The Directors' Collective™ Releases Comprehensive Corporate Governance Handbook to Assist India's Board Members

Jan 19, 2016, 12:00 ET from The Conference Board

MUMBAI, India, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- After announcing its formation last week, The Directors' Collective™ today published a major resource for directors, general counsels, and company secretaries working to adapt to rapid developments in regulatory and corporate practice in the wake of India's adoption of The Companies Act 2013.

The most comprehensive and up-to-date reference tool of its kind, the Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices reviews all the legal and regulatory standards applicable to today's corporate boards, from their composition to their activities. It places recently introduced legal requirements in the context of India's unique business-ownership structures and its history of corporate governance reforms. With the terrain still unsettled, a concluding chapter explores open challenges regarding enforcement actions and the effective application of new rules.

"The Handbook collates the issues facing corporate boards in a comprehensive and consolidated manner," said Afra Afsharipour, Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law and author of the publication for The Directors' Collective. "It captures the latest legal and regulatory developments, including significant rulemaking by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), in a field that has been shifting quickly since the enactment of The Companies Act 2013."

"The Handbook is the perfect foundation for the suite of knowledge and peer-networking programs that The Directors' Collective is establishing for India's public companies," added Matteo Tonello, Vice President and Managing Director of Corporate Leadership at The Conference Board. "The Directors' Collective was created to bring together the independent research for which The Conference Board is recognized around the world and the in-depth expertise that our partners KPMG, Russell Reynolds, and Khaitan & Co. have developed while assisting India's businesses. In the coming weeks and months, we will begin to roll out a number of thought leadership and benchmarking products to accompany this important reference tool."

The Handbook organizes its material by the component functions and responsibilities within the director's job description. These encompass:  

  • The qualification and appointment process
  • Fiduciaries' liability and indemnification
  • The delegation of authority to board committees and the role and responsibilities of nomination, remuneration, and audit committees
  • The duty of overseeing an ethics and compliance program
  • Specific requirements pertaining to disclosure, related party transactions, risk management, and corporate social responsibility

To download Handbook on Corporate Governance in India, click here.

For an overview of The Directors' Collective, please click here.

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