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Oct
8
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2019
9:00 am The Effective Non-Executive Dire... @ Institute of Directors
The Effective Non-Executive Dire... @ Institute of Directors
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The effective Non-Executive Director course helps you to be an effective non-executive director. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge. <img data-attachment-id='113603' data-permalink='https://nedworks.net/10-things-non-executive-directors-can-do-to-satisfy-their-legal-responsibilities/ned3-2/' data-orig-file='https://i1.wp.com/nedworks.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NED31.png?fit=1500%2C883&ssl=1' data-orig-size='1500,883' data-comments-opened='0'[...]
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2019
9:00 am How to become a Non-Executive Di... @ Institute of Directors
How to become a Non-Executive Di... @ Institute of Directors
Oct 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
How to become a Non-Executive Director – London 22 October 2019 @ Institute of Directors
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6
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2019
9:00 am The Effective Non-Executive Dire... @ Institute of Directors
The Effective Non-Executive Dire... @ Institute of Directors
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The effective Non-Executive Director course helps you to be an effective non-executive director. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge. <img data-attachment-id='113603' data-permalink='https://nedworks.net/10-things-non-executive-directors-can-do-to-satisfy-their-legal-responsibilities/ned3-2/' data-orig-file='https://i1.wp.com/nedworks.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/NED31.png?fit=1500%2C883&ssl=1' data-orig-size='1500,883' data-comments-opened='0'[...]

Housing – Local Government – Non-Executive Director

By Debbie Wright

Non-Executive Director – Housing – Local Government Title: Non-Executive Director Location: Birmingham Posted: 20/09/2019 (10:55) Agency: Executive Headhunters Description: Our client have an exciting opportunity for a Non-Executive Director to join their growing team in Birmingham. Job Title: Non-Executive Director – Housing – Local Government Location: Birmingham / West Midlands Salary: Negotiable dependent upon time […]

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CENSIS – Chair

By Debbie Wright

Chair – CENSIS Reference: 1698 Remuneration: Honorarium of £10k per annum, plus related travel Location: Glasgow City Closing date: 18 October 2019 at midnight Following the retirement of its founding Chair, CENSIS is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead its governing Board. The Board is responsible for the maintenance and ongoing renewal of […]

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Central & Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) – Non-Executive Director and Chair of Group Audit & Risk

By Debbie Wright

Non-Executive Director and Chair of Group Audit & Risk – Central & Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) Location: London SE1 Date Posted: 18/09/2019 Closing Date: 31/10/2019 GBP 5,500 plus expenses Central & Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) is an ambitious housing association, registered with both the Regulator for Social Housing and the Care Quality Commission. We are […]

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East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) – Chair

By Debbie Wright

Chair – East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) ESNEFT are seeking a new Chair to provide strategic focus to the Board of Directors, to provide vision and leadership to staff, engage effectively with governors, stakeholders and partner organisations and take a pivotal role in supporting the development of the integrated care system. […]

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Northern Lights Learning Trust (NLLT) – Non-Executive Director

By Debbie Wright

Non-Executive Director – Northern Lights Learning Trust (NLLT) NORTH OF ENGLAND | SUNDERLAND CFO/Financial, Corporate Governance, Growth Management, Legal/Compliance, Non-executive/Trustee, Risk Deadline date: 4th October 2019 Northern Lights Learning Trust (NLLT) is aiming to grow from its current three schools, including potentially becoming a sponsor multi-academy trust (MAT) in due course. It also aspires to […]

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Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL) – Independent Non-Executive Director

By Debbie Wright

Independent Non-Executive Director – Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL) Job Reference: QAOKD Closing Date: Thursday 17 Oct 2019 Location: Southampton Job Reference: QAOKD Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL) is responsible for the smooth and efficient running of a new and growing business water market, which opened in 2017 and for the first time allows 1.2 […]

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Cyber Security Roundtable 2019

By Gavin Hinks

Stay ahead of emerging threats with DFIN, IBM, Darktrace, and CyberHive for a detailed look into how you can protect your company and board from emerging threats.

