CGIUKI gives a cautious welcome to new Governance Code

CGIUKI has welcomed the FRC’s new Corporate Governance Code but cautioned that governance and regulatory reform remains incomplete.

Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director CGIUKI said  “We welcome the new Corporate Governance Code published this morning.

The new Code includes a clearer focus on outcome-based reporting and malus and clawback arrangements as well as some helpful emphasis on internal controls, the latter having a deferred implementation date of 1 January 2026 to ensure that companies’ arrangements are sufficiently robust.

We do, however, feel a sense of a lost opportunity for more radical reform. What is missing from the new Code is perhaps more significant than what is included.

The announced code changes are all useful and the FRC has played a poor hand well, but they are just a shadow of the reform we hoped for in 2024. The government has failed to progress legislation to create a regulator with the powers that it needs and, six years after the collapse of Carillion, the UK has still not implemented its lessons.

The Code operates within a complex system of regulation of both companies and advisors. Whilst these code revisions are welcome, they cannot fix the shortcomings of the wider system. 2024 was meant to bring a new regulator on a statutory footing, which would underpin a much-strengthened system of governance.  The Post Office Horizon Scandal is a stark reminder that governance operates within a wider system of law. We will continue to press for substantial reform to the regulation and oversight of auditors, actuaries and directors.”

The new code can be downloaded here:

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland is the professional body for governance and the qualifying and membership body for governance professionals across all sectors. Its purpose under Royal Charter is to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’ working with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and providing qualifications, training and guidance. As a lifelong learning partner, the Institute helps governance professionals to achieve their professional goals, providing recognition, community and the voice of its membership.

    One of nine divisions of the global Chartered Governance Institute, which was established 130 years ago, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland represents members working and studying in the UK and Ireland and in many other countries and regions including the Caribbean, parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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