FT–ICSA Boardroom Bellwether – Winter 2018

The FT–ICSA Boardroom Bellwether is a twice-yearly survey of FTSE 350 companies that seeks to gauge the sentiment inside UK boardrooms. It canvasses the views of their company secretaries to find out how boards are responding to the challenges of the economy, market conditions and the wider business and governance environment.

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Five Ways to Enhance Board Oversight of Culture

Corporate culture is defined by the implicit, unwritten rules that create expectations for how people choose to behave. It is reflected by what people actually do every day, by what’s celebrated, emphasized and overlooked. Culture is also how companies create and protect value through people.

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S&P500: Increasing Boardroom Diversity

This report describes the current boardroom composition of S&P 500 companies through comparative data captured between 2017 and 2018, evaluating the progress made and the likelihood of achieving greater diversity in the coming years. The report addresses diversity by gender and age – comparing the degree of diversity seen in accordance to sector. The report […]

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Emerging-Market Economies: A Brighter Outlook for 2019?

A number of headwinds – tighter financial conditions, a China slowdown and trade tensions – created a challenging backdrop for emerging markets in 2018. However, economic stress has largely been localised: developing countries with weak economic fundamentals or considerable political instability have come under pressure. But they have left few scars on other emerging-market economies. […]

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New Voices in the Boardroom: The Gradual Evolution of Board Composition

Looking to the year ahead, the following report discusses the board trends Spencer Stuart believes will continue or accelerate in 2019, and how they are likely to shape board composition in 2019 and beyond.

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A ‘Twist’ on Top Ten Governance Trends for 2019

Michael Peregrine authored this article on the developments likely to impact corporate governance this year, including gender equality and board engagement with corporate social responsibility.

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Austria – Austrian Code of Corporate Governance (as amended in January 2018)

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Bahrain – Corporate Governance Code – Kingdom of Bahrain 2018

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Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council

This independent review, led by Sir John Kingman, looks at the role and function of the FRC, its impact, effectiveness and powers. The report sets out 83 recommendations and suggests that the FRC be replaced with an independent statutory regulator.

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Boardroom Behaviour and the QCA Corporate Governance Code

The QCA Corporate Governance Code states that the board of a company is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for the company to deliver value to its shareholders. But how do small and mid-sized companies and their advisors think boards and directors are performing in relation to this in the real world?

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