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Upholding Integrity: The corporate benefits of a robust Whistleblowing Policy 

Posted Monday May 13, 2024

In recent weeks, aerospace giant Boeing could be found sitting somewhat uncomfortably in media headlines following multiple whistleblower reports from within its supply chain and manufactuing process, bringing consumer trust into and corporate integrity firmly into focus. So, this week Ebonstone has decided to look at the benefits in having a strong and functional whistleblowing…

A Question of Ethics: How could a Code of Ethics help your business to stand out? 

Posted Friday April 19, 2024

Let’s face it, throughout modern history, many businesses ethical considerations have often taken a back seat, behind ‘profitability at all costs’ driving the business focus. However, for companies listed on the FTSE 350 (and those with aspirations to be), maintaining a robust ethical framework isn’t just a moral imperative, it’s a strategic necessity, and an important…

Learning from the Carillion Collapse: Improving Corporate Governance in the UK 

Posted Friday April 5, 2024

It’s been just over 6 years since the collapse of Carillion in January 2018 that sent shockwaves through the UK business world, prompting a critical examination of corporate governance practices. As one of the largest construction and facilities management companies in the UK, Carillion’s demise raised serious questions at the time about governance failures and…

The Geopolitical Chessboard: Strategic business thinking at the board level 

Posted Friday March 22, 2024

The geopolitical landscape has become a paramount consideration for businesses operating in the United Kingdom, with its influence extending deep into corporate strategy at the highest levels of governance. This weeks’ article delves into the multifaceted impact of geopolitics on strategic decision making within UK boardrooms, underlining the imperative for foresight and nimble feet when…

Balancing the Board! The evolution of gender equality in UK boardrooms 

Posted Thursday March 14, 2024

Following on from International Women’s’ Day last week, Ebonstone wanted to revisit gender equality within business where the past two decades have witnessed a slow but perceptible shift in the dynamics of boardrooms across the UK.  While progress has been made, the journey towards achieving gender balance in the corporate echelons remains an ongoing battle….

Brilliant Businesswomen: Inspiring Journeys of Female Entrepreneurs in the UK 

Posted Friday March 8, 2024

In the bustling UK business arena, a powerful wave of change is surging, driven by resilient and visionary women who have dared to dream beyond (long established) boundaries. Today is International Women’s Day, so as an all female owned business, Ebonstone duly wanted to pay homage to the struggles, journeys, and triumphs of female entrepreneurs…

Empowering Change: The Purpose and Impact of B-Corps 

Posted Friday March 1, 2024

IT’S B-CORP MONTH!… and as a proud certified B-Corp company, Ebonstone wants to promote the movement, explaining to the uninitiated what it’s all about and why EVERY organisation should strive towards a better way of doing business! In a world where business success often hinges on profit margins and shareholder returns, a new wave of…

University Challenged? Governance challenges facing UK Higher Education sector.

Posted Friday February 16, 2024

With welcome news this week that overall undergraduate applications from overseas students for UK universities is up 0.7% on last year, we look at how good governance should play a part in the growing challenges our Higher Education institutions face.  The world of higher education in the UK stands on the precipice of transformation as…

Social Governance….corporate perception that blue my mind!

Posted Friday February 9, 2024

How accurate is the general social picture when it comes to company image and perception? In the ever evolving landscape of corporate communication, companies often resort to strategic messaging to create an illusion of virtue. This phenomenon, commonly referred to as ‘washing,’ comes in various hues, each representing a different facet of corporate misdirection. From…

The Path to Net Zero: Is your organisation on track? 

Posted Friday February 2, 2024

How strong is your governance framework when it comes to achieving net zero targets? It’s understandable that our collective net zero agenda may have taken a back seat in recent years whilst the effects of economic change, global conflicts and pandemics have been at the forefront of attention. However, as the world collectively strives towards…

Unravelling the Horizon Post Office Scandal

Posted Friday January 19, 2024

Unravelling the Horizon Post Office Scandal: A Tale of Governance Failures…  In the quiet corners of the United Kingdom, where the humdrum of everyday life mingles with the routine tasks of running a post office, a scandal of monumental proportions has unfurled. The Horizon Post Office scandal is not just about financial discrepancies or misplaced…

The Crucial Role of a Strong IP Policy: Ebonstone explains…

Posted Monday January 8, 2024

Ebonstone explains the crucial role of a strong IP Policy for UK businesses In the dynamic landscape of modern business, where innovation is the lifeblood of success, Intellectual Property (IP) stands as a cornerstone for safeguarding a company’s ideas, creations, and competitive edge. Establishing a robust IP policy is not just a legal requirement but…

How can you improve your annual report?

