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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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Guidance and reports

Organisational culture: Leadership styles

It is recognised that an effective culture can reduce risk and improve performance of an organisation, and that the success or failure of the culture is greatly influenced by its leaders. This guide, written by Jenny Jones, explores different leadership styles and the impact they can have on organisational culture.

Audit quality – how to raise the bar

What steps can and should audit committees, audit regulators, investors and auditors in the UK take to improve audit quality? This essay from the Audit and Assurance Faculty examines audit quality in terms of ownership, behavioural aspects, and structural drivers.

Why culture is important and the power of culture metrics

This guide, written by Jenny Jones, explains the importance of organisational culture and why businesses must get it right. It considers the benefits of a new metrics-based approach to measuring culture, and how the data gathered can support the organisation as it evolves.

Webinars and other recordings

The value of having the right culture

Sophie Black, Partner at Mercer and John Davies, Associate Director at EY share their views on the value and importance of culture in an organisation. Both speakers share details of their research into organisational culture and how culture can be measured.

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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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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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.

Engaging employees in the world of hybrid work

The pandemic has radically changed how employees experience corporate culture, and firms must embrace the new reality. Researchers suggest three strategies to help both hybrid home/office and far-flung employees feel connected.

A healthy workplace culture is the 'secret sauce' to success, Part 2

How organizations can take action to transform their culture from the prevailing to the preferred, using a 'Workplace Culture Assessment' approach.

A healthy workplace culture is the 'secret sauce' for success, Part 1

The right culture lifts people up, expands the capacity of the workforce to execute new challenges, and enhances the organization's performance. Patrick Ibarra considers how organizations can create a 'connection culture', which combines vision, value and voice.

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Useful links

Corporate Governance Review 2020

Grant Thornton's review of the annual reports of 297 of the UK’s FTSE 350 companies with years ending between April 2019 and April 2020. The section on culture looks at board leadership and company purpose, 'the Tone from the top' and measuring culture . A toolkit for culture reporting is included.

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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