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  • Women on boards

    We frequently get asked how many female directors there are in the UK, however this is difficult to ascertain as there are no definite statistics on this. Companies House does not compile statistics on director gender so any information on this topic is usually found in reports or surveys on women directors. We've gathered together links to a number of these recent surveys and reports into one briefing.

    17 February 2015

  • Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is locked

    Links to useful organisations and guidance on doing business in Papua New Guinea, includes corporate governance information

    12 February 2015

  • Vietnam Vietnam is locked

    Links to useful organisations and guidance on doing business in Vietnam, includes corporate governance information

    10 February 2015

  • How to use social media to attract business customers

    How to use social media to attract business customers

    04 February 2015

  • How to use social media to attract consumers

    This briefing discusses how to use social media to attract consumers.

    03 February 2015

  • The role of the Company Secretary

    All public companies are obliged to have a Company Secretary. From April 2008, as a result of the Companies Act 2006, private companies are no longer required to have a Company Secretary, unless their articles of association explicitly require them to do so.

    02 February 2015

  • The role of the Chairman

    The chairman’s primary role is to ensure that the board is effective in its tasks of setting and implementing the company’s direction and strategy.

    02 February 2015

  • UK Corporate Governance Code 2014

    This briefing covers: what is corporate governance?; the legal framework; the origins of the Code; the purpose of the Code; and main principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code 2014.

    30 January 2015 at 09:27

  • Role of the Senior Independent Director (SID)

    The Higgs review, published in 2003, recommended that boards of publicly listed companies should appoint a senior independent director (“SID”) from among their independent non-executives. To qualify as “independent”, non-executives need to have the necessary independence of character and judgement but also be free of any connections that may lead to a conflict of interest.

    30 January 2015

  • The roles of board committees

    This briefing explains the roles of the board in relation to its committees: the audit committee, the nomination committee and the remuneration committee. Each committee should have clear terms of reference, reviewed annually by the board to ensure their relevance.

    30 January 2015