The committee was chaired by Sir Adrian Cadbury and had a remit to review those aspects of corporate governance relating to financial reporting and accountability. The final report 'The financial aspects of corporate governance' (usually known as the Cadbury Report) was published in December 1992 and contained a number of recommendations to raise standards in corporate governance.
The Cadbury Archive
The Cadbury Archive at Cambridge Judge Business School is a collection of material from Sir Adrian Cadbury's time as chairman of the Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance. The archive includes agendas, minutes and research relating to the committee's activities with a search tool to locate material of interest.
When is comply or explain the right approach?
A December 2013 ICAEW report on promoting good corporate governance and the role of comply or explain as a means to that end. The Cadbury Code is widely seen as the first comply-or-explain governance code.
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Stay in control: boards risk losing sight of committees
Governance and Compliance: the ICSA Magazine, January 2015, pages 26-27
The UK Corporate Governance Code, says the author, has evolved into a code on nomination, remuneration and audit committees, with some overarching principles applicable to the board as a whole. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) needs to start a debate on how the non-executive role should evolve, says the author: the model envisaged by the Cadbury Committee is rapidly becoming obsolete.
The Cadbury committee: a history
Spira, L.F. (Oxford University Press, 2013)
This book explores the origins of the Committee, provides insights into the way in which it worked, and documents the reaction to the publication of the Committee's report.
Comply or explain: 20th anniversary of the UK Corporate Governance Code
A collection of essays published by the Financial Reporting Council to mark the 20th anniversary of the Cadbury Code, which introduced the UK's 'comply or explain' approach to best practice in the organisation of corporate boardrooms and their relations with shareholders. The collection draws on the experience of a wide range of individuals both here and overseas, reflecting the global impact of 'comply or explain' and its contribution to the UK's role as an international financial centre.
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