Speaking up for business leaders

Policy and governance

The IoD has always spoken out, without fear or favour, on behalf of its members. We advance the case for business in government, parliament, the media and other influential forums. We listen to our members to ensure that our advocacy work is driven by what matters to you.

We work for you


Our expert advisory groups lead on key issues for UK directors, tapping into member expertise and experience, and listening to their views to gain real-world insights into the challenges UK businesses face.


Because broad stakeholder engagement promotes collaboration, debate and mutual understanding, we take a multi-stakeholder approach that includes the perspectives of board members, investors, business policy makers, academics, and employees.


As the UK’s leading voice for business leaders, we represent your views and campaign on your behalf on a range of issues affecting business from trade to taxation, enterprise to education. Add your voice to ours to influence the discussions that matter.

Press Office

We can be contacted 24/7 for comment, opinion and information on IoD policy areas and a wide range of business and economic news in the UK.

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Policy wins

We listen to our members and engage with the four governments of the UK on key issues that matter to you. These are just a few of our successes.

Gave government a clear picture of how the coronavirus outbreak was affecting businesses on the ground, extending furlough to the end of March 2021

Successfully persuaded the government during the pandemic to twice suspend the potential legal liability for directors of ‘wrongful trading’

Addressed limited company director income by lobbying for directors to be eligible for furlough based on PAYE salary

Enhanced the AIA cap from £200,000 to £1m to stimulate investment in plant and machinery

Pushed for CBILS and BBLS to be extended, providing much needed finance for businesses to survive through hard times

Supported the introduction of grants awarded through SEISS to assist the self-employed affected by Covid

Expert Advisory Groups

Our expert advisory groups help us convey member issues to policy makers. These groups currently cover; Corporate Governance, Sustainability, Tax, Economy, Entrepreneurship, Future of the Workforce, Tech, Science and Innovation and Inclusion and Diversity.

Policy Voice

Have your say with Policy Voice

Individually, it’s hard to be heard. Add your voice to your fellow IoD members to influence conversations about issues that matter to the business community. Join the discussion now.

IoD Centre for Corporate Governance

Promoting collaboration and dialogue

Explore current issues in corporate governance, company stewardship and ESG for the benefit of the business community and wider society.

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