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Corporate culture

Find out more about corporate culture or 'the tone at the top' as it also known.

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Articles and features

Guidance and reports

How whistleblowing helps companies

The latest ICAEW Connect and Reflect report shows how whistleblowing can help companies and provides an action plan for boards. We explore the five benefits of whistleblowing for companies and then outline the five-point action plan that boards can implement in order to maintain their systems of checks and balances.

Webinars and other recordings

The importance of a whistleblowing framework and how to respond when an employee raises a concern

This webinar discusses the importance of an effective whistleblowing framework, along with factors to consider when establishing such a framework and responding to concerns raised by employees.

Climate change and corporate value: what companies really think

Hear what company executives could be doing now to ensure the future resilience of business against climate risk.

Purpose – how has a corporation’s purpose changed?

Professor Alex Edmans, London Business School, explored issues around profit, purpose and how they relate to responsible capitalism.

Whistleblowing and fraud

Ian Foxley, whistleblower and Dino Bossi, Addveritas share their views on the benefits of whistleblowing and the system that should be in place to support people.

Managing social media to avoid reputational damage

Jennifer Janson, Six Degrees and Jamie Harley, PwC discuss the potential impact of social media on reputation, how best to manage this risk and use social media to the benefit of the organisation.

Trust in business

Podcast: Hear some insights from a range of different perspectives on this important subject. Learn about the importance of being trustworthy, worker representation at the John Lewis Partnership, the role of the media and the rebuilding of trust by the banks since 2008.

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Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising around 80 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Accounting and Tax Service.

Culture, ethics and the board

A chapter focusing on the board's role in reviewing their company's culture, ethics and behaviour.

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Driven to the brink: why corporate governance, board leadership and culture matter

A collection of stories about how inadequate governance and flawed culture caused a massive destruction of shareholder value.

Investor relations

Guide to the duties of modern finance directors. Chapter 16 deals with investor relations, including: shareholder engagement; inside information; corporate ethics and corporate culture and corporate social responsibility.

Strategies for improving organisational effectiveness

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This chapter looks at strategies that develop processes that support the achievement of business goals and a positive culture.

Responsible leadership

An introduction to business ethics.

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'Quiet quitting' and 'quiet thriving' - Flourishing in the modern organisation

A look at what employers and employees can do to create healthier organization cultures - so that organizations and employees can flourish in today’s challenging economic times. Drawing upon research about the modern organization, the authors identify ten recommendations to help organizations create healthier and thriving work cultures. They also identify ten action steps which employees can proactively take to help themselves and their organizations to thrive.

The silent risk - Never take 'K(no)w' for an answer! Embracing emergent conversations for change and innovation in business meetings

Dr. Robert H. Lengel discusses a way to host strategic conversations bringing stakeholders together in pursuit of changing organizational culture. He describes a method he has developed called 'conversation walls', which involves collating anonymous phrases used by staff in both their public and private conversations. This aims to reveal pent-up negativity and emotions which are not given space for expression in traditional business meetings.

Innovation-driven culture

Developing a culture that prioritizes innovation is the key to creating long-term sustainable value, say the authors. They use three companies as case studies - Reading Bakery Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and the LEGO Group.

Company culture and team creativity

Companies that actively communicate shared core values are in a better position to achieve high creativity within project teams. The authors suggest designing projects so that team members have highly interdependent tasks but teams as a whole also have the ability to self-manage, without a team manager restricting their creative autonomy.

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Useful links

Tone at the Top

Bimonthly quick-read newsletter from the Institute of Internal Auditors, aimed at executive management, boards of directors and audit committees. Provides information on how to establish the appropriate tone at the top.

Culture and governance

FCA page on culture in governance in the financial services industry. Includes the discussion paper Transforming culture in financials services

Governing culture: risk & opportunity

The guide highlights the difference between the role of the board and the role of the executive team in leading and managing culture, looks at questions that boards might ask of themselves and of their executive and offers a ‘roadmap’ to help boards assess their approach is to governing culture.

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