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Oscars, Audit Firms, Accuracy And Inclusion

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Oscars, audit firms, accuracy AND inclusion: all in one place? Really. You might well wonder.


Perhaps it's just me - I tend not to think of issues in boxes -but in an inter-connected way - because that is how the world actually works. So when it rapidly emerged on Twitter that the accountancy firm PwC was responsible for the error at #Oscars2017, the first thing I thought was: "but it's an AUDIT firm - it's meant to be accurate."


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It's All About You: #ESG Risks In #Pension Schemes

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 8:05 AM

It was only a matter of time before Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks were recognised as being personal. Volkswagen opened that door in a different way, for consumers. Now the focus is on pensions.

 

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Associatio...

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Hermes Calls For #CorpGov Code For Private Infrastructure Assets

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Hermes Investment Management is calling for an enhanced corporate governance code for private infrastructure assets.


It suggests the code "would provide essential social services to help close the governance gap and ensure consistent and optimal outcomes for investors, employees and other stakeholders."


In its paper ‘

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Investors: Key Agents For Change In Business Practices On Animal Welfare

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Spare a thought for business. In a world where guessing what's next on the agenda from those in political leadership becomes a major daily past-time, it must be hard to stay focused on what the consumer public's concerns are - and keep up with them, or be seen to do so.


Starbucks was very quick to say it would hire ...

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Brexit Means....Bashing The Ear Of The Regulators ?

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 10:25 AM

Financial services: optimism about the overall business situation fell for the fourth consecutive quarter, the longest period of declining sentiment since the global financial crisis of 2008, and the sharpest fall since December 2008.


So says the quarterly survey of 103 firms in the latest CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey. "A more pessimis...

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Best Define 'Reputation' First

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 8:30 PM

I have been watching Michael Gove talk about his scoop interview with Donald Trump in the background on the television news. It reminded me how hard it is today to filter the dross that is thrown out by the internet. Even more, how hard it is to hang onto one's values and support what seems to be the best way forward to live upto them.


Are hard copy published books offering tips on the future for business any more full of 'real' ideas and therefore more valuable ? More ...

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UK Business And Investment Launch Project To Get Stakeholder Voices Heard In The Boardroom

Posted on January 13, 2017 at 11:20 AM

This looks interesting:  UK business and investment governance leaders are launching a joint project to ensure UK PLC boards understand the views of their employees and other stakeholders and - with luck - then factor them into their decision making.

 


A joint project by ICSA: The Governance Institute and the Investment Association aims...

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Minimum Wage Education Needed - You Think ? #CorpGov

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM

The UK government is to be applauded today for starting a £1.7 million National Minimum Wage campaign, complete with a list of published   excuses people use not to cough up.


Looking at said excuses, I have to wonder at the levels of intelligence, knowledge and judgement. It's no wonder we are now in this stalled mess of Brexit. When will we learn to call it a problem before it escalates into a much bigger one?


The

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#CorpGov 2017: Don't Forget About Pensions

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM

There is no shortage of corporate governance issues for UK businesses to consider going into 2017, with levels of executive pay high on the nation's agenda.


But spare a thought for pensions -  as recently considered  on Forbes.


As we crashed into Christmas you may have missed the annu...

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No Room For Complacency At The AGM

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 1:30 PM

2016 is drawing to a close - and good riddance, say some of us.


Has anything really changed when it comes to corporate governance n the UK ? Will the pre-occupations of Brexit put everything else on the backburner ? What was that last estimate for Brexit becoming Brexit....

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