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African Corporate Governance

Understand current best practice in all aspects of corporate governance
  • Course Overview

    This practical corporate governance training course examines current best practice in all aspects of corporate governance, from the new role of board committees and directors' responsibilities and powers, to best implementation of governance in day-to-day activities. The costs and benefits of best practice governance will be examined and practical guidance will be given on such issues as the relationship with shareholders and other stakeholders, managing and meeting the expectations of the market, international investors and local government and regulatory authorities. The course will also discuss the challenges of implementing best-practice corporate governance in emerging markets and will include the specific requirements of banks and financial institutions.

    How will this course assist you?

    This comprehensive 5-day programme will cover:

    • The current state and direction of best practices in corporate governance
    • Implementing and embedding best practices within your organisation /institution
    • How to structure board committees, institutional policies and procedures to conform to international requirements and expectations
    • How to communicate governance procedures to outside stakeholders including shareholders, governments and communities
    • Implementing governance directives within the management of the institution
    • Analysing the governance of other institutions
    • Governance as a competitive edge
    • Identifying and maximising the financial benefit from improved corporate governance and procedures


    • Practical presentations on formulating and implementing modern international corporate governance principles will be blended with case studies drawn from recent international precedents.
    • Workshop projects that simulate real-life experiences will help to reinforce key principles.

    Previous corporate governance training course attendees:

    "A worthwhile investment. Very informative and interactive"
    Risk and Assuance, NLNG

    "The course was very good and would be useful for all directors"
    Director, Retirement Benefits Authority

    Who should attend

    • Directors & Board Members
    • Audit Committee members
    • Company secretaries and governance professionals
    • Corporate counsel
    • Senior company management
    • Investors and fund managers
    • Analysts
    • Regulators
    • Securities exchange officials
    • Lawyers & legislators

  • Day One: The Corporate Governance Landscape

     The Growing Significance of Corporate Governance
    • Why Should We Be Concerned? A Brief Overview of the Business Case
    • Corporate Governance Scandals Have Made the Issue Prominent
    • What Does Good Corporate Governance Really Involve?
    • Putting Corporate Governance into its True Context of Risk and Responsible Business Practices

    Case Studies: The Collapse of Celebrated Companies Due to Poor Corporate Governance
    • The Business Incentives for Good Corporate Governance
    • Making Sense of the Research Evidence
    • The Growing Concern of Institutional Investors
    • The View of the World Bank Group

    The Growing International Consensus on Corporate Governance Ideas
    • The Growth of Corporate Governance Consciousness
    • Corporate Governance Thinking in the Industrialised World
    • The 2015 G20/OECD Principles

    Day Two: Influencing Executive Management Thinking

    The Distinct Roles of the Board of Directors
    • The Board Monitors
    • The Board Strategises
    • The Board Acts as Wise Advisor

    Governance Lessons: The WorldCom Collapse

    Board Dynamics and the Composition of the Board
    • The Crucial Role of the Chairman
    • Executive vs. Non-Executive Directors
    • The Value of Independent Thinking
    • The Need to ‘Challenge’ Executive Management Thinking: African Perspectives
    • The Role of the Company Secretary

    Shareholder Influence
    • Shareholders ‘Own’ the Company
    • Ownership vs. Control: The Agency Problem
    • The Growth of Institutional Share Ownership
    • Shareholder Tools of Corporate Governance
    • Shareholder Activism in the Future

    The Influence of the Wider Community of Stakeholders
    • Background
    • Identifying a Company’s Stakeholders: The Contextual Problem
    • Case Studies: Toyota: the Vehicle Recall; Nestlé: Problems with
    • Greenpeace over Palm Oil; Takata: Exploding Airbags; Difficulties in the Extractive Industries in Africa
    • Partnerships with Stakeholders

    Day Three: International Dimensions of Corporate Governance

    An Overview of Corporate Governance Systems in the Industrialised World: Africa in Comparative Perspective

    • The Perspective on Trends in the Industrialised World
    • Board Independence
    • Diversity of Experience
    • Availability
    • Remuneration
    • Transparency and Disclosure
    • Board Evaluation

    Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets: Africa in Comparative Perspective
    • What Have Been Some of the Themes in Emerging Markets?
    • Examining Governance Practices in Leading Emerging Markets: Brazil, China, India, Saudi Arabia
    • Corporate Governance Practices in Africa: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa
    • Africa in the Light of Other Systems

    Governance Lessons from the Financial Crisis
    • Are There Any Lessons concerning Risk Management?
    • Are There Any Lessons concerning Compensation Systems?
    • Are There any Lessons concerning Financial Regulation?


