Blog : BOARD TALK
|Posted on February 11, 2011 at 1:00 PM|
The iPad's march forward is taking it into boardrooms everywhere. Savvy companies in the UK are increasingly issuing them to their NEDs to make sure they appreciate their Jobs (sorry, it's Friday )...and can do them more efficiently.
I don't know, but I doubt very much this surge into the boardroom is only in the UK. Jonathan Margolis, the FT's Tech Gadget guru tells of spotting six iPads (seven including his own) on a first class inter-city train in China last year.
And as boards become smarter, they are also (at last) coming into the 21st century with their chosen means of communication. In 2011 it should be unacceptable for a chairman to cite 'confidentiality' as the reason for board papers to go by courier.
So, in the interest of greener boards, let's applaud the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) , which has come up with a secure system for downloading and accessing board papers. It is "more efficient, secure and costs less to administer. I can also see all previous minutes and papers filed" says one happy female NED no longer suffering from backache.
The ICSA software, Blueprint OneWorld is used by MNCs like BP, British Airways, Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Life, according to the ICSA website. Unsurprisingly, given an impressive commitment to sustainability, it is also used by Carillion plc.
At most plcs, not only are the papers couriered over to all board members, they are also then printed off for meetings.....and abandoned folders litter the boardroom. Shame. Save the shareholders some money, hug a tree - and call the ICSA.