Governance & Board Training

Corporate Governance

APAS provides a wide range of specialized advisory services designed to help strengthen companies by improving corporate governance. APAS’s corporate governance experts can offer to companies:
  • Consultations
  • Delivery of customized workshops
  • Corporate governance assessments and improvement plans
After having obtained the assent of the President of India on 29 August 2013, Companies Act, 2013 (new Companies Act) came into force on 12 September 2013. The erstwhile Companies Act, 1956 was in existence for well over fifty years and was lately seeming quite ineffective at handling present day challenges and the complexities related with the growing stakeholders’ interests. The new Act promises to substantially raise the bar on governance and in a comprehensive form purports to deal with some very relevant themes. At the same time, it appears to be quite pervasive and thrusts greater responsibility and obligation on the Board of Directors and Management in Indian companies.

Keeping with the wider director and management responsibility, greater investor protection aspects of the new Companies Act, the Companies are in the process of redefining the boards and processes related to governance and APAS can assist companies in this regard.

APAS will provide detailed assessments of the organization’s corporate governance structures and practices including on-site interviews. APAS assesses corporate needs and achievement in the following

key areas:
  • Commitment to good corporate governance
  • Board structure, processes and functioning
  • Performance Evaluation Frameworks and Effectiveness assessments
  • Regulatory Compliance Assistance; Transparency and disclosure
  • Succession Planning
  • Board Training
Companies will receive a tailored improvement plan that includes proposals to address corporate governance weaknesses and suggested methods for prioritization of suggested improvements.

Board Training 

Aftermath of the global financial crisis and numerous corporate scandals lead to erosion of trust on boards and has shifted the focus on to the boardrooms increasing the pressure on the board members. Increased levels of scrutiny from the shareholders and regulators have made the job of board members more challenging. Companies are now in need of board members who fully understand their responsibilities and challenges, comply with the regulations, effectively handle risk and manage crisis while delivering strategic counsel. Succession planning, management evaluation and effective communication with the shareholders are some of the other prime areas that require board members’ attention.

  In this context, TRBA board trainings help the boards equip themselves with all the required skills and knowledge. TRBA board trainings are highly specialized training programs delivered to the company boards to ensure that the contribution of board is maximized and positive board culture is maintained. The trainings are case-study based and provides tools and frameworks to increase the performance of boards. TRBA Training touches upon the current trends and issues in the boardrooms. It encompasses various subjects including
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • Board standards, roles, relations and processes
  • Risk Mitigation and internal controls
  • Crisis Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Performance metrics and value drivers
  • Use of technology
APAS provides highly effective board trainings through TRBA platform. TRBA is Thomson Reuters Board Academy that delivered courses in in 19 different languages – to more than 500 clients and 600,000 users globally. The training offerings cover a wide range of topics in categories such as Induction and Awareness, Financial Crime, Business Conduct and Governance and Risk Management. Additionally, courses are tailored to geographic regions and are available for U.K. and Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. APAS now constituted Thomson Reuters Board Academy for India. For India, TRBA engaged global and domestic experts and thought leaders to customize the global training material to Indian banking needs. The material has been developed for the Indian banking company boards and is specifically aligned to the needs of the public sector banks in India. The domestic experts have been drawn from the regulator’s office, former CEOs & CMDs of the banking companies, reputed practitioners, and Academicians.
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