corporate transparency

10 May, 2018

Reporting directive paves way for improved accountability

The EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive has introduced a ne...
Information gap, jigsaw bridge

5 October, 2017

Information asymmetry is good for effective boards

Why do most boards work well, notwithstanding the information gap between managers and non-executive directors? Information asymmetry—the difference between the company-specific information avail...
Reputation

5 October, 2017

Reputation for the long term requires a change of attitude

Only a decade or so ago Deutsche Bank was one of the darlings of the investment banking world, winning headlines like “Deutsche Uber Alles” as it went around the globe gobbling up rivals and eatin...
Fiona Reynolds, PRI

19 June, 2017

A matter of principle: Fiona Reynolds

One thing that provokes the ire of Fiona Reynolds, managing director of Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), is when company directors tell her they’ve had no questions from their investors ...
Secret NED

19 May, 2017

The Secret NED on the trials of the remuneration chair

So let’s start with a quick question: Why did the chicken cross the road? Answer: To avoid being chair of remuneration! Is remuneration the poisoned chalice of the boardroom? I speak from pers...
Tim-Haywood_Crop_Border

2 May, 2017

Integrated implementation: Tim Haywood

It’s blunt but it sends a message. When asked to reflect on his company’s experience of implementing integrated reporting, Interserve’s group finance director, Tim Haywood, insists the “report...
ESG, integrated reporting, long-term thinking, long-term value

26 April, 2017

Long-term thinking: a key principle of 21st-century governance

Over the past couple of years, a number of countries have established new codes or announced plans to review the status quo in corporate governance—something that is encouraged and welcomed by the I...
Narcissist, Donald Trump

24 April, 2017

How to spot the narcissist in the boardroom

Lauren Boyd, one of London’s most reputed executive coaches, sat in a chair in the empty boardroom of Fontex (a fictional company name), trying to make sense of what she just heard. She had just bee...
robotics

21 April, 2017

How robotics can bring UK manufacturing up to speed

The first industrial robot was applied to a manufacturing operation in 1961 by General Motors. Since then the number of robots in use and the range of applications has grown almost every year, with th...
News, global, risk

18 April, 2017

Risk hotspots — tremors from around the world

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