Companies and investors must consider the impact that poor corporate culture may have on their potential to achieve an exit, in particular an IPO.
It is now apparent that no institution or business unit, whatever its geography, industry, sector, or size, is above the negative impact of a poor culture. Culture- related issues at Uber, Sports Direct, Boeing, and others highlight the implications of getting things wrong, including financial loss, reputational issues, and damage to investor confidence.
Often defined as “the way that people within an organisation behave when no one is looking”, culture is a growing area of focus for regulators and policymakers around the world. The focus on culture has become more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic, as investors and consumers observe and judge companies based on their navigation of the crisis, particularly treatment of employees and wider societal stakeholders.