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Online Corporate Directors Certification Program
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Corporate governance is the system by which companies and banks are directed and controlled. Well-governed companies are associated with lower risk and higher returns for shareholders. Well-governed companies are also thought to operate more effectively and efficiently. Corporate governance is known to build trust among the company’s many stakeholders.
Countries that have good corporate governance frameworks tend to have better risk/return profiles. Equity markets that have good governance characteristics enjoy greater respect and confidence from investors. They also tend to be less vulnerable to financial shocks.

Course Objectives

The Online Corporate Directors Certification Program consists of four related parts delivered over a period of 11 non-consecutive days.The program is based upon IFC’s Corporate Governance Methodology; the purpose is to equip participants with the tools and training to implement sound corporate governance processes and structures in the companies they are involved with.
The highly interactive program will touch upon the following corporate governance dimensions:

  • Become a Certified Board Member by the IFC after succeeding an online exam
  • Build a commitment to good governance and demonstrate a clear focus on effective structures and processes for achieving the benefits of corporate governance
  • Acquire knowledge about a board’s structure & functioning to create a competent and effective board
  • Gain management control to achieve internal control, management of risk, and the integrity of financial information
  • Discover principles of disclosure & transparency to communicate accurate and actionable information equally to shareholders & stakeholders (including regulators)
  • Adopt shareholder practices including the equal treatment of all shareholders, and protection from abuse from company insiders
  • Implement family governance to ensure the existence of appropriate mechanisms to help govern the involvement of the family in the business and address other family matters
Course Outline

Part (I): Board Basics – An Introduction
The first part of the program is delivered over three days and aims to provide Board members and senior management with the principles of and best practices in corporate governance along with the applicable tools on how to instill good governance. The first part serves as the foundation of the whole program and it presents an introduction to the role of the board of directors and the importance of good corporate governance.


Part (II) of this program, is delivered over three days and aims to train Board members and senior management on the role of the Board in the strategic management of the company, the CEO hiring process and evaluation of his/her performance, succession planning process and procedures for key positions, and equip directors with tools to help them exercise reasonable and informed oversight over the financial performance of the company.

Part (III): Board Specifics – Disclosure and Transparency
Part (III) of this program is delivered over three days and aims to provide Board members and senior management with the principles of corporate governance and train them on the board’s role in information disclosure and transparency, the concept of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), the role and importance of internal/external audit, and how to establish the proper control procedures.

Part (IV): Board Specifics – Shareholder Rights
Part (VI) of this program is delivered over two days and aims to provide Board members and senior management with the principles of corporate governance and train them on the board’s role in protecting the rights of shareholders, how to detect and approve related party transactions to protect shareholder rights and minimize the risk of having such transactions appealed, and to provide directors with practical advice on how to set a model dividend policy, prepare for and conduct the annual shareholders meeting, and resolving corporate conflicts.

Target Audience

The Online Corporate Directors Certification Program is designed for board members, board chairs, corporate directors, senior executive officers, auditors, lawyers and top management of companies and banks who want to ensure the sustainability of their business and take their enterprises to new frontiers of business growth, all the while dealing professionally with the challenges associated with improving performance, business expansions, succession and access to capital by learning and applying the Corporate Governance framework and best practices developed by IFC.

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