The Chartered Governance Institute recently released its thought provoking report – Women in the boardroom: An international governance stocktake. While the last decade has seen an improvement in board gender diversity the change is slow and patchy, being most successful in statutory boards in countries where there is political will for change.
As part of International Women’s Day #ChooseToChallenge, we heard a global perspective from five experts on their take on the conclusions of the report and the challenge to increase diversity in the boardroom;
• What measures have worked well toward increasing the percentage of women in the boardroom?
• What have been the main drivers of increasing diversity and how do they differ across countries?
• What are the unique aspects of a role in governance that can be a stepping-stone to moving into board roles?
In this latest interview in Series 2 of The Governance Exchange I speak with Louise Davidson, the Chief Executive of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). ACSI is the peak body for 37 industry superannuation funds in Australia with a combined funds under management of over A$1 trillion. ACSI uses its collective impact to influence companies and financial markets in the long-term interests of investors. ACSI has been a driving force in shaping corporate behaviours in board diversity, corporate governance, climate change and corporate culture.
Series 2 of The Governance Exchange is called ‘Hot Topics’ and will interview experts in their field on topics that are front of mind now. In episode 2, we speak to Richard Taylor who is Chief Executive at Lumi Global. Lumi Global has run over 2,500 virtual meetings this year and whilst circumstances made them a necessity, there are still issues to iron out. No one is better placed than Richard to look into the future of virtual meetings, what technology changes are still yet to come, how Regulators have assisted or hindered and how Governance Professionals can play a pivotal role in protecting the interests of issuers, investors and the wider stakeholders.
For Governance Professionals this is an interview that goes to the heart of what we do.
Structured as a panel discussion, this webinar examined what changed and what did not change from the perspective of three leading practicing company secretaries and one non-executive director. We were fortunate to be joined by:
- Sandi Linford from Vodacom in South Africa
- David Simmonds from CLP Holdings Limited in Hong Kong
- Victoria Whyte from GlaxoSmithKline plc in the UK
- Peter Turnbull, non-executive director in Australia
- Tim Sheehy, Director General of The Chartered Governance Institute who was the Moderator
Now available on demand.
Interview with Tim Sheehy, Director General and Professor Michael Adams, Head of UNE Law School – discussing the impact of new technologies on the role of the governance professional and the capacity for organisations to engage with their stakeholders.
The second series of The Governance Exchange interviews commences with at least one interview going to air each month to December. Series 2 is called ‘Hot Topics’ and will interview experts in their field on topics that are front of mind now.
In this first episode of Series 2, we speak to Phil Armstrong who is the Governance Adviser to Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. "As part of its mission to save lives, reduce poverty and protect the world against the threat of epidemics, Gavi has helped vaccinate more than 760 million children in the world’s poorest countries." Today, Gavi is co-leading COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator – a global risk-sharing mechanism for the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. Tune in for this interview as it offers a unique opportunity to examine governance practice in a highly political environment, on what is certainly a very hot topic at this time.
This first set of interviews looked at how leading company secretaries and governance professionals across a range of countries responded to Covid-19. What happened in those first couple of days, was their organisation prepared, were their regulators on the front-foot, how did they look after the wellbeing of their staff, what did they learn and most important…what advice did they have for those that are new to the profession.
Different countries are at different stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the severity of the pandemic has also varied widely from country to country.
As part of the response to the pandemic, governments in every country have to consider imposing constraints, amongst other things, on public meetings. In doing so, laws and regulations which actually require meetings to be held have to be amended, adapted or suspended whenever these might jeopardise the overwhelming goal of safeguarding public health.
Professionals are playing an important role in helping their organisation and economy negotiate the impact of Covid-19. This webinar, organised by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India brings together company secretaries from India, the UAE, the United States, Australia and South Africa – each with a unique perspective on how professionals in their country have contributed.
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