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    1. 11 hours ago

      Double vote law risks bolstering control of dominant investor

      The control freaks are out in force for France’s annual meeting season, seizing on the unintended consequences of a law...

    2. 13 hours ago

      Investors fight for greater say on boards

      A campaign to win shareholders a greater say over who sits on corporate boards has exposed a rift between some of the...

    1. 13 hours ago

      How Benetton faced up to the aftermath of Rana Plaza

      Benetton is renowned for visually striking and provocative ad­verts focusing on social causes such as HIV/Aids or race...

    2. April 17, 2015

      Run the BBC as a company that pays dividends in viewing pleasure

      Public debate about the BBC is disfigured by two opposing forces. The first is the politically-inspired vandalism of those,...

    3. April 16, 2015

      French companies fight back against Florange double-vote law

      Some of France’s largest companies are preparing a rebellion to counteract a law passed by the country’s socialist...

    4. April 15, 2015

      Petrobras shows corruption is now a high-stakes game in Brazil

      In the 1980s, corruption in Brazil was a simple, albeit sweaty, affair. The first challenge for any executive entrusted with...

    5. April 15, 2015

      Norway oil fund begins policy of revealing how it votes

      Norway’s $880bn oil fund will on Wednesday usher in a new era in corporate governance when it begins to disclose in advance...

    6. April 13, 2015

      Deals raise oversight concerns at Abu Dhabi wealth fund

      The managing director of one of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth funds used his private shell companies to secure deals with...

    7. April 9, 2015

      Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju sentenced to 7 years

      Ramalinga Raju, former chairman of Satyam Computer, has been jailed for seven years by a court investigating a more than...

    8. March 30, 2015

      The pioneering business leader’s endless variety

      Today the Financial Times publishes its list of the 50 leading business pioneers. Any reader hoping to extract a single...

    9. March 30, 2015

      PSAM questions governance in battle with Vincent Bolloré’s Vivendi

      P. Schoenfeld Asset Management (PSAM) has raised the alarm over corporate governance at Vivendi, arguing that de facto...

    10. March 27, 2015

      Fanuc parts the curtains on its secretive culture

      Yoshiharu Inaba, Fanuc’s chief executive, does not have enough hours in his day. Most of his time as head of the world’s...

    11. March 26, 2015

      The Ideas Column: Where angels fear to invest

      Investors are often told they can do well by doing good, making money while salving their consciences by applying ethics to...

    12. March 25, 2015

      Learn to spot the moment of truth

      How do you avoid joining the list of formerly successful companies that have suffered a sad decline and fall? As Charles...

    13. March 23, 2015

      Companies face up to the technical brain drain challenge

      In 2011, Rackspace, the US-based cloud-computing company, spotted an unwelcome trend in its own data. Al­though it was...

    14. March 19, 2015

      BofA under pressure to defend structure

      Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May and Citigroup and JPMorgan may have...

    15. March 19, 2015

      Boards fail to alter their mix

      There is an uncomfortable truth lurking behind the celebrated rapid increase in the number of women on the boards of the...

    16. March 13, 2015

      Norway’s oil fund joins push for proxy access in US

      The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund has thrown its weight behind the push for shareholders in US companies to be...

    17. March 11, 2015

      Time for a clean boardroom sweep?

      When a sports team underperforms as badly as the England cricket team has lately, the cry often goes up: “Sack the lot!” It...

    18. March 10, 2015

      How HSBC chairman Flint can restore accountability at his bank

      Is Europe’s biggest bank too big to manage? Or have its management and board simply not been up to the job? Politicians and...

    19. March 6, 2015

      Chief executives brace themselves for spring offensive on pay

      Protests over executive pay will be reignited in the run-up to the general election, industry groups have warned, after new...

    20. March 4, 2015

      The role of independents is to challenge

      The former General Motors chairman, Alfred P Sloan, who died in 1966, once asked his board of directors whether they were...

    21. March 4, 2015

      Review: ‘The Second Curve’ by Charles Handy

      The Second Curve: Thoughts on Reinventing Society, Charles Handy, Random House Books, £14.99 Charles Handy is 82 and can...

    22. March 2, 2015

      Gannett settles governance dispute with Icahn

      Gannett has settled a dispute over corporate governance with Carl Icahn ahead of the spin-off of the USA Today owner’s...

    23. February 27, 2015

      When is a company too big to manage?

      “Can I know what every one of 257,000 people is doing? Clearly I can’t.” When HSBC’s chief executive Stuart Gulliver claimed...

    24. February 26, 2015

      In a Blink: Women are making their presence felt on FTSE100 boards

    25. February 26, 2015

      In praise of the public intervention

      “Don’t vote! The government will get in” runs an old gag, one that would probably provoke a hollow laugh of recognition in...

    26. February 23, 2015

      HSBC and the problem of managing mega banks

      One of the paradoxes of the banking business is that taxpayers indulge size by rewarding it with an implicit subsidy. Yet...

    27. February 22, 2015

      ‘Protectionist’ French law alarms investors

      A group of large investors has written to France’s biggest companies asking them to opt out of a controversial new...

    28. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    29. February 17, 2015

      AstraZeneca lines up pharma critic for board

      AstraZeneca has nominated to its board a US scientist who has tweeted strongly critical views of the pharmaceuticals...

    30. February 16, 2015

      UK watchdog to tackle HSBC on standards

      HSBC is facing searching questions from regulators over the quality of its internal checks and culture after the Financial...

    31. February 16, 2015

      Pity Japan as it emerges from its third recession

      Those worrying about poor growth in the west should pity Japan: it has just emerged from its third recession since the...

    32. February 16, 2015

      We are all victims now

      We live in the age of victimhood. Wherever you look there is someone with a grievance. The richer and more powerful they...

    33. February 16, 2015

      Lord Browne to head Huawei’s UK board

      Huawei has recruited former BP chief executive Lord Browne to head a UK board of directors that will oversee British...

    34. February 15, 2015

      It is better to fire a wrong hire as fast as you can

      Ten days ago, a hitherto unknown Texan teenager by the name of Cella tapped out a tweet that read “Ew, I start this f a**...

    35. February 11, 2015

      The best chairmen have cool heads

      “If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs,” a wise colleague once told me, “you’ve probably failed to...

    36. February 11, 2015

      Leaders: is it better to breed your own?

      In January, Dalton Philips, chief executive of supermarket Wm Morrison, was ousted after five years in the role. The move...

    37. February 9, 2015

      Travails of HSBC are a microcosm of problems in banking

      It was the summer of 2007 and I wanted to open a bank account. Passport and utility bill in hand, I went to my local HSBC...

    38. February 5, 2015

      Chiefs fight shy of staff salary comparison

      We know how much money the chief executives of listed companies make, but we do not know how much more they earn than their...

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