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Principles of corporate governance

Find out more about the theory and principles of corporate governance.

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Corporate governance overview

Thought leadership projects

Connect and Reflect

To succeed in the modern world, businesses must move away from defensive old-style news management and corporate positioning. ICAEW argues that if companies embrace a positive approach to corporate governance that ensures they connect with and reflect society, they will reap many benefits.

Corporate Governance representations

Responses the ICAEW has issued to corporate governance consultations since 2005

ICAEW Rep 127/18

Review of the Financial Reporting Council by Sir John Kingman - arrangements for auditor procurement and remuneration.

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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.

Handbook of board governance, The: a comprehensive guide for public, private, and not-for-profit board members

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Provides practical guidance and expert insight relevant to board members across the spectrum to aid the building of a more effective board. Written from the United States perspective.

Non-executive director's handbook (4th edition)

An essential source of reference and route map for the position of Non-executive director. Contains case studies and checklists throughout.

Corporate governance: a practical guide for accountants

A user-friendly guide to compliance for corporate accountants.

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Useful links

European Corporate Governance Institute

The ECGI is a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues, promoting best practice. The ECGI maintain a collection of corporate governance codes and principles form around the world.

Grant Thornton Corporate Governance Review 2019

A review of the annual reports of 288 of the UK’s FTSE 350 companies with years ending between April 2018 and April 2019 (investment trusts are excluded as they are permitted to follow the AIC Code of Corporate Governance).

Spencer & Stuart UK Board Index 2019

The annual UK Board Index is a comprehensive review of governance practice in the largest 150 companies in the FTSE rankings, providing a valuable indication of the state of boardroom health. Spencer & Stuart also publish Board Indexes for other countries and regions such as the Nordic Board Index and the Spencer Stuart Board Index of the S&P 500 companies in the USA. The website also had a board composition comparison tool - Boards around the world.

Good governance review

Report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) that ranks the FTSE 100 based on their corporate performance, published annually since 2015.

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