Governance rules OK: A look back over the last 25
Pulping half the rainforest to print ever more governance guidelines has not
stopped companies and directors making bad decisions or committing fraud.
FD Interview: The Apprentice – from 2002
Douglas Flint joined HSBC as group FD in 1995. But he jokes that his lack of
previous experience in FD roles, and only seven years in office (compared with
an average 25 years for his fellow senior managers), means he is still a little
wet behind the ears. But that doesn’t stop him firmly expressing his views on
corporate governance, international accounting standards and the impact of
rules-based regulations on UK business.
The smart approach to offices: Have space, will
As Regus reports profits 25% up in 2008, read about the group in our 1999
interview with then-FD Peter Jenkins, on turning real estate into intellectual
EDITOR’S PICKS: BEST OF THE REST
Accounting for the accountants – from
In our April 2009 issue we’ve reviewed the corporate governance rule boom of the
past decade or two, and mulled whether cutting down all those trees made much
difference. Ten years before, we were asking a similar question after a string
of high-profile disasters that put raised pressure for tougher accounting rules
Ready, whatever the weather – look back at
how FDs managed the last
recession with this article from our April 1999 issue.
Say no to the EC. We neither want nor need to adopt international standards –
Read our accounting columnist Peter Williams’
surprising views on global
standards in our April 1999 issue.