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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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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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Spare a Thought For CPOs Amid Global Risk And Digital Challenge

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Cost reduction and managing risk unsurprisingly top the list of procurement leaders’ business priorities in 2017, according to Deloitte’s annual global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) survey, just out.


The number one priority for 79% of CPOs is reducing costs. Over half (57%) are worried about managing risk - particularly true of those who are based in the United Kingdom, with uncertainty around Brexit and outcomes from upcoming trade negotiations.

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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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UK Financial Services Loses Confidence In UK Economy

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Even before that #AutumnStatement.


The financial services industry’s confidence in the UK’s economic prospects has fallen to its lowest level since 2012 according to the latest Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) survey.


An online survey done by the CISI had some 600 respondents. Of these, 48% were less optimistic about the outlook for the UK than 10 months ago, while 32% felt more optimistic - 20% were unchanged.

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FTSE350 Disclosure On Pension Obligations 'Inadequate To Assess Risk'

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Accounting disclosures of FTSE 350 companies with UK pension obligations do not provide sufficient information to allow stock market investors, as well as other stakeholders, to fully appreciate the scale and volatility of the funding position of the defined benefits (DB) schemes within their portfolios, according to research out today.


Analysis done by Lincoln Pensions, the advisory firm, on the latest released annual report of every FTSE 350 company with UK pension obligat...

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Beware The Brexit And The Supply Chain

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

If you write about corporate governance it is sheer folly to ignore the supply chain.


And I haven't, oh I haven't....I have covered it here on Board Talk (use the search engine it works) and also on Forbes.


Ooh thank you Google - one search and I find latest here on Board Talk on collaboration re the supply chain, and on

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Supply Chain Monitoring Competitors To Collaborate

Posted on June 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

If there is one word that business is crying out for in 2016 - apart from 'humanity' (think BHS, think Tata Steel, think Sports Direct, more on that one very soon) for me it would be 'collaboration.'


When it comes to the supply chain - a topic I have covered repeatedly on Forbes (if you Google Dina Med...

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FTSE Boardrooms: World Weary But Not Looking In The Mirror

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Boardrooms of the FTSE 350 appear to be so concerned about the world outside that they are not paying atttention to matters essential to the workings of their own businesses.


Economic risk is a top concern and Brexit is viewed by most as damaging to business, says research just out.


But just 49% of respondents to the FT-ICSA bi-annual Boardroom Bellwether survey of the FTSE 350 have  a written board succession plan, despite the urgency that has be...

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Cyber Risk: Lots Of Fear, But Little Evidence Of Responsible Strategy

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM

EY's timing of its 18th Global Information Security Survey (GISS) - just out - turns out to be excellent. 


It reminds us - as the headlines every day demonstrate - that the mos...

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