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Introduction to Corporate Governance

Introduction to Corporate Governance

Natalia Nicolaidis

30 years: General Counsel

In this video, Natalia explains corporate governance and each of its three drivers. She also outlines what happens when corporate governance goes wrong through a real-world example.

In this video, Natalia explains corporate governance and each of its three drivers. She also outlines what happens when corporate governance goes wrong through a real-world example.

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Introduction to Corporate Governance

10 mins 42 secs

Overview

Corporate stewardship has had to adapt to a new normal since the pandemic, with boards of directors playing a crucial role in overseeing effective corporate governance. The pandemic, climate change, and geopolitics have made it essential to revisit governance to ensure accountability and resilience. Those with an interest in ESG topics will benefit from understanding effective governance. Corporate governance has been explained by well-developed theories, but recent challenges have reframed the frameworks and sparked changes in legal and regulatory thinking. Three basic drivers of corporate governance are corporate culture and behaviour, transparency, and integrity.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand corporate governance

  • Identify the three drivers of corporate governance

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Summary

Why is it important to embed culture in corporate strategy?

The FCA expects a company's board of directors to be ultimately accountable for corporate governance, including establishing purpose, values, and strategy, and promoting a desired culture. Good corporate culture not only reduces employee turnover but also drives better business, and investors see it as an important consideration in their investment decisions from a risk management perspective. Culture can be measured through various methods, including employee surveys, direct engagement, site visits, and unsolicited feedback. To ensure that there is no disconnect between incentives and desired behaviors, culture must be embedded in corporate strategy, which remains a challenging objective that internal audit reports often do not cover. 

What are some examples of evolving ESG disclosures, and how are they being regulated in the US and EU?

Some examples of evolving ESG disclosures include environmental, diversity & inclusion, and human rights disclosures. In the US, ESG disclosures have been voluntary to date, but an Executive Order on Climate-Related Financial Risk in May 2021 tasked the federal government with mitigating physical and transitional climate change risks. The SEC established a Climate and ESG Task Force in its Division of Enforcement, which is focusing on misstatements and material gaps in disclosure. In the EU, consistent rulemaking for a sustainability framework is developing rapidly since July 2021, and ESG metrics are required to be reported through the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, and the Green Taxonomy Regulation.

What is Anti-Corruption Compliance, and why do SMEs face challenges in setting up adequate ACC programs?

Anti-Corruption Compliance (ACC) involves designing systems to respond to the risk of corruption and has evolved from general codes of conduct to industry-specific controls aimed at preventing and detecting wrongful activity. SMEs face challenges in setting up adequate ACC programmes because the resources required to establish ACC programmes that are responsive to enforcement action may be significant.

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Natalia Nicolaidis

Natalia Nicolaidis

Natalia Nicolaidis has spent 30 years in the financial services industry, including General Counsel to Investment Banking & Capital Markets and Head of Global Risks & Controls. She has founded Dynamic Counsel Ltd, a corporate governance and risk consultancy, and has a portfolio of non-executive board roles in four listed companies. She is a founding member of the Climate Governance Initiative - Greece, an organisation that addresses climate change from the boardroom prespective.

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