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Excerpt from 2021 Corporate Governance Conference Panel Discussion

Emerging trends in corporate governance includes a considerable and renewed focus on sustainability, information technology (IT) governance, ‘environmental, social and governance’ (ESG) guidelines, stakeholder management, gender diversity, and the Board’s role in digital transformation. The emphasis on sustainability and the pronouncement of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) have encouraged companies to develop strategies for their long-term growth with sustainability as a key element. Academic research has established the positive relationship between sustainability and financial performance. The American Governance & Accountability (G&A) Institute reported that approximately 82% of S&P 500 companies issued sustainability reports in 2016. In Nigeria, over 77% of the...

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An Effective Corporate Culture: The Role of The Board

Corporate culture should be driven and championed by the organization's leaders, namely, the board. However, this is easier said than done. Given the obvious constraints such as the senior management, other employees (human element), the board does not oversee the day-to-day operations, among others. Nonetheless, the board should not be deterred and should bear in mind, the responsibility of leadership, establishing and promoting the company's values rests on its shoulders. Also, in the event of corporate scandals, the spotlight is always thrust on the board. Therefore, this paper aims to examine the concept of corporate culture to highlight its importance to a company's performance and the role of...

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