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#CorpGov: Booming Business And For Some, Pandora's Box

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Corporate governance is increasingly, booming business. I know this to be true for many reasons, not least because the annual governance awards handed out by ICSA: The Governance Institute are now firmly ensconced in the spacious spaces of the London Hilton. Look out for them tonight on social media.


Ever since UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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An Ethical Flaw In Any 'Bargain' For Better #CorpGov?

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 1:15 PM

On centre stage in London at #CBI2016 the talk all seems to be around 'bargains' for better corporate governance. It's an interesting idea from the UK's Conservative government that is instantly ethically flawed.

Are we now resorting to paying people by barter for good behaviour? As well as perhaps, changing what words mean in a post-truth world.

The U.K. Prime Minister, Theresa May, has

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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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Anyone You Know? UK Govt Names & Shames Those Not Paying Minimum Wage

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 7:50 PM

You have to hand it to the UK Government:

The largest list of employers to be named and shamed for failing to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage has been published.

Know anyone ? Here it is.....

The 197 employers named today (11 August 2016) are:


San Lorenzo Ltd, Wimbledon, London, owed £99,541.98 to 30 workers

Premier Recruitment Ltd, Derby, owed £34,797.33 to 424 workers


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Energy Companies: Ofgem Action Will Do Nothing On Culture

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM

This morning we have the UK energy regulator Ofgem's report - with the much vaunted protection (from April next year) of  four million pre-pay customers by an interim price cap. Ah, progessive capitalism I hear you say: protecting the vulnerable. Alas, no - that's a headline-grabbing sop to corporate governance.

To quote Stephen Green (yet again),

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Human Rights: A 'Vital Component' In The Human Condition - New Guide For UK Directors

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Word is starting to get out on the need to take all sorts of factors into account when running a business that delivers in the long-term. Human rights is one that has been steadily rising on the agenda, as covered just over a year ago in this blog.

In March this year, on Forbes:

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Guest Blog: What Directors Need To Do To Deter Fraud

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM


Paula Loop, Leader of PwC's Center for Board Governance (based in the US)



"In 2014, 45% of organizations in the US said they experienced some type of fraud. It’s no surprise, then, that companies, boards, and audit committees are concerned.


 Economic fraud ca...

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UK Middle Manager Pay Rises: Let's Talk About Diversity

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Back in the heady days of 2011 when we all spent a lot of time in the UK talking about gender diversity, there was just the very occasional mention of something rather important: the role of (mostly male and probably mostly white) middle managers in UK plc when it comes to the promotion of diversity.

Today, five years later, we learn that when it comes to middle management, the UK ranks highly in Europe in terms of its base-salary offering, moving past Denmark, Belgium and N...

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Guest Blog: Boards Need To Pay Attention To New Role: Whistleblowing Champion

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 12:20 PM


  Andrew Yule, Partner in Employment Law at Winckworth Sherwood, the London-based law firm.

Boards need To Pay Attention To New Role: 'Whistleblowing Champion'

"From 7 March 2016, many non-executive directors of UK financial services firms will be taking on a new, mandatory role – as their firmR...

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Guy Jubb Calls For Redefinition Of Businesses For Better Governance

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 1:30 AM


Guy Jubb , the corporate governance champion who has a strong reputation for leading the charge in Europe for better, more active, shareholder engagement, will today call for a redefinition ...

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