Charlie Helps & Co Blog

Global Commentators on Governance for Two Decades
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Uber stripped of London taxi licence

Transport for London rejected Uber's license application According to a brief article in the Guardian today, Transport for London said it rejected Uber's application because their approach and conduct show "a lack of corporate responsibility. Uber said it will appeal...

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Women in Marketing Awards 2016 are Here!

Enter Now to be in the Running to Win in 2016 - Entries Close on 29 September 2016 Who can enter? The Awards are open to the whole of the UK. You can choose as many categories as you wish (a separate entry must be put together for each). Self and third party...

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Theresa May’s plan to put workers in boardrooms is extraordinary!

Theresa May’s plan to put workers in boardrooms is extraordinary!
The next prime minister didn’t merely attack grotesque levels of pay in FTSE 100 boardrooms, a refrain heard in vague terms from most of the runners in the Tory leadership race. She also wants employees to be represented on company boards, a specific proposal that reopens a debate that hasn’t been aired seriously in mainstream British politics since the mid-70s.

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Brexit Vote: What does it mean for Compliance?

Following the referendum vote to leave the EU, the UK Financial Conduct Authority released a statement confirming that companies must continue to “abide by their obligations under UK law, including those derived from EU law and continue with implementation plans for legislation that is still to come into effect.”

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Does Your Business Have Strategic Partners? Why Not?

One of the biggest mistakes business owners make is trying to do everything alone. To combat this error, business owners must hire and train the right employees. In addition, they should leverage strategic partners.

So what is a strategic partner? A strategic partner is another business with whom you enter into an agreement that aims to help both of you achieve more success.

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Core Values for 21st Century Business Success

Foundations of Corporate Governance
The UK Governance Code and the King Code are each considered minimum standards for entry to the stock markets of their respective countries, the UK and South Africa. They have similar, yet fascinatingly different origins. The UK Code was established in response to massive corporate failures in the UK, which left shareholders’ funds ravaged, with no recourse or accountability.

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How we Correctly Predicted the Brexit Result

Our poll indicated that the British public would vote to leave the EU; official polls predicted that the UK would voted by a tiny margin to remain. How did we do it with a zero budget?

Our poll was different; we asked voters using social media to say how they would vote, in, or out, and we also asked them to choose as many matters which they were interested in, from the economy, to their favourite sport!

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EU in, or EU out?

In the snap poll we conducted on social media in the past week, we found statistical correlations that show some interesting trends.

Choose a subject or sport that voters said they were interested in or concerned about to see how that relates to their voting.

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Interview with Ms Sharon Stone

We interviewed Sharon Stone from our offices in Rome in her capacity as Global Campaign Chair at the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

Sharon speaks about fundraising for HIV/AIDS research, and her insights into the day-to-day realities for those suffering the devastating symptoms of the virus, including tiny orphans and other deeply vulnerable people.

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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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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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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 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

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?

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

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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NHS: Mervyn King on the Challenges Faced by NHS Boards

Quality and Risk in the NHS
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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Book Review: A Better World, Inc. by Alice Korngold

Governance—it was a pretty normal day until my Twitter DM inbox came alive with: “Charlie, would you be interested in reviewing my book, A Better World, Inc.” I had been planning to head over to Amazon to order myself a copy, and here was the author, the eminent Alice Korngold, offering me an opportunity to review her latest book.

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So where to Next for Corporate Governance on Social Media?

In moments, I could see a picture of my network stretching out in front of me like spaghetti junction on a good day, clear and green (you can change that). There was traffic, and I could see plenty of intersections, a few accidents, some happy coincidences, even one or two serendipitous moments. But above all else, what was clear was: those of us talking about Corporate Governance are a distributed yet cohesive set, with smaller, bridged groups coagulating around similar topics.

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