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Private Sector Opinion

 

March 2006 - present

 

The Private Sector Opinion series is produced by the Global Corporate Governance Forum. Private sector experts share their insights on key corporate governance issues and trends. The Forum's mandate is to promote the private sector as an engine of growth, reduce the vulnerability of developing and emerging markets to financial crisis, and provide incentives for corporations to invest and perform efficiently in a transparent, sustainable, and socially responsible manner. In doing so, the Forum partners with international, regional, and local institutions, drawing on its network of global private sector leaders.

 

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The state of governance at state-owned enterprises (English)

Commercial enterprises that are owned and controlled by governments continue to constitute a significant portion of business activity in many parts of the world. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 124237 JAN 01, 2018

Wong,Simon C.Y. Disclosed

Stress testing corporate governance (English)

This compendium looks at the development of corporate governance since the financial crisis and asks whether governance rules and practices have developed in a way that positions companies better to address systemic risk. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 128787 JAN 01, 2018

Sullivan,John D.; Muis,Jules W.; Montagnon,Peter; Duverne, Denis; Hashimi,Fuad; Bertin,Marcos E.J. Disclosed

Where were the directors? (Chinese)

The credit crisis has caused a cataclysm in corporate governance circles. Distinguished professors, leaders of industry, regulators, legislators and blue ribbon panels around the world are examining everything from bank regulation to how individuals relate to society. ... See More +

Brief 47664 JAN 01, 2017

English Disclosed

Headaches, concerns, and regrets : what does the experience of 102 Brazilian directors tell us? (English)

This paper takes a look inside the functioning of the modern corporate board “black box.” Using results of an anonymous online survey, it investigates the experiences and behavior of 102 Brazilian directors—from an individual perspective as well as from a group one. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 115717 JAN 01, 2017

Guerra,Sandra; Santos,Rafael Liza Disclosed

Leveraging board assessment for sustained performance : Como apalancar las evaluaciones de los directorios para el desempeno sosteñido (Spanish)

Board assessment is a governance practice established to ensure that a board effectively performs its duties. Over the past decade, knowledge about board assessment and what it can and cannot do for boards and the companies they serve has increased considerably. ... See More +

Brief 88409 MAY 01, 2016

Walton,Elise English Disclosed

Fear and regret, or trust? From 'transparency as a way to control' to 'radical transparency to empower' (English)

Most organizations are engaged in an ongoing quest for more transparency and accountability in an effort to comply with the more stringent regulations that were put in place after the financial crisis and corporate ethical debacles. ... See More +

Brief 106039 SEP 01, 2015

Verhezen,Peter Disclosed

Responsible boards : action plan for a sustainable future (English)

As external pressures - including resource scarcity, globalization, and access to information - continue to increase, the way corporations respond to sustainability challenges will determine their long-term viability and competitiveness. ... See More +

Brief 95382 FEB 26, 2015

Arguden, Yilmaz Disclosed

Company in distress? : Directors needn't be - mitigating risks at the Board (English)

Investors see value in nominating members to the boards of companies they have invested in. Through board members, they can help improve the company's operations, define corporate strategy, adjust inefficiencies, improve governance, and ultimately increase the expected return on their investment. ... See More +

Brief 95381 JAN 29, 2015

Rechden, Claudio N.; Miller, Kalina B. Disclosed

Myths and facts about female directors (English)

Women in the workforce are key to healthy economies, but this does not mean that adding more women to the board will necessarily increase shareholder value or that the financial crisis will not have happened if Lehman brothers had been Lehman sisters. ... See More +

Brief 99388 JAN 01, 2015

Adams, Renee B. Disclosed

The Company Secretary as Polymath (English)

Although much has been written on the traditional role and key responsibilities of a company secretary, these writings are not sufficient to fully prepare an individual for the enormous task undertaken. ... See More +

Brief 91342 JAN 01, 2014

Wulfsohn,Loren Spanish Disclosed

The Company Secretary as Polymath : El secretario corporativo polímata (Spanish)

Although much has been written on the traditional role and key responsibilities of a company secretary, these writings are not sufficient to fully prepare an individual for the enormous task undertaken. ... See More +

Brief 91342 JAN 01, 2014

Wulfsohn,Loren English Disclosed

Emerging trends in environmental, social, and governance data and disclosure: opportunities and challenges (English)

This paper argues that the social factors that have driven increased voluntary environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosure over the past three decades are sufficiently compelling to lead to mandated disclosure worldwide. ... See More +

Brief 88408 JAN 01, 2014

Disclosed

Leveraging board assessment for sustained performance (English)

