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CGF ARTICLES, OPINIONS & EDITORIALS

THE COMPANY SECRETARY CAN MAKE OR BREAK THE BOARD (2024-05-23)

By Terrance M. Booysen (CGF Research Institute: CEO)

While the position of Company Secretary has always been important within an organisation, especially from an administrative perspective, the Company Secretary’s role and scope of responsibility has grown over the years from an ‘efficient administrator’ to a ‘governance leader’. A modern-day Company Secretary’s role essentially encompasses ensuring the smooth running of the board’s functions, as well as ensuring -- from a good governance perspective -- that directors are adequately informed and protected in the heightened regulatory environment in which modern organisations operate.

THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK AND STRATEGIC DEXTERITY (2024-05-07)

By Jené Palmer CA(SA) GCB.D (CGF Research Institute: Director)

Too many board members only view their organisation’s governance framework as a means to assess compliance. The opportunity to leverage the outcomes of governance assessments to drive innovation and strategic change are often missed because organisational leaders do not measure the dexterity of their strategic processes.

EVOLVING BOARDS: THRIVING IN THE MIDST OF DISRUPTION (2024-04-15)

By Jené Palmer CA(SA) GCB.D (CGF Research Institute: Director)

There is a Chinese proverb which states: “The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to a pitcher”. To ensure that organisations continue to thrive in an evolving business environment, boards and business leaders must embrace and adapt to the challenges being presented by shifting landscapes.

GOOD GOVERNANCE – IS IT RED TAPE OR A CRITICAL BOARD COMPETENCY? (2024-04-11)

By Jené Palmer CA(SA) GCB.D (CGF Research Institute: Director)

Let’s just focus on the business and less on governance! Governance stifles innovation and adds red tape! How often have you heard similar sentiments being expressed?

The reality is that the role of the board has evolved. Global issues and topics such as geopolitics, diversity and inclusivity, climate and nature, and artificial intelligence, have rendered the traditional approach to board oversight as far too narrow. Today, boards must adopt a more stakeholder-inclusive approach and embrace different perspectives when considering strategy development, risk management and operational and ethical oversight. However, good governance has always been a fundamental competency for board members rather than a set of bureaucratic skills which imposes an additional burden on decision-making within the organisation.

A DIGITISED GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK SUPPORTS A DECENTRALISED AUTONOMOUS ORGANISATION (DAO) (2024-04-10)

By Terrance M. Booysen (CGF Research Institute: CEO)

Traditional governance reporting

With the age of digitalisation firmly entrenched -- and a global economy on the cusp of the Fifth Industrial Revolution -- forward-thinking organisations worldwide have embraced the notion of equipping their workforce for greater meaning and purpose.  Considering how organisations have the technological means to streamline their business processes, which often has negative implications upon mundane and/or highly repetitive job functions, these organisations understand the importance of a more ‘human-centered’ approach to conducting their business which is fundamental to their future and sustainability.  Given the focus on human empowerment -- being one of the 6-capitals cited by the King Report IV™ for Corporate Governance -- the importance of collective governance assessments made by a much broader stakeholder group of the organisation could not be more important.

FAILED GOVERNANCE IN STATE ORGANISATIONS IS NOT A SIMPLE BAILOUT! (2023-08-10)

By Terrance M. Booysen (CGF Research Institute: Chief Executive Officer)

Given the multiple governance failures seen across South Africa, and mostly within the public sector, there is no doubt that this fragile situation is a national disaster.  The costs of these governance failures are far worse than the actual monetary losses reported to date.  Earlier this year the Reserve Bank estimated that the country’s energy crisis alone is causing losses to the SA economy of approximately $51 million (approximately R942 million) every day.

HONESTY AND TRUTHFULNESS - CAN THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK® HELP? (2023-08-07)

By Jené Palmer (CGF Research Institute: Director)

Authentic leaders embrace honesty and truthfulness as core principles of their leadership style.  They strive to build trust, inspire their teams and foster an environment of openness and integrity.  This approach appears to be cut-and-dried.  However, in reality, being honest and truthful can be rather tricky.

THE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK® - AN ALTERNATIVE TO WHISTLEBLOWING (2023-07-21)

By Jené Palmer (CGF Research Institute: Director)

Whistleblowing can be a courageous act, but it is not always the best option for everyone due to potential risks and consequences. It is also true that by the time any whistleblowing mechanisms are used, the damage has already been done to the organisation and its stakeholders. This begs the question then: what is the alternative?

THIS ARTICLE – AND GOOD GOVERNANCE – COULD SOON BECOME OUTLAWED (2022-10-12)

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Dave Loxton (Schindlers Attorneys: Partner)

In the context of the proposed changes set out in the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Activities Amendment Bill (“POCDATARA Bill”) currently before parliament, if it is passed in its current form, this indeed may become the “final straw that breaks the camel’s back”, and all aspirations of holding the South African government to account for poor or no governance may come to an end.

MEASURING THE ORGANISATION’S GOVERNANCE EFFORTS (2022-04-21)

By Terrance M. Booysen and peer reviewed by Jené Palmer CA(SA)

For many years corporate governance has been a sensitive topic for many boardrooms.  In reality, despite the writing of the various codes of corporate governance, the business and state environments remain littered with examples of failed governance.

Given that the South African business landscape still finds itself in deep trouble, one may argue that the introduction of the latest King IV™ Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa 2016 and its outcomes-based reporting has still not had the desired impact in driving governance change.