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IOD Calls For Investors To Have Bigger Say On Executive Pay

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

A new rule forcing Britain's listed businesses to give shareholders a second vote if a significant majority reject the company's pay report is called for today by the Institute of Directors.

Under the IoD’s proposals, if 30% of investors oppose the remuneration report at the annual meeting, the company would have to look again at its pay policy and give shareholders another vote. Despite a series of h...

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Guest Blog: More Empathy Needed In Capital Markets

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM


  Jeroen Wilbrink, Senior Client Advisor at NN Investment Partners



"We do many things differently in the Netherlands. I notice these differences, because I have lived most of my adult-life abroad. One example, is that the Dutch share a lot of the news with their ch...

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FTSE Chairmen Want Britain To Stay In The EU: Survey

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM

There has been a shift in the direction of support for unconditional membership of the EU among chairmen of FTSE 100 companies.

Four in ten (39%) of chairmen responding to a regular survey on topical and governance issues just conducted by Korn Ferry, the global leadership consultancy said they want Britain to remain part of the EU unconditionally, while over half (52%) want it to do so only if certain aspects of the re...

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Why Charities Must Recruit Young People To Their Boards: Guest Blog

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM


Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited

"This Trustees Week we are urging charities to do more to recruit ‘millennials’ (people aged 18-35 years) to their boards in a bid to stay more relevant to modern society and future proof their organisations.

A report published in July entitled, ‘

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UK Firms Fear Skills Emergency Could 'Starve Growth'

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 12:05 AM

A survey of 310 companies in the United Kingdom - which together empoy over one million people -has some grim findings.

More than half of those surveyed (55%) fear that they will not be able to access enough workers with necessary higher level skills, although 68% (two out of three)  expect the need for such staff to grow in years to come.

Demand for highly skilled workers is particularly strong in sectors that are critical to the rebalancing of the e...

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Family Businesses Favour Women In Leadership Positions

Posted on June 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Women are more likely to take on a leadership position within a family business than any of their non-family counterparts, with 70% of family businesses considering and 30% strongly considering a woman for the CEO position, according to research.

For a report entitled Staying Power: how do family businesses create lasting success, EY and Kennesaw State University surveyed 25 of the largest family businesses in each of the 21 top global markets. Those surveyed represen...

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A Leadership Deficit At The Heart Of UK plc

Posted on May 3, 2015 at 1:40 PM

Less than 20% of UK companies believe that they can clearly define their culture, and communicate and measure it. As a result, eight out of 10 say they suffer from a lack of employee engagement.

These are the results of the latest Deloitte UK Human Capital Trends 2015 survey. For its purposes, an organisation's 'culture' is defined as deep employee engagement, meaningful work, strong leadership importance and job and organisational fit. The picture it paints of the state of ...

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Refining Principles of #CorpGov + Rethinking Business

Posted on May 1, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Today the UK's watchdog on corporate governance, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)  said it was going to look at the quality of explanations by those companies that choose not to comply with UK Corporate Governance Code."

Does that mean 'comply or explain' is now being recognised as a flawed means of spreading 'principles' rather than 'rules' when it comes to corporate governance? The 'wiggle room' has c...

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A Deaf Ear To Need For Succession Planning ?

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Ah, succession planning. Despite the fact that the UK's corporate governance watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has steadily been extolling its virtues - as have institutional investors - it seems UK plc is still very slow to 'get it.' 

Worse - while there are regular complaints from the CBI about the 'lack of skills' available for business to hire, there appears to be little sense of urgency of the need in that case to try and develop those skills internal...

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Now To Focus On Legal Risk Management...

Posted on April 5, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Easter Sunday and the UK is bathed in late evening sunshine....but here's a thought before you are lulled into any sense of complacency.

While a 24 hour news stream via social media delivers a steady array of potential concerns for listed companies around corporate governance and risk, one has remained pretty much unexplored: the role of in-house lawyers.

Now the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law

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