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  • 09 Apr 2015

    Lessons from the berries saga

    The recent Patties Foods frozen berries scandal is a stark warning for directors about supply-chain risks and the role they play in managing those risks, writes Louise Pocock from our Centre for Governance Excellence and Innovation. Patties Foods recently recalled frozen berries potentially contam...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Mastering the marketing maze

    Kath Walters explains the benefits to business when directors stay on top of an evolving marketing strategy. Today if you are in business, you are a publisher. The opportunities that were once the privilege of media companies alone are now available to us all. Social media, email marketing and con...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Essential protection

    The rising incidence of cyber-security threats means boards must be more proactive when considering risk-management strategies, writes Nigel Phair. Smart boards recognise the value IT plays in their organisations. Technology not only maintains business as usual, but with appropriate investment an...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Forty years young

    Governance education in Australia continues to evolve as it enters its fifth decade during an era of remarkable change. Back in 1975, the ASX Group didn’t exist, there was no Corporations Act as we know it and the insulated domestic economy was heavily regulated. Forty years on, the ASX is a...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Serve and protect

    Cathie Armour outlines the key responsibilities facing directors in the ever-changing world of cyber security. The digital economy provides great opportunity for economic growth. Australians are rapid adopters of technology with 7.5 million Australians accessing the internet via their mobile phon...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Duty Calls

    Strong due diligence is vital before joining government boards, but so is leaving politics at the boardroom door, writes Tony Featherstone. Dennis Mutton FAICD, a former public service executive, has chaired or been a non-executive director of more than two dozen government boards during a stellar...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Division of power

    Professor Bob Baxt explains why greater involvement by shareholders in how companies are managed will become the norm rather than the exception. Recent developments in Australian corporate law have inclined towards ensuring that boards are given the major responsibility and power to activate the p...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Big ambition

    Alexandra Cain investigates the finer details of when and how a small company should establish a board. The question of whether and when to appoint a board is something with which many business owners struggle. While it’s easy to take a view that boards add a layer of unnecessary complexity ...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    A unified vision

    Commercial acumen and mutual respect have helped set the foundations for the young but successful relationship of UNICEF Australia’s chief executive officer and its president, writes Angela Faherty. International humanitarian organisation, UNICEF, works in more than 190 countries to promote ...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Taming the tiger

    The signing of three trade agreements with Asian countries could see more Australian companies expand into the region in the coming year, reports Domini Stuart. It is old news that Australia is well placed to do business with Asia. The rising middle class is creating a fast-growing market for our...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Demystifying the China free trade agreement

    Mark Ganz explains why more Australian businesses must take advantage of the opportunities presented by the recent pact with our largest two-way trading partner. Nineteen per cent. That is the percentage of Australian businesses that take advantage of free trade agreements (FTAs). It is an underw...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Under cover

    Greater incidence of shareholder activism and class actions means insurance is increasingly occupying the minds of directors. Domini Stuart explains how boards can prepare for a significant claim event. There are good reasons why insurance is top of mind for many directors. Class actions are stead...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Advocacy Update

    Director protections The Australian Institute of Company Directors has for some time been advocating against director liability laws that reverse the onus of proof for directors. Like other people, directors should be deemed innocent until proven guilty. We reinforced our views in a recent submissio...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Quality over quantity

    Networking is a critical tool for emerging directors looking for a seat on the board. Tony Featherstone explains how to build the right governance network. In an archaic view of governance, board appointments still rely on an old-boys club, where who you know counts for more than what you know, and...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    In search of good government

    Phil Ruthven considers Australia’s economic growth over the past five years and explains why there is no better time to re-evaluate the state of politics. There is considerable unease in the business world and community about the state of politics at both federal and some state levels. Polls...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Diverse thinking

    John Brogden outlines the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ latest landmark policy to increase female representation on boards. The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) has seized the leadership in efforts to increase the number of women on boards by setting a target of...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    The IT crowd

    Technology has emerged as a critical issue for boards over the past few years. Domini Stuart examines how directors can capitalise on this development by improving productivity and stewardship within organisations.  As companies grow more dependent on technology, boards are operating in an ...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    High expectations

    Federal and state government funding cutbacks are causing concern in the not-for-profit sector. Domini Stuart considers what this means for the boards of many organisations. At the turn of the century, the global not-for-profit (NFP) sector had been relatively stable for close to 400 years. Then e...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Accessing justice

    The threat of shareholder class actions, enabled by litigation funding, has become a bigger risk for listed-company boards and their directors. Company Director asks: “Should litigation funding be regulated?” Current litigation funding regulation only requires funders to manage conflic...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Q and A with Melinda Conrad

    The former David Jones director recalls the invaluable lessons learnt from the company’s turmoil about how to stop a crisis becoming a disaster. Tony Featherstone reports. One factor more than any other separates good and great directors – the ability to govern through a crisis. Not ju...

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