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From discussions with many Board directors over the years since the Cadbury and the Rutteman guidelines were issued, there has been much criticism of regulators and consultants alike that organisations are being driven to create bureaucratic processes - divorced from managing the business - with the sole purpose of complying with regulations. The spirit of Cadbury was right, the enactment was flawed. By taking the easy option of reporting on internal financial control companies created an annual review process disconnected from managing the business. The Combined Code and Turnbull guidance recognise that this was neither beneficial for organisations, nor provided the comfort sought that governance was being enhanced. There has always been an opportunity to enhance business performance through better management of risk. With Turnbull, the connection between managing the business and managing risk is now explicit. This... [continues]
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