Good organisational governance is essential to ensure that business is conducted with due regard to the interests of all stakeholders. 

Explore our resources for insights into corporate governance, boards of directors and non-executive directors.

Factsheets

Regularly-updated factsheets provide overviews and information on a topic

4 Factsheets about Corporate governance
Factsheets
The non-executive director role
Learn how non-executive directors (NEDs) differ from executive directors and how they operate within an organisation
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Factsheets
Corporate responsibility: An introduction
This factsheet explores corporate responsibility and putting it into action in the workplace
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Factsheets
Modern slavery
Learn what modern slavery is, as well as HR's role in preventing and tackling it
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Factsheets
Corporate governance: An introduction
Examines the origins, aims and framework of corporate governance as it exists in the UK
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Guides

Designed for practitioners, our guides provide recommendations and advice on how to apply good practice in the workplace.

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Guides
HRD to NED: How to advance your career
Advice on planning for and finding your first NED position, and delivering impact in your new role
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Reports

Research and analysis by experts from CIPD and partner organisations

11 Reports about Corporate governance
Reports
The value of people expertise on corporate boards
Chief people officers' views on the challenges faced by boards when dealing with people matters and how these could be better managed
Reports
Responsible business through crisis
Insight from senior leaders on how they led responsibly and maintained trust and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic
Reports
How do companies report on their ‘most important asset’?
An analysis of workforce reporting in the FTSE 100 and how this can be improved to build more productive, responsible and sustainable businesses
Reports
Role of the RemCo: How to achieve good governance of pay, people and culture
Roadmap for HR leaders seeking to broaden the remit of remuneration committees
Reports
CEO pay and the workforce
This report examines the extent to which employee matters impact performance-related pay in the FTSE 100
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Social responsibility
Curated content to support the second trend of the CIPD’s People Profession 2030 virtual Hackathon
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Investor perspectives: people data and reporting
Exploring the evidence for how different types of investors use people data when making investment decisionsExploring the evidence for how different types of investors use people data when making investment decisions
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Hidden figures: the missing data from corporate reports
A study of people risk and workforce reporting by UK FTSE 100 organisations
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A new framework for employers and workers
Explores whether our workforce policies and practices support or damage our social legitimacy
Reports
Purposeful leadership
This report conceptualises a construct of purposeful leadership and investigates the impact it has on various employee and organisational outcomes
Reports
The role of HR in corporate responsibility
A report examining the HR function's role in embedding corporate responsibility in all areas of the business

Case studies

Learn from real world examples of how other people professionals and organisations work with the CIPD to approach key challenges and objectives.

7 Case studies about Corporate governance
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Barry Hoffman
Case study advice on finding the right NED role and understanding your accountability as a board member
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Valerie Gordon-Walker
Case study advice on gaining broad experiences to position yourself for a NED position
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Simon Linares
Case study advice on deciding whether a NED role is for you and the difference between executive and non-executive roles
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Jean Tomlin OBE
Case study advice on finding a NED role that shares your values and how to make an immediate impact
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Louise Wilson
Case study advice on understanding the time commitment of a NED role and the skills you need to act as a ‘critical friend’
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED: Lynne Weedall
Case study advice on thinking through your aspirations to become a NED, what you hope to achieve and what value you will bring
Case studies
Advancing your career from HRD to NED
A case study series giving advice from senior HR leaders who have successfully moved to non-executive director roles

