IRDA’s announcement1 earlier this week of a mandatory stewardship code for insurers will further strengthen markets. Insurance companies, one of the largest market participants, will be compelled to vote on shareholder resolutions and engage with companies to address governance issues. This will intensify the current corporate governance debate in India. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) is the first of the regulators to implement a stewardshi
India belongs to the small but growing group of countries which have made board evaluation and its disclosure mandatory. March is when most boards undertake this exercise. Being far removed from the minutiae, three items in the Companies Act 2013 agitated boards when this Act was rolled out: having a women director on the board, spend on corporate social responsibility (CSR), and board evaluation. India Inc can always do more, but it has progressed on all three fronts. I will
Overall spends of S&P BSE 100 companies increased 25% to Rs.65.5bn, or 1.7% of their three-year average profits. The largest increase in overall spends have been from public sector companies (PSUs): PSUs have increased their spends by 41% to race upto 1.8% of three-year average profits. This year, PSU spends are higher at 1.8% are higher than those of non-PSUs (which are at 1.7%). IiAS studied the FY16 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives and disclosures of the S
This is our second study on board evaluation disclosures and practices in India. This compilation is for FY 2015-16: the first study covered FY 2014-15. This report expands on the first. The first study reviewed disclosures made by 75 companies (- the NSE Nifty 50 index plus another 25 large chosen at random), on their board evaluation practices. The scope of this study includes disclosures of 100 listed companies, of which 50 are part of NIFTY 50 index and the balance 50 are
Myopia at the boardroom can be unhealthy and leave stakeholders confused about the company’s strategy. Making structural changes and then going back on these decisions just as soon as shareholder approval is received displays a certain lack of understanding about the business dynamic and its external environment. Boards are expected to be thoughtful and provide investors comfort in the predictability of their behaviour.
Boards are responsible for taking actions that are in
With regulations and financial reporting standards set to change the audit landscape in India, audit committees must evaluate their existing auditors for their audit quality and independence, and establish criteria for selecting new auditors. To assist audit committees with this change, IiAS has drafted a list of ‘Audit Quality Indicators’ which may be used as a guiding reference to evaluate and select auditors. Audit quality is difficult to assess in its absolute terms, but