    Case Studies: Lehman Brothers; Bear Stearns; Royal Bank of Scotland
    The Developing Role of the Board concerning Risk Oversight
    • Building a Risk Culture
    • The Different Roles of Board Risk Oversight and Executive Risk Management
    • Gaps in Corporate Risk Expertise
    • Case Study: Misjudging Risk: An Accident Waiting to Happen – Corporate Governance and the Collapse of HBOS

    Day 4 - Risk and Responsible Business Practices


    Section 1 - Corporate Governance in the Broader Context of Risk and Responsible Business Practices


    What are the Broad Dimensions Implicating Risk and Responsible Business Practices?
    • What are we talking about? CSR, ESG, Sustainable Development
    • Environmental issues
    • Labour issues
    • Human rights issues
    • Corporate philanthropy
    • Corporate Governance
    • Ethical business practices such as avoiding corrupt business payments

    The Business Drivers
    • Investor interest
    • Changes in business thinking
    • Changes in consumer thinking
    • The business benefits
                       Investor relations and access to capital
                       Competitiveness and market positioning
                       Employee recruitment, retention and productivity
                       The minimisation of litigation risk
                       Enhancing the ‘license to operate’
    Case Study: the Volkswagen emissions scandal

    Section 2: Environmental Concerns and Labour Issues

    Environmental Concerns
    • The sustainable use of natural resources
    • Energy conservation
    • The reduction and disposal of waste
    • Involving suppliers and customers
    • Emerging trends in corporate sustainability

    Environmental Concerns: Water Risk
    • The background to water risk
    • Water risks in the value chain
    • Risky sectors
    Case Study: Water Risk Concerns in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

    Environmental Concerns: Climate Change
    • Update on the latest scientific evidence
    • Post-Paris: Where are we going?
    • Assessing climate risks in business operations
    • Climate Change Concerns in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
    • Corporate strategies for adaptation: the experience to date

     Labour Issues
    • Health and safety
    • Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
    • Workplace stress
    • Non-discrimination in employment
    • Wages and hours
    • Child labour
    • Forced labour
    • Listening to workers: Freedom of Association and Bargaining
    Case Studies: Child Labour in the Cocoa Supply Chain; Responsible Labour Practices in the Mining Industry

    Day 5 - Risk and Responsible Business Practices con't


    Section 3: Other Dimensions Implicating Responsible Business Behaviour


    Product Safety
    • The regulation of product safety
    • Product recalls
    • Reputational damage
    Case Studies: the contaminated milk scandal in China; Takata and exploding airbags; Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and dangerous smartphones; Air Passenger Safety: Boeing’s Problems with the 737 Max

    Corrupt Business Practices
    • The background: the international dimensions of corruption
    • The OECD anti-corruption regime
    • The United Nations anti-corruption regime
    • The African Union anti-corruption regime
    Case Study: Business Corruption that Topples Governments – Brazil, Korea, South Africa, and Zimbabwe

    • Marketing and Advertising
    • The responsible business dimensions of marketing and advertising
    • Controls on inappropriate marketing and advertising: an overview of law and self-regulation worldwide
    Case Study: Misleading Advertising and False Bargains

    Fair Taxation
    • How is business risk implicated in lawful tax minimisation strategies?
    • The OECD’s Action Plan
    • The G20 and greater cooperation on tax matters
    Case Study: The Payment of Fair Taxation in Emerging Markets by Multinationals

    Section 4: Strategies for Integrating Responsible Business Practices within Business Operations

    Developing a Risk-Aware Culture
    • The buy-in from the Board of Directors
    • Disclosure
    • Embedding Responsible Business Practices within the corporate DNA
    • Employees
    • Products and services
    • Operations
    • Supply chain
    • Transportation & logistics
    • Whistleblowing Procedures


  • Our Tailored Learning Offering

    Do you have five or more people interested in attending this course? Do you want to tailor it to meet your company’s exact requirements? If you’d like to do either of these, we can bring this course to your company’s office. You could even save up to 50% on the cost of sending delegates to a public course and dramatically increase your ROI.

    If you want to run this course at a location convenient to you or if you want a completely customised learning solution, we can help.

    We produce learning solutions that are completely unique to your business. We’ll guide you through the whole process, from the initial consultancy to evaluating the success of the full learning experience. Our learning specialists ensure you get the maximum return on your training investment.

  • We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

    We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

    • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
    • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
    • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
    • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
    • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product
This course can be run as an In-house or Tailored Learning programme


  • Dennis Driscoll


    Dennis Driscoll is an international lawyer. He is the former Dean of the Law School at the National University of Ireland (Galway).At Galway, he was the Chairman of an annual workshop, designed for in-house legal counsel, on the legal problems of multinational companies. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Peking University Law School. For the past decade, he has given training programmes on CSR/Corporate Governance to more than 500 companies in Europe and in Emerging Markets, especially in China. He is the author of the forthcoming study International and Comparative Corporate Governance.