Boards are expected to manage an ever-evolving list of responsibilities. Having boards more immersed in different areas of concern is very much welcomed but the challenge of staying focused on their core responsibilities must be addressed.
In 2016, during her campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Theresa May spoke about “making Britain a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few”. To achieve this, she proposed requiring listed companies to appoint employee representatives on the board.
Along with the implementation of the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code, new reporting obligations under section 172 of the UK’s Companies Act 2006 have been introduced under the Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018.
Red flags that could be indicators of potential negative consequences for the company's long-term prosperity and shareholder value creation.
Shareholders lean on audit committees to be their representatives in discussions with the auditors. Around the world, there are concerns whether audit is fit for purpose and effective in responding to the needs of shareholders and other users of corporate reporting.
Banks recognise the importance of tackling cybersecurity risks and spend billions of dollars to this end, however, their boards lack the necessary expertise to oversee cyber risks.
Banks are shifting away from viewing climate change risks solely as a corporate social responsibility issue, as they understand their financial implications.
AKTIS data demonstrates that there are still barriers to entry in the corporate world for women in MENA
Financial Times: AKTIS data shows that Metro Bank has the lowest refreshment rate and highest tenure next to comparable UK banks
AKTIS data shows that the average tenure on the board of Metro Bank is almost double the average at large and midsized UK banks.
Africa’s biggest asset manager, Public Investment Corporation, faces a governance scandal after accusations of wrongdoing and political interference. Renault has cancelled €30m severance compensation to the former CEO and Chair, Carlos Ghosn, due to his arrest in Japan for financial misconduct at Nissan. British politicians and the High Pay Centre argue for higher employee representation on the board to curb executive pay, while others argue it will have the opposite effect. Check out our February NewsWatch to read more on this and to get the latest news in the corporate governance world!