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Blog : BOARD TALK

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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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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#CorpGov: Booming Business And For Some, Pandora's Box

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Corporate governance is increasingly, booming business. I know this to be true for many reasons, not least because the annual governance awards handed out by ICSA: The Governance Institute are now firmly ensconced in the spacious spaces of the London Hilton. Look out for them tonight on social media.

 

Ever since UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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UK plc Starts To Focus On Real Diversity/Shareholder Engagement Slides -Report

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 1:40 PM

The topic of wider diversity - beyond gender - is at last beginning to move to centre stage in the UK's listed businesses, according to a report just out. A review of the annual reports of some 308 FTSE 350 companies finds 76% of companies mentioning aspects of board diversity other than gender - up from 56% in 2015.


This annual corporate governance review from professional services firm Grant Thornton UK LLP comes soon after the UK government-sponsored review by Sir John Pa...

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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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Why Charities Must Recruit Young People To Their Boards: Guest Blog

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM

GUEST BLOG


Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited


"This Trustees Week we are urging charities to do more to recruit ‘millennials’ (people aged 18-35 years) to their boards in a bid to stay more relevant to modern society and future proof their organisations.

A report published in July entitled, ‘

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Social Media: Valuable Lessons For Business On Building Trust

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Social media and the sharing economy are two areas that organisations must embrace and learn from if they are to establish and maintain trust with their people, their customers and society.


Ian Powell, PwC’s Chairman and Senior Partner, speaking to an audience of over 300 business leaders, regulators, senior civil servants and professional bodies at the 2015 Building Public Trust Awards last night in London, made it clear that businesses ignore social media at their pe...

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A Leadership Deficit At The Heart Of UK plc

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Less than 20% of UK companies believe that they can clearly define their culture, and communicate and measure it. As a result, eight out of 10 say they suffer from a lack of employee engagement.


These are the results of the latest Deloitte UK Human Capital Trends 2015 survey. For its purposes, an organisation's 'culture' is defined as deep employee engagement, meaningful work, strong leadership importance and job and organisational fit. The picture it paints of the state of ...

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Business Wakes Up To Need To Focus On Human Rights

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 5:45 PM

It was bound to happen, as the trend continues for senior executives and boardrooms to acknowledge that they live in an interconnected global world, and not one that has wood panelling.The issue of human rights is making its way into boardrooms.


Some 83% of executives today believe that human rights is not only a central theme at government level but also a major topic of focus for business, according to a recently published report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. Its fin...

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Lessons From India: A Wake-Up Call ?

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Something very interesting just happened in India.


The Supreme Court cancelled almost all - 214 out of 218 - coal mining licences awarded by the government between 1993 and 2010 after finding they had been awarded illegally. (The four units allowed to continue are linked to major state power projects.)


You can just hear the businessmen expostulate.


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