ICGN Corporate Risk Oversight Guidelines: The Role of the Board and Institutional Shareholders
15 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2011
Date Written: November 22, 2011
Oversight of risk has become a significant issue in the corporate governance debate following the failure of traditional institutions. In the aftermath of the crisis, the International Corporate Governance Network developed the ICGN Corporate Risk Oversight Guidelines to help institutional investors assess how effectively the boards of their portfolio companies carry out their oversight function regarding financial and non-financial risk. The Guidelines reflect a consensus achieved during a year of discussions between technical committee members, the sounding board and contributors of comment letters, who represented various institutions and jurisdictions across the world. These debates have culminated in a document which discusses not only the board and company process of risk management and risk oversight, disclosures concerning financial and non-financial risks but also the investors' responsibilities in oversight and their communication with the companies. The purpose of this article is to present the Guidelines with a commentary linking it to the current debate and developments in the corporate world.
Keywords: risk oversight, guidance, shareholder involvement, shareholder communication
JEL Classification: G30
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