dominating the global business agenda

Like it or not the debate about “stakeholder capitalism” is coming to dominate discussion of big business around the world. Further evidence comes at this year’s
people, crowd, workers, employees

20 January, 2020

Workforce disclosures ‘are not providing the data investors want’

UK companies are failing to provide investors with adequate information about their employees, despite demands from regulation and corporate governance that workforce disclosures should be a central p...