Corporate Governance, the set of elements (rules, regulations, legislations and principles) that help a firm operate, has more or less been well defined and structured in the private sector; however, corporate governance in the organisation has recently been gaining attention because of the scope and impact of organisational service delivery.

Corporate governance knowledge is important to ensure efficiency and quality of organisational service, which determines the quality of life. Corporate governance is important for small companies to scale up and for large ones to garner the interests of investors.

This course is tailored after the several country codes of corporate governance, industry regulatory requirement on corporate governance; international best practices and standards like: ISO 19600 Compliance management;  ISO 37000 guidance on corporate governance; ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management System and other anti-corruption best practices.  The course would give the professional the required insight, skills, environment, and platform to successfully execute a strategy, develop and attract talent to the organisation for sustenance and enhance the firm’s value, thereby reducing financial risks and increasing shareholder returns.

Course Objectives:

The primary objective of this course is to empower corporate professionals with:

  • An in-depth understanding of Corporate Governance in Organisation, including:
  • All spheres of management – action plans, internal controls as policies and procedures to protect against fraud and misconduct, performance management for quality delivery, disclosures for transparency and for building trust and credibility, etc.
  • The necessity of proper corporate governance in the organisation
  • Knowledge of how to balance between financial optimisation, shareholder resolution, and well-being and organisational quality of life
  • Exposure and experience to manage the shift from old administration methods to new corporate techniques and best practices
  • Perspective to devise and implement strategies for long-term success and sustainability
  • Comprehension of the essentials to build an effective structural framework for accountability and ownership among stakeholders
  • Experience and perspective to better manage conflict
  • Well-defined, clear succession plan and growth path
  • Security against risks of fraud and corruption
  • Increased financial stability

Outcome

Participants will be able to

  • Improve relations with investors and prospective investors because of the board members’ in-depth understanding of corporate governance.
  • Improve transparency and integrity of information among and from all stakeholders.
  • Develop better strategies towards the achievement of organisational objectives.
  • Shift from a mere compliance mentality to a strategic, well-suited approach to defining processes and systems.
  • Identify and implement best practices of other successful Boards
  • Promote a positive and ambitious Board culture
  • Mitigate risks and unethical practices

Who should Attend?

  • Directors, Board Members, Chief Financial Officers and other members constituting the top management of an organisation
  • Shareholders and investors who are part of or want to be part of a firm’s delivery and function
  • Human resource directors and professionals.
  • Legal professionals and Company Secretaries
  • Auditors and members of compliance unit

Course Outline

The course will cover the following areas critical to efficient and optimal corporate governance in the organisational service industry:

Corporate Governance in the Organisation

  • Corporate governance principles
  • Corporate Governance framework
  • Industrial codes of corporate governance
  • Regulatory requirements
  • IT Governance Requirements

Challenges of Corporate Governance

  • Ethical issues
  • Internal and external pressure
  • Risk management and mitigation
  • Inaccurate data reporting and disclosures

Planning corporate Governance

  • The context of the organization
  • Internal and External Issues
  • Stakeholder management
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Corporate Governance Policies
  • Corporate Governance Risks Management
  • Corporate Governance Plan

Implementing Corporate Governance

Leadership and independence

    • Board role and responsibilities
    • Governance Committees and Management
    • Commitment to governance

Documents management

  • Policies, processes and procedures
  • Documents and Records Control process

Shareholders Management

  • Shareholder rights and duties
  • Managing the Directors and Chairman
  • Managing shareholders’ meetings

HR Management in Corporate Governance

  • Roles and Responsibilities in Corporate Governance
    • Shareholder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officers, Employees, Auditors/Compliance agencies, HR professionals, Legal professionals
    • Independence of compliance structure and organogram
  • Corporate and Remuneration structure
  • Succession planning, appointment process and training mechanism
  • Training, Awareness and Communications
    • Training of new and existing board members
    • Training of Compliance Team
    • Regular Awareness Programmes

Compliance and control structure

  • Legal and other Regulatory Requirements
  • Understanding national and international regulations
  • Understanding sectoral codes of corporate governance
  • Managing organisational grievance redressal systems
  • Code of Business Conducts and Ethics
    • Corporate culture
    • Ethical Values and Standard
    • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies
    • Policies on insider trading and conflict of interest
  • Management of OHS, environmental and quality risk
  • Whistleblowing
  • Risks Controls Implementation and Reporting

Committees Management

  • Objectives of Committees
  • Appointment of Committees
  • Guidelines for committees’ independence and effectiveness

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitoring level of compliance
  • Data collection and data analysis
  • Data reporting
  • Auditing principles
  • Financial, governance and system audit processes
  • Internal and external audit roles
  • Auditing techniques and process
  • Audit programme

Improving Corporate Governance

  • Investigating Root Causes of Issues
  • Plan Corrective actions
  • Verifying and validating corrective action
  • Enforcing the implementation of corrective action

Training Methodologies

  • Case Study
  • Individual Exercises
  • Role Play
  • Group Exercises
  • Group Presentation
  • Examination

Assessment and Qualification
Learning is assessed through:

  • 4 hours open examination. Passing the exams qualifies the candidate for Cognicert Corporate Governance Professional (CPD Certificate)
  • Practical experience of 25 days with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert Corporate Governance Professional (Implementer Category) I.D Card and Certificate
  • Practical experience of 50 days with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert Corporate Governance Professional (Lead Implementer Category) I.D Card and Certificate