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The 4 Eras Of Corporate Governance

The 4 Eras Of Corporate Governance
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The dawn of corporate governance dates back to the 1930s when American companies began selling shares to a larger group of owners.

We have seen many changes in corporate governance over the decades.

There are 4 main eras of corporate governance.

This early era of Corporate Governance Version 1.0 was marked by a less participatory oversight model which was seen by many as a “rubber stamp” for management recommendations and sometimes with a “favoritism” board.

In the 1970s, institutional investing was driven by pension funds and the creation of large institutional investors the beginning of what is called “fiduciary capitalism.”

It was Governance 2.0 after the Enron/WorldCom disaster that highlights governance that did not have a deep enough understanding of management’s activities and lacked significant financial oversight. The result was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and increased regulations.

The emergence of reforms after Enron has two important features that are the catalyst for deeper board participation: an executives session where managers (without management oversight) can discuss areas of opportunity, concerns, and so on. The executive session led to best practice now an annual off-site strategy where managers are exposed to in-depth strategy and management planning long-term and short-term plans.

Governance 3.0 was catalysed by the 2018 Business Roundtable Statement where the largest number of global multinationals made clear the need to shift from a shareholder-centric model to a stakeholder-centric one where ESG becomes imperative. ESG principles are seen as the foundation of the company’s success with all its stakeholders. ESG is an umbrella for the company’s vision, mission and purpose. Companies recognize the critical importance of ESG to their brand that enables companies to attract employees/clients and investors. Many US companies are playing a catch-up role in setting up ESG frameworks to be accountable to stakeholders.

Covid has accelerated the digital transformation of businesses as people are virtually working in a hybrid environment, and George Floyds social unrest punctuates diversity, inclusion and equity in sharp focus.

Millennials and Generation Z workers make up 50% of the workforce and prioritize work health and balance. The importance of security, data privacy and community connectivity has become an area of ​​great focus.

Nearly two years of working from home leads to a “significant quit” where up to 20% of the workforce quits in certain industries such as technology and job change. Connection to a company’s culture is influenced by distances on a company’s social network.

At the same time, major institutional investors give priority to the preparation of environmental, social and corporate governance reports especially with regard to environmental and climate measures.

We are now at the dawn of Corporate Governance 4.0 which is about future auditing and technology to empower our companies, so they remain relevant and competitive. Most boards don’t recognize this yet.

The purpose of Governance 4.0 is to immunize stakeholders against the company’s loss of momentum, relevance, and growth.

In this new model of Corporate Governance 4.0, board members need to be a competitive asset and business accelerator, adding a perspective that not only oversees but helps move the company. straight ahead. The biggest risk for companies is to be involved. It has become outdated in offering its products or services and business model for interacting with its customers.

Legacy companies are experiencing low growth; The main challenge for companies to remain competitive and relevant is to power their data to drive insights and results. Knowledge of true technological enablement and digital transformation using artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning analytics and big data is one of the Next Generation Council’s key competencies in Governance 4.0.

ESG Certification and Stakeholder Governance 3.0 are now table bets. The future challenge for boards of directors is to continue to rely on helping companies be innovative and entrepreneurial for the future.

The speed of change is exponential. The last 2 years of covid lockdown are generally accepted as an accelerated digital transformation of 5 years.

We now expect businesses to interact with the same ease with our mobile apps in all aspects of business. We expect consumption for how data and offers are presented to us.

Companies that invest in deep learning AI/ML and leverage their data lake to drive fast time to insights and action is the company that will thrive and grow.

Here’s an example of how a traditional, old-fashioned business applies their data to the difficult problem of getting vaccinated for frontline workers for $16 an hour.

This food packing company has been stubbornly stuck with only 37% of its frontline business being vaccinated. They offered the workers a one-time reward of $1,000. This increased the vaccination rate by 30% but they remained stuck at the vaccination rate of 67%. The company then used traditional AI/ML algorithms to crawl the web, and used metadata about its employees’ natural behavior pattern to find insights. They specified that their frontline workers stopped for coffee and a donut on the way to work, and also purchased a lotto ticket. By giving $10,000 to a Lotto-sponsored company and giving a ticket to vaccinated employees, they increased the vaccination rate to more than 90%.

Consumer companies around the world know how to analyze their customers’ personalities and hit the right “quick button” to connect their interests. Now companies have the same opportunity to understand employees as much as their customers by applying this same technology to gain better insight into all of the company’s functions – human resources, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, etc. This technological enablement will create a competitive differentiator that will result in accurate data for decision making.

Using technology to interact with your employees, many of whom are in a blended business model, can help build loyalty and intimacy if you nurture an innovative career path designed specifically to build engagement. Which companies can create their own Netflix

Curriculum content and presentation of certificates. It is widely known that Generation 0 and Millennials value career planning more than short-term compensation. Companies need to use technical tools in all parts of the business.

In this current era of Corporate Governance 4.0, it’s all about proving your company into the future. The speed of change can be measured in the sharp decline in the life cycle of a company. Today 50% of companies are no longer independent after ten years. The term of the S&P 500 fell to less than 7 years. The term of office of the CEO is about 4.5 years. The reason for firms disappearing is the exponential rate of change. Companies are not re-calling their business model, moving to market strategy, or embedding artificial intelligence/machine learning and technology in every functional area. Companies thought that digital transformation meant a website that performed a little better and perhaps automating part of the back office. This is not the case. Companies need to move forward with investing in upskilling and increasing their workforce. Companies need to understand how to adapt and embed all forms of superior automation in both the front and back office, the customer journey, and the customer experience, all the way through shipping. Most importantly, companies must harvest all their data and make it actionable.

The competitive importance of companies is eroding rapidly unless companies are truly technology-enabled in every aspect of their business. Councils are responding by reallocating the Governance Committee to also include the ESG. Companies are also working on setting up new technical/ESG committees.

The role of boards has shifted from Governance 1.0 which was a remote oversight board to Governance 2.0 which brought compliance and reform to the board after Enron, to Governance 3.0 characterized by a shift from shareholder-to-stakeholder capitalism and an ESG-focused mindset to, to Current Governance 4.0 where the long-term competitiveness of companies is fully intertwined with the technology that enables every business function.

The role of the boards of directors as a fiduciary agent for all stakeholders is the future proof of the company. Boards must check whether management is properly assessing the risks of speed of change. Does leadership see new intruders who might overlook their established business model?

Looking back 5 years from now, Governance 4.0, the era of future auditing, will seem like the obvious thing we should have embraced sooner!


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