ESG for boards

ESG for Boards: insights for directors to consider

There’s an abundance of information available on and around ESG factors and the increasing responsibility of Boards to consider each element as part of their decision-making and leadership roles. However ESG remains a complex issue directors seem to be unsure of how to monitor and implement efficiently and effectively. Governance by Design’s managing director Sonya Beyers recently sat as a …

whistleblower policy

Whistleblower policy: what directors need to know

Australia’s new whistleblower laws are now in effect and by the beginning of next year (2020), certain organisations will be required to have a whistleblower policy in place. This legislation should be seen by directors as an opportunity to strengthen their organisation, and in-particular seen as a way of improving or protecting organisational culture. The saying might be ‘no news …

Chair-CEO relationship

The Chair-CEO relationship: how close should it be?

In terms of working relationships, there are none more important and potentially ambiguous than that between the Board Chair and the company CEO. Although a complex relationship, it is key to the successful functioning of the Board and the executive. However, the relationship often becomes too comfortable or not close enough. In either of these cases, the result is a …

building trust NFPs

Building trust in NFPs: applying the lessons from Royal Commissions

Whilst financial success is a potent draw card for corporate organisation’s to attract investors, for NFPs, attracting donors and new members is a matter of trust. The sustainability – and indeed viability – of NFPs into the future rests not just on operational and mission success, but firstly on the trust factor. The recent Royal Commissions and their findings highlight …

future-focused directors

Characteristics and skills of future-focused directors

There’s little doubt we are within an era of change. Boards need directors equipped with the skills and characteristics to manoeuvre and manage in a complex and swiftly moving environment. The message coming through is that Boards must be agile – able to adapt to changing conditions – and at the same time ensure they remain true to their organisation’s …