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…

Thomas Cook: NEDonBoard press release

In September 2019, Thomas Cook entered into liquidation, impacting hundreds of customers leaving them without flights and holidays as well as lenders, suppliers, partners, landlords of the high-street shops, employees (21,000 of them) and pensioners. Like other corporate failures and collapses, questions have emerged around: The role of the board, senior executive team and NEDs…

Key governance learnings from the failure of Patisserie Valerie

On Tuesday 22nd January 2019, Patisserie Valerie announced that it failed to secure an extension to its lending facilities and that it had to collapse into administration. Patisserie Valerie is the latest high-profile company to collapse because of fraud and inaccurate data. This raises some of the exact same issues as the collapse of Carillion…

Key governance learnings from the Renault-Nissan scandal

Mr Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 on suspicion of understating his compensation package in the reported financial statements of Nissan. His arrest has raised uncertainty over the future of Renault-Nissan. The corporate scandal has highlighted important corporate governance issues worth the attention of the NEDonBoard community of non-executive directors and board members. To discuss…

Carillion’s collapse provides important corporate governance lessons

On 15 January 2018 Carillion plc was forced into liquidation. Prior to its demise, Carillion was a multinational construction services and facilities management company with headquarters in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Carillion, prior to its liquidation, had liabilities of about £7 billion, was the second largest construction company in the UK, was listed on the London…

NEDonBoard calls for tougher requirements on NEDs and board members following the collapse of Carillion

The collapse of Carillion has reignited debate about the effectiveness of non-executive directors. Specifically, the report issued by the Parliamentary select committee in May outlined the role of Carillion’s board of directors in the collapse of the company. As the Professional Body for the non-executive director and board member community, NEDonBoard calls for non-executive directors…

Carillion’s lessons learned – Part 3: what the NEDonBoard community says

In the past few weeks, we have asked our community to share the lessons that they have learned from the high profile collapse of Carillion. Engagement from the NEDonBoard community has been great and we thank you for sharing your views. In this article, we are publishing some of the answers we received to our…

Carillion’s lessons learned – Part 2: back to basics

The report of the select committees on the collapse of Carillion, released on 16th May highlighted a few of the fundamental considerations that non-executive directors, chairs and senior executives (members of the board of directors) should have in mind when they accept their nomination. For members of the NEDonBoard community that have attended our acclaimed…

Carillion’s lessons learned – Part 1: Why all non-executive directors and board members should complete a training programme

The report of the select committees on the collapse of Carillion, released on 16th May has raised a number of important issues, ranging from the company’s corporate culture; its internal control environment; the competence and complacency of its auditors and advisors; the duties of the non-executive directors, chairman and senior executives who were members of…