Posted Friday December 22, 2023

How Can You Improve Your Annual Reporting in 2024? Following on from the FRC’s latest annual evaluation of current UK corporate governance reporting against the UK Corporate Governance Code, Ebonstone have summed up their key recommendations to help improve the standard of annual reporting. Code Compliance Enhance disclosures on non-compliance with Code Provisions. Companies are…

The Online Safety Act 2023

Posted Friday December 15, 2023

A New Era of Digital Responsibility: Key Outcomes of the Online Safety Act 2023 in the UK In a landmark move to address the challenges posed by the ever-evolving digital landscape, the UK has introduced the Online Safety Act 2023 (OSA 2023). This comprehensive legislation marks a significant step forward in ensuring the safety and…

The ECCT Act

Posted Friday December 8, 2023

Empowering Change: The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act Explained   The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill marks a significant stride in the UK’s ongoing efforts to fortify its financial systems, combat economic crime, and enhance transparency in corporate entities. In a world where global business transactions are the norm, the UK, with one…

Corporate Gifting: Laws, Etiquette, and Consequences

Posted Friday December 1, 2023

Navigating Corporate Gifting in the UK: Laws, Etiquette, and Consequences In the dynamic world of business, the act of gift giving has long been a practice to foster goodwill and strengthen professional relationships, especially at this time of the year. However, in the United Kingdom, corporate gifting is not just about the gesture, it involves…

Addressing Human Fears in AI Integrated Corporate Governance and Business Administration

Posted Friday November 24, 2023

Addressing Human Fears in AI Integrated Corporate Governance and Business Administration As we stand on the precipice of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into corporate governance and business administration has become an inevitable reality. While the promises of increased efficiency and data driven decision making are undeniable, a spectrum of…

The Vital Role of Trustees: Guardians of Trust and Integrity

Posted Friday November 17, 2023

The Vital Role of Trustees: Guardians of Trust and Integrity   In the realm of UK business, trustees play a pivotal role in safeguarding the interests of stakeholders and ensuring that companies operate with transparency, accountability, and integrity. These unsung heroes are entrusted with a range of responsibilities, and their importance cannot be overstated. In…

Ebonstone Announces B-Corp Certification!

Posted Thursday November 9, 2023

Ebonstone Certifies as a B-Corporation!    Governance and Company Secretarial Services firm Ebonstone is delighted to announce its certification as a B-Corporation (B-Corp), joining a growing group of companies reinventing business by pursuing purpose as well as profit. Ebonstone has been certified by B-Lab, the not-for-profit behind the B-Corp movement, as having met rigorous social…

Updates in Corporate Governance in a Listed Environment

Posted Wednesday November 1, 2023

There’s a range of criteria that could mean your organisation will need to react to these requirement changes. As a way of ensuring organisations show that they operate with responsibility, Corporate Governance requirements are updated regularly. Whilst not all businesses are affected by these changes, it’s extremely important to understand what they mean for you…

Guarantee Valuable Stakeholder Engagement by Taking These Actions

Posted Tuesday October 17, 2023

Anticipate hazards, select stakeholders, present roles and responsibilities, develop relationships and identify internal alignments Engagement with stakeholders is crucial to the success of any organisation. A clear vision (based around a robust strategy or marketing plan) can only come from stakeholder engagement, as it ensures the voices of key internal and external individuals influence and…

Good Governance for Small and Aspiring Businesses

Posted Wednesday September 27, 2023

Small and aspiring businesses often fall at the first hurdle when it comes to ‘good governance’ Small and aspiring businesses often fall at the first hurdle when it comes to ‘good governance’. Throughout the course of this article, we will highlight a few common mistakes and why they occur as a way of showcasing the…

Start-up: Tapping into a Wealth of Experience

Posted Tuesday September 5, 2023

Often companies that launch on a ‘shoe-string budget’ are wary of spending too much on employees. The result: employing less-experienced individuals who are immediately placed in high-risk positions. Good governance is not just for big businesses. New businesses and startups must establish strong governance early on to increase their chances of success during volatile stages…

Why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Standards are Real and Relevant and What’s the Difference

Posted Wednesday August 23, 2023

They encourage the integration of social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into business operations and core strategy. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards are crucial contemporary business practices. They encourage the integration of social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into business operations and core strategy. There…