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FTSE350 Disclosure On Pension Obligations 'Inadequate To Assess Risk'

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Accounting disclosures of FTSE 350 companies with UK pension obligations do not provide sufficient information to allow stock market investors, as well as other stakeholders, to fully appreciate the scale and volatility of the funding position of the defined benefits (DB) schemes within their portfolios, according to research out today.


Analysis done by Lincoln Pensions, the advisory firm, on the latest released annual report of every FTSE 350 company with UK pension obligat...

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Business Urged To Adopt A Human Face: Focus On Mental Health

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Kudos to the UK's Institute of Directors for highlighting a very important issue in business - mental health.


Industry sectors vary on how seriously they take this issue,depending on many factors. But it is undeniable, I think, that financial sevices has been on Red Alert for many years. And then there's Brexit.


A new survey of IoD members - which amounts to more than 800 business leaders - reveals tha...

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Governance Health Check Launched For Pension Schemes Amid A Crisis

Posted on October 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM


#Pensioncrisis is calling out for close attention paid to governance.


In recent days in the UK:


1.A parliamentary committee has said it will consider proposals to allow private sector pension schemes to cut costs by suspending inflation-linked increases for pensioners.There are 6,000 private sector pension schemes, with about 11 million members, according to the

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Treating People Well Through Pay - Essential To Better #CorpGov

Posted on August 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM

An intrinsic part of any campaign for better business, no matter how small or large it is, is about looking at the way it treats its people - from employee to CEO.


Last week the UK government named and shamed those not paying the National Minimum Wage  - mentioned in my last blog post. But levels and attitudes to pay also a...

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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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IOD Recommends PM Launch A Review Into UK #CorpGov

Posted on July 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM

It's hard, apparently, to be accurate about the way the wind is blowing.


The Institute of Directors (IOD) has a Director General, Simon Walker, who has been very outspoken during his term on issues of corporate governance. The IOD has even

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ARM Holdings : #Brexit Mascot? Acquiring a 'Crown Jewel' At A Steal?

Posted on July 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM

I know nothing makes sense any more after that vote, but really. I watched my BBC Breakfast News in horror this morning as I was repeatedly told by the BBC that Britain was clearly  'open for business' as UK technology firm ARM Holdings was to be bought by Japan's Softbank for £24bn.


(I was so impressed by

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Don't Overlook UK's Important Thinking On Audit

Posted on July 14, 2016 at 3:40 PM

We are living in what feel like crazed times in the United Kingdom. But one thing is clear - finally, it may no longer be acceptable to talk about 'corporate governance' synonymously with remarks about 'anoraks' (a deprecating allusion that no one but a Brit could actually fathom, ....).


The reason for the seemingly imminent elevation of corporate governance is our new Prime Minister, Theresa May. The country is still scrambling about trying to keep up with events, so there...

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Beware The Brexit And The Supply Chain

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

If you write about corporate governance it is sheer folly to ignore the supply chain.


And I haven't, oh I haven't....I have covered it here on Board Talk (use the search engine it works) and also on Forbes.


Ooh thank you Google - one search and I find latest here on Board Talk on collaboration re the supply chain, and on

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A Little Plain Speaking Goes A Long Way For Good Governance

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 4:50 PM

One doesn't often hear much plain speaking at conferences. Excel, this year's venue for the annual corporate governance held by ICSA does feel like going to another country. But despite the plain speaking, I am pretty sure we were still in London.


Now quietly rebranded as 'The Governance Institute', ICSA kicked off its  #ICSAConf16 on #IWD2016 with Dame Fiona Woolf, erstwhile Lord Mayor of the City of London (my FT i...

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