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News and Highlights

OECD calls for actions to strengthen the role of women in leadership

OECD’s recent report shares policies and practices it viewed as innovative or good examples of wider trends. These were selected after analysing over 100 public, private and public-private initiatives, policies and programmes from 20 countries. CBD was highlighted as an example of a Government-led initiative that raises awareness of board diversity in listed companies.

Singapore Airlines, Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Land Surveyors Board recently added women to their boards. Board diversity, a recognised hallmark of progressive boards even before Covid-19, is more critical now than before.

PwC’s latest report found that while most companies disclosed their board diversity policies, the majority are worded generally. PwC shares tips on how companies can further improve the quality of their disclosures to help shed light on their decision-making processes and provide assurance to investors on the efforts that are being taken to increase their board diversity.

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From 13 Sep2021
Course (online)International Directors Programme
From 14 Sep2021
Course (in Hong Kong)Non-Executive Director Diploma Asia
by The Financial Times
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Interviews and Speeches

Ong Chong Tee

Deputy Chair, Board of Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

To weather crises like Covid-19, boards can look at improving the organisation’s operational resilience, business resilience, and human capital resilience. Read about the Leadership-in-Action Conversation with Mr Ong here.

Euleen Goh

Chairman, SATS Ltd, and Singapore Institute of Management; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc; and other directorships

The three underlying imperatives for companies’ long-term survival are the ‘ABC’ (Agility, Beliefs, Connectivity) of their corporate DNA. Read about the Leadership-in-Action Conversation with Ms Goh here.

Lim Hwee Hua

Board Director of United Overseas Bank, Jardine Cycle & Carriage, and Trustee of the International Valuation Standards Council

Board Directors may consider applying ‘P-H-D’ (People, Hard decisions, Dynamism/Digitalisation/Diversity) in board deliberations in light of unprecedented disruption due to Covid-19. Read about the Leadership-in-Action Conversation with Mrs Lim here.

Sherman Kwek

CEO, City Developments Limited

“The ‘4Cs’ common to successful board directors are: Courageous, Curious, Comprehensive, and Calm.” Read more about what Mr Kwek shared at his Fireside Chat with CBD here.

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Pointers for Aspiring Board Directors
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    (L-R) Top: Loh Boon Chye, Mildred Tan, Janet Ang, Chan Wai Ching, Gerard Ee, Rachel Eng, Junie Foo
    Middle: Euleen Goh, Goh Swee Chen, Piyush Gupta, Kay Kuok, Lee Tung Jean, Lim Hock Yu, Lim Jit Poh
    Bottom: Jonathan Ng, Ong Chong Tee, Ong Toon Hui, Tham Sai Choy, Robert Yap, Yeo Wan Ling, Suhaimi Zainul-Abidin