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A 'Good Governance Index' For UK plc

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 5:15 AM

There are multiple reasons why now is a good time to think about a 'good governance index' for the UK's plcs. So it's just as well that moves are afoot to create one.


Ken Olisa, chairman of Restoration Partners, the merchant bank that gives advice to technology companies, is in talks with Simon Wal...

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Stewardship At Its Best : Good News From PRI Engagement

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The global body of investors behind Principles for Responsible Investment has been busy.


Led by F&C Asset Management and Hermes Equity Ownership Services, PRI collectively manages more than $1.7 trillion in assets. It began engaging with 21 companies across 14 countries in March 2010 to encourage them to demonstrate they had appropriate anti-corruption controls.


Corruption as a...

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Fairness Matters: Shareholders Flex Their Muscle

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

The AGM season for UK plc is almost upon us - and boardrooms everywhere are doubtless hoping that the inclement weather will continue long enough to prevent any nasty attendances and upsets....


PIRC, the UK stewardship group, has produced a little primer with data on UK AGMs that might reassure those who have nightmares about 'Return Of The Shareholder Spring.'


Here are some of the figures from FTSE350 com...

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Better #boardrooms via better dialogue #business & society #bizsoc

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Serendipity again. So I look it up. OED: "Origin 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by Three Princes of Serendip, the tile of a fairy tale in which the heroes were always making fortunate discoveries." 


Perfect. Because this blog - started as a platform from which to express my views and gain visbility - has managed to put me on that path of discovery, where people find me, and vice-versa and we're (mostly) 'the good guys', interested in governance and rea...

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Governance: It's All About Engagement #cgconf13

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

It's rare to enjoy an entire day at a conference, especially if you're me.


But yesterday's 5th ICSA corporate governance conference - to be found at Twitter #cgconf13 - was testimony to its hard work and determination to make corporate governance live up to its exciting potential.


(Note: I have written for an ICSA publication and been paid for it .But I am not now - and I am a long way from being uncri...

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"When Times Change, So Must We"

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Anyone huddled up under a duvet in frozen Britain wondering if it's safe to come out yet in 2013 needs to get moving. One way is to watch Barack Obama's inauguration speech, setting the tone for his next four years as President of the United States. You can do that here, if you missed it. 


It was always going to be rousing, and we should all give thanks...

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Trust Is An Essential : Recipes Urgently Required

Posted on November 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Values. Friendship. Trust. Not words that usually crop up in conversations around business, particularly not ones like 'friendship'. But they are beginning to more and more, probably because an understanding of how to define them- and to establish whether there is a common understanding of those definitions  - particularly across national borders -  is important.


I think it is critical to establishing what we mean by 'standards' -  which is the next step up in...

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Taking The Pulse of The Boardroom Against London 2012

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Chairmen of FTSE-100 companies appear to be losing their faith in the UK government's economic policy, according to a survey by headhunters Korn/Ferry Whitehead Mann. Its 'Boardroom Pulse' survey has found that there is 'a 50/50 split amongst FTSE-100 Chairmen on whether the Government is striking the right balance between driving growth and tackling the budget deficit."


Unsurprisingly, there is also great concern about the threat of the disintegration of the Eurozone, with ...

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Institutional Shareholders Start To Get Serious

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Institutional shareholders are (finally) starting to sound like they mean business when it comes to improving the UK's boardrooms.


First we had Legal & General Investment Management  - which owns an average of 3% of every UK listed company - coming out to call for greater boardroom diversity - of age, nationality and skill set - with Sacha Sadan, its d...

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A Good Day For Governance

Posted on October 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

It was a good start to the day. The UK's Financial Reporting Council is amending the corporate governance code to strengthen the principle on boardroom diversity, following a consultation.


Less than 10 days ago Peter Montagnon, corporate governance guru and senior adviser to the FRC, couldn't resist muttering about "resisting political interference" and the dangers of too much tinkering with the code, when speaking at the ICSA conference for company secretaries. But the FRC ...

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