Thought leadership

Insight and foresight from our experts in people and the world of work

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Thought leadership
Responsible business: Leading the way
A thought leadership and podcast series exploring how responsible business and leadership have changed since the pandemic
Thought leadership
Building responsible leadership for the future
We discuss how leading through crisis has shaped the way we address new challenges
Thought leadership
The role of responsible business in tackling the climate crisis
Lessons on integrating sustainability into your organisation’s purpose
Thought leadership
UK Corporate Governance Code consultation and the value of people expertise on boards
Susannah Haan discusses the CIPD’s recent response to the Financial Reporting Council’s consultation on the UK Corporate Governance Code
Thought leadership
Leadership through crisis: Can one person do it all?
We discuss how collaboration and authenticity are key for responsible leaders of the future
Thought leadership
What leading through the pandemic has taught us about trust
We discuss what it takes to create high-trust environments
Thought leadership
Firms risk reputational damage with ‘people insight deficit’ on boards
Susannah Haan discusses the CIPD’s recently published report on the value of people expertise on corporate boards, which will form part of our submission to the FRC Corporate Governance Code consultation
Thought leadership
What does it mean to be a responsible business in a post-pandemic world?
What has changed in the way we work and lead since COVID-19?
Thought leadership
The new rules of work: How the psychological contract is evolving
We discuss the role leaders play in creating a workplace community
Thought leadership
What monitoring is acceptable regarding remote workers?
This first article from our Technology, the workplace and people management series examines employers’ perspectives on monitoring remote workers
Thought leadership
Improved workforce reporting is at the heart of building responsible business
Katie Jacobs explains how reporting on people metrics is critical to helping boards and investors better understand company culture and working practices
Thought leadership
Once-in-a-generation opportunity to build better work
How can the people profession use its position to shape a fairer, more human-centric, post-COVID working world?
Thought leadership
Executive pay in the FTSE 100: 2020 review
Our latest CEO pay report highlights the growing need for remuneration reform at the top
Thought leadership
Executive pay in the FTSE 100 – 2019 review
Annual reports reveal what the UK’s top executives earn, but present little evidence to justify their share in success
Thought leadership
Gap year
While more employers than ever are taking action to improve employee mental health, Rachel Suff’s new health and well-being report finds that employers still aren’t addressing financial wellbeing
Thought leadership
Pay for the UK’s top bosses nudges higher
With trust in business at an all-time low and wage-growth stagnating, Charles Cotton explores the shocking levels of executive pay in Britain’s biggest businesses
Thought leadership
Executive pay 2017: Review of FTSE 100 executive pay packages
This report looks at how CEO pay in the UK’s largest firms has changed between the financial years 2015 and 2016

Podcasts

Listen to episodes from our podcast series on a range of topical workplace, HR and L&D issues.

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Podcasts
Does corporate governance need fresh thinking?
Episode 134: In this episode we discuss the current state of corporate governance in the UK and what we as HR and business professionals can do to create a better system for the future

Bitesize research

Your regular overview of current research, inspiring insights and cutting-edge ideas in bitesize

8 Bitesize research about Corporate governance
Bitesize research
When boards matter: the case of corporate social irresponsibility
Exploring the issue of corporate social irresponsibility within organisations
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Bitesize research
Blowing the whistle
Using the case-study of an Italian whistleblower, these authors aim to build on current insights into the topic as well as stimulate further research.
For Members
Bitesize research
A cultural awakening?
Will assessing culture result in better corporate governance?
For Members
Bitesize research
Do standards matter?
Explore the world of quality standards
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Bitesize research
Reforming RemCos to solve poor company cultures
Find out the role of HR here
For Members
Bitesize research
Removing the glass-cliff: Creating gender-inclusive boardrooms
Case study reveals some of the factors that influence the success of female CEOs
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Bitesize research
Unethical behaviour – restoring investors’ trust
Read this analysis of corporate misconduct
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Scandal – paying the price in the jobs market
Research finds that corporate scandals can hurt careers
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CIPD Viewpoint

Our collected point of view on the key issues impacting work, from the perspective of employers and policy makers.

2 CIPD Viewpoints about Corporate governance
CIPD Viewpoint
Responsible business
Explore the CIPD’s point of view on responsible business, including recommendations for employers
CIPD Viewpoint
Executive pay
Explore the CIPD’s point of view on executive pay packages, including actions for regulators and recommendations for employers

Policy engagement

Our calls for action.

3 Policy engagements about Corporate governance
Policy engagement
The people profession has a key role to play in helping investors to assess companies’ social impact
Read our response to the UK’s Taskforce on Social Factors
Policy engagement
The UK Corporate Governance Code needs greater emphasis on people
In our response to the UK Financial Reporting Council consultation, we highlight the importance of HR and people expertise on boards
Policy engagement
Non-financial reporting should look at social factors beyond ethics and diversity
We’ve teamed up with ACAS to call on the UK government to support a broader, more strategic approach to company reporting

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