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Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, selects this week's must-read stories on FT.com for board directors.

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The latest news, regulations and resources for boards, covering corporate governance, strategy, risk, ESG, technology, remuneration and D&I. Curated by Patrick Jenkins, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times.

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How to master risk

Retired four-star General Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat; he has seen how individuals and organisations, too often and to great costs, fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed. In conversation with Andrew Hill, the FT’s management editor, McChrystal will explain how to build and strengthen your organisation's risk management and what it takes to master risk to your and your business’s advantage. Drawing on practical examples ranging from military history to the business world, he will share ten dimensions of control that you can use to detect, assess and respond to risk.

The business impact of the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has now entered its third month and organisations continue to grapple with the disruption to their businesses. Although primarily a humanitarian crisis, the conflict has accelerated long-term business trends already brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic such as global inflationary pressures and disrupted supply chains. This panel will discuss the business implications of the war in Ukraine. How are organisations navigating this crisis and the high level of uncertainty ahead? Does the war mark the end of globalisation? And will the crisis drastically reshape global supply chains?

How data & digital savvy is your board?

High levels of flux and uncertainty, burgeoning amounts of data, a proliferation of game-changing analytical and communication tools including Artificial Intelligence combined with the speed at which data is becoming available, is having a profound impact on decision making and on the capabilities required of leaders. This is why we are making "Data Savviness" the theme of our next "Peer to Peer" event.

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How to master risk

Retired four-star General Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat; he has seen how individuals and organisations, too often and to great costs, fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed. In conversation with Andrew Hill, the FT’s management editor, McChrystal will explain how to build and strengthen your organisation's risk management and what it takes to master risk to your and your business’s advantage. Drawing on practical examples ranging from military history to the business world, he will share ten dimensions of control that you can use to detect, assess and respond to risk.

The business impact of the Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has now entered its third month and organisations continue to grapple with the disruption to their businesses. Although primarily a humanitarian crisis, the conflict has accelerated long-term business trends already brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic such as global inflationary pressures and disrupted supply chains. This panel will discuss the business implications of the war in Ukraine. How are organisations navigating this crisis and the high level of uncertainty ahead? Does the war mark the end of globalisation? And will the crisis drastically reshape global supply chains?

How data & digital savvy is your board?

High levels of flux and uncertainty, burgeoning amounts of data, a proliferation of game-changing analytical and communication tools including Artificial Intelligence combined with the speed at which data is becoming available, is having a profound impact on decision making and on the capabilities required of leaders. This is why we are making "Data Savviness" the theme of our next "Peer to Peer" event.

VIP members only

In-person networking

Meet fellow members at our first in-person event of the year, hosted at the Financial Times in London. We’ll also be joined by guest speakers Katie Martin, Markets Editor, Financial Times and Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock who will discuss the markets outlook for 2022. Post-event content will be shared after the event for those of you unable to attend.

How companies can fix the gender imbalance in leadership positions

While progress has been made on improving the gender diversity of boards, women remain largely under-represented in senior leadership positions. This session will provide an in-depth discussion on what effective measures companies can take to improve gender balance across their organisations and the challenges associated with this.

The Rise in Cyber Attacks

Sir Alex Younger, former MI6 Chief, discusses with John Thornhill, the FT’s Innovation Editor, how organisations can protect themselves against cyber attacks and how governments and the private sector can work together to build resilient cyber strategies.

Global Economic Outlook 2022

Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of Natwest Group, explores the trends impacting the global economy in the year to come. How will the continued new variants of Covid-19 impact the global economic recovery? How big is the inflation risk in the short and medium-term? How will these challenges affect the prospects for global trade?

Forecasting the World in 2022

There are five key trends set to dominate the coming decade and beyond - debt, tech, climate change, demographics and Asia’s economic rise. Watch this event recording to learn how the pandemic has accelerated these trends and what all this means for investors in the West.

Net positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take

At this event, Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and co-founder and chair of IMAGINE, explains how you can profit by fixing the world’s problems instead of creating them.

Navigating the relationship between Chair and CEO

At this exclusive 'Chatham House style’ discussion, board members were presented with a dilemma based on a genuine, real-life situation where the Chair and the CEO are in conflict. In small groups, they discussed the situation, the issues it raises for the board and the best solution to resolve.

The Proposed Reforms to Audit and Corporate Governance

Dan Thomas, Chief UK Business Correspondent, Financial Times and Sir Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Reporting Council discuss the recent publication of the UK white paper on audit and corporate governance reforms.

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Lex

Lex is the FT's agenda-setting column on business and finance helping readers to make better business decisions by highlighting key risks and opportunities.

Corporate Governance

Stay up to speed with the latest on corporate governance and regulation.

Climate Capital

Your trusted destination of news and analysis on climate change from a business, economic and political perspective.

UK business & economy

The latest news, analysis and commentary on UK businesses and economy.

Leadership

Includes the 'How to Lead' interview series with high-profile leaders discussing the challenges of leadership - the successes and setbacks, the mistakes made, and the lessons learned along the way.

ISSB sustainability proposals will mean more reporting for boards

In October the UK made it law that Britain’s largest companies must report their climate-related financial information in line with recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. More than 1,300 companies were affected when the legislation came into force this month. The aim is to ensure that businesses consider the risks and opportunities they face as a result of climate change.

ESG’s value equation

New research among FT subscribers underlines the high strategic priority firms are now placing on sustainability. But how firms approach and fund their ESG strategies – from collecting and analysing the most useful data to putting talent in place – remains a work in progress.

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Remuneration

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