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Mansion House Rings In The New #CorpGov

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 5:30 PM

You might even have heard this here first.


I interviewed the City of London's new female Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf earlier today, which was inspiring. For that interview with a very clever woman, keep your eyes peeled on the Financial Times. 


Entering Mansion House today, I had a strong sense of deja vu. Then I remembered it was because of somehow ending up at a 'ladies lunch' given by the wife of a previous Lord Mayor after meeting her there - or was it at Guildhalll -at an event held by Financial News.


Conclusion: only that am I not phased by grandeur, and it is always gratifying when the people who occupy those positions are both intelligent and kind. Also - please note: the security in the City of London is rivalled only by that in Westminster. Which I, for one, find reassuring.


My excitement tonight to be shared here is around this: each Lord Mayor has just one year with so much that can be done in each 24 hours.


YET. On December 4th Mansion House will host the global launch for the new framework for integrated reporting, with Mervyn King, chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council, explaining the thinking behind it.


Unlike another so-called #CorpGov enthusiast on Twitter, I don't think the only interesting thing about the IIRC is a 'silly logo': <IR> And, what's more,  I think more of the global business world might eventually agree with that conclusion than the ones who will not. The evidence is compelling. 


You can read my recent interview with Mervyn King here. (or you can wander around the website and find some others too).


The event on December 4th is part of Tomorrow's City - a programme of events and dialogue with City and other leaders which aims to set out how the City "can best ensure its success as a city of cities by promoting and enabling long-term value creation, drawing on all the talent available."


I, for one, am delighted to hear it. CMS Cameron Mckenna (long-time employers of Fiona Woolf our new Lord Mayor) and Tomorrow's Company have collaborated to create this programme.


Perhaps networks can work as a force for good after all. God knows we need it.


I never did have time today to dip again into my ancient Oxford PPE-days copy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract despite carrying it around all day. But if you haven't seen it, here are a few thoughts on that, corporate governance and executive pay at my column @Forbes. 


I daresay we will be hearing more about that around events from Mansion House as well.















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