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How technology will shape the future of governance

How technology will shape the future of governance

21 October 2020

The technology, processes and skills that today’s companies need are evolving as quickly as the business landscape. Read more

Data governance in a cloud-native world

Data governance in a cloud-native world

19 October 2020

Who governs your data? How do you know your 'customers' data is protected? And can those questions help grow your career?. Read more

Why you might still struggle to recruit company secretaries and governance professionals despite the recession

Why you might still struggle to recruit company secretaries and governance professionals despite the recession

12 October 2020

Most company secretaries and governance professionals, most of whom are still in work, are likely to be more hesitant to move in a time of uncertainty. Read more

Modern Slavery Governance – a role for non-executive directors?

Modern Slavery Governance – a role for non-executive directors?

05 October 2020

NEDs all bring new perspectives and experiences, and these can all contribute to a more effective Modern Slavery Governance strategy. Read more

The role of diverse boards in tough times

The role of diverse boards in tough times

30 September 2020

As charity leaders, we are currently navigating our charities through what is probably the roughest seas we will ever encounter. And we’re only just at the start of the voyage. Read more

Managing your entities the right way

Managing your entities the right way

14 September 2020

Time to fast track your entity management plans?. Read more

Bringing business ethics and social responsibility into the workplace

Bringing business ethics and social responsibility into the workplace

08 September 2020

To ensure good business ethics and social responsibility, many companies establish an ethics management program that aligns with their mission, vision, and values. Read more

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year

01 September 2020

For The Chartered Governance Institute Awards 2020, we announced two new exciting – as well as highly significant – awards in May 2020. Read more

We have to be the change we want in the world

We have to be the change we want in the world

27 August 2020

These words of Mahatma Gandhi have never been more pertinent as our companies and our economy emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

Nominations for new awards now extended

Nominations for new awards now extended

26 August 2020

For The Chartered Governance Institute Awards 2020, we announced two new exciting – as well as highly significant – awards in May 2020. Read more

The post-COVID-19 leadership challenge to directors

The post-COVID-19 leadership challenge to directors

20 August 2020

As a director, you are required to follow your legal duties, but in our rapidly changing and challenging world, you are also required to be able and ready to respond to a much wider set of circumstances. Read more

ESG – does the ‘S’ include slavery?

ESG – does the ‘S’ include slavery?

11 August 2020

We now look at how ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) reporting is linked to modern slavery. Read more

The perfect board - it’s a matter of character

The perfect board - it’s a matter of character

05 August 2020

Whether you are a member of a company, not for profit or political board, you can have all the laws, regulations and procedures that may be found. Read more

Twitter data breach, the perfect warning to boards: The biggest risks to the company may be the company

Twitter data breach, the perfect warning to boards: The biggest risks to the company may be the company

04 August 2020

With respect to data breaches, my advice to Twitter, and boards alike is simple: Keeping earned trust today starts by reassessing insider threat strategies. Read more

Discover Governance: A Fellows’ perspective

Discover Governance: A Fellows’ perspective

31 July 2020

Last month, we hosted a webinar on how you can use your law or business degree to start your career in governance. Read more

Discover Governance: A company secretary perspective

Discover Governance: A company secretary perspective

27 July 2020

Last month, we hosted a webinar on how you can use your law or business degree to start your career in governance. Read more

Charity relationships with non-charity third parties

Charity relationships with non-charity third parties

23 July 2020

For charitable organisations, such connections can bring immense benefits. Read more

Discover Governance: Use your law or business degree to start your career with the board

Discover Governance: Use your law or business degree to start your career with the board

21 July 2020

Last month, we hosted a webinar on how you can use your law or business degree to start your career in governance. Read more

Executive pay in a time of crisis

Executive pay in a time of crisis

20 July 2020

Earlier this month, Peter Swabey, our Policy and Research Director chaired a webinar on the subject of executive pay during a crisis. Read more

Climate change and the environment: A focus on SECR

Climate change and the environment: A focus on SECR

16 July 2020

Improved ESG (Environmental, social and corporate governance) has been seen as a positive response to the crisis and as a means by which we can drive change in businesses for good. Read more

