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Follow dinamedland on Twitter       A blog around the issues facing the boardroom...in the UK and around the world. I aim to reflect a wide-ranging set of views and kindle ongoing and much-needed debate. The aim is for more 'board talk' and less 'bored talk'.  

July 28, 2013

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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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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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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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Investors: Key Agents For Change In Business Practices On Animal Welfare

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Spare a thought for business. In a world where guessing what's next on the agenda from those in political leadership becomes a major daily past-time, it must be hard to stay focused on what the consumer public's concerns are - and keep up with them, or be seen to do so.


Starbucks was very quick to say it would hire ...

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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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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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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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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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Minimum Wage Education Needed - You Think ? #CorpGov

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM

The UK government is to be applauded today for starting a £1.7 million National Minimum Wage campaign, complete with a list of published   excuses people use not to cough up.


Looking at said excuses, I have to wonder at the levels of intelligence, knowledge and judgement. It's no wonder we are now in this stalled mess of Brexit. When will we learn to call it a problem before it escalates into a much bigger one?


The

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Put A Millennial Worker In Every Boardroom

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 12:20 PM

UK business has shown a strong tendency until very recently to protect its boardrooms from change. This is odd, because by its own admission, businesses are needing to change very fast to keep up with a rapidly changing world.


In 2016, it felt as if every other week the

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