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Government welcomes Walker Review corporate governance reforms

26 November 2009

The Government announced on 26 November 2009 that it will move quickly to implement the reforms of bank pay and governance proposed by Sir David Walker. Sir David’s review was commissioned by the Government earlier this year to explore failures of corporate governance and management of banks.  His final report suggests a series of reforms to strengthen the role of shareholders, improve the quality of bank boards, and to increase transparency of pay and bonus policies.

Background

The Walker Review of Corporate Governance of UK Banking Industry was announced on 9 February 2009 by the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, Universities and Skills. Sir David Walker was asked to conduct a review of the corporate governance of banks and other financial firms, to recommend how financial institutions can better equip themselves to respond to lessons learnt from the crisis. An interim report was produced on 16 July and the consultation ran until 1 October 2009.

In responding to the Review, the Government has endorsed the call for major changes to the way that bank boards function, including improved risk management, more effective control and enhanced disclosure of remuneration, more effective and better informed directors, and enhanced engagement between boards and shareholders.

The Government is continuing to implement an ambitious regulatory reform agenda at both international and domestic levels to help prevent and contain future crises. Over the last year, the Government has led the way internationally on reforming bank pay practices, including:

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