Toshiba pulls a rabbit out of the hat

Toshiba and the Japanese Stewardship Code, image of Toshiba logo on office building with blog title

We have featured Toshiba several times this year in our new ACG Report, and the twists and turns have been fascinating. The likely end result is both surprising and at the same time unsurprising, though the long term implications for governance could be ground-breaking. This post is taken from the latest issue of the report which is available free to subscribers.

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Kobe and the Japan Codes of Corporate Governance and Stewardship

Kobe Steel is one of the pillars of the Japanese industrial establishment. In a few short weeks in October, its share price suffered a disastrous drop of some 40% following revelations by the company that over some years it had routinely produced fake quality control data. We look at its code of conduct, apply Japan’s Corporate Governance Code and our Golden Rules and suggest measures that should now be taken to stop this happening again.

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Stakeholder engagement and directors’ duties under company law

image of businessman with tablet showing survey results, representing stakeholder engagementWe have written often, and at length, about the imperative of taking a holistic approach to Corporate Governance, and that balancing the interests of primary stakeholders in formulating the Goal of the organisation is key to this. In UK company law, we can see that this is now effectively explicit in the statutory duties of directors.

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Australia update: Charities in the Spotlight, the Big 4 Banks and MPs’ “Entitlements”

Australian charity governance in the spotlight - ACG Australia updateOur latest review of corporate governance developments in Australia places charities in the spotlight, following another scandal involving underpayment of so-called “chuggers” (street collectors or “charity muggers”), checks progress in the banking sector since the parliamentary review and comments on the expenses furore that has led to the resignation of the health minister. By Malcolm Sealy, Australia Correspondent.

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Innovation: Corporate Governance’s hidden but vital contribution

innovation: corporate governance's hidden but vital contribution

Good corporate governance must encourage innovation to drive productivity, which creates high profits, well-paid employment and social benefits

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Australia’s Parliament Questions Big Banks

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On 3 October 2016 a Parliamentary Committee Inquiry, set up by the Liberal Party as a counter to a Labor call for a Royal Commission, began to question all four CEOs of the Big Four Banks (Westpac, ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth), on separate days. Was this a genuine effort to change banking culture or a political box-ticking exercise? Our Australia Correspondent, Malcolm Sealy, discusses the issue.

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Shareholder Value and Corporate Governance

shareholder-valueHas Alfred Rappaport been unfairly judged?

A recent article by Professor Alfred Rappaport in the Financial Times defended his very influential and widely followed philosophy of the primary importance of the pursuit of shareholder value. This has come under increasing criticism in recent years, as the concept of a more balanced stakeholder approach has gained wider acceptance, and particularly as capitalism itself has come under fire since the 2008 financial collapse. So we thought it would be interesting to go back to the source of the controversy and review Prof. Rappaport’s defining book, Creating Shareholder Value, thirty years after its publication, in the light of current views about corporate governance, and see whether we agreed with Prof. Rappaport’s self-justification. 

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The UK’s National Health Service and Governance

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In the UK the National Health Service (NHS), once described as “the closest thing the English people have now to a national religion” is in the spotlight once again as the junior doctors are about to embark on a series of strikes. How can an organisation so popular with the public have developed such a bad relationship with a key group of employees? We look here at the failings in corporate governance which have led to this situation and suggest how applying our Five Golden Rules of Good Corporate Governance could help the situation.

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ARM’s board accepts Softbank takeover: was this good corporate governance?

arm-softbankFollowing the shock result of the Brexit referendum and the subsequent collapse in the value of the pound, the next shock – at least in technology circles – was the announcement that Japanese telecoms and internet giant, Softbank, had made an agreed offer to buy leading UK chip designer, ARM. 

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Brexit referendum – was this good governance? (Part 2)

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In Part 2 of our look at Brexit, it seemed a useful exercise to examine the governance of the country that led to this most disruptive result, against the principles of our Applied Corporate Governance and their application to organisations generally. We analyse the issues considered in the referendum, the key stakeholders and how they have been affected, and set out how our ACG approach would assess this as an exercise in governance.

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