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Focusing On Asia's Boardrooms With #PRIinPerson

Posted on September 5, 2016 at 9:55 AM

From my vantage point in Singapore, these are exciting times. This is how China reported the #G20 summit:


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Start As You Intend To Continue: And Other Thoughts On #CorpGov

Posted on May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Since the financial crisis, we have become obsessed with talking about corporate culture. But have there been any changes to ensure that corporate governance - widely recognised as the 'essence of a business' - is understood throughout any organisation?

Judging by the UK's business schools - assuming they are the ...

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Letting Business Speak For Itself: A Database On Human Rights

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Who would have thought it ? There is real momentum around ensuring the respect of human rights by publicly listed businesses.

We are getting one 'world first' after another - not only was the world's first ranking on human rights launched recently - covered on Forbes - but there's a database too, with sub...

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Guest Blog: Solvency II Set To Make 2016 An Exciting Ride For Insurer Boards

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM


  David Biggin is a financial services regulation expert at PA Consulting Group.

Solvency II : set to make 2016 an exciting ride for insurer boards

 "The implementation of Solvency II on 1 January 2016 comes after 10 years of work from ...

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Guest Blog: Pressure To Conform Is Revitalising Japan's Corporate Sector

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 2:05 PM


Michael Stanes, Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management , part of the Handelsbanken Group.

 "Japanese equities have surged ahead since the start of this year despite lacklustre growth. Economic trends are starting to gather momentum more recently, but what is enthusing investors more is the percepti...

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The Timing Is Right For Integrated Reporting

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

It's a rare thing when so many factors come together to push in the same direction. Events around the Climate Summit in New York have brought together governments, business, civil society and the person on the street - across generations.

Behind concern for the state of the planet lies recognition of the urgent need to focus on sus...

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Raising The Bar On 'Stewardship' By Spelling It Out

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

From all corners of the UK corporate governance landscape, there is a steady creep in the effort to raise the bar from compliance to excellence. Involvement and engagement appears to be moving forward in leaps and bounds - an excellent trend.

A report lands today with practical recommendations designed "to build momentum for effective investor s...

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#CorpGov Is Strategic Thinking: Not An Anorak In Sight

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Many, many conversations take place behind closed doors. Hardly a revolutionary insight, but one still worth making in Britain when it comes to all sorts of things concerning business, including corporate governance.

In 2013 my role as a UK-based indepedendent journalist morphed to some extent into something else involving the sharing and retaining of confidences. If it is confidential, I won't turn it into a 'story' so in that sense there are those who would argue I'm not ...

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The UK LoveFest w/China, #CorpGov And Pandas

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

What exactly do we know about China's thinking on corporate governance?

It's a fair question, and one that was put to me this week by one of the world's most eminent thinkers in this field.

But it's a question that seems to have been overlooked by a UK government so eager to feed us a daily diet of good news that it is in danger of 'doing the deal' and forgetting the lessons of the all-too-recent past.

On Tuesday October 15  two head...

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It's All About Trust (So All About Transparency)

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

'Trust' is the word of the moment. Readers of this blog will remember that when the corporate tax rows started to rumble in recent months and it got to Apple (which some of us feel is the family we do not have), I said it was not about tax, it was about trust. Well, it really, really is.

Which is why those attending the PwC Public Trust awards recognising transparency in corporat...

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