Stock market listings

24 February, 2021

Investors and analysts ‘still learning to price ESG-related incidents’

The world is full of ESG ratings promoting the benefits of a stellar corporate performance on environmental, social and governance factors. But what of the downsides? New research suggests ESG-related...
Women in discussion at business meeting

19 February, 2021

AIM and FTSE SMC companies lag behind larger firms on diversity

All-white boards are unlikely to disappear from smaller listed companies for years, according to a new report. Research into the progress of women and ethnic minority directors across the AIM UK 50...
Diverse boardroom team discussing strategy

19 February, 2021

Is it inevitable that the FTSE 350 is ahead on boardroom diversity?

Company Matters’ report, released this week, into diversity on FTSE SmallCap (SMC) and AIM listed company boards shows a familiar picture. Compellingly summarised in its own title
Head shape with AI digital circuits

16 February, 2021

Firms need ‘two layers’ of AI governance

Have boards come to terms with the rise of artificial intelligence? It seems not. New research suggests large companies need to have two layers of AI governance if they are no longer to only superv...
CEO walking towards the exit

10 February, 2021

Forced CEO turnover can damage the reputation of board directors

Parting company with an underperforming chief executive is a good thing, right? The fulfilment of a board’s governance responsibilities, and bound to boost their standing? It seems not. New resea...
Brain showing AI in processes

15 January, 2021

Firms forge ahead with AI adoption despite a lack of skills on boards

More than two-thirds of boards intend to approve the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in the next year, although there appear to be significant hurdles to successful integration. The ...
Local area map with location pin

12 January, 2021

Local CEOs ‘spend more on CSR in their communities’

There is much discussion of why some chief executives do corporate social responsibility (CSR) well and others poorly. New research suggests one big factor may be whether corporate leaders are operati...
Unfriendly board members

10 December, 2020

‘Unfriendly’ boards served better information by CEOs

When should a board be unfriendly with their chief executive? According to new research, boards should give CEOs a hard time if they suspect he or she is an “empire builder”, willing to launch inv...
Red plane taking a different direction

9 December, 2020

Creativity in a crisis: finding a route to recovery through innovation

The pandemic has wrought much damage on the economy. Some businesses have perished and others will survive, likely through cutting costs. But there are those that will prosper in the recovery through ...
sustainability committee, green boardroom

8 December, 2020

‘Future generations’ clause in section 172 could boost sustainability

Calls for companies to be more sustainable currently echo from many quarters. For the most part this is embodied in demands for new kinds of corporate reporting. However, academics looking at the prob...