Modern slavery – what corporate governance can do

Modern slavery – what corporate governance can do

13 July 2020

The topic of modern slavery is key not only to businesses but also to governments, and its importance is increasing within large, multinational corporations. Read more

How a centralised corporate record accelerates sustainable growth

How a centralised corporate record accelerates sustainable growth

10 July 2020

Maintaining an accurate corporate record is essential for good governance and ensuring compliance, as was pointed out in our previous blog. Read more

Remote working competencies

Remote working competencies

08 July 2020

Competencies have been used to help organisations recruit, manage and develop their employees for decades. Read more

Rapid change

Rapid change

06 July 2020

On Thursday 26 June, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act received Royal Assent. Read more

The Company Secretary Market Survey 2020: The impact of COVID-19 and remuneration

The Company Secretary Market Survey 2020: The impact of COVID-19 and remuneration

02 July 2020

The Company Secretary Market Survey 2020 by The Core Partnership is now available!. Read more

Succession planning: The board’s role in nurturing talent

Succession planning: The board’s role in nurturing talent

01 July 2020

With the pandemic everyone may think that the war for talent is at an end; that people will just be sitting tight in their current roles and, that with the focus on cost, there will be little or no need for new talent. Read more

Leading your company secretarial team in a virtual environment

Leading your company secretarial team in a virtual environment

30 June 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, businesses around the world have had to adapt the way they work to facilitate home working where previously it might not have been on offer. Read more

How to keep networking during COVID-19

How to keep networking during COVID-19

26 June 2020

Networking is about nurturing relationships and making PEOPLE connections. We may not be able to network in the way we used to, but it’s still possible. Read more

Ensuring business continuity during a crisis – a focus on Kazakhstan

Ensuring business continuity during a crisis – a focus on Kazakhstan

24 June 2020

Towards the middle of February 2020, we started laying out options to ensure business continuity at the AIFC. Read more

Emotional intelligence equals success during COVID-19

Emotional intelligence equals success during COVID-19

22 June 2020

Leadership is one of the most heavily tested skills during COVID-19. Research shows that emotional intelligence accounts for nearly 90% of what sets high performers leaders apart from those with similar technical skills and knowledge. Read more

The relationship between charity, charities and the general public

The relationship between charity, charities and the general public

19 June 2020

Earlier this week, the Charity Commission published its report on ‘Regulating in the public interest - The relationship between Charity, charities and the general public’. Read more

How accurate are spreadsheets as a tool for effective governance?

How accurate are spreadsheets as a tool for effective governance?

17 June 2020

According to research from Deloitte, nearly a quarter of all spreadsheets contain errors, meaning boards are potentially exposing their companies to financial and reputational damage. Read more

Virtual company meetings: are they here to stay?

Virtual company meetings: are they here to stay?

15 June 2020

Attending a recent webinar from The Chartered Governance Institute on the topic of holding virtual AGMs, where practitioners shared their experience of rearranging large-scale AGMs, it was evident that companies are finding effective solutions. Read more

Key governance challenges for academy governance during COVID-19 – Part 3

Key governance challenges for academy governance during COVID-19 – Part 3

12 June 2020

The article is the third in a series of four blog posts on academy governance during COVID-19 published throughout May and June. Read more

Power and influence with your board

Power and influence with your board

10 June 2020

Warren Bennis, the legendary management guru’s description of power as ‘The ability to convert vision into reality’ is a good place to start when thinking about how to up your power and influence with the board. Read more

Three potential roadblocks to remote team success

Three potential roadblocks to remote team success

08 June 2020

As working remotely begins to feel more normal, you may start to notice specific challenges effectively blocking the successful functioning of your team. Read more

Learning the lessons

Learning the lessons

05 June 2020

With the UK government’s five tests for easing lockdown having been met, June will be a busy month for reopenings with many schools and nurseries already open and non-essential retail businesses due to reopen on 15 June. Read more

Recruiting company secretaries and governance professionals during COVID-19

Recruiting company secretaries and governance professionals during COVID-19

01 June 2020

Despite the slight ease of lockdown measures, the return to the office and face-to-face interview processes still seems distant. Read more

