12 December 2016
ICSA is involved in three pieces of research with which we are seeking members’ help
We are working on a project with the FRC, and in conjunction with the Investment Association and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, to assess the effectiveness of stewardship in the FTSE 350 from both the issuer and investor perspectives. We have written to FTSE 350 company secretaries to ask them to complete a short survey.
An initiative of ecoDa and Mazars, which is supported by a number of organisations including ICSA, QCA, IoD and the European Corporate Governance Codes Network, is seeking volunteer company secretaries in the UK who are willing to participate by completing a survey.
Further to the research on the role of the company secretary, carried out for us by Professor Andrew Kakabadse of Henley Business School and his team in 2014, we are now working on a piece of research into boardroom tension and, in particular, the role of the company secretary in working with the chairman to ensure that conflicts in the boardroom are healthy rather than damaging to the organisation. We will be contacting a small but representative selection of company secretaries to help us with this work over the coming weeks.
Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at ICSA, commented, ‘We are grateful to those who support us by contributing to our research work. We are all busy, and research of this kind is easily put aside, but it is important that we are in a position to let legislators and regulators know what is going on in the real world rather than rely on anecdote and opinion. Company secretaries are central to their organisation and they have the knowledge to make constructive suggestions for improvement, or oppose change for change’s sake. Any help that you can give us is much appreciated.’