Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his trial

29 September, 2020

Businesses ‘can play important role in stemming executive misconduct’

Nothing makes headlines quite like a corporate scandal, with events at
Boohoo website on smartphone

25 September, 2020

Boohoo board in the firing line over governance failings

This week will have been a chastening experience for board members at Boohoo, the fashion retailer. After controversy in the summer over the treatment of workers in its supply chain, an independent re...
Colleagues chatting in an office

28 July, 2020

Five ways racism is bad for business—and what we can do about it

Recent events have highlighted the profound effect systemic racism has on society. Global protests, the removal of monuments and much-needed policy changes are grabbing headlines. But if we’re to ef...
CVAs can help businesses through difficulties

15 July, 2020

CVAs: flexible business aid or delaying the inevitable?

Stories of companies going bust and redundancies currently litter news sites and TV bulletins. But a number of big name brands have opted to use a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as a means of sur...
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

3 June, 2020

Twitter CEO takes on Trump over tweets that ‘violate company rules’

Last week news outlets were filled by stories of Twitter’s clash with Donald Trump over the president’s tweets. While somewhat overtaken by recent events, the collision highlights how corporate le...
man with magnifying glass undertaking internal investigations

2 June, 2020

Internal investigations are on the rise—but are they robust enough?

Companies today are under greater scrutiny than perhaps ever before. As a consequence there has been marked increase in the number of companies conducting their own internal investigations, caused by ...
chair, boardroom

21 May, 2020

‘Chairman contagion’ highlighted as growing reputational risk

“Chairman contagion”—the process of trouble afflicting a shared chair spreading from one portfolio company to another—is among the key reputational risks identified by chief executives and com...
stakeholder accountability

23 March, 2020

Stakeholder accountability at risk from the Covid-19 crisis

It’s becoming clear that businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis are putting their reputations on the line. As the pandemic increases in intensity and governments shut down whole countries to c...
Volkswagen, organisational reputation

5 February, 2020

How boards can learn to talk about ‘unspeakable’ issues

Organisational reputation is an increasingly critical issue for boards to consider and is certainly on a par with overseeing product quality and service delivery. Volkswagen Group is a useful case ...
revolutionary fist graffiti on wall representing social justice

6 November, 2019

When fighting social injustice clashes with shareholder demands

The idea that business leaders are unsympathetic to social, political and economic concerns is largely a myth. Indeed, many leaders care deeply about such issues, but the reality is that society’s d...