Tips for leading remotely

Tips for leading remotely

29 May 2020

Whether it's a global pandemic or a regular change, the role of a leader remains the same. Read more

Exiting lockdown with a stronger board

Exiting lockdown with a stronger board

26 May 2020

With important ethical dilemmas needing to be resolved in the coming days and weeks, determining the best way to ease the lockdown will require boards to strengthen their ability to make good decisions. Read more

Finding a job during COVID-19

Finding a job during COVID-19

22 May 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has sent economic shockwaves throughout the world, with US rates of unemployment the worst since the Depression era and UK jobless claims soaring by nearly 70% in April. Read more

The rise of virtual board and shareholder meetings in the Middle East – a focus on Saudi and UAE

The rise of virtual board and shareholder meetings in the Middle East – a focus on Saudi and UAE

21 May 2020

COVID-19 is forcing businesses across the globe to adapt to how they operate. Read more

Effective chairing in a virtual world

Effective chairing in a virtual world

20 May 2020

As the world continues to wrestle with the coronavirus pandemic, businesses face having to create, at least in the short-term, their ‘new normal’. Read more

With companies moving to video-conferencing to interview candidates, here are some handy hints to succeed

With companies moving to video-conferencing to interview candidates, here are some handy hints to succeed

19 May 2020

While it may be daunting for those who have never interviewed online before, here are a few tips to increase your chances of online interview success. Read more

WFH - Working From Home

WFH - Working From Home

18 May 2020

We have been WFH for several weeks now. What started as a short-term arrangement is looking increasingly like a medium-term solution and a preferred option for many colleagues for the longer term. Read more

Key governance challenges for academy governance during COVID-19 – Part 2

Key governance challenges for academy governance during COVID-19 – Part 2

15 May 2020

The article is the second in a series of four blog posts on academy governance during COVID-19 that is being released fortnightly throughout May and June. Read more

Business has lost the public’s trust

Business has lost the public’s trust

14 May 2020

The consensus among politicians, citizens, and even executives themselves, is that capitalism serves only to enrich the elites while ignoring ordinary people. Read more

We’re not all in the same boat: why it pays to get personal about wellbeing

We’re not all in the same boat: why it pays to get personal about wellbeing

13 May 2020

While we may all be facing the same COVID-19 storm, we are certainly not all in the same boat. This crisis will impact each and every one of us in our own way. Read more

Annual General Meetings in Ireland 2020 – listening to the voice of the shareholder

Annual General Meetings in Ireland 2020 – listening to the voice of the shareholder

12 May 2020

We are now well into the Annual General Meeting (‘AGM’) season, and we are seeing several different approaches to the holding of the AGMs. Read more

Leadership through a crisis

Leadership through a crisis

11 May 2020

Much is being written about the actions of leaders during a crisis, such as the one we’re currently living through, with a need to recognise the attributes of an effective leader. Read more

ESG in the spotlight

ESG in the spotlight

07 May 2020

Sara Drake takes us through key environmental, social and governance developments in this blog. Read more

Key governance challenges for charities during the COVID-19 crisis

Key governance challenges for charities during the COVID-19 crisis

06 May 2020

Cecile Gillard addresses some of the challenges faced by charities during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

Acknowledge anxiety to enhance board decision-making

Acknowledge anxiety to enhance board decision-making

04 May 2020

The measures put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus have tested boards as never before. Read more

Key governance challenges for academy governance during COVID-19

Key governance challenges for academy governance during COVID-19

01 May 2020

This article is the first in a series of four blog posts on academy governance during COVID-19 that will be released over the coming month. Read more

Sustaining board unity during coronavirus

Sustaining board unity during coronavirus

29 April 2020

Finding a way through the current crisis will inevitably give rise to tensions at board level. Critical to managing these tensions is uniting directors behind a shared set of values. Read more

Reputation management during COVID-19: a must-have not a nice-to-have

Reputation management during COVID-19: a must-have not a nice-to-have

24 April 2020

It often seems that reputation management is viewed as a nice-to-have rather than something that is business-critical. Read more

