Culture Indicators: understanding corporate behaviour

Publication type: Board briefing
01 March 2018

Tags: Corporate governance, Decision-making

This Board Briefing sets out to help boards through its examination of a range of relevant indicators and how to interpret them.

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Chapter 1 presents the results of an IBE survey into the information boards currently receive, how they consider it and how they report on culture to the outside world. A positive finding from the survey is that boards do discuss culture and receive a lot of relevant information. However, this is not necessarily presented systematically so boards may find it difficult to make connections and draw conclusions about culture.

The survey results set out the challenge, which is then picked up in Chapter 2. The starting point is that there can be no effective oversight of corporate culture unless boards have first set and promulgated a statement of values and purpose. A board that lacks a clear view of the values and purpose of the company for which it is responsible will have no benchmark against which to measure. Boards are rightly worried about being drowned in information. Many address this by tailoring the information flows they receive to suit their particular needs into dashboards. Critical indicators might be based on the expectations of key stakeholders.

Chapter 3 looks at getting the right information across a range of indicators: health and safety, employee surveys, Speak Up, codes of behaviour, staff turnover, stakeholder engagement and customer satisfaction.

Most directors agree that culture cannot easily be measured. However, boards can and do have access to a range of information that will shed light on the drivers of behaviour within their organisation and help them to shape it.

This Board Briefing sets out to help them through its examination of a range of relevant indicators and how to interpret them. It analyses survey data and draws on interviews with directors and those that advise them to provide practical and tangible assistance for boards in how to understand the corporate culture of their organisations. It examines a wide range of relevant indicators and how to interpret them in order to produce a useful and authentic picture of the culture of a business.

It concludes by turning to how boards report on their engagement with culture. The key word here is ‘authentic’. Boards will not be believed if their communication is spun in a way that simply presents a positive gloss.

Culture Indicators: understanding corporate behaviour

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