What is Corporate Governance: Corporate governance describes the rules, processes, and laws by which a company is directed and …

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What is Corporate Governance:

Corporate governance describes the rules, processes, and laws by which a company is directed and controlled for the benefit of its shareholders and other stakeholders, including employees, customers, financers, and the communities in which the business operates.

Good corporate governance is vital to the integrity of financial institutions and markets and contributes to sustainable economic development by enhancing the performance of companies. Once a firm gets its corporate governance model right, with a strong and effective board of directors, everything else should flow from that. Success in preventing corporate disasters cannot be properly measured, so the positive benefits of governance cannot be fully known. But events in recent times, most notably during the global financial crisis, have highlighted the consequences of corporate governance failures.

Good governance starts at the boardroom table. The crisis highlighted the fact that the directors of leading banks and other financial institutions had failed to understand the risks they were taking or to hold their key executives to account. The corporate governance models at these firms weren’t robust enough to prevent crises and scandals, and ultimately government intervention was required to avert the collapse of the global financial and economic system.


Why it is important:

Good governance may start at the board level, but it doesn’t end there. Effective corporate governance requires the support and commitment of the entire network of stakeholders, including directors, shareholders, employees, customers, and the broader community.

While no corporate governance system can ever be foolproof, there is clear scope for improvement. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, many countries and companies around the world focused on enhancing their corporate governance regimes. A lot of work remains to be done, evidenced by a number of high-profile scandals, including several in the banking world, since the peak years of the crisis.


What will you learn:

  1. Basics of Corporate Governance.
  2. Corporate Governance: Board of Directors.
  3. Key Issues.
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility Basics.
  5. The Case for and Against.
  6. Sustainability Reporting.
  7. Corporate Social Responsibility and the Banking Industry.


Target audience:

Recently appointed company directors, senior/middle management and other prospective directors, investors and other company stakeholders, regulators and legislators, and others seeking an understanding of governance processes in a post-financial-crisis environment.



  1. Corporate Governance Basics
  2. Corporate Governance Board of Directors
  3. Corporate Governance Key Issues
  4. Corporate Social Responsibility Basics
  5. Corporate Social Responsibility The Case For and Against
  6. Corporate Social Responsibility Sustainability Reporting
  7. Corporate Social Responsibility and the Banking Industry

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