The report and guidance
Independent Review of Non-Executive Directors
The final report which contained guidance for non-executive directors, guidance for the chairman and proposals for revisions to the combined code.
The Financial Reporting Council published the guidance document 'Good practice suggestions from the Higgs report' in June 2006, based on annexes C to J from the report. The guidance has since been withdrawn and replaced by the FRC Guidance on Board Effectiveness.
Ethnic diversity on top corporate boards: a resource dependency perspective
Val Singh examines the presence of ethnic minority directors on FTSE 100 company boards following the 2003 Higgs Review and subsequent 2003 Tyson Report, which both recommended that more efforts should be made to find talented non-executive directors with diverse backgrounds. Higgs found that directors were recruited from a very narrow pool, with only 4% receiving formal interviews and almost half obtaining their posts through friends or personal contacts.
Despite the clarifications of the Combined Code and the Higgs review, some non-executive directors remain hazy about their job - or do not wish to carry out their new responsibilities. Neil Hodge reports.
Beyond agency conceptions of the work of the non-executive director: creating accountability in the boardroom
This paper examines board effectiveness through an examination of the work and relationships of non-executive directors. It is based on 40 in-depth interviews with company directors, commissioned for the Higgs Review.
Higgs: one year on
What difference has the Higgs Review on corporate governance made to HR and to organisations generally? Personnel Today asked five leading HR practitioners and industry experts for their views.
A non-executive decision
The Higgs Report promises the rise and rise of the non-executive director. Tim Russell asks whether they are up to the task - June 2003 post on The Lawyer website.
Higgs report on non-executive directors - a summary
A March 2003 AccountingWEB article summarising the main matters and recommendations covered by the Higgs report.
ICSA Review of the Higgs Guidance
ICSA consultation from March 2010 for submission to the FRC to "update as necessary the good practice guidance from the 2003 Higgs Report".
The role of the non-executive director: making corporate governance work
A CIMA report published in April 2003 in response to the continuing controversy over the Higgs' report on non-executive directors. Emphasises the role that finance professionals have to play in ensuring good governance.
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