With the House of Lords examining the effectiveness of the Bribery Act, Aziz Rahman of business crime solicitors Rahman Ravelli argues that the Act seems unnecessarily hard on SMEs.
Culture is the operating system of every business, so make sure you spend time getting it right before speeding ahead, says Corporate Punk’s Phil Lewis.
With the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) proposing a significantly increased focus on company culture in its consultation on the Corporate Governance Code, the issue of culture has become something of a hot topic around the board room table.
Sports Direct hit the headlines in May after its only female director resigned. It was suggested her voice was no longer being listened to by the board and her effectiveness in the role was being limited.
Recent headlines encapsulate the tension between decisions made according to the family business agenda and those obligations which begin on incorporation and intensify with growth. To family firm owners this is an ever evolving scale and begs the question: at what point do the interests of external stakeholders take primacy?
Should a FTSE 100 company like Sports Direct grant personal favours from the boardroom to controlling shareholder Mike Ashley?
Increasingly, the CFO needs to be seen as a leader within the entire organisation. With this in mind, KPMG sought to find out what challenges they faced, including the expectations CEOs placed on them.
While the share of female employment in large firms has increased dramatically, this hasn't been reflected in the make-up of executive boards.
Fostering the right culture is critical in establishing effective governance, risk and compliance within an organisation. Learn how to do so with these seven steps.
Despite internal audits being vital for all businesses, a quarter of firms are failing to conform with international risk assessment standards.
Whether you’re an early-stage business builder or established entrepreneur looking to take the business to the next level, governance forms an important part of daily operations – but is something to be done expediently and conclusively by leveraging new techniques. Real Business meets those who have implemented vital time-saving strategies to create a new technology-led way of addressing key factors such as accounting and ordering.
Mike Ashley has garnered a fair amount of disapproval from Sports Direct shareholders. They rejected his share incentive scheme in 2012 due to tax reasons, voted against his £73m bonus package and accused the company of “disregarding” shareholder concerns, not to mention rejected previous proposals due to related performance targets. But it's not the last of Ashley v shareholders – there's a clash going on again.