The Cadbury Committee: A History

Hardcover | October 12, 2013

byLaura F. Spira, Judy Slinn

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The Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance, better known as the Cadbury Committee, was set up in May 1991 to address the concerns increasingly voiced at that time about how UK companies dealt with financial reporting and accountability and the wider implications of this.The Committee was sponsored by the London Stock Exchange, the Financial Reporting Council, and the accountancy profession, and published its final report and recommendations in December 1992. Central to these was a Code of Best Practice and the requirement for companies to comply or to explain totheir shareholders why they had not done so. The recommendations and the Code provided the foundation for the current system of corporate governance in the UK and have proved very influential in corporate governance developments throughout the world. While academics and practitioners have explored and discussed the developments in corporategovernance since 1992, little attention has been paid to the processes of code and policy development. This book explores the origins of the Committee, provides rich insights in to the way in which it worked, and documents the reaction to the publication of the Committee's report.The issues which the Committee addressed are still of great concern: the complex relationships through which corporations are held to account have profound effects on all our lives. The Committee provided a framework for thinking about these issues and established a process through which suchthinking could be articulated and continue to evolve.This book represents a major contribution to the history of the development of UK corporate governance in the late twentieth century: the why, how, what, and when of governance development.

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The Committee on the Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance, better known as the Cadbury Committee, was set up in May 1991 to address the concerns increasingly voiced at that time about how UK companies dealt with financial reporting and accountability and the wider implications of this.The Committee was sponsored by the London Stoc...

Laura Spira is Professor of Corporate Governance at Oxford Brookes University. Laura trained as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co (now KPMG) in London. She subsequently worked in the National Health Service at regional level in Oxford before joining the Business School at Oxford Brookes University where she has ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199592195

ISBN - 13:9780199592197

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Table of Contents

Adrian Cadbury: Foreword1. Setting the Scene2. The Context, the Catalyst, and the Birth of the Committee3. 'Labouring in a Vineyard'4. From the Draft to the Final Report5. Launching the Final Report: the Devil is in the Detail6. Following Up: Early Adoption, Monitoring, and Research7. What Happened Next8. The Cadbury Contribution: Conversations, Codes, ConsensusAppendix 1Appendix 2