Data security and the dangers of remote working

Data security and the dangers of remote working

22 April 2020

We are all staying safe by working from home. But what does that mean for data security?. Read more

Supporting your professional development in the time of COVID-19

Supporting your professional development in the time of COVID-19

07 April 2020

For all of us, life as we know it has changed beyond all recognition in the weeks and months since the word ‘coronavirus’ first entered the collective consciousness. Read more

The beautiful thing about boards

The beautiful thing about boards

30 March 2020

The ability to influence boardroom dynamics is fundamental to the successful company secretary. Read more

Coronavirus update from The Chartered Governance Institute

Coronavirus update from The Chartered Governance Institute

13 March 2020

Current update from the Institute on business practice and events. Read more

Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking - The Key to Superior Value Creation

Integrated Reporting and Integrated Thinking - The Key to Superior Value Creation

11 March 2020

Sustainable development, which requires the recognition that the three dimensions of sustainable development, the economy,. Read more

Walking the Walk

Walking the Walk

06 March 2020

An equal world is an enabled world. That’s the message of this International Women’s Day, and its campaign theme, #EachforEqual. Read more

Dirty-moneyball

Dirty-moneyball

13 February 2020

Henry Ker, Editor-in-Chief at Emperor, explains how rugby's salary cap scandal shows Saracens had big governance problems. Read more

Change your life with a new robot assistant

Change your life with a new robot assistant

11 February 2020

Katie Hollis FCG from Link Company Matters discusses Robotic Process Automation and gives top tips for anyone considering it. Read more

Ethnic diversity on boards: Progress or stagnation?

Ethnic diversity on boards: Progress or stagnation?

06 February 2020

Chris Hodge FCG, Policy Advisor at The Chartered Governance Institute, comments on the Parker Review Steering Committee's 'two years on' progress report on ethnic diversity on UK boards. Read more

A more joined-up approach to ESG – an opportunity not to be missed

A more joined-up approach to ESG – an opportunity not to be missed

06 February 2020

Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager at The Chartered Governance Institute, talks about the key takeaways from the BNY Mellon event on the outlook for the asset management industry in 2020 and the challenges facing the sector. Read more

What does good governance really look like?

What does good governance really look like?

23 January 2020

Trina Hill FCG gives us her view on what good governance looks like and what companies should focus on to achieve this. Read more

A not so happy new year

A not so happy new year

15 January 2020

Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute, comments on the Travelex ransomware virus attack and the implications of a data breach. Read more

The Company Secretary as Changemaker: a discreet but powerful role

The Company Secretary as Changemaker: a discreet but powerful role

09 January 2020

Stefan Stern wraps up the first chapter from The Company Secretary as Changemaker series and highlights the main points made by the panel of speakers. Read more

Boards need diverse talent to flourish

Boards need diverse talent to flourish

10 December 2019

A refreshingly honest perspective from Nada Korac Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics at Henley Business School, on the subject of board diversity. Read more

Taking ownership

Taking ownership

21 November 2019

Sara Drake, Chief Executive at The Chartered Governance Institute, comments on the new Beneficial Ownership Register coming into force in the Republic of Ireland. Read more

What is a changemaker?

What is a changemaker?

13 November 2019

Stefan Stern introduces The Company Secretary as Changemaker, a new series of workshops being held by The Chartered Governance Institute, and discusses what being a changemaker involves for a governance professional. Read more

ESG in the age of activism

ESG in the age of activism

08 November 2019

Chris Hodge FCG reflects upon acting as moderator for a highly topical panel discussion about how ESG issues are impacting on companies, investors and the relationship between them. Read more

Celebrating success in the charity sector

Celebrating success in the charity sector

23 October 2019

The Chartered Governance Institute’s Craig Beeston reflects on judging the 2019 Charity Times Awards. Read more

How to ensure your business supply chains are not tainted by slavery

How to ensure your business supply chains are not tainted by slavery

15 October 2019

Chloe Cranston, Business and Human Rights Manager at Anti-Slavery International, discusses how to ensure your business supply chains are not tainted by slavery. Read more

