How to build Investor Confidence through Good Corporate Governance

by Capital Business Management, December 14, 2009.

Corporate Governance, once relegated as a nice to have, has never been higher on the agenda of companies than it is now. New regulations have been drafted, originating in the U.S., to try to restore investor confidence that has been eroded not only by the volatility of the stock market, but by a chain of governance failures such as Enron, WorldCom, Martha Stewart, etc.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (the Act) the name of the two U.S. Senators who proposed the bill, is designed to restore investor confidence by implementing mandatory measures centered around strong Corporate Governance.

The most important result of the Administration Act is to personally and criminally liable for breaches of the law, including the inaccuracy of the information in the financial statements (known as Section 404), and the roles and responsibilities of companies Board of Directors…(continue reading)

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