Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance refers to the way that an organization’s board oversees the running of a company by its managers, and how board members are held accountable to shareowners and the company. (Source: The UN Global Compact Report: Corporate Governance - the Foundation for Corporate Citizenship and Sustainable Business).

How a company is governed not only affects the relationship of the company with its shareholders but with employees, customers, those financing the company, and other stakeholders including the communities in which the company operates.

Business Ethics

Business ethics is the code of conduct that an organization adopts and implements throughout its operations. They are vital for the proper functioning of an organization, ensuring that a culture of integrity and corporate responsibility is instituted.

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Corporate Governance Structure and Policies

Corporate governance systems are usually either of the Unitary Board type or the Two Tier type. The regulatory requirements regarding the systems vary from country to country. While some governments accept unitary boards, others recommend the adoption of the two-tier system.

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Disclosure and Transparency

Without disclosure and transparency, proper corporate governance is all but impossible. Organizations have to be open and transparent about their financial and operating results, so that stakeholders have a clear picture of how they are being managed.

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Internal Corporate Governance Controls

Internal controls are vital in ensuring the success of business organizations and implementation of compliant corporate governance processes. These can include monitoring by board and management, internal audits and robust policies.

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External Corporate Governance Controls

Corporate governance controls can also be externally exerted. Examples of such controls include government regulations, media exposure, market competition, takeover activities and public release and assessment of financial statements.

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OECD Principles of Corporate Governance

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD released its first set of corporate governance principles in 1999 (revised in 2004), which were developed and endorsed by member countries. The aim of these principles is to help OECD and Non-OECD governments create legal and regulatory frameworks for corporate governance in their countries.

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Corporate Governance around the World

Various countries have instituted their own corporate governance models. In the US, laws such as Sarbanes Oxley outlines requirements for corporate governance structures while the Turnbull Guidance in the UK sets strict requirements for internal controls. In India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India has established Clause 49, which details how companies should implement corporate governance policies and processes.

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Anti-Corruption Laws

The increase in disclosure and transparency requirements by international regulators has led to a corresponding increase in anti-corruption laws implemented by governments. The most important of these legislative acts are the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or FCPA and the UK Bribery Act of 2010.

For a better understanding of anti-corruption laws such as the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, read more>>

Whistleblower Protection Laws

The past decade has thrown up instances of corporate malfeasance across the world. Along with these incidents, the persecution of whistleblowers who expose these wrongdoings has also increased. Governments are therefore introducing strict laws to protect whistleblowers from retaliatory measures. The US SEC unveiled a new whistleblower program in 2011.

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ComplianceOnline Training on Corporate Governance

Converging Ethics, Governance, and Culture
This webinar will explore the importance for converging corporate ethics, governance, and culture as an essential safeguard to assure organizational performance is legal, ethical, and sustainable.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Webinar
In this Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) webinar training understand the prohibited and exempted actions as per FCAP act, how to find the non compliance issues and how to implement FCPA compliance policies and procedures in your organization.

Preparing for the UK Bribery Act
This training on UK Bribery Act will help you understand its requirements and how it will impact your organization. Learn how to identify areas of risk, proactively mitigate them to avoid significant fines and loss of reputation.

The UN Convention Against Corruption and other international anti-corruption efforts
This webinar will discuss various international efforts to fight corruption and potential pitfalls that US businesses must be aware of when conducting overseas business.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - How Your Institution Can Comply
This webinar will discuss the FCPA and potential pitfalls that US businesses must be aware of when conducting overseas business.

Constructing an Effective “Whistleblower” System
This webinar will explore how you can enhance effectiveness of current Whistleblower systems in light of the new Dodd-Frank Act and the preceding Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

The SEC’s New Whistleblower Rules: Implications for your Company’s Compliance and Fraud Program
This webinar on SEC's revised Whistleblower Rules will outline key changes and focus on the effects these new rules will have on your organization's internal compliance and fraud investigations.

Internal Control and Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404
The webinar provides an in-depth look at Section 404 and the COSO Guidance used by most organizations for compliance.

The Fundamentals of (Corporate) Fraud
This webinar explores corporate fraud, fraud risk, and some of the common schemes, scams, and shams that threaten an organization's reputation and performance.

The Fundamentals of Internal Auditing
This webinar on Fundamentals of Internal Auditing training will discuss the differences between external and internal auditing and provide guidance on how to design and operate an effective internal auditing activity.

Governance, Risk & Compliance: Developing a holistic approach to governance
This presentation will review the current state of maturity models and prepare you with a roadmap for successfully enhancing your current process or building a strategic plan for GRC excellence.

Ethics in Your Organization
This webinar will examine trends and requirements for good corporate governance and social responsibility.

Auditing your Compliance and Ethics program
This Webinar will show you how to audit your compliance and ethics program by evaluating the design and operating effectiveness.