High quality governance documentation aligned to leading governance practice is a fundamental component of the actions and decisions of an organisation.
We assist boards to review and improve their existing governance documentation or to develop this essential documentation for the first time to ensure that documentation is meeting the needs of the board and organisation. The documents we commonly review and develop include:
- Board charter – a policy document that clearly defines the roles, responsibilities, authorities and processes of the board and senior management.
- Risk management policy and framework – principles of good governance require the board to establish a comprehensive system of risk management, risk oversight, compliance, and internal control for the organisation.
- Board agenda – an agenda that works for the board, prioritising strategic issues over operational matters.
- Board induction policy and program – board induction is essential to ensuring that new directors become productive contributors to the board as quickly as possible.
- Board paper policy and procedure – a policy designed to guide management in writing board papers that deliver what the board needs to know.
- Committee charters – a policy document that clearly defines the scope of each committee so that it can work for the board.
- Remuneration policy – sets out the level and structure of compensation for both directors and senior executives.
- Conflict of interest policy and procedure – clearly defines a conflict of interest in the organisation’s context, and what to do when one arises.
- Communications strategy – a strategy to ensure the board communicates effectively with stakeholders.
- Code of conduct/ethics – articulates the standards of behaviour expected of directors, senior executives and employees as well as the consequences of breaching those standards.
- Anti-bribery and corruption policy – a policy to ensure the board is informed of any material incidents of bribery or corruption to protect the organisation from reputation risk.
- Whistleblowing policy – a practical policy designed to meet compliance and/or regulatory requirements in relation to whistleblowing.
- Work health and safety policy – sets out the commitment of the organisation to providing safe and healthy workplaces for all workers, customers and other visitors.