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Board of Directors

I suspect that many people have no idea what a big impact non-executive directors (NEDs) can have on an organisation.

If anything, the man on the Clapham omnibus probably thinks of non-execs – if he’s heard of them at all – as white men with grey hair who get together every so often for a quick meeting and a decent lunch, in exchange for a sizeable chunk of change.

Although Boards are struggling with many … Read the rest


It is time for a new corporate governance editorial focus. Why?

Corporate governance has a long history, perhaps beginning as far back as the 4th century BC, when the Chinese philosopher Mencius argued that it is acceptable to overthrow corrupt or unjust rulers, through the establishment of joint stock companies (perhaps as early as the 13th century, but certainly by the 17th century) and stock exchanges to facilitate the sale of stock, to the US … Read the rest Read more


I invited Kenneth Kendrick, who has experience of whistle-blowing, for his views on how companies should communicate their openness to such reporting on their corporate websites. Kenneth is looking for work at the moment: he’s open to various types of work, but is looking for quality assurance or advocacy work. If you can help, you can contact him by email.

How to get employees to report unethical practices before your business suffers

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Corporate governance affects all of us – yes, even those who don’t hold stock in any companies – because the way that businesses are run matters, as we’ve all learnt over the last few years.

Paul Nixon (CEO) recently interviewed Mark Hynes from Transparency Matters, to find out what he thought about how companies communicate their corporate governance and risk management – and how it could be improved. Mark is known to be expert … Read the rest


It’s hard to know where the boundary of investor relations activities ends and that of corporate governance starts up. Many of the things each area is concerned with tend to overlap. It is the investors (shareholders) who vote upon management that runs the company and major decisions such as mergers and changes to a company’s charter documents. If for no other reason than good public relations, corporations wish to appear to be sensitive and responsive … Read the rest