John Allan

19 October, 2020

Interview: Tesco chair John Allan on the role of non-executive directors

Tesco’s chair John Allan sees some good coming out of the pandemic. Despite the appalling tragedy playing out around the country and the world, Covid-19 has propelled big corporates to think and act...
Responsible innovation

12 October, 2020

Responsible innovation: implications for corporate governance

The world faces unprecedented grand challenges of which the recent Covid-19 pandemic is just one pertinent example. Innovation is crucial for addressing these grand challenges and business is an impor...
Corporate reports on a boardroom table

9 October, 2020

FRC proposes ‘public interest report’ to highlight stakeholder issues

With all the talk of stakeholder interests in business it was only a matter of time before corporate reporting began to catch up. And so it has. This week sees the UK reporting watchdog issue proposal...
Ladder leading to target

16 September, 2020

Four principles to keep your business’s social purpose goals on track

The role of a business’s social purpose came to the fore in April last year. One of the largest business groups in the US—the Business Roundtable—called for companies to
Committee members sitting around a table

4 September, 2020

Companies ‘need new mechanism’ to integrate stakeholder interests

Much has been written about how the pandemic compelled businesses to adopt more of a “stakeholder” approach to governance, thus elevating the interests of staff, customers and suppliers over those...
Dollars on financial/audit report

26 June, 2020

Top US CEO pay falls 53% as pandemic and investor pressure continues

Chief executives among the top 50 US firms have been shouldering some of the financial pain of the pandemic with large cuts to their pay. A report from governance data provider GC Analytics shows t...
Employees talking outside offices

24 June, 2020

Importance of culture ‘ignored by most corporate governance codes’

While companies grapple with the impact Covid-19 on business, research reveals that the importance of company culture has mostly been ignored by corporate governance codes around the world. Academi...
Statue of liberty with mask against Covid-19

9 June, 2020

US public backs shift to stakeholder capitalism amid Covid-19

Capitalism is at a crossroads in the US, with almost nine out of ten people wanting large corporates to concentrate on serving their workers, customers, communities and the environment, according to n...
people wearing face masks against Covid-19

1 June, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic ‘has accelerated shift to stakeholderism’

There have been many claims that stakeholder capitalism is the future for business, particularly since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. But one group says it now has evidence that stakeholder ...
BlackRock building

18 May, 2020

Business Roundtable members ‘should become benefit corporations’

Academics have called on member of the Business Roundtable—whose luminaries include Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Larry Fink of BlackRock—adopt the legal status of benefit corporations to ensure their ...