Board assessment is a governance practice established to ensure that a board effectively performs its duties. Over the past decade, knowledge about board assessment and what it can and cannot do for boards and the companies they serve has increased considerably. ... See More +

Brief 88409 JAN 01, 2014

Walton,Elise Spanish Disclosed

Integrity, culture, and other intangibles for building long-term value - the board's critical responsibility (Russian)

Governance is a discipline different from management. Understanding that concept is the first step toward improving board practices. While management designs, recommends to the board, and executes the company’s strategy and business plan within an agreed budget, governance focuses on active, vigorous oversight of the company and its management. ... See More +

Brief 76972 JAN 01, 2013

Stout, John H English Disclosed

When do companies need a board - level risk management committee ? (English)

Risk management is nothing new. But the global financial crisis and corporate failures in recent years have put risk management in the spotlight. ... See More +

Brief 76973 JAN 01, 2013

Choi, Ivan Disclosed

When grandpa is also the CEO-resolving differences in family-owned businesses (English)

Some of the same aspects of family-owned businesses that can give them a competitive advantage are also the factors that contribute to the high levels of destructive conflict that often occur in them. ... See More +

Brief 76974 JAN 01, 2013

Jordaan, Barney Disclosed

Redefining value : the future of corporate sustainability ratings (English)

Corporate sustainability ratings are a potentially powerful but still underused tool for building a competitive, socially purposeful, and financially sound enterprise. ... See More +

Brief 76971 JAN 01, 2013

White, Allen L Disclosed

Integrity, culture, and other intangibles for building long-term value - the board's critical responsibility (English)

Governance is a discipline different from management. Understanding that concept is the first step toward improving board practices. While management designs, recommends to the board, and executes the company’s strategy and business plan within an agreed budget, governance focuses on active, vigorous oversight of the company and its management. ... See More +

Brief 76972 JAN 01, 2013

Stout, John H Russian Disclosed

Guanxi, mianzi, and business : the impact of culture on corporate governance in China (English)

Before taking advantage of the growing opportunities of the Chinese market, investors will do well to understand the strong influence of Chinese culture on the way businesses operate, how they govern themselves, and how they interact with each other. ... See More +

Brief 72692 SEP 01, 2012

Smith, David Disclosed

Corporate governance and social media : a brave new world for Board Directors (English)

Publication of secret diplomatic cables through Wikileaks shocked governments and provided a sudden wake-up call to all who thought they were safe from the new power of social media. ... See More +

Brief 72696 SEP 01, 2012

Chaher, Santiago; Spellman, James David Disclosed

Title Document Date Report No. Document Type Also available in
The state of governance at state-owned enterprises (English)
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JAN 01, 2018 124237 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Stress testing corporate governance (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2018 128787 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Where were the directors? (Chinese)
See More +
JAN 01, 2017 47664 Brief English
Headaches, concerns, and regrets : what does the experience of 102 Brazilian directors tell us? (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2017 115717 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Leveraging board assessment for sustained performance : Como apalancar las evaluaciones de los directorios para el desempeno sosteñido (Spanish)
See More +
MAY 01, 2016 88409 Brief English
Fear and regret, or trust? From 'transparency as a way to control' to 'radical transparency to empower' (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2015 106039 Brief
Responsible boards : action plan for a sustainable future (English)
See More +
FEB 26, 2015 95382 Brief
Company in distress? : Directors needn't be - mitigating risks at the Board (English)
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JAN 29, 2015 95381 Brief
Myths and facts about female directors (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 99388 Brief
The Company Secretary as Polymath (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 91342 Brief Spanish
The Company Secretary as Polymath : El secretario corporativo polímata (Spanish)
See More +
JAN 01, 2014 91342 Brief English
Emerging trends in environmental, social, and governance data and disclosure: opportunities and challenges (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2014 88408 Brief
Leveraging board assessment for sustained performance (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2014 88409 Brief Spanish
Integrity, culture, and other intangibles for building long-term value - the board's critical responsibility (Russian)
See More +
JAN 01, 2013 76972 Brief English
When do companies need a board - level risk management committee ? (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2013 76973 Brief
When grandpa is also the CEO-resolving differences in family-owned businesses (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2013 76974 Brief
Redefining value : the future of corporate sustainability ratings (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2013 76971 Brief
Integrity, culture, and other intangibles for building long-term value - the board's critical responsibility (English)
See More +
JAN 01, 2013 76972 Brief Russian
Guanxi, mianzi, and business : the impact of culture on corporate governance in China (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2012 72692 Brief
Corporate governance and social media : a brave new world for Board Directors (English)
See More +
SEP 01, 2012 72696 Brief