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FTSE4Good Global Index Adds 77 Companies, Most From US

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 6:10 PM

There is some good news, at least. The emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues continues to grow despite Donald Trump.

FTSE Russell, the global index provider, has added 77 companies to its FTSE4Good index, with the largest number coming from the USA, which remains the largest contributor of companies to the index. It reveals in its June semi-annual review of the index that 31 companies have also been r...

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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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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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Boardroom Change? Unlikely While Brexit Dominates

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Will it be a Happy 2017 for UK boardrooms? 


Today we have a deeply pessimistic take on UK economic prospects, as 72% of FTSE 350 companies in a survey expect economic conditions to deteriorate in the next 12 months. The bi-annual FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey finds confidence at its lowest since the surveys began in 2012.


A slightly puzzling statistic: 59% rate Brexit as 'poten...

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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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Companies Face 'Wake-Up Call' On Culture, Says FRC

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 12:05 AM

Companies face "a wake-up call to review their cultures" before they can win back broad support from society, business leaders will be told at a conference at Mansion House today, in the City of London.


Sir Win Bischoff, Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) will tell delegates at the regulator’s conference, ‘Culture to Capital: aligning corporate behaviour with long term performance’, that companies must establish a culture that fos...

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IOD Recommends PM Launch A Review Into UK #CorpGov

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

It's hard, apparently, to be accurate about the way the wind is blowing.


The Institute of Directors (IOD) has a Director General, Simon Walker, who has been very outspoken during his term on issues of corporate governance. The IOD has even

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The Red Queen's Race? UK Sets Up A Business Engagement Group

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM

 

 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

-Lewis Car...

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Business+Climate Summit: Because Acting On #ClimateRisk Cannot Wait

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Pity the organisers of the Business and Climate summit that begins today in London, with two days at the Guildhall.


Because they laid their plans, with painstaking international colllaboration among those focused on climate risk, with no inkling that a few days before the event, the host country would vote for Brexit and reveal its capacity for a complete

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