The state is not a good entrepreneur. The rescue fund WSF should therefore dispense with detailed specifications – and instead define central governance principles.

Dear readers of GermanBoardNews, the debate on the entry of the state rescue fund WSF into Lufthansa is in full swing. The result will have a signal effect: It is about nothing less than the question of whether we are heading for a state economy. Will politicians and ministry officials decide in future on the course of the companies that the taxpayer is rescuing? This would be devastating for the …

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Der Corona-Rettungsfonds WSF bedroht die unternehmerische Freiheit.

The Corona Rescue Fund WSF threatens entrepreneurial freedom. Governance issues will decide the future of the business location.

Dear readers of the GermanBoardNews, after a short Corona break we will get back to you while the Corona madness goes into the next round. Medicine, economy, society – three crises in one, and one more complex than the other. For me it is clear: we must not think regionally or nationally now. Instead, we must try to understand the global dimension, at least to some extent. But we were …

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The corona crisis relentlessly exposes governance weaknesses – and has the potential to be a catalyst for reform. But for now, the important thing is to stay healthy!

Dear readers of GermanBoardNews, the corona crisis has also hit us hard: With a heavy heart, we have decided to cancel the German Supervisory Board Meeting in early May or postpone it to a later date. I’m sure you understand and support this – health is an absolute priority at the moment, and every individual is called upon to make his or her contribution and show solidarity with the elderly …

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Krisen erschüttern die Wirtschaft

Corona, Turkey, Syria: Crises shake up the economy, trust becomes a temporary knighthood. What does this mean for management and supervisory boards?

Dear readers of GermanBoardNews, the “coronavirus” is turning the world upside down. Worries, fears, panic are spreading. None of this would have been imaginable a few months ago. As if digitalization, electrification and the climate crisis weren’t enough challenges to overcome – not to mention the events in Syria, on the Turkish-Greek border, in Thuringia and in Hanau, which leave us as speechless as they do ashamed. Unfortunately, not much …

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Supervisory boards are in the focus of media and public attention before the AGM season. Is this (once again) an attention bubble – or a harbinger of fundamental change?

HELAU, dear readers of GermanBoardNews, the business media are devoting increasing attention to the topic of “Corporate Governance”. Three weeks ago, for example, SPIEGEL wrote under the heading “Loss of control” about “the supervisory boards of DAX corporations”. In the spotlight were (once again) the gentlemen Achleitner, Wenning, Kaeser, Hagemann Snabe and Zetsche. In its current issue, the Manager Magazine highlights two governance topics at once: Dietmar Palan writes in …

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Siemens Hauptversammlung

A short excursion into comedy – and an all the more serious message

Dear readers of the GermanBoardNews, one of the highlights of this week was certainly the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Siemens and Joe Kaeser on Wednesday. You may have seen it on the evening news: There he sat, the CEO during the last general meeting of his term of office, and read from a sheet of paper with his head almost bowed: “If we were again in the situation where we …

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Digital transformation, climate protection, economic warfare: How we can design corporate governance that is both company and stakeholder friendly.

Dear readers of the GermanBoardNews, while we are keeping an eye on Davos these days, Larry Fink of BlackRock has already sent out his infamous annual CEO letter. Even though it talks about a “fundamental reshaping of finance”, the announced ‘swing’ towards sustainability should not really surprise anyone. And also the topic of climate change should by now be understood by everyone, at least in its basic aspects. One wonders, …

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Let’s go into the 20s – with a new generation and new ideas for #FutureGoodGovernance

Dear readers of the GermanBoardNews, Happy 2020! We are starting the new year(tenth) with great momentum and will continue to research and comment on current developments and challenges in the world of corporate governance for you. In particular, we will keep an eye on the Association of Supervisory Boards in Germany (VARD) and its initiative #FutureGoodGovernance. And there it starts right away: Much earlier than usual (the European Football Championship …

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What disappointed me in 2019 – and what gives hope for 2020

Dear readers of GermanBoardNews, the pre-Christmas stress is an unmistakable sign that the year is coming to an end. And “between the years” there is often time to review the past twelve months. What went well? What goals have we achieved? What disappointments and highlights have we experienced? From the perspective of an arguer for better, future-oriented corporate governance, I must say that the major breakthrough has not been achieved …

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Sonderausgabe zum 15. Deutschen Aufsichtsratstag

Liebe Leser der GermanBoardNews, liebe DART-Teilnehmer, der 15. Deutsche Aufsichtsratstag (DART) in der vergangenen Woche war der offizielle Startschuss für die VARD-Initiative #FutureGoodGovernance. In spannenden Vorträgen und lebendigen Podiumsdiskussionen haben wir aktuelle Herausforderungen beleuchtet, Anachronismen identifiziert und erste Ideen gesammelt (siehe dazu auch die Rubriken „Top“ und „Flop“ dieser Ausgabe sowie die Nachlese mit zahlreichen Impressionen ). Am Nachmittag folgte dann eine Premiere: Im Rahmen eines DesignThinking-Workshops haben engagierte Aufsichtsräte …

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The tragedy of the supervisory boards

Dear readers of GermanBoardNews, Following the corporate governance scandals of recent weeks, supervisory boards and in particular the chairmen of executive bodies have increasingly come under fire, and there has even been talk of a “clone cartel”. However, despite their willingness to reflect on themselves, it should be pointed out that in many cases supervisory board chairmen are driven because major shareholders and aggressive financial investors exert pressure – and …

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