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25 March 2011

Less, not more, red tape

The amount of non-financial information in annual reports has grown substantially in the past ten years with questions being raised regarding the reliability of the information that companies include at the front of these reports.
23 March 2011

Corporate Responsibility Steps Aside

The term ‘corporate sustainability’ is increasingly uttered in the business world, and is gradually taking over from ‘corporate responsibility’ - and ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) before it - as the dominant paradigm of international...
16 March 2011

Fairtrade - Making a Difference

Last week I spoke to you all about the European Business Awards - an independent awards programme that celebrates the successes of businesses and leaders throughout Europe.

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11 March 2011

Celebrating Entrepreneurship

In tough economic times, entrepreneurship and innovation are more important than ever as companies and businesses continue to battle in an ever-crowded market place. An entrepreneurial spirit can make the difference between win and lose as the...
4 March 2011

Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa

The wave of recent events culminating in geopolitical unrest across parts of North Africa and the Middle East is having wide-ranging repercussions on these varied and complex societies. It has also led to the emergence of that great enemy of the...
1 March 2011

Small and Medium Enterprises in the Global Economy

Small and medium enterprises, which played a crucial role in job creation and economic growth in the early and mid-2000s, incurred major setbacks during the Great Recession. In the European Union, SME employment fell by over three million jobs in...
25 February 2011

Inspired by India

I just returned from a trip to Mumbai where I spent two days exploring the growth opportunities in India with the leaders of our member firm, RSM Astute Consulting*. Mumbai is very well known for its high energy and excitement and this trip...
23 February 2011

Time for gender equality at the top

Lord Davies, former chief executive of Standard Chartered, will tomorrow (24 February) announce recommendations resulting from his inquiry into barriers preventing women from taking top jobs in the UK boardroom.
18 February 2011

Progress in Panama

There is no doubt that business in the Latin American region is exciting at the moment, as large global businesses are jockeying to invest in the growth markets spread across the continent.
10 February 2011

Challenging Audit Market Dominance

There is a growing consensus amongst government, regulators and the profession that, amongst other issues, something needs to be done about market concentration. I support measured change to allow RSM and other networks to thrive and compete for...

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