Identifying and managing conflicts of interest

  Conflicts of interest abound at board level. They are an important issue that all NEDs and boards have to handle. Conflicts distort decision-making and have the potential to undermine the integrity of boards. Recognising a conflict can be more complicated than you might think.   Guest speakers James Whitaker co-leads Mayer Brown’s global Environmental,…

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Risk 2023: the “perfect storm” of risks faced by boards

  Boards face the ‘perfect storm’ of high-impact interlocking risks, finds new Chartered Institute of Internal Auditor’s report, Risk In Focus 2023 The War in Ukraine, coupled with an accelerating cost of living catastrophe, and a looming recession has significantly intensified a wide range of business-critical risks for many organisations. As businesses continue to grapple…

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How sustainable are your company’s green credentials?

  “How many times and in what contexts do the words “green”, “eco” and “sustainable” appear in your company’s financial statements, press releases and marketing materials?” Although this question has probably not yet featured in a proposal for Directors & Officers liability insurance, it is one which external regulators and other stakeholders are examining with…

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The board journey to frame, implement and monitor purpose

The board journey to frame, implement and monitor purpose: best practices and lessons learned   In September 2022, NEDonBoard, together with Grant Thornton, hosted a hybrid session. We explored some board level perspectives, experiences, best practices, and lessons learned around purpose and strategy. We also covered the journey of framing, implementing, and monitoring purpose. Sarah Bell,…

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Fit-for-purpose: best practices to amend your articles of association

  Reviewing and amending articles of association: best practices and learnings from the NEDonBoard community In August 2022, NEDonBoard hosted a roundtable to draw on the experience of its community with regard to reviewing and amending articles of association. The discussion was chaired by Nicky Heathcote, portfolio NED and board chair.   Introduction Articles of…

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Greenwashing considerations for Boards

  In recent times many high-profile companies have appeared in the news due to allegations of greenwashing surrounding their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and sustainable products offering. Management teams and company Boards are today more than ever finding themselves under increasing pressure to justify their commitment to saving the planet, amid accusations of widespread…

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