Applied Corporate Governance Blog Archive

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Nov 04, 2017

Solid personal views on business ethics.

I define business ethics as a personal honesty, integrity, and dedication to a goal, running a business efficiently and effectively with minimum errors.

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May 08, 2017

Business Ethics (reader definition)


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May 08, 2017

Business Ethics (reader definition)

The human concern for all other humans who participate in the production on which the whole company lives and in which it has its being.

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May 08, 2017

Governance and ethics (reader definition)

governance and ethics is the management of the right way of conducting business in an organization in a fair, just and open way that is satisfying to all

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Oct 05, 2015

Volkswagen: an accident waiting to happen

An ACG case study on corporate governance at Volkswagen following the emissions testing scandal: our usual history, comment and analysis against our Five Golden Rules

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Sep 17, 2015

United Airlines - Corporate Governance Case Study

Following the departure of its CEO, we look at corporate governance at United Airlines and find out what went wrong.

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Jul 22, 2015

Iod And A Corporate Governance Index

A look the UK’s Institute of Directors’ project to create an index of corporate governance performance, with our own views on the purpose, the approach taken and its likelihood of success

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Jun 11, 2015

Whistleblower Policies and Procedures Can Strengthen Corporate Governance

Gillian Morse explains how good whistleblower policies and procedures are an essential part of ensuring good governance, backed by research and offering practical guidance

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Jun 09, 2015

Ethics, Accountants and the Public Interest

Using Deloitte-MG Rover as a case study, we look at whether an accountancy practice should turn down work because of public interest concerns and whether ethical principles can help

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May 04, 2015

Corporate Governance and Smaller Companies

There appears to be little research into corporate governance in smaller companies; this article looks at why and what research is being done into the sector.

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Mar 12, 2015

How Organisational Stress Affects Corporate Governance

A look at how two world leading companies have approached organisation after reassessing their global strategies under pressure from events, and the resulting effect on corporate governance

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Feb 06, 2015

Enron Case Study - History, Ethics and Governance failures

This Enron case study presents our own analysis of the spectacular rise and fall of Enron against our Golden Rules of corporate governance and applies our proprietary rating tool.

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Feb 03, 2015

Business Ethics Examples in Assessing Corporate Governance Performance

In looking around the world for role models of well-run businesses, ACG has studied many business ethics examples, which are now available as detailed case studies in ethics and corporate governance

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Jan 28, 2015

Definition of Business Ethics

Business ethics is a set of moral codes applied by an organization/a business entity to guide the conduct of all stakeholders in the execution of their

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Jan 28, 2015


I would define business ethics as the proper way operate in a business. The way that the business needs to be run needs to be in accordance with the law.

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Nov 14, 2014

Surveys: The Sure Way To Good Governance. ACG White Papers

The time has finally arrived for the use of surveys to supersede box-ticking in the pursuit of good corporate governance; this white paper

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Nov 04, 2014

The European Union and Corporate Governance Reform

Does the European Commission know what it is doing about Corporate Governance? We look at corporate governance reform in the European Union following the global financial crisis

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Oct 10, 2014

Whistleblowing Definition - Applied Corporate Governance

In this article we ask the question “what does whistleblower mean?” and “who blows whistles?”, presenting our own whistleblowing definition and exploring what others have to say on the subject

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Sep 30, 2014

Tesco and Whistleblowing

Why did Tesco need a whistleblower to correct accounting malpractice? We look at the what and the why of the £250m profit overstatement and assess corporate governance at the retailer

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Aug 01, 2014

Business Ethics Examples: How (not) to behave

High ethical standards are increasingly linked to avoiding business failure and improving performance; in this article we look at business ethics examples, both of poor behaviour and sound principles

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Jul 18, 2014

AbbVie Shire News Update

Following our earlier article on the latest US bid for a UK pharmaceutical, we analyse the latest Abbvie-Shire news from a strategic and corporate governance perspective.

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Jul 14, 2014

Business Ethics Articles - Applied Corporate Governance

A selection of business ethics articles from the Applied Corporate Governance blog looking at different issues, companies and ethical behaviour.

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Jul 04, 2014

AbbVie-Shire Bid - Offshore Cash And Lessons For Boards

Following Pfizer-AstreZenca, we look at another US bid for a European Pharmaceutical company and the corporate governance lessons from the AbbVie-Shire bid

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Jul 02, 2014

Over 20,000 Visits and Counting - Getting Our Message Out!

How our commitment to quality content in plain English, our passion to make a difference and the most comprehensive online business tool on the web is building momentum.

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May 30, 2014

AstraZeneca - Pfizer Bid

AstraZeneca - Pfizer’s bid raises questions over the future of pharmaceutical giants: we analyse the saga and lessons to be learned and examine it against our Five Golden Rules of corporate governance

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May 27, 2014

The New ACG Guide to UK Non-Executive Directors

We are pleased to launch another free ebook for readers of our website, this time on Non-Executive Directors. This first version is aimed at the UK NED but while we will soon launch an international version, many corporate governance models around the world are based on the UK principles, especially "comply or explain", so it will still be of use and interest to our many readers from all corners of the world.

This short "e-booklet" is intended to help those hoping to take up a non-executive director role understand the responsibilities and requirements and give them an idea of the experience and personal qualities required. It outlines what training and induction they should look for, describes what constitutes a well-run board and board meeting, and suggests some of the tools and services they should look for to help them carry out their job effectively and efficiently. For existing non-executive directors, it should provide a checklist against which to measure their own performance and those of any boards with which they may be associated.

It also contains a summary of the UK Corporate Governance Code and the Stewardship Code, as well as related responsibilities under the Companies Act 2006.

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Apr 22, 2014

Leader blogs: new Leadership Zone on ACG

This page is a secondary blog page which will be updated regularly with leader blogs and new content (last updated: 22 April 2014)

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Apr 18, 2014

Leadership Quotes and Jokes - The Water Cooler - Applied Corporate Governance

A collection of our favourite leadership quotes and jokes to inspire or amuse - or both! Food for thought as we comment and draw lessons for us as leaders

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Apr 17, 2014

Leadership and Learning: the need for constant evolution

John F Kennedy thought that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other, but what does that mean and how can you practically apply its implications?

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Apr 11, 2014

What is Conscious Leadership? - Applied Corporate Governance

Conscious leadership means leading from a higher state of awareness, allowing you to find new and effective solutions to challenges and increasing employee engagement

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Apr 04, 2014

Is Corporate Social Responsibility Dead?

Instead of a catalyst of real change, Corporate Social Responsibility is in danger of becoming its enemy; are Social Enterprise and Social Value the answer?

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Mar 28, 2014

Corruption Index 2013 - Transparency International

What can we learn from the latest Corruption Index from Transparency International, which shows corruption is still a major problem?

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Mar 26, 2014

The Co-operative Group and Corporate Governance

An in-depth look at the Co-operative Group and the wider Co-operative Movement in the UK, with analysis and comment on its corporate governance, based on primary research

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Feb 04, 2014

Corporate Governance and Investing Institutions - The E-Board

How can non-executive directors can enhance the Corporate Governance of investing institutions? In this second article we look at the increasing use of use e-board technologies.

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Nov 15, 2013

Ethical Behaviour - Legal Versus Moral Standards

What do we mean by high standards of ethical behaviour and how practical is it to introduce legal penalties for non-compliance?

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Oct 13, 2013

There is no such thing as good governance, only 50 shades of maybe

Guest writer Barry Hammond explains why good governance is an illusion which stops many companies implementing corporate governance at all and what can be done.

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Sep 23, 2013

Corporate Governance and Investing Institutions

Corporate Governance Codes have been largely focused on big public companies but what about the investing institutions that own them? How should we assess their Corporate Governance?

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Jul 20, 2013

Bank Bonus vs the People: perception is reality

You cannot please all the people all the time but will the financial sector ever wake up to the public sentiment against the nature of the investment bank bonus?

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Jul 15, 2013

Bank bonuses capped in new European rules

On 20 June 2013, the European Council adopted new rules on bank capital requirements, amending it’s CRD IV legislation, including limits on bank bonuses of twice annual salary

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Jul 10, 2013

Project Somalia Peace Art

A CRD project in Somalia is using billboard art to promote peace and good governance

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May 24, 2013

Bangladesh: at what cost our cheap clothes?

With more details emerging this week of the reasons for the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh, the spotlight is back on the source of the cheap clothing Western countries enjoy

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May 23, 2013

Nigeria: GDP Rebasing, Ambition and Inequity

Nigeria’s GDP Rebasing Will Challenge South Africa But Emphasises Inequality.

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May 18, 2013

Africa Natural Resources: Let’s do it right this time

With the publication of the 2013 Africa Progress Report displaying guarded optimism, we look at the opportunities and challenges for Africa's Natural Resources to lift millions out of poverty.

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Apr 29, 2013

I Love SBI! Video Contest Result!

Thanks to those who voted for my I Love SBI! video, which won one of the prizes in the contest!

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Apr 22, 2013

KPMG and Corporate Governance

KPMP signed up to the Audit Firm Governance Code. How well did this protect it against the illegal actions of one of its partners?

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Apr 08, 2013

Please vote for our I love SBI! Video!

Please vote for our SBI! Video! This site uses this powerful online business and website building platform to reach almost 20,000 visits a month.

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Mar 15, 2013

ThyssenKrupp and Corporate Governance

Ongoing Crisis of Confidence in ThyssenKrupp Corporate Governance and its supervisory board: updated analysis and comment from Applied Corporate Governance

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Mar 06, 2013

Systems and Processes in Corporate Governance

The importance of systems and processes in corporate governance: what are systems and processes and how can they be used to meet CG objectives?

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