Corporate Governance

Courses In This Course

Corporate governance describes the rules, processes, and laws by which companies are directed and controlled for the benefit of company shareholders and other stakeholders. Once a firm gets its corporate governance model right, with a strong and effective board of directors, everything else should flow from that.


The financial crisis highlighted the failings in many corporate governance models. Concerns were raised that the directors of top banks and other financial firms had failed to understand the risks they were taking or to hold their key executives to account. In the aftermath of the crisis, a number of countries have focused on enhancing their corporate governance regimes. Good corporate governance is vital to the integrity of financial institutions and markets, as well as the health of the overall economy.


Topics covered by the course include:

The importance of good corporate governance

The key issues in corporate governance

The fundamentals of corporate social responsibility (CSR)

The business case factors behind the adoption of CSR

Sustainability reporting and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

CSR and the banking industry

Prerequisite Knowledge

A basic understanding of finance is assumed.



    Corporate governance is a broad term to describe the rules, processes, and laws by which companies are directed and controlled for the benefit of company shareholders and other stakeholders. Good corporate governance contributes to sustainable economic development by enhancing the performance of companies and improving their access to outside sources of funds.


    This course describes the roles and responsibilities of company boards of directors (and their sub-committees) in promoting effective corporate governance. It also looks at some of the key issues, such as director remuneration and institutional investor engagement that are crucial to good corporate governance. Well-known examples of corporate governance failures are also highlighted.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    No prior knowledge is assumed for this course.





    CSR refers to those actions whereby business seeks to contribute to sustainable economic development. In its commitment to sustainability, a business recognizes that, in addition to serving its shareholders’ interests in the pursuit of economic value, it must also understand the legitimate concerns of other stakeholders such as employees and the wider community.


    Changing attitudes on the part of consumers and investors mean that CSR is no longer seen as an expensive luxury, but can in fact result in net savings for the business. This course covers the fundamentals of corporate social responsibility, with particular focus on the banking industry.

    Course Duration

    60 mins

    Prerequisite Knowledge

    Corporate Governance – An Introduction


Learner Profile

This course is designed for:

Company directors, whether experienced or recently-appointed

Senior/middle management and other prospective directors

Institutional investors and other company stakeholders

Regulators and legislators

Others seeking an understanding of governance processes in a post-financial • • Crisis environment



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