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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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Hot Air, Corporate Governance And Real Change

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM

There's an awful lot of rhetoric in the air when it comes to corporate governance in the UK. Pity the businesses trying to find the time to make sense of Brexit uncertainty while looking to best practice and the regulators looking to ensure the continuation of an environment to which investors will flock.....in their droves.

I have stepped down as a Forbes contributor at the end of this month, so this will be

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A 'Knock-Out' Year For Investors In U.K. plc

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 12:45 PM

UK plc has had such a strong quarter when it comes to dividend payments that Capita Asset Services has upgraded its 2017 forecast for headline dividends to a record £90.6bn, up 7.0% year-on-year.

UK dividends hit an all-time record of £33.3bn in the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services which provides infrastructure, services and expertise to clients a...

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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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More Than 50% Of UK Domiciled Funds Have No Independent Directors

Posted on May 17, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Oops. That's a bit of a governance FAIL.

More than 50% of UK domiciled funds do not have any independent directors. For funds domiciled overseas, the proportion with no independent directors drops to 20%, according to a survey conducted by LCP, the consultancy.

In the survey of nearly 300 investment funds used by UK pension schemes, LCP found that despite the UK’s leading reputation for fund governance, the jurisdict...

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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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Worker's Rights Are Building Blocks For Better #CorpGov

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 11:45 AM

If you are going to stand out, it is best not to do so for all the wrong reasons.


Britian is proud, with good reason, of being a world leader when it comes to standards of corporate governance in business. At the moment the country is in the middle of a review of corporate governance reform which has been inspired by very real events in some of our publicly listed businesses - and in the face of new challenges. Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has championed the importance o...

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Take The Time To Give Us Better Strategic Information For The Boardroom, Say Directors

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Any good journalist knows that less is more, when it comes to using words to good effect. It is a lot harder to say something meaningful in 800 words than in 2000 - and a lot more effective as well.


So why does UK plc send its directors into the boardroom groaning under the weight of the number of words they are expected to read and digest, never mind the archaic practice of using bundles of paper ?


This blog reported on

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Latest On Dividends From UK plc (In Context)

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Dividends. It might be time to start thinking about them in a wider context for UK plc. Hint: think pensions at the same time.


2017 saw a brisk start for UK dividends, according to the latest UK Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services, which provides infrastructure, services and expertise to clients across the capital markets.


The headline figures are impressive, but growth w...

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Hermes To Vote Against Re-Election Of Nomination Committee Chair At Rio Tinto plc Due To Lack Of Progress On Diversity

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM

It's the Rio Tinto AGM tomorrow - and Hermes Investment Management intends to put its votes firmly behind stated policy on gender diversity as a priority.


"Due to the lack of diversity and a credible plan to address this imperative issue, and consistent with our voting policy, Hermes EOS recommends voting against the re-election of Jan du Plessis in his capacity as chair of the nominations committee at R...

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