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A blog around the issues facing the boardroom...in the UK and around the world. I aim to reflect a wide-ranging set of views and kindle ongoing and much-needed debate. The aim is for more 'board talk' and less 'bored talk'.
July 28, 2013
"Thought provoking, insightful and challenging – Board Talk is now the ‘go-to’ commentary on boardroom issues'
Vanda Murray, OBE (and non-executive director, now Chairman Fenner plc - 2017)
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|Posted on April 26, 2017 at 3:30 PM|
Any good journalist knows that less is more, when it comes to using words to good effect. It is a lot harder to say something meaningful in 800 words than in 2000 - and a lot more effective as well.
So why does UK plc send its directors into the boardroom groaning under the weight of the number of words they are expected to read and digest, never mind the archaic practice of using bundles of paper ?
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|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...Read Full Post »
Hermes To Vote Against Re-Election Of Nomination Committee Chair At Rio Tinto plc Due To Lack Of Progress On Diversity
|Posted on April 11, 2017 at 12:25 PM|
It's the Rio Tinto AGM tomorrow - and Hermes Investment Management intends to put its votes firmly behind stated policy on gender diversity as a priority.
"Due to the lack of diversity and a credible plan to address this imperative issue, and consistent with our voting policy, Hermes EOS recommends voting against the re-election of Jan du Plessis in his capacity as chair of the nominations committee at R...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 9, 2017 at 8:30 PM|
News soon on this little blog's quest for sponsorship - I had forgotten about the Easter break, so I am aiming for May. But editorial independence will always be paramount, so if it remains unsponsored, I just post less.....it's all about time.
But, flying free of any ties today, I would like to draw attention to two events in the news. One was the extraordinary early press release from Barclays Bank plc. As I tweeted
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|Posted on April 3, 2017 at 12:00 PM|
A report just out says that 23 FTSE 250 companies - equating to 9% of the index's constituents - are "faltering under a worrying amount of pension debt."
Research from JLT Employee Benefits , one of the UK's leading pension and employee benefit consultancies has found that 23 FTSE 250 companies would need a payment of more than two years’ dividends in order to settle their defined benefit (DB...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 29, 2017 at 8:20 PM|
There are three options, as I see it, regarding a judgement on the timing of the UK government's call on FTSE 350 CEOs to get serious about inclusion - that very politically correct word added on to 'diversity'.'Inclusion' means race, ethnicity, people of colour, actually representing the reality of Britain on the streets in its boar...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM|
When something goes wrong for a business - particularly a large one - it's often very easy to blame one or two individuals. Even that doesn't happen often, for those at the very top.
We still struggle with true accountability, and there are multiple places to hide. But all the talk about 'trust' and corporate governance since the financial crisis should continue to make businesses focus harder on public opinion - and reputation. It might also make them reconsider how they c...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM|
Oscars, audit firms, accuracy AND inclusion: all in one place? Really. You might well wonder.
Perhaps it's just me - I tend not to think of issues in boxes -but in an inter-connected way - because that is how the world actually works. So when it rapidly emerged on Twitter that the accountancy firm PwC was responsible for the error at #Oscars2017, the first thing I thought was: "but it's an AUDIT firm - it's meant to be accurate."
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|Posted on February 21, 2017 at 8:05 AM|
It was only a matter of time before Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks were recognised as being personal. Volkswagen opened that door in a different way, for consumers. Now the focus is on pensions.
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|Posted on February 15, 2017 at 3:05 PM|
The short answer to the question is - not yet - but it is certainly catching on around the world as a business choice for better demonstration of value creation. Regulation is being seen as a key driver of progress, and South Africa, the UK and Europe are leading the way in adopting the concept.
In the last few years, following increasing coverage of integrated reporting (IR) - including by me here on Forbes in late 2013:Read Full Post »