Journal: Governance Directions

Governance Institute members and subscribers receive a hard copy of our monthly journal, Governance Directions, as part of their Governance Institute membership or association.

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Non-members cannot access current or previous issues of the journal online, but can access lists of published articles.

The journal has become a valuable medium for Governance Institute members to access and communicate with other industry practitioners and commentators in the fields of governance, law, risk management and administration. Moreover, the journal has fostered an active network of governance professionals who share knowledge and insights.

Title Article summary Date published
  • Investor guidance on climate-related financial disclosures
  • Centre stage for whistleblowing reform
  • Interest in facilitating long-term corporate value grows
  • Knowledge of governance and associated skills means company secretaries are well placed to take on NED positions.
  • Companies look for strategic skills in non-executive directors.
  • If transitioning to a NED role do your due diligence, familiarise yourself with board dynamics and the company’s background, strategy and history.
  • What combination of skills, experience and values are required of board members?
  • Boards need to maintain a fine balance of desirable industry-specific skills, experience and corporate knowledge and must ensure not to be over-represented by individuals who are ‘insiders’.
  • Boardroom diversity offers protection against potential bias in board decision-making
  • The main incentives for conducting human rights due diligence include brand, reputation, corporate legal risk avoidance and compliance with reporting requirements and applicable laws.
  • Based on recent Federal Parliament activity examining the impact of human trafficking in Australian industry, a legal requirement for businesses to report on their human rights impacts is looking like a future possibility.
  • It is the responsibility of the board to identify, own, manage and mitigate risks. The objective of leaders at all levels across the organisation should be to build a culture where human rights are respected.

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