Interview with one of our top Academy Governance students

Interview with one of our top Academy Governance students

04 October 2019

Hear from a senior officer of corporate governance at an academy trust who completed her Certificate in Academy Governance course with top grades. Read more

Reputation, trust and doing the right thing

Reputation, trust and doing the right thing

03 October 2019

Our reputation is our greatest asset but one false step can have a lasting impact. Read more

Academies and the company limited by guarantee structure

Academies and the company limited by guarantee structure

26 September 2019

Louise Thomson FCG discusses academies and the peculiarities and benefits of a company limited by guarantee structure. Read more

In praise of disinterested kindness

In praise of disinterested kindness

25 September 2019

Chris Hodge FCG discusses 'long continued and disinterested kindness’ with regards to investors in a company. Read more

How does data become bias and how do we work against data bias in Boardrooms?

How does data become bias and how do we work against data bias in Boardrooms?

25 September 2019

From the front lines to the call centres to the boardroom, every one is talking about the value of data. Read more

Getting to grips with risk

Getting to grips with risk

19 September 2019

Chris Hodge FCG discusses how understanding risk is critical to good governance. Read more

How can software help to establish Governance in a legal department?

How can software help to establish Governance in a legal department?

25 July 2019

The key to governance is establishing the procedures that need to be followed. Read more

The future company secretary: upskilling, automation or coexistence?

The future company secretary: upskilling, automation or coexistence?

01 July 2019

‘What lies ahead for the future company secretary?’. Read more

What are boards really doing about ESG?

What are boards really doing about ESG?

24 June 2019

Diligent Institute set out to understand why environmental sustainability issues are elevated to the board level. Read more

Evaluating Board Evaluators

Evaluating Board Evaluators

17 June 2019

Following the growth of board evaluation services, questions are now being raised about their quality. Read more

Identity Fraud

Identity Fraud

14 June 2019

Company directors at double the risk of other individuals. Read more

 Identifying toxic behaviour in the boardroom

Identifying toxic behaviour in the boardroom

10 June 2019

Explore characteristics of toxic leadership, its impact on boardroom culture and organisational performance. Read more

Governance Leadership in the Healthcare world

Governance Leadership in the Healthcare world

05 June 2019

Hear from a director of nursing & quality governance on her experience of the Governance Leadership Programme. Read more

Delving  Deeper

Delving Deeper

21 May 2019

International financial centres have a better story to tell than people realise. Read more

Technology emphasis makes boards miss competitive advantage

Technology emphasis makes boards miss competitive advantage

14 May 2019

Technology emphasis makes boards miss competitive advantage. Read more

Why effective induction is key to good MAT governance

Why effective induction is key to good MAT governance

08 May 2019

Remember – there is no such thing as a ridiculous question. Read more

Risk and resilience

Risk and resilience

18 April 2019

Attitude to risk need to be holistic to ensure good governance. Read more

Handbook to success

Handbook to success

11 March 2019

Anna Machin ACIS, discusses academy governance. Read more

Disruptive Board Members – how coaching skills might be the answer

Disruptive Board Members – how coaching skills might be the answer

08 February 2019

Lesley Ward FCIS explains how can coaching help address disruptive behaviours in the boardroom. Read more

‘Diversity of Thought’: be very careful...

‘Diversity of Thought’: be very careful...

06 February 2019

Marsha Ramroop FRSA highlights important considerations for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Read more

Charity Governance Code - embrace the challenge

Charity Governance Code - embrace the challenge

04 February 2019

Compliance with the governance code can help charities achieve best practice. Read more

Tone from the top: how board behaviour affects corporate culture

Tone from the top: how board behaviour affects corporate culture

31 January 2019

Professor Roger Steare trials his Keynote at the Board Dynamics Summit 2019. Read more

The right ones for the job

The right ones for the job

22 November 2018

The growing group of academy trust governance professionals are fundamental to the success of academy trusts, argues Emma Perkin. Read more

How to strike the right balance in subsidiary oversight

How to strike the right balance in subsidiary oversight

02 November 2018

Giles Peel offers valuable advice about how to approach subsidiary oversight. Read more

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