Improving business behaviour in Africa

Establishing coherent guidelines for corporate governance is becoming a priority if the continent is to maximise investment and realise its full potential, explains Monica Dowie - Programme Manager of the African Corporate Governance Network at the NEPAD Business Foundation

Disclosure in Latin America

Board diversity is enhanced by transparency and disclosure  but not all companies in the region are ready to be so upfront, writes Paola Gutierrez VelandÌa - Principal, Regional Head of Board Services Iberia & Latam, Pedersen & Partners

What makes a first-class training programme?

Following the right compliance training programme will arm you with the knowledge for becoming the best compliance professional, writes Jonathan Bowdler - Head of Regulatory Compliance, International Compliance Training.

10 high-performance board barometers

Proactively shaping a culture, based on the best of all possible cultural norms, should be the aspiration of any boardroom. So how does your company fare?, writes Debra Brown - President and Chief Executive Officer of Brown Governance Inc.

Remuneration practices within Southern Europe

Shareholder concerns and expectations have changed management incentives in recent years — but will this impact transparency?, explains Fabio Bianconi - Director, Morrow Sodali

Corporate governance in Japan now

Much progress has been made in the 18 months since the introduction of the Japanese corporate governance code, but there is still a lot to be fixed, writes Nicholas Benes - Representative Director, The Board Director Training Institute of Japan

Whistleblower: A hero, a villain or simply a fool?

A code of ethics means nothing if employees who have the courage to expose corruption are not protected, writes Douglas Linares Flinto - Chairman & CEO at Brazilian Business Ethics Institute.

Turning the wheels of investment

Changing tactics will establish forward-thinking companies that deliver long-term, sustainable value for customers, employees and shareholders, explains Reiner Sachs - CEO, Shareholder Value Management AG

Questioning quotas

Setting targets to create gender balanced boards has been shown to work in many countries and yet it still often offends our notion of meritocracy, writes Professor Ruth Sealy - Associate Professor in Organisation Studies at Exeter University Business School

Forecasting and responding to geopolitical risk in 2017

Brexit, the US election and more — the year ahead will be one of the toughest for directors to make the best decisions for their companies, writes Charles Hecker - Senior Partner & Jonathan Wood - Director of Global Risk Analysis, Control Risks

How the general counsel can shape information governance

Understanding the GC’s important role in ensuring proactive information governance can help companies prepare for ever-increasing data challenges, writes Jake Frazier - Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting & Sonia Cheng - Senior Director, FTI Consulting

Delivering an anti-corruption framework that works

Nailing the right strategy will not only help prevent and identify cases of fraud but will help protect your reputation too, writes Jeremy Sandbrook - Chief Executive, Integritas360

Do you have a life plan?

Taking responsibility for your personal governance is a conscious, strategic and operative form of self-steering and permanent personal development, explains Fredy Hausammann Managing Partner, Amrop Switzerland and Vice Chair, Amrop EMEA

Shareholder engagement: An evolving landscape

The best defence is a strong offence — preparing for and engaging constructively with activists is the route to corporate success, writes Tom Johnson - Chief Executive Officer, Abernathy MacGregor

Proxy fights: Don’t underestimate the risk

Five crucial mistakes small and mid-cap companies make in an era of shareholder activism, writes Kai Haakon E. Liekefett - Head of the Shareholder Activism Response Team, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Ensuring corporate integrity

Four practical ways for African companies to boost their ethical profile, explains Roman Zyla - Regional Lead, Africa Corporate Governance Program, in the Transactional Risk Solutions Department, Environment, Social and Governance, at the IFC

Business can earn a licence to lead

Society is rewriting the rules around what being a ‘responsible company’ means. How do you go from a resource taker to a market builder and still generate value? writes Georg Kell - Vice Chairman of Arabesque Partners

Anti-bribery compliance in a changing world

Global indicators and how the TRACE Matrix can help you assess the health of particular regions and markets, writes Robert Clark - Manager of Legal Research, TRACE International

The board’s role in talent and culture

Visionary boards go beyond simply setting compensation policies — they seek to understand and assess the health of a company’s culture, explains Jannice L. Koors - Managing Director, Pearl Meyer

CEO pay ratio: Stay prepared

Despite rumblings that Dodd-Frank proposals will fall by the wayside with the Trump administration, companies are advised to continue with CEO pay ratio implementation plans, explains Nora McCord & Ram Kumar - Associate Partners, Consulting, Radford