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Contractors could lose public sector tenders if they don’t enforce anti-slavery measures

Contractors could lose public sector tenders if they don’t enforce anti-slavery measures

According to Construction News, “contractors could lose out on public sector tenders if they fail to take measures to ensure their supply chain is free of companies engaged in modern slavery practices.

A leading construction lawyer has warned that growing numbers of clients are likely to include questions on slavery in tender documents as the issue has come into focus following the passing of the Modern Slavery Act.

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What is a Board for Anyway?

What is a Board for Anyway?

The English model of corporate governance is imitated to varying degrees throughout the world and certainly sets a benchmark by which other systems are judged, even when they are strikingly different. Strangely, we still a surprising amount of time helping board members across many organisations to consider why they are there and deciding what their focus should be. Here’s a quick introduction to get new directors out of the blocks.

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Precis: Core Values for 21st Century Business Success

Precis: Core Values for 21st Century Business Success

Commissioned for The Corporate Report by Professor Judge Mervyn E King, SC, this article speaks about the threats to business survival in the 21st Century, not only from the megatrends we are all familiar with but also from the unsustainable business models still being perpetuated by big and small corporations globally.

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So, you are a Leader, Right? Says who?

Leaders are Leaders, Right?   Now look, leaders are leaders, aren't they? So, they go over there, and we go with them, that is, we follow... Right? Nope, that is a shepherd. What leaders do, is to awaken our own thoughts, our own volition, our own impetus. We...

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Mervyn King on the Challenges Faced by NHS Boards

Mervyn King on the Challenges Faced by NHS Boards

We highly recommend this video to anybody interested in governance, quality and risk in the NHS. Judge Mervyn King, a long-time friend of the late Nelson Mandela, speaks with deep commitment about the responsibilities of directors in the NHS, and the courage required to take difficult decisions in times of budgetary constraint.

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Cyber-security and the Board

Cyber-security and the Board

Cyber-security is an issue for most individuals and all sizes of organisation, and within organisations it is now generally accepted that it should be a board-level matter, and not one for the IT department to tackle alone.

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Succession Planning for your Board of Directors

Succession Planning for your Board of Directors

Board succession planning is less about the proverbial “bus test” and more about maintaining a fully capable, competent, and functioning board that is equipped with the necessary skills, experience, independence and diversity of thought to properly discharge the duties of a board. This holds true in whichever sector the board is operating. There is very good guidance available from organisations such as the ICSA and the IoD.

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Are you a General Counsel and also Company Secretary?

Are you a General Counsel and also Company Secretary?

Private companies do not have to appoint a secretary unless their articles of association require them to, although larger private companies would often choose to appoint one. A public limited company must have a secretary.

If you have been formally appointed company secretary, duly registered at Companies House, even if not on the board of directors in your role as general counsel, you are an officer of the company under the Companies Act. As an officer of the company the secretary can be criminally liable for defaults committed by the company.

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Horizon Scanning for Boards

Horizon Scanning for Boards

At a roundtable hosted by Governance + Compliance magazine in July, seven of the UK’s foremost governance professionals met to discuss the pivotal role of the company secretary. The meeting followed the publication of ICSA’s report The Company Secretary: Building...

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Leadership of Margaret Sanger

Margaret Sanger is a historical figure who is no less controversial now than she was 100 years ago when she began her work to make birth control and abortion readily available to American women. While many of her ideas on birth control are readily accepted today, the...

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