Ethical behaviours and a healthy corporate culture are critical to long-term success.
Having good foresight and processes can help you manage increased demands from shareholders and stakeholders. Today boards are under increasing scrutiny from stakeholders and shareholders to ensure that they are creating ethical behaviours. Focusing on ethics goes beyond compliance – it’s about good risk management. The impact of social media means that a breach in ethics can spread quickly and cause significant damage.
The board has a core role in overseeing corporate culture, conduct risk, and setting high standards of ethical behaviour. Ensuring that these values and behaviours dovetail throughout the organisation can be challenging for directors, but the benefits can be significant. These benefits can include the perception among employees that your organisation is an attractive place to work, and the minimisation of risk.
The key aspects Bev will be covering are:
- creating and measuring organisational culture (eg setting the tone from the top, using a Code of Conduct, holding management to account)
- managing conduct risk (fraud, corruption, bribery and unethical behaviour)
- the benefits of whistleblowing and “speak up” provisions.
Bev is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and Chair of its Tauranga branch. She currently chairs Waikato Bay of Plenty Netball (Magic), is a board member of Bay of Plenty Health Board and is the DHB’s representative on the Lakes District Health Board. She is also a co-director of Boardroom360 and Valeo International, a RMA Commissioner, a Liquor Licencing Commissioner and a past Tauranga City Councillor.
She holds a Doctorate in Governance from Massey University – one of only a few in this country. Prior to forming her own companies and taking up board positions across a wide range of boards, she held senior management positions with a number of national corporations. For the past nine years she has worked closely with Massey University, not only facilitating its MBA Governance Module, but also assisting students to complete their Masters or PhDs. Bev has also written over 40 articles on Governance related issues.
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