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Latest On Dividends From UK plc (In Context)

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Dividends. It might be time to start thinking about them in a wider context for UK plc. Hint: think pensions at the same time.

2017 saw a brisk start for UK dividends, according to the latest UK Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services, which provides infrastructure, services and expertise to clients across the capital markets.

The headline figures are impressive, but growth w...

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Closing The Gender Pay Gap: As Elusive As Ever ?

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM

A lot of noise has been made around closing the gender pay gap in the UK - and here is the government's consultation.

The trouble with this approach, however, has always been that it holds huge potential for absolutely nothing to change, while simultaneously giving the impression that everyone has been very busy trying to bring about said change.

Now a ...

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Business Is Its People - So Where Are They In Reporting?

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 9:55 PM

I like headlines when they say it all. The one on this blog today refers to the current standard of human capital reporting by FTSE 100 companies. Because if business = its people, then companies need to join up the dots between that, transparency and disclosure. Except that sadly, they are either not aware, or not proactive in sharing their intelligence, it seems.

A third (30%) of FTSE 100 companies are withholding relevant information from their annual reports and painting...

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ESG Scoring: Study Challenges Traditional Approach

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM

For all those sceptics about the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors and what you can expect from a company's investment performance....

For those who think the three should never be lumped together anyway.....'what's governance got to do with it?'

And for those who despair of showing 'behaviour matters'

A new study from NN Inves...

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Understanding Data Alert On UK Gender Pay Reporting

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 12:55 PM

It's Monday, it's freezing, and we can't stop talking about the UK weather. So let's talk about the semblance of fog in boardrooms when it comes to the use of data.

First up this morning was my piece on Forbes on European CFOS, their understanding of 'margins' and their use of data in pricing. The UK, by the way, is ...

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People: Where Are They in Corporate Reporting ?

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM

How often have you heard the phrase 'people are our greatest asset?' Yet they are strangely absent in corporate reporting. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) is onto it.

As long-term investors, pension funds have a clear interest in promoting the long-term success of the companies in which they invest. But the NAPF says its members still often struggle to find any clear or consistent reporting with respect to an investee company’s workforce.

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Global Number Of Women Chairing Boards:? 4%

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Ah, the absence of women. It's an ongoing theme, this invisibility cloak worn by half the world's population - at least when it comes to positions of power and influence.

Women now hold 12% of boardroom seats worldwide but a paltry 4% are in the position of chairing a board, according to Women In The Boardr...

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A Third Of Audits Inspected By FRC Are Flawed

Posted on June 1, 2015 at 10:30 AM

We are always told to encourage children by praising the positive - and working on the negative. So, it is, it seems, with the UK industry regulator and the big accountancy firms - except they are not infants. Those of us who have been through the child-rearing process know all about the 'progress prize.'

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) says it is looking for "continuous improvement" when it comes to audit, which it is finding.  It says that the quality of UK...

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A First In EU Law: Shareholders Don't Own Companies

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 6:10 PM

For a country fixated on whether it should stay in or out of the European Union, the UK is remarkably good at missing all sorts of exciting events taking place within it. 

Even two Bank Holidays can't account for the fact that an important vote around shareholder rights appears to have occurred without making much of an impression on the media. The lawyers have picked it up, however.


"In a strong signal about the importance of fostering sustainable an...

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Significant Turnover At The Top In FTSE 100

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM

British-born, white men around the age of 54 with a track record in finance still dominate the ranks of FTSE 100 CEOs, according to the latest Robert Half CEO tracker survey. Quelle Surprise.

But its analysis reveals some interesting detail. In the last 18 months there has been significant turnover - a fifth (21%) of CEOs in ...

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