Stepping in: The board’s role in the COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 represents a true crisis for nearly every board of directors today. Strained supply chains, liquidity concerns, financial strains, absent employees, a move to remote working: the list of operating challenges seems endless. A good response to the crisis includes business continuity, resilient leadership, the importance of human capital, back-up plans etc. Here Deloitte offer…

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The Odgers Berndtson Leadership Confidence Index 2020

The Odgers Berndtson Leadership Confidence Index reveals a clear crisis of confidence in top global leaders. The study, developed with Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, surveyed nearly 2,000 global executives and senior managers, representing companies with revenues ranging from $50million to over $5billion.

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2019 Pan-European RRA Study on Family-Owned Business

To better understand family leadership and their challenges, Russell Reynolds Associates recently analyzed 242 companies’ boards across eight European countries (Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland), half of which are family owned. In addition, theygathered further input through discussions with CEOs, as well as board chairs, family members and independent directors at family…

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European Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index 2019

Despite advanced science and technology and the good intentions of many male and female leaders, today’s corporate world is still far from gender equality. This study conducted by European Women on Boards, in autumn 2019 provides insights on gender diversity in the European corporate world by countries, industries and companies.

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Ethnic Diversity Enriching Business Leadership: An update report from The Parker Review

In this update of the Parker Review, it has been found that the target of ‘One by 2021’ – of getting at least one non-white director on all FTSE 100 boards by 2021 and by 2024 on FTSE 250, is looking unachievable. Whilst progress has been made 37% of FTSE 100 boards remain all-white and…

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Board of the Future: Moving toward a more diverse, more in tune European board

Boards of directors are set to take a more active lead within companies than they have done in the past. This bias toward action is one of the key findings of a Heidrick & Struggles survey on the board of the future, with 55 board members from European companies and 28 investors, complemented by interviews…

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Directors’ Liability: A new era of risk exposure

In this seventh edition of the annual report from Willis Towers Watson in conjunction with Allen & Overy, they interviewed over 250 directors, non-executive directors, partners, in-house lawyers, risk officers and compliance professionals from across the globe, to help assess what they consider to be the key areas of risk.

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FRC Annual Review of the UK Corporate Governance Code

Companies need to improve their governance practices and reporting if they are to demonstrate their positive impact on the economy and wider society, according to a new report from the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

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New Corporate Governance Code for Italian Equity-Listed Issuers

A new edition of the Corporate Governance Code for Italian Equity-Listed Issuers was released on 31 January 2020. The four-pronged Code aims to encourage issuers in Italy to focus on long-term sustainability and engagement and is based on four essential objectives and principles: sustainability, engagement, proportionality, and simplification.

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Board Diversity in AIM and FTSE Small Cap Companies

Company Matters have produced their first report exploring diversity within the boards of AIM and FTSE small cap companies. Whilst most attention has been focused on the FTSE 350, what has been happening in small companies? There has been progress but at a much slower rate than in the FTSE 350, which offers an opportunity…

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