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There Is No Room In Better #CorpGov For Politics

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 9:50 AM

As a country, we have an awful lot on our plate at the moment. One word:  #Brexit. While it unfolds, it’s more important than ever that we keep a grip on some fundamental truths on best practice to underpin the runnings of our businesses. “Corporate governance is the very essence of a business” Stephen Green ...

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Is There 'Post-Brexit ' Corporate Governance Now ?

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Brexit has changed everything, and it hasn't even happened yet.

But what does it hold in store for a dedication to the pursuit of best corporate governance, particularly with a Prime Minister who started out by claiming a great commitment on that front even before she took office ? (The link is to my c...

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Marking Our Values : We Do It In A Tragedy, We Need To Do It Every Day

Posted on April 9, 2017 at 8:30 PM

News soon on this little blog's quest for sponsorship - I had forgotten about the Easter break, so I am aiming for May. But editorial independence will always be paramount, so if it remains unsponsored, I just post less.....it's all about time.


But, flying free of any ties today, I would like to draw attention to two events in the news. One was the extraordinary early press release from Barclays Bank plc. As I tweeted


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Paying The Price On Reputation - More On #PwC

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM

When something goes wrong for a business - particularly a large one - it's often very easy to blame one or two individuals. Even that doesn't happen often, for those at the very top.


We still struggle with true accountability, and there are multiple places to hide. But all the talk about 'trust' and corporate governance since the financial crisis should continue to make businesses focus harder on public opinion - and reputation. It might also make them reconsider how they c...

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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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On High Heels And Corporate Professionalism

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 11:40 AM

Yes, if you put 'high heels' in a headline in 2017, you are likely to draw more hits than if you put in 'inequality.' Call it the times we live in.


This post three days ago by me on Forbes High Heels And Workplace Dress Codes: Urgent Action Needed, Say UK MPs  has had - well, you can just about s...

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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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'Imperative That Lawyers Ask The Right Questions' : IBA and OECD Collaboration Launched

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Never too late, and much needed in the global fight against corruption: lawyers too, make ethical decisions every day.


The International Bar Association (IBA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have just annou...

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Partnership - An Excellent Idea In #CorpGov

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 12:05 PM

Better corporate governance across the globe is best achieved - as are most things, really - through collaboration.


So it is a bit surprising this is a 'first time' - but today in London the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) are coming together for a two-day conference convening over 350 pe...

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Getting The Message? 87% Of Pension Funds Say Executive Pay Is Too HIgh

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:45 PM

It's funny - except it isn't - how the gap between what the person on the street thinks and big business does not appear to be narrowing, despite all this talk about "re-establishing trust in business."


There is a lot of talk about on executive pay, with the launch of the UK government's consultation on corporate governance.


So, listen to ...

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