Investor Insights: Financial reporting and audit amid COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to dominate financial reporting. Organisations have to balance the unprecedented situation while providing timely information to capital markets. As always, investors are firmly focused on the future. They are looking past 2020 and even 2021, assessing companies’ prospects in the medium-term as the world eventually recovers from the pandemic. Yet that assessment will…

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UK CEO Outlook 2020

In July and August 2020, KPMG International conducted a pulse survey of 315 chief executives across the globe, to understand how their thinking has evolved during the crisis.

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Board Monitor Canada 2020

Financial expertise and gender diversity were top priorities for boards as they nominated new directors to help them meet increasing demands; they will need all that expertise and diversity, and more, to thrive in 2020, according to this report from Heidrick & Struggles.

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Board Monitor US 2020

Proven expertise and increased diversity were top priorities for Fortune 500 boards as they nominated new directors to help meet growing responsibilities and new challenges, and these boards will need more of both to succeed in 2020, according to this report from Heidrick & Struggles.

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52% of employees will continue to work remotely in the short term

According to a poll out today from The Chartered Governance Institute and governance recruitment specialist The Core Partnership, 52% of respondents will continue to work remotely for the next few months. 19% will go back to the office on a part-time basis, 19% will go back full time and an additional 10% specified another option. The poll also found that…

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Decrypting Diversity: Diversity & Inclusion in Cyber Security

This is a joint report between the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and KPMG UK, supported by Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) of Imperial College London. It is the first in an annual series that will benchmark and track levels of diversity and inclusion in the cyber security industry.The report’s aim is to…

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Upward trajectory for ESG disclosure requirements

A new report from GRI assesses the regulatory landscape for sustainability reporting and has found that environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure has never been more pervasive globally – and is now firmly in the mainstream of disclosure on organizational performance. As the market implications of certain ESG topics become more evident, interest in the…

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The Effects of Covid-19 on Boards and Governance Preliminary Report

In the context of an unexpected event such as the Covid-19 crisis, boards entered uncharted territory and, with management, had to show their ability to overcome a crisis of an unprecedented magnitude. To understand how the boards reacted, INSEAD and Spencer Stuart launched a survey of 2,000 board members mainly based in Europe. This report…

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Leadership in Risk Management: European Report 2020

Board Agenda asked C-suite executives and non-executives’ including chairs, chief executives and group finance directors’ about their preparedness for a pandemic in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. At the same time, we aimed to gauge their changing attitude to risk and their views of the wider current risk environment.

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The crisis is leading to a shift in board member thinking. Is this shift enough?

See the results of a recent survey conducted in partnership with the FT Board Director Programme to understand what members think the impact of the crisis will be on organisational purpose and resilience, corporate governance and the evolution of the board.

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