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Our insights section brings together a summary of key news articles, publications and thought leadership for our members produced and compiled by NEDA and our key Sponsors and Partners.

QCA Guidance on S172 Reporting Requirements for Directors

The Quoted Companies Alliance (‘QCA’) has looked at the Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 (the ‘Act’) reporting requirements for directors and have summarised the latest position.

The business impact of Coronavirus: Legal support from Hogan Lovells

The heightened interest in the spread of Coronavirus and increasing impact on businesses large and small has drawn into focus the varied legal aspects that need to be considered.

2020 NED Awards - The Results

In this week’s Sunday Times, Mrs Moneypenny alias Heather McGregor argues that companies should be more radical in their approach when appointing their next NED by specifying no previous experience. 

CMA – Cheating or Competing Campaign

The Competitive Markets Authority, CMA, has issued a warning to businesses with a new campaign, which asks firms if they are “Cheating or Competing?” 

The Investment Association – Shareholder Priorities for 2020

The Investor Association (IA), the trade body that represents UK investment managers, collectively manage over £7.7 trillion on behalf of clients. They have just come out with a report addressing areas of priorities for shareholders in 2020. 

Edelman Trust Barometer 2020 – Global Report

The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that despite a strong global economy and near full employment, a majority globally believe that capitalism in its current form is now doing more harm than good in the world. People have increased fears about the future and their role in it. It is a wake-up call for institutions to embrace a new way of effectively building trust by balancing competence with ethical behaviour and build inclusive stakeholder governance. 

Sunday Times – ‘Let’s be radical and appoint a NED with no previous experience’

In this week’s Sunday Times, Mrs Moneypenny alias Heather McGregor argues that companies should be more radical in their approach when appointing their next NED by specifying no previous experience. 

FRC – Review How Companies and Auditors Assess and Report on the Impact of Climate Change

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has just announced a major review of how companies and auditors assess and report on the impact of climate change. 

CQI Report on the Future of Work

The Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) released a report today on how digitisation, also called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, will impact business and society and in particularly what that means in terms of the future of work. It covers nine key drivers for change and aims to help organisations make sense and prepare for those challenges ahead.

Chapter Zero – A Climate Change Boardroom Toolkit

Boards are charged with safeguarding the long-term health of the business, and delivering value to its stakeholders, and it is increasingly clear that the risks and opportunities posed by the climate change can no longer be ignored. Boards that start to act now, will be ahead of the curve and in a much better position to compete for customers and investment as society becomes ever more climate conscious.

Non-Executive Director Awards Shortlist

The annual Non-Executive Director Awards is taking place next month and the shortlist of the best in the boardroom has just been announced.

‘Ethnic Diversity Enriching Business Leadership’ – The Parker Review

According to new research from the FRC most UK companies’ approach to board ethnic diversity is unsatisfactory, where a majority of the Boards of FTSE 100 still remain all-white.

Company Matters report on ‘Board Diversity in AIM and FTSE Small Cap Companies’

There has been little attention on board diversity in companies below the FTSE 350. Which is why it is significant that this new report published by ‘Company Matters’ is directing the spotlight on diversity in AIM and FTSE Small Cap companies. It is timely and a good start to map out the landscape.

Shareholder Capitalism is making way for Stakeholder Capitalism

As the  World Economic Forum is currently taking place in Davos, the word that seems to be the most frequently used is Stakeholder Capitalism.

New Internal Audit Code will help businesses better manage risk

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors has just published a new code to increase the effectiveness of internal audit functions.  The Internal Audit Code of Practice will strengthen corporate governance following a series of high-profile collapses linked to governance deficiencies, including Carillion. 

New Guidance for Risk Committees and Risk Functions Published

The Risk Coalition, a newly created association of the UK’s leading professional membership bodies, has recently published its ‘Raising the Bar’ principles-based guidance for board risk committees and risk functions in the UK financial services sector

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