In its Principles of Corporate Governance the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development described “corporate governance” as involving a set of relationships between a company’s management, its board, its shareholders and other stakeholders that provides the structure through which the objectives of the company are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance are determined. The importance of corporate governance for companies and countries all around the world has been succinctly summarized as follows in a United Nations publication: “In a more globalized, interconnected and competitive world, the way that environmental, social and corporate governance issues are managed is part of companies’ overall management quality needed to compete successfully. Companies that perform better with regard to these issues can increase shareholder value by, for example, properly managing risks, anticipating regulatory action or accessing new markets while at the same time contributing to the sustainable development of the societies in which they operate. Moreover these issues can have a strong impact on reputation and brands, an increasingly important part of company value.”
Business Transactions Solution on Thomson Reuters Westlaw contains a transaction-based practice system for the life cycle of a business entity. Each transaction structures itself around a module design, including transaction summary, memorandum analysis, master forms needed to execute the transaction, commentary analyzing every clause or provision of the form, drafting and review checklists, and specialty forms. The unlimited-use subscription provides regular updates, including new master forms, commentary, checklists, and specialty forms.
Legal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients. The questionnaire format of this multivolume work shows how to elicit answers, make a diagnosis, and recommend an efficient, safe course of action for your business clients. Each chapter provides business guidance in specific business activities, including forming contracts; buying and selling a business; franchising; operating in the global marketplace; counseling on insurance, pension, securities, and product liability issues; borrowing money; contracting with the government; and resolving patent, copyright, and trademark-related problems and issues. Topics include business organization, estate planning, labor relations, real estate, securities, patents, computer software, advertising warranties, environmental law, and transportation and distribution. Features include showing how to assess the “legal health” of your clients and suggestions on how to apply the right remedies to legal pitfalls in your clients’ activities.
Business Counselor’s Law & Compliance Practice Manual offers in-house counsel, or outside counsel acting as the primary legal and compliance adviser to a company, a comprehensive set of materials on how to establish, manage, and grow the law and compliance function. You’ll benefit from the author’s insights based on over two decades of experience with internationally recognized law firms as a partner and senior counsel member. Topics covered include organizing and managing the law and compliance function; managing a company’s intellectual property rights; human resources; and international compliance issues. Other manual features include forms and checklists available in print and on CD-ROM.
Governance Codes and Policies
Board of Directors
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (POWERED BY SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT) The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project engages in and promotes research, education and training activities relating to entrepreneurial ventures launched with the aspiration to create sustainable enterprises that achieve significant growth in scale and value creation through the development and commercialization of innovative products or services which form the basis for a successful international business. The Project is also involved in collecting, analyzing and disseminating information about regional and national efforts around the world to support and expand sustainable entrepreneurship. The Project has launched of its own portfolio of timely and practical information in the form of comprehensive libraries for sustainable entrepreneurs. Libraries that are particularly relevant to governance include the following:
- Organizational Design
- Organizational Culture
- Strategic Planning
- Compliance & Risk Management
WEBINARS AND OTHER CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENTS
West Legal Ed Center Click for list of all programs presented by the Institute on West Legal Ed Center. Programs relating to governance include several videos prepared for the Beyond the Bar training initiative and the following webinars (available on demand):
Business Counselor Institute on West Legal Ed Center
- Governance Counseling (04.2016)
- Counseling Corporate Officers (08.16)
Beyond the Bar Training Programs
- Governance Counseling
- Counseling the Board of Directors
- Counseling Board Committees
- Working with the Executive Team