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UK corporate governance

Resources concerned with UK corporate governance.

Corporate governance - Solid foundations

ICAEW takes an active interest in corporate governance. Its latest initiative ‘Dialogue in Corporate Governance: New challenges’ is considering five questions arising from the recent crisis and seeing how they affect existing corporate governance frameworks. The questions are also being explored in a series of bite-size papers. Here, Christian Doherty interviews Jo Iwasaki, ICAEW’s head of corporate governance, on the purpose of companies, including the issues that her recent report, ‘What should companies be responsible for?’ attempts to answer.

New Challenges for students

Caroline Bailes, a lecturer in management and accounting at the University of Hertfordshire, came up with a unique idea for teaching her students corporate governance.

Activist Investors

Shareholder activism in UK quoted companies continues to be an important and topical issue. The context of this research is the investment scene in the UK and within this context over the last two decades it is clear that considerable change has taken place. The research report covers a variety of topics and provides an overview of some of the positive and negative implications of activism.

Guidance on Board Effectiveness

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has today published new guidance to encourage the boards of listed companies to consider how they can lead their companies most effectively. This new guidance replaces ' Good Practice Suggestions from the Higgs Report' so the Higgs Guidance as it was known has been withdrawn.

What is corporate governance?

The purpose of corporate governance is to facilitate effective, entrepreneurial and prudent management that can deliver the long-term success of the company.

Good governance in subsidiaries

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Everyone knows good corporate governance must begin at the helm of an organisation, but for many multinationals it ends there, too. Fundamental principles - such as why one person calls the shots in a specific situation and another doesn't, or why one stakeholder group has a say in corporate issues and others don't - are left to trickle down inconsistently. Issues of transparency and accountability can also become more vague the further one gets from the organisational core.

Financial statements and directors

In the past, the Institute's Ethics Advisory Services have drawn the attention of members acting as directors of companies to potential pitfalls and the consequent disciplinary implications if they become the subject of disqualification proceedings.