“Corporate Governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled” – Cadbury Committee 1992
The difference between good and bad Corporate Governance can be small but is vital to the success of a company
Good corporate governance can take many forms depending on the structure and history of the company, the nature of the industry and the characteristics of the stakeholders. However, it generally encompasses certain key features:
1. Board leadership
It is essential that the board takes the lead on strategic planning and risk mitigation. Yet without the proper processes and oversight, the board is often constrained from exercising this function.
2. Appropriate delegation
Decisions need to be made at the appropriate level in order for a company to be managed efficiently. Clear levels of delegation are key but so is the empowering of staff to embrace such delegation.
3. Adequate controls
Delegated authority needs to be matched with adequate controls ensuring that powers are exercised properly and responsibly. This gives the board the confidence and comfort they require in relation to delegation.
4. Information flow
Integral to any good system of governance is a consistent flow of high quality information. This includes information flows within the organisation, but also between the organisation and its external stakeholders.
5. Alignment of stakeholders
The overriding aim of a good corporate governance system is to achieve alignment between all of the stakeholders in a company. This includes the board, the management, the employees and the shareholders and, once achieved, ensures that everyone is working towards the same goal.
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