Boards need to work to rebuild trust in business

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Encouraging responsible leadership by company boards so that businesses contribute to wider society was the theme of the recent discussion organised by the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) and Standard Life Investments. This was building on a vision of the role of business begun by the World Economic Forum.… Read the rest

Purposeful Company Task Force: Corporate governance reform could boost UK economy

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The UK’s Purposeful Company Task force, set up by the Big Innovation Centre, has called for major changes in corporate governance, asset management and backed the Financial Reporting Council’s proposal for company’s to report on how directors are having regard to stakeholders as required under company law.… Read the rest

UK’s FRC asks for more governance powers

Stephen Haddrill

The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has argued that it needs more powers to take enforcement action against directors so that it can investigate and prosecute all directors for financial reporting breaches and associated issues of integrity, rather than only accountants and actuaries as at present in its response to the government’s green paper on corporate governance.… Read the rest

Pensions must be part of corporate governance debate

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The UK’s Work and Pensions Select Committee has used its response to the government’s green paper on corporate governance to emphasise that public and private companies need to ensure that their pension fund forms part of their corporate thinking.

The MPs’ recommendations follow their inquiry into the collapse of the retailer BHS last year.… Read the rest

Sky AGM: independent shareholders vote against James Murdoch

Over half of the Sky’s (LON: SKY) independent shareholders  rebelled against the election of James Murdoch as a non-executive director at last week’s AGM following his appointment as chairman earlier this year.

Overall Murdoch received 71.6% support for his re-election, the lowest vote in favour of any of the AGM’s resolutions.… Read the rest

James Murdoch’s re-appointment as Sky chairman raises concerns

With broadcaster Sky’s AGM taking place on 13th October investors have a chance to show their concern about the re-appointment of James Murdoch as chairman of the company.

Murdoch has previously been chief executive and chairman at Sky. He stepped down as non-executive chairman in the 2012 financial year but continued as a non-executive director at Sky. … Read the rest

Global board diversity: traditional thinking holding back progress

While there has been more debate about achieving more diversity on company boards, the Global Board of Directors survey 2016 has found that despite the intense investor and media scrutiny – public company directors are no more diverse that the private companies whose directors participated in the survey.… Read the rest

The Institute of Directors hopes framework will improve director quality

iod logoWith a backdrop of damning reports from MPs published  last week on the demise of the retailer BHS and on poor working practices at Sports Direct, which both identified weak corporate governance as partly to blame for company failures, the Institute of Directors (IoD) has launched its Director Competency Framework which it said sets out the knowledge, skills and mind-set that a director needs to perform effectively as a board member.… Read the rest

As board diversity stalls, new push to breakdown barriers and improve pipeline

After the initial push to increase board diversity over the past five years, progress appears to have slowed according to two reports published by the UK government and Cranfield School of Management.

The UK government has therefore launched a review focusing on increasing female representation to 33% of boards across the FTSE 350 by 2020.… Read the rest

South African directors positive about governance

In the first survey of director sentiment in South Africa conducted by the country’s Institute of Directors (IoDSA) its top bosses are more positive than negative in their perceptions of governance in contrast to their economics and business sentiments which are more negative.… Read the rest

Aligning board talent and company strategy is a key challenge survey finds

Aligning board talent with a company’s long-term strategy is a critical challenge for three-quarters of corporate directors according to a global survey by KPMG’s Board Leadership Center. The advisory firm surveyed more than 2,300 directors and senior executives across 46 countries and found that three in five want more diversity and viewpoints on the board.… Read the rest

US remuneration committee chairs get less support after losing say on pay votes, study finds

Executive pay firm, Semler Brossey, has analysed the relationship between the shareholder support given in elections of remuneration committee members and chairs and the result of the say on pay votes at US company AGMs.

The study of director election results between 2014 and 2016 found that over 80% of director elections have received vote support above 95% and only 0.3% of elections have failed to receive majority support (107 out of 42,499 total elections).… Read the rest