While the awareness of governance is generally increasing around the world, countries may still differ significantly with regard to corporate governance. Similarly, the role of the corporate secretary and governance professional may also vary from country to country with regard to recognition, functions and even naming conventions. This contributes to misperceptions, which suggest a more administrative function, whilst the strategic roles, stakeholder communication and overall support for the Board are diminished.

CSIA, with support from its member countries, has produced the publication The Corporate Secretary – Roles, Regulations and Governance: A Global Comparative Analysis to highlight the significance and unique expertise of the over 100,000 corporate secretary and governance professional members working in nearly 100 countries across the globe. 

This comparative analysis of countries in jurisdictions across the globe is aimed at facilitating an understanding of the recognition of the corporate secretary and governance professional, the governance role corporate secretaries perform as part of discharging their regulatory compliance and demonstrating how the role of the corporate secretary and governance professional has evolved in line with developments over the last few years. 

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Author

Zahra Cassim

Corporate Secretaries International Association Limited (CSIA) was established in Geneva in 2010 as an association constituted according to article 60 et seq, of the Swiss Civil Code and entered into the commercial register in Switzerland and was relocated and registered as a company limited by guarantee in Hong Kong in 2017.

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