News of the HSBC scandal has been plastered over major daily newspapers and news websites for several days now. Twitter and other social media platforms have been abuzz as well. That the leaders of an esteemed bank could have allowed such practices to occur is a travesty of leadership and good business practice.
In the years to come, the HSBC scandal will make a great case study for students of business and human behaviour. However, in the meantime, the compelling questions are of corporate governance and leadership. What has been going on at HSBC? Why has the group chairman at the time (Lord Green) now gone quiet? Was the board aware of the practices? If so, why did it allow them to occur? If not, why didn't the board know?
Ignorance is an unacceptable defence. Nor is silence. When will shareholders and others in the marketplace call time on this type of behaviour? Thankfully, some commentators are looking to the future. Dina Medland's opinion piece hits the mark. It's all about accountability.
Thoughts on corporate purpose, strategy and governance; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.