Sound governance is not some abstract ideal or utopian pipedream. Nor does it occur as a result of accidents or sudden outbreaks of altruism. It happens only when leaders lead with integrity, when directors actually direct and when major organizations are held to the highest standards of accountability by vigilant stakeholders and informed individuals.
We argue here for a return to these more enduring truths in the running and leadership of major corporations and public institutions. As we have predicted on numerous occasions on these pages, it has been the absence of these attributes, and the failure of key governance guardians and regulatory gatekeepers to prevent widespread greed and excess, that have brought the world to the brink of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Finlay ON Governance is written by J. Richard Finlay, one of North America’s most recognized voices for sound governance, responsible capitalism and sanity in CEO pay. It continues the work of The Centre for Corporate & Public Governance, the private think tank Richard founded in 1992 to examine and promote higher governance standards.
Now in its seventh year, Finlay ON Governance is proud of the loyal following we have gained among readers in big cities and small communities, and from every walk of life on virtually every continent around the globe.We’ve caught the attention of lawmakers, top universities, world institutions, prominent government agencies and more than a few Wall Street tycoons.Our insights and analysis have frequently inspired the mainstream media in their coverage of developing news stories.We are proud to be recommended by other leading sites, such as the Harvard Law School corporate governance blog and the Icahn Report, the blog of fabled financier Carl Icahn.
Do we have the leaders and institutions we need today?Are corporations, governments and other key institutions focused on serving the broader interest or their own special interests?Join us at Finlay ON Governance as we explore thesequestions.
J. Richard Finlay