The Cadbury code reforms and corporate performance.
McKnight, Phillip J.
Milonas, Nikolaos T.
Travlos, Nickolaos G.
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MCKNIGHT, P.J., MILONAS, N.T., TRAVLOS, N.G. and WEIR, C. 2009. The Cadbury code reforms and corporate performance. IUP journal of corporate governance [online], January 2009, article ID IJCG20901. Available from: http://www.iupindia.in/109/IJCG_Cadbury_Code_Reforms_22.html2009
This paper investigates the impact of adopting the Cadbury Committee’s Code of Best Practices on the corporate performance of UK firms. The findings show improved corporate performance by companies which adopted the Code. Regarding the specific recommendations of the Code, splitting the positions of the Chairman of the Board and CEO does not result in improved corporate performance. The establishment of an internal audit and/or remuneration committee is positively associated with corporate performance, while the presence of a key executive director in such committees is negatively associated with corporate performance. There is a negative relation between corporate performance and the proportion of non-executive directors, but a positive relation between corporate performance and the square of the proportion of non-executive directors.