CSIA Launches New Toolkit in Response to Emerging Market Demand for Improved Corporate Governance

16 Apr 2014 3:18 PM | CSIA (Administrator)

Hong Kong  16 April, 2014: The Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA), the global voice for corporate secretaries and governance professionals, today launched its much anticipated Corporate Secretaries Toolkit, developed in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

The new toolkit was unveiled at the CSIA’s first Hong Kong-based event, bringing together local and international companies and corporate secretaries to discuss the latest issues affecting corporate governance globally.

The toolkit provides training materials covering the full spectrum of a Corporate Secretary’s role, functions and responsibilities and was developed in response to strong demand from companies and organizations in emerging markets for training and skills development in corporate governance.

“Corporate Secretaries play a critical role in companies. They are a catalyst for implementing good governance across all areas of a company’s structure, including business practices andorganizational culture. Given the increasing breadth and importance of the role, the need for a globally minded and dynamic approach to Corporate Secretarial ability has become more essential,” said Carina Wessels, President of CSIA.

“The toolkit has been designed as a cross-cultural, thought provoking training material to promote corporate governance from the perspective of Corporate Secretaries, she added.

Philip Armstrong, Head of the IFC’s Global Corporate Governance Forum, which supports the development of corporate governance reforms in emerging markets, noted, “We are at a pivotal point in corporate governance in emerging markets right now as their economies continue to modernize. The role of the CSIA is hugely valuable as a leading voice on corporate governance issues and international best practice, and as a driving force behind the development of the Corporate Secretaries’ role in these markets.

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About the Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA)

The CSIA is an international, not-for-profit federation of professional bodies that promote best practice in corporate secretarial, corporate governance, and compliance services.

It is the international federation of national bodies of corporate secretaries and governance professionals and represents those who work as frontline practitioners of governance throughout the world. It is recognized by the OECD as the global voice of this industry and its representatives sit on OECD corporate governance roundtables. For more information, visitwww.csiaorg.com

About the Global Corporate Governance Forum

The Global Corporate Governance Forum, a group within the IFC, supports corporate governance reforms in emerging markets and developing countries. The Forum develops advanced knowledge and training products promoting good practices in corporate governance and facilitates capacity building of director training organizations engaged in implementing corporate governance reforms.

The Forum partners widely with international, regional and local institutions, and draws on the guidance of its global network of private sector advisors and academic research network.
The Forum is part of the IFC Corporate Governance Group, located in the Environment, Social and Governance Department. It is a donor-supported facility, co-founded in 1999 by the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

CSIA thanks CLP Holdings Ltd for its global sponsorship of the CS Toolkit. Launch Gold sponsors are Broadridge, Computershare, and Thomson Reuters Accelus; BoardVantage support as Lanyard sponsors. 

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