Projects

Current Projects

Governance in State-Owned Companies

The Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa has identified the need to improve corporate governance standards for State-Owned Companies (SOCs) as a focus area.  This area is managed by our senior research fellow, Lynn McGregor.

Applied research and the application of an SOC Ratings Matrix can help SOC boards to upgrade their performance and to be more effective with government and other shareholders. The Centre can provide high-level specialist knowledge required for each board, as well as government ministers and heads of departments interested in effective corporate governance.

Lynn McGregor has done in-depth research into corporate governance relationships between government, boards and executives. Here is a selection of her articles:

 

For more information, please contact Lynn McGregor.

 

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Our Services

Our Services

The Centre's services include director development programmes and sponsored research which is undertaken on behalf of clients.

Meet the Team

Bob GarrattProf. Bob Garratt
Chairman

 

 

Daniel Malan

Daniel Malan
Director of the Centre

 

 

Achieng Ojwang

Achieng Ojwang
Snr. Research Fellow

 

 

Cornis van der Lugt

Cornis van der Lugt
Snr. Research Fellow

 

 

Deon Botha

Deon Botha
Snr. Research Fellow

 

 

Lynn McGregor

Lynn McGregor
Snr. Research Fellow

 

 

Thina Siwendu

Thina Siwendu
Snr. Research Fellow

 

 

Victor Prozesky

Victor Prozesky
Snr. Research Fellow

 

 

Sunelle Hanekom

Sunelle Hanekom
Administration Officer

News & Events

News & Events

New report launched: Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey 2014

USB's Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa has compiled a report titled Ethics and Compliance Risk Survey 2014. The report covers ethical and compliance risks faced by South African companies with operations in SADC countries. This research, which was based on responses from 26 JSE-listed companies, was sponsored by the Hanns Seidel Foundation, Siemens, Commerzbank and EY. Click here for full report.

Launch of new platform for the accounting community: Materialitytracker

During the GRI Regional Conference in Johannesburg the week of 11 May, the University of Stellenbosch Business School's Centre for Corporate Governance in South Africa co-launched an international knowledge platform to bridge the gap between the sustainability accounting and financial accounting professions. Materialitytracker shows how the professions define "value" and "materiality", adding best practice examples of global industry leaders. It compares the requirements of among others the Global Reporting Initiative, International Integrated Reporting Council and International Accounting Standards Board for determining materiality. It also considers what financial and sustainability thresholds can best be applied to address issues such as climate change. At the GRI Conference, the Centre's senior research fellow Cornis van der Lugt introduced the platform while presenting a Master Class on Materiality to business participants from Africa and beyond. For more, see: www.materialitytracker.net.

USB's Daniel Malan appointed as a consultant to the WEF

Daniel Malan, senior lecturer and director of the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at USB, has been appointed as a consultant to the World Economic Forum (WEF). He will focus specifically on the WEF's New Social Covenant project. According to Malan, the World Economic Forum's work provides a global perspective on the value of values in a business environment. He has also been a member of the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Values since 2011. Malan is currently completing his PhD titled Integrative Social Contracts Theory and the United Nations Global Compact: A South African Perspective.

USB issues PRME report on responsible management

USB is one of the first 100 signatories of the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) promoting corporate responsibility and sustainability in business education. Click here for USB's 2014 PRME Sharing Information on Progress Report.

Perspectives on the meaning of "integration"

As many South African corporates experiment with integrated reporting, it is evident that real "integration" is still hard to find. Dr CT van der Lugt, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre, has published a new analysis on the meanings of "integration" as seen from examples of corporate disclosure world-wide. This follows the Reporting 3.0 Conference held in Berlin, 6-7 October, where he represented the Centre. His analysis highlights, among others, the critical need to align sustainability accounting and financial accounting systems. Read more.

Daniel Malan presents paper at Wharton School, USA

On 18 October 2014, USB's Daniel Malan presented a paper - Contracts, Compacts and Covenants: Integrative Social Contracts Theory, the United Nations Global Compact and the World Economic Forum's New Social Covenant - at a conference at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. The theme of the conference was Normative business ethics in a global economy: New directions in Donaldsonian themes. CLICK HERE to read Daniel Malan's presentation.

USB's Daniel Malan talks at Millstein Governance Forum, New York City

Daniel Malan

Daniel Malan recently participated in the 2014 Millstein Governance Forum at the University of Columbia Law School in New York City. The event, which has taken place annually since 2006, provides an opportunity for outreach and dialogue among the global community of corporate governance practitioners and academics. It is regarded as a key event for capital market practitioners and academics involved in corporate governance and shareholder stewardship activities. Malan, who is the director of the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at USB, participated as a panelist in a session on international accountability and enforcement. He shared the platform with Luzi Hail (Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania), Jonathan Koppell (Arizona State University) and Stilpon Nestor (former head of Corporate Affairs Division at the OECD). Click here for summary of Malan's input.

 

Sunelle Hanekom shines in office professionals' contest

Sunelle Hanekom

Sunelle Hanekom from the USB's Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and the Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement was named a semi-finalist in the OPSA Rexel SA National Office Professional of the Year Competition 2013. Read more.

 

Centre participates in US Chairmen's Forum Event

The Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa's Chairman's Forum participated in a meeting of the US-based Chairmen's Forum Inc., which took place in New York City on 26 June 2013. Membership of the South African forum, which was launched by the Centre last year, is restricted to the chairmen of major South African corporations, and is chaired by Peter Moyo, chairman of Vodacom. Moyo was a guest speaker at the New York event, and addressed the US forum on chairmanship in an emerging market. The Centre was represented by Daniel Malan (director) and Thina Siwendu (senior research fellow). Other issues that featured on the New York agenda were CEO succession, separation of the roles of CEO and chairman, shareholder engagement and diversity.

"The relationship between the two forums is very important to us", said Daniel Malan. "The US forum - which originated at the Yale Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance - provided advice when we set up our South African initiative. We will continue to learn from each other, and we hope to host the US forum in South Africa during 2014".

People

People

The Centre is chaired by Prof Bob Garