CSIA Official Launch in Paris, March 2010

Title:   The Official Launch of the Corporate Secretaries International Association-with Publication: 'Twenty Practical Steps to Better Corporate Governance'
Date:   22 March 2010
Venue: World Bank Headquarters, 66 Avenue D'Lena, Paris, France

CSIA Launch Video


The Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) was launched on 22 March 2010 at the World Bank Headquarters in Paris, France. During the launch a research report ’Twenty practical steps to better corporate governance’ was released. Included in the report are twenty practical steps that boards can take to improve their companies’ corporate governance. CSIA is a Geneva-registered body representing more than 70,000 governance professionals in 70-plus countries before international/inter-governmental organisations (including WTO, ILO, OECD, IFC, WorldBank, EU and the UN). CSIA will work to achieve broader recognition of corporate secretaries and governance professionals. It will also promote the study and practice of secretaryship.

Full CSIA members include corporate secretary associations and institutes from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Southern Africa, UK/Ireland, and Zimbabwe. Equivalent professional bodies from Canada, New Zealand, and the US joined CSIA as affiliate members.



Below is the list of CSIA Council 2010:

Honorary Officers:

President - April W. Y. Chan (Hong Kong member representative) 

Vice President - Vinayak S. Khanvalkar (India member representative) 

Secretary – Stephen Sadie (Southern Africa member representative) View Stephen Sadie's message about the CSIA launch in BoardRoom release 1/2010 

Treasurer - Peter Turnbull (Australia member representative) 

Council Members:

Janet Ang (Malaysia member representative)

Grace Tan (Singapore member representative)

David Wilson (UK/Ireland member representative)

Constantine M. A. Mutiwanyuka (Zimbabwe member representative) 


20 Practical Steps to Better Corporate Governance

View full research report on 20 practical steps to better corporate governance

The Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) today released a research report recommending 20 practical steps for boards to improve their companies’ corporate governance.

The report coincides with the formation of the CSIA, which is a Geneva-registered body representing more than 70,000 governance professionals in more than 70 countries.

“Corporate governance is undergoing much questioning given the serious governance failings that contributed to and sustained the financial crisis,” said April Chan, CSIA President.

“We are creating a global professional organization – one building on the strengths of national/territorial associations that represent corporate secretaries, who are on the frontline in helping companies implement best practice corporate governance. Governance is as much about people, as it is about procedures. Corporate secretaries are part of the solution to improve corporate governance practices worldwide. With the launch of CSIA we become a global profession with a global voice and global reach.”

CSIA will work to achieve broader recognition of corporate secretaries and governance professionals with worldwide organizations such as the WTO, ILO, OECD, IFC, WorldBank, EU and the UN. It will also promote the study and practice of secretaryship. Full CSIA members include corporate secretary associations and institutes from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Southern Africa, UK/Ireland, and Zimbabwe. Equivalent professional bodies from Canada, New Zealand, and the US joined CSIA as affiliate members. 

"The creation of CSIA is an exciting development enabling industry professionals globally to work more effectively together to shape corporate governance and develop unified best practice," said Jeff Sainsbury, Executive Vice President of Global Capital Markets, Computershare, a global registrar which provides a wide range of products and services to support the corporate secretaries profession and a CSIA founding sponsor.

Written by world-renowned Professor Bob Tricker, the report draws from nine experts’ contributions, including Sir Adrian Cadbury.

The 20 steps include:

  • Check that non-executive directors have the necessary skills, experience, and courage, and fully understand the company
  • Confirm the board’s sound relationship with management
  • Check directors’ access to all the information they need
  • Consider whether the board is responsible for formulating strategy
  • Recognize that risk governance is a board responsibility
  • Monitor board performance and pursue improvement opportunities
  • Review relations with shareholders – particularly institutional investors – external auditors, corporate regulators, and societies the company affects
  • Ensure that directors’ remuneration packages are justifiable and justified
  • Ensure that company secretary’s function is providing value

For further information contact:

CSIA at info@csiaorg.com







 Founding Sponsor:
 Computershare



 Supporting Organizations:
 






Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software