The Lack Lustre Love Affair

Posted By: Admin, 13 Mar, 2012 - 05:11 pm

Football has been for many years an embedded aspect of British culture. The Premier League is probably one of the most talked about leagues globally and its international player base means that now, more than ever football is a global hot topic. Recently, the focus of the game has changed and there has been increasing media coverage of clubs going into administration along with allegations of bribery and corruption...

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Four for the Future

Posted By: Admin, 08 Jul, 2012 - 02:32 pm

A few weeks ago, we launched 'Four for the Future' the focus of our governance activity. The aim of this blog is to help all of our members and other users to help us campaign for what we believe are key components of best practice.

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Can Someone Please Direct me to the Ladies?

Posted By: Admin, 02 Aug, 2012 - 01:41 pm

Recently, the issue of gender on boards has become a topic of much debate. To be honest, if we think realistically about any company executive of a high profile company and their direct subordinates, we typically see this picture- white, middle class male! So, in an age where equal rights and issues of gender discrimination are prevalent, it is not surprising that this issue has come to the forefront of many business debates. 

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Whistle Blowing... Corporate Governance Issue?

Posted By: Admin, 17 Dec, 2012 - 03:59 pm

Whistle blowing is in the news. A whistleblower at Autonomy, the giant UK software group now owned by Hewlett Packard, has alleged that its value was inflated before the acquisition, leading to massive write-downs by HP. In Japan, a CEO whistleblower exposed high-level corruption at Olympus, the optical equipment company. The FSA has said that calls to its dedicated whistle-blowing desk jumped from 1293 in the year to May 2009 to 3733 in the same period this year. Whistleblowers have exposed failings in patient care in care homes and in the NHS.

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The Fish Rots from the Head

Posted By: Admin, 05 Feb, 2013 - 06:33 am

“The Fish Rots from the Head" is a Chinese saying and the title of Bob Garret's excellent book on corporate governance. I concur that if you want to get to the root cause of failure you need to go to the head. The buck stops with head of the organisation. If governance is the vehicle then the driver is the board.

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Equality and Diversity and the Board...

Posted By: Admin, 13 Feb, 2013 - 02:22 pm

Ash dieback threatens the survival of the Ash tree in the UK – and the flora and fora that depend on it. Listening to the Today programme I learned that the British Ash is more limited in its genetic diversity than Ash elsewhere in Europe, weakening its chances of survival. As the Forestry Commission comments: “the single best strategy (to improve resilience) is to increase the genetic and age diversity of your woodland”.

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The Cosmopolitan Problem

Posted By: Admin, 02 Apr, 2013 - 04:43 am

 

With the deal breaking down between Riverside and the troubled Cosmopolitan Housing, it does beg the question about how regulation works when a large association gets into difficulty. The issue at stake in this case was to do with obligations under student accommodation arrangements that Cosmopolitan built up over a number of years when the economic conditions were more favourable. However, last summer the 14,000-home landlord faced significant cash-flow problems, bringing it close to breaching lending agreements after difficulties around the financing of its student housing initiative came to light.

 

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Know Thyself

Posted By: Admin, 02 Apr, 2013 - 09:21 am

 

Although the words "know thyself" are commonly attributed to Socrates, knowledge of self is what the sages of old, a long time before Socrates, described as the beginning of knowledge. True wisdom, it is said, comes from a knowledge of self.

I have been working recently with a number of boards on what can be defined as a High Performing Board and how to make the transition from being a good board to being a great board. As the UK Corporate Governance Code and many other frameworks for that matter suggest, boards should carry out a robust, self evaluation of their performance on a regular basis.

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Women on Boards

Posted By: Admin, 25 Apr, 2013 - 02:48 pm

Women now account for 17% of FTSE 100 and 13% of FTSE 250 board directors (as at 1 March 2013), an increase of nearly 40%.

Crucially women have secured 34% of all FTSE 100 and 36% of all FTSE 250 appointments since 1 March 2012 – the increase in 18 months is equivalent to the increase in the whole of the last decade! He comments “We are now moving to a place where it is unacceptable for the voice of women to be absent from the boardroom.”

 

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Having a Stake- Student Spotlight

Posted By: Admin, 14 Jun, 2013 - 02:41 pm

The idea of stakeholders comes from economic theory about the nature of the organization.

Originally, the idea was that the purpose of the organization was simply to make as much profit as possible. The owners of the company appoint the directors to do that and in doing so the owners incur costs (e.g. paying the directors) so it’s called “agency theory”. That idea comes from a time when owners could ignore the interest of people connected with the company such as the employees and the community. So academics started thinking about other ways of thinking about the company.

 

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Governance Goes Social

Posted By: Admin, 14 Jun, 2013 - 03:33 pm

You can’t escape from the compelling arguments for the organisation’s utilisation of social media. The press continues to highlight the success of organisations utilising social media for “taking the pulse” of the market. However, mistakes and missteps by organisations are highly visible, and the impact of viral attention in this area is widely known.



 

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Governance is More Than Mere Compliance- Student Spotlight

Posted By: Admin, 14 Jun, 2013 - 03:37 pm

Corporate governance is often presented as an issue of compliance - compliance with Codes and Standards, with regulators and of course with the law. Compliance is, of course, an important component of governance but it isn’t the whole story. The real way to think about governance is that it’s a relationship. It’s the relationship between the people who run the organisation and the people on whose behalf the organisation is run.

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How the Codes have Developed- Student Spotlight

Posted By: Admin, 25 Oct, 2013 - 09:05 am

An important part of understanding corporate governance comes from having a knowledge of the various codes that seek to provide guidance on good governance practice. These codes have developed over the last twenty-five years.

In 1992 Cadbury Report was developed in response to a number of scandals that highlighted lack of confidence in financial reporting. It introduced the concept of “comply or explain” and promoted the role of non-executive directors on the audit committee. 

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Comply or Explain - Student Spotlight

Posted By: Admin, 18 Feb, 2014 - 01:13 pm

In the last student note we saw that governance has evolved through the development of a whole series of codes using the idea of “comply or explain”. We’ve also seen that governance is more than compliance and that since it’s a relationship with the organisations stakeholders it’s really about decisions that the board takes about how it wants to run its organisation.

However, compliance is important. Directors and trustees don’t just have “comply or explain why they don’t comply” with the corporate governance code for their sector. They must comply with the law.

For companies, the 2006 Companies Act sets out seven duties of directors:

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Diversity on the Board: New Approach is Long Overdue

Posted By: Admin, 17 May, 2011 - 12:25 am

Earlier this month, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) announced plans to launch a consultation on how to increase the number of female directors.

A report released in February by Lord Davies of Abersoch for the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills found women account for around 13% of directors sitting on FTSE 100 company boards, with that figure falling to a paltry 8% in the FTSE 250.

To redress the gender imbalance, Davies suggests chairmen set a voluntary target of 25% of women in the boardroom by 2015.

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