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The value of an Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) strategy

Your correspondent attended a regularly held symposium at London Business School focused on all things PE. The event was held under the Chatham House rule. Unsurprisingly the world of business rarely changes irrespective of an ownership structure. Market volatility, investor fads, talent management are familiar of course, but what caught my eye was a weighty segment of the day devoted to ESG. The academic perspective featured some LBS research that was illuminating. Corporations not governments can be the agents of change (world’s 10 largest companies by revenue bigger than 180 smallest countries’ combined gdp) All the research suggests that using

Everyone has a mental health story….

Everyone has a mental health story. This was very clear from the frank and open discussion at the mental health and wellbeing fringe session at the recent ACT Annual Conference in Liverpool. This session was very timely as it coincided with Mental Health Awareness week in the UK and it was the latest in the ACT’s Diversity and Inclusion calendar which has already included events on Bridging the gender pay gap and Engaging LGBTQ+ Allies. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Even if you think you will

Leadership skills and your network

When you think about your network who comes to mind? If you were going to do a mind-map of your network who would you include and why? And where do you place them – near you or further away? The position you put yourself in relative to any individual within your network has a direct correlation with how effectively you work with them. Following on from this, the way we interact with them will show how effective our relationship is with them. Inspirational leaders have four main traits: They are sensors for their organisations. They ‘plug in’ to what is

The meeting of treasury minds

Not my first time in Liverpool…. …. but my first ACT Annual Conference in this wonderful city. Things got off to a great start on Monday, Charlotte Morgan our Council member joining me at a meeting at the FCA after which we travelled to Liverpool together. Then shared a taxi with the marketing team to the exhibition centre so I wasn’t ‘billy-no-mates’, discovering along the way that it was Connor’s birthday! On arrival I saw my daughter who’d come up from Uni to help out the events team and then had a walk-around to get a feel for the place.

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 2

A night out? In Liverpool? After the gala dinner? Well, that appeared to be an invitation too good to refuse for many delegates. It didn’t seem to affect enthusiasm though for another packed day of treasury discussion, insight and debate. More old acquaintances renewed, more new relationships nurtured and, of course, a delicious spread for breakfast, lunch and tea! In no particular order, benchmark reform, digital fx management, PSD2, liquidity risk management, green and sustainable finance, even blockchain and plenty more made an appearance. Crucially though delegates continued to demonstrate an appetite for understanding the new drivers of business success,

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 1

We’ve all been to those conferences where the sessions stretch out before us like a Roman road disappearing over the far-away hills into the distance.   Even the breaks to be fed and watered look like uphill drudgery. Come on, you know you have. Not today though. Oh no. Today might be the first time I have felt like I sprinted through the day filling every minute with great speakers, even greater content, insight, analysis and sheer love for the job! Starting with the brand new video about the ACT (I’ll miss the old music!) and an opening tour de force from

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time..”

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time..” Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) Supposedly McCartney was walking his dog when this song came to him, musing on the joys of life. On the other hand John Lennon’s contribution was rather more philosophical, talking about his becoming a better person as he matured. Both though taking a positive, upbeat view of life. And so it is with the ACT Annual Conference! There’s been much to concern the treasury profession worldwide over the past few years. The aftermath of the financial

Seven sessions not to be missed at the ACT Annual Conference 2018

The ACT’s Policy & Technical team’s top picks for the ACT Annual Conference taking place in Liverpool on 15-16 May 2018. 1) Brexit Day 1, 10:00 Prominently on the agenda as the very first session of the conference, the ACT events team either decided not to waste time addressing the elephant in the room, or to get over with it quickly. Either way, this opening keynote promises to be an interesting start to the event: Sir Ivan Rogers, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and one of the best-informed voices on UK-EU relations, will share his inside knowledge on

 

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