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


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.


Brexit referendum – was this good governance?


On 23 June the UK narrowly voted to leave the European Union in a single issue referendum. The result has shocked everyone in the UK, not least those who voted to Leave, who had no real expectation of winning. Indeed, so convinced were they that they were going to lose that they set up a website to gather support for a second referendum. This website then became the vehicle for those disappointed Remain voters who quickly registered over 4 million pleas for a re-run of the Referendum.


Corruption and Corporate Governance


The relevance of corruption to corporate governance is clear. A well-governed organisation will not allow corruption either in external transactions or internally. Yet in many companies and indeed regions around the world bad governance and corruption is still endemic. In our quest to improve standards of corporate governance, we review global progress in fighting corruption.


Active vs Passive Management and Stewardship

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So-called “Passive” investment funds, which follow the markets rather than invest actively in companies, are growing in number. But are they really “passive” owners? Research suggests otherwise. We look at the data and whether, as stewards, they can and do influence corporate governance and performance in their investee companies.


Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Santiago Principles: The ACG View

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In recent years the Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) have started to make waves in Corporate Governance. In our regular look at governance in a range of sectors and regions, we examine SWFs and assess their governance code, the Santiago Principles, against our own Golden Rules.


Banking Culture Review: A worthy but doomed effort


Culture drives behaviour in any organisation, for better and for worse. Banking culture is notorious for its competitive, short-termist, bonus-obsessed and at times ruthless nature. Having recognised the damage this culture has had on public image, top bankers tried, following the 2007 crash, to spark fundamental reform. We look at how effective their efforts have been.


Pharma Industry Developments in Corporate Governance

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The global pharma industry is evolving. Following high profile failures of mergers the pharma sector is choosing strategic alliances and focussing on specific fields to counter challenges of rising costs of new drug development and patent expiry.


Sale of BHS: Winner Takes All in the Stakeholder Stakes

Sale of BHS (article image)

As another large retailer, British Home Stores (BHS) goes into administration, leaving a huge pension deficit, our latest ACG case study looks in-depth at the facts and the corporate governance of the organisation, in particular the owners, Philip Green and then Dominic Chappell, against our Golden Rules. 


Women in the boardroom: board diversity and corporate governance


Women are responsible for more than 80% of consumer buying decisions. Yet the number of women in the boardroom and indeed in business generally falls very far short. We look at the issue of board diversity and representation of women on boards in the context of our holistic approach to corporate governance.


9 Influences on Corporate Governance Developments

9 Influences on Corporate Governance Developments

Those of us with an interest in corporate governance will each have our own ideas about how the concept should be advanced, or indeed, how it is likely to develop. In this first article in the new blog, we look at 9 current influences on corporate governance developments.