Dannie Combs, SVP, Chief Information Officer, DFIN As SVP, Chief Information Security Officer, Dannie has overall responsibility for cyber security at Donnelley Financial Solutions, a publicly-traded, full-service solutions provider for regulatory compliance, capital markets transactions, shareholder communications and language localisation. He brings 24 years of cyber security and information assurance experience to Donnelley Financial Solutions. Prior to joining Donnelley Financial Solutions, Dannie was the senior leader responsible for overall network security for the fifth-largest US-based wireless operator supporting ~20M mobile subscribers. From 2001 to 2009, Dannie consulted with a number of organisations to build and mature technology security programs and organisations as interim CISO, security architect and more. Dannie is also a 10-year veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a cyber threat specialist supporting a variety of military and national security organisations. He is also a three-time combat veteran with deployments in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Net effects of mandatory CSR reporting ‘difficult to assess’

By Gavin Hinks

sustainability reporting, ESG, CSR

If there’s one method for encouraging companies into a “sustainability” frame of mind it is the plea that they adopt a form of disclosure scheme that reveals their corporate social responsibility (CSR) progress.

And yet, the benefits may be difficult to pin down, say academics reviewing the potential of mandatory CSR reporting.

Written by academics Hans Christensen, Luzi Hail and Christian Leuz, Adoption of CSR and Sustainability Reporting Standards: Economic Analysis and Review examines the potential benefits of sustainability reporting by assuming the hypothetical imposition of mandatory disclosure standards on US companies.

According to the paper, published by the European Corporate Governance Institute, defining what is “material” in CSR reporting is a difficult task—and made more trying by a troubling obstacle.

“At the core of the problem is the observation that the empirical line between CSR activities and financial performance is tenuous, yet central to the definition of materiality,” the paper says.

New expectations

CSR or sustainability reporting has become a much discussed issue in business as boards grapple with new expectations from regulators, politicians and the public that they will play their part in reorientate their strategies to help confront the climate crisis.

A slew of different reporting frameworks have emerged for companies to use. These include guidelines from bodies such as the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), to name just a few.

These schemes are voluntary and much effort goes into promoting them to board members around the world and investors.

But the academics in this latest paper were looking at the possible outcomes from introducing a set of mandatory reporting rules.

Defining “materiality” would be a key problem for any mandatory reporting system, the authors conclude, because what may be material for investors may be quite different for other stakeholders who “care about CSR issues”.

According to the paper, more evidence is required to show what is “material for investors”.

The researchers also warn that mandatory reporting can have “unintended” as well as “intended” consequences for a business, “which are not always beneficial from an investors’ or societal perspective”.

But they also conclude that “more and better” CSR information could help capital markets, and that mandatory disclosures are more likely to have “real” effects on a company’s operations and activities.

Net effects

Two potential costs are highlighted in the paper: proprietary and litigation.

Proprietary costs are those that come in the form of external groups such as competitors, unions, regulators and tax authorities using the newly disclosed information for their own purposes with the firm.

Litigation costs spring up as disclosures, or failure to disclose, and raise the prospect of courtroom battles, an ever-present concern for US companies.

The net effects from the introduction of a mandatory system of reporting are therefore difficult to spot.

“If compliance is rather low, as some evidence suggests, and a reporting mandate is able to force out new or better CSR information, then capital markets should respond as theory predicts, for example, in the form of improved liquidity, lower costs of capital, and higher asset prices,” write the authors.

“At the same time, more transparency can increase proprietary costs and evoke heightened scrutiny by investors, analysts, or the general public. Thus, the net effects of a CSR reporting mandate are not a priori obvious or necessarily beneficial for investors.”

European companies must report using the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, which requires much greater levels of sustainability disclosure. The requirements are under review with the possibility in the near future that the EU might issue guidance on the specific subjects and measures companies must disclose.

Last year a YouGov poll found that 70% of C-suite executives believed the new reporting requirements had made their companies more transparent.

To read the paper click here.

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Video Post 01 Test

By Ben Dordoigne

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Video Post 02 Test

By Ben Dordoigne

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