Laptop showing box ticking

9 March, 2020

EcoDa warns that sustainability standardisation ‘promotes box-ticking’

The European Union is attempting to improve non-financial reporting, but it has already received a warning. Indeed, officials have been told that standardisation of company information and metrics pri...
Covid-19, coronavirus

4 March, 2020

Covid-19: UK business institutions and advisers set out likely impact

The urgency over coronavirus is ramping up. The Bank of England, the Treasury, regulators and professional bodies have all either issued reassurances about their response to Covid-19, or warnings abou...
Bank of England, Andy Haldane

25 February, 2020

Bank of England economist Andy Haldane enters stakeholder debate

When a central banker talks about an issue, it has for all intents and purposes hit the mainstream. This week, the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane began to talk about the need to shif...
Melting ice cap

21 February, 2020

UK watchdog to review companies’ climate reporting

Like it or not, the climate-risk reporting of UK companies is about to come under close scrutiny. This week the UK’s corporate reporting watchdog, the
Competition & Markets Authority

19 February, 2020

Mergers under scrutiny as competition regulator toughens stance

The focus on takeovers and their implications for competition have become a hot button issue in recent months. Indeed, investigations by competition regulators into proposed takeovers are on the rise,...
Sarbanes–Oxley, Sarbox

16 December, 2019

FRC is ‘working on a UK version of Sarbanes–Oxley’

In 2002, in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, US lawmakers introduced stringent rules handing chief executives and finance directors legal responsibility for internal controls and better re...
John McDonnell, Labour shadow chancellor

20 November, 2019

Labour announces plans for UK corporate governance reforms

The UK’s general election campaign turned its focus on corporate governance this week, as the Labour Party announced its proposals for reform. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell gave a speech listi...
whistleblower, whistleblowing, whistle, red card, yellow card

29 March, 2019

What boards need to know about whistleblowing

Big corporate scandals have made whistleblowing a headline topic. From Danske Bank to the Panama Papers, whistleblowers have thrown a spotlight on problematic behaviour. Politicians and regulators ...

1 August, 2018

Governance briefs from around Europe

Brexit could boost European voices on UK boards — Europe European voices are to become an increasingly important part of UK boards post-Br...
aeroplane

1 August, 2018

Risk hotspots – a global roundup

Company — Airbus It’s not the first business to express concern with the Brexit timetable but Airbus made front-page news when it made p...