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Women On Boards: Time For A Reality Check

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 7:30 AM

The good news: the UK is now fifth in the world when it comes to the number of women in non-executive director positions in plc boardrooms. Women hold 23.5% of FTSE 100 non-executive director (NED) positions, and the target of 25% by end 2015 - set by Lord Davies in his review for the UK government four years ago - is within sight. 

But before the champagne corks start popping, it is worth looking at

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Thawing The 'Permafrost' For Diversity In National Security

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

When the UK government first launched its review of the under-representation of women in the boardrooms of publicly listed companies four years ago, it almost certainly had no idea of the scope of the repercussions. That under-representation has become an issue which - like Topsy - 'has grow'd'....and continues to balloon up, just months before a general election.

The UK Parliament's Intelligence and ...

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'Succession' Planning: It's A Very Real Issue

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Institutional investors are not the only ones to be concerned about succession planning in the UK's listed companies.

They have certainly made it clear recently - both privately and publicly - that they want to see evidence of 'planning' - not just regulatory announcements regarding 'succession.' So has the UK corporate governance watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Now it seems they are all in good company. 

Business leaders are dissatis...

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Buying Reputation Via Add-On Culture

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM

There has been an interesting development in a world where embattled business - post financial crisis and an evaporation of trust - fights for its reputation.

Britain's Tate galleries have been forced to disclose the financial sums of a controversial BP plc sponsorship deal and minutes of internal decision making over the sponsorship. This follows  a  Free...

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Women In Mining: It's Just Not A Supply Problem

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 5:20 AM

STOP the presses? There has been a 3.1% increase in appointments of women to boardrooms of the top 100 global listed companies since 2012. At this rate it will take until 2039 for these companies to reach a 30% critical mass of women on boards. Clearly there are a lot of senior men in the global mining industry who have just been hoping the issue will go away.

A report just out by Women in Mining UK and P...

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Guest Blog: Managers Are Chief Bribe-Givers

Posted on December 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Guest Blog: 

Anthony Fitzsimmons, Reputability LLP

Managers are Chief Bribe-Givers

The OECD has published a new report analysing 427 concluded bribery cases over the las...

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Moving The Needle On 'Gender' Diversity

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

“It is clear that incremental change does not significantly move the needle. Disruptive change does” says Aniela Unguresan, Co-founder of EDGE Certified Foundation.

It says it has established the only global business certification in workplace gender equality.


Imagine my delight at reading her thoughts.


Ms Unguresan’s comments were made around a collabo...

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When Language Masks Serious Truths

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

"It is hard for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs" - Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd.

I feel I can relate to that when it comes to a lot of the language used in the UK around the subject of corporate governance. It's not necessarily 'male' v 'female' - but it certainly proves it can provide cover when the Emperor has no clothes...

Let's look at a FTSE 250 international services company ...

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#CorpGov: Revolution Via The Accountancy Profession ?

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

It's an unlikely source, it has to be said.

But the ICAEW - the accountancy body - has called for a new approach to tackle business behaviour to restore trust. In doing so it has thrown down the gauntlet to UK regulators regarding the existing Code for corporate governance.

The current debate about #CorpGov is too focused on boards - and is therefore unable to address current concerns about company cultu...

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Celebrating #CorpGov: Essential 'Beta Blockers' For Industry

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 4:50 AM

Gyles Brandreth opened the ICSA Excellence In Governance awards last night in London on an entertaining but apposite note. He told a packed hall at #ICSAawards2014 that #CorpGov provided 'the beta-blockers for industry."

For anyone who doesn't already know, these are pills that can very effectively take 'the edge off' anxiety.

The room was unusual, for a professional black-tie event. It was n...

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