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Asset Management: Firms W/ Diverse Ownership 'Under-Utilised By Institutional Investors'

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Firms owned by women and minorities manage only 1.1% of total assets under management, according to a new study of diversity in the $71.4 trillion dollar asset management industry. But it says that firms with diverse ownership are under-utilised by instiutional investors.


The study, which says it is the most in-depth to date on ownership diversity within the asset management industry, is accompanied by an initial analysis which  found no statistically sign...

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The Irony In The UK Govt's Call For Inclusion By UK plc

Posted on March 29, 2017 at 8:20 PM

There are three options, as I see it, regarding a judgement on the timing of the UK government's call on FTSE 350 CEOs to get serious about inclusion - that very politically correct word added on to 'diversity'.'Inclusion' means race, ethnicity, people of colour, actually representing the reality of Britain on the streets in its boar...

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HSBC Faces Consumer Anger On Palm Oil Financing

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, is facing "a consumer backlash" from their customers over their ongoing financing of palm oil companies destroying Indonesia’s rainforest, according to latest information compiled by Greenpeace and YouGov.


A few weeks ago Greenpeace published a report called 'Dirty Bankers' - it said th...

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Start As You Intend To Continue: And Other Thoughts On #CorpGov

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Since the financial crisis, we have become obsessed with talking about corporate culture. But have there been any changes to ensure that corporate governance - widely recognised as the 'essence of a business' - is understood throughout any organisation?


Judging by the UK's business schools - assuming they are the ...

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'Mis-selling' Is At The Heart Of Corporate Governance

Posted on May 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The UK Committee of Public Accounts has spoken and everyone should be listening hard.


Yet again we grapple with the terminology on where culpability lies and how we change corporate behaviour. But Britain's PPI mis-selling scandal is a textbook case on what is wrong: when business does not serve consumer and societal interest, veering off on a pur...

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Women On Boards of Co-operative Retailers Double Those At FTSE Companies

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Here's that rare thing: an interesting story for International Women's Day 2016, one to make us think diferently - because the old thinking really is not getting us very far.


Consider this -


Nearly twice as many women are directors of co-operative retailers as FTSE 100 and 250 companies

Half of co-operative retailers’ boards have 50% or more female directors, whereas no FTSE companies have over 50%


So I a...

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At Last: We Begin To Define 'Culture'

Posted on March 7, 2016 at 7:55 PM

An awful lot of 'stuff' around the boardroom, ethics and corporate governance now lands in my inbox every day - sadly, very little of it is new, or interesting.


This is an area that excels in moving about in polite circles....I would argue because there are so very many vested interests, and so little incentive for change. But dispensing palatable advice is often good business for the person or persons dispensing it.


'OUCH '- I hear some of my confidantes ...

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UK Businesses Recognise Need To Redesign - But Have Little Clue On How To Do It

Posted on March 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Interesting. 92% of UK HR and business leaders see redesigning their organisation as their most important priority. So says Deloitte, in its Global Human Capital Trends 2016 survey. As a result, 42% of UK respondents say they are currently restructuring, and 49% have recently completed a restructuring process.


But only 36% report that they are prepared to tackle issues around engagement. Um - so what exactly a...

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Women In Powerful Positions: A Small Snapshot

Posted on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

It isn't very surprising that women often don't make it into positions of power and visibility. Put an intelligent woman at the top and there is no telling what she might say or do....challenge is deeply feared when there are entrenched ways of thinking that are essentially self-serving.


I give you two examples.


Since January 1st, Oxford has a new Vice Chancellor -

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Overall Value Of UK 'Ethical Market' Rises As Consumers Choose

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Consumer choice continues to fuel demand for 'ethical products' in the UK, despite the challenges, which include the current government's attitude to renewable energy.


Ethical spending has continued to grow despite difficult market conditions, according to the Ethical Consumer Markets Report released at the end of 2015 by Ethical Consumer and Triodos, which brands itself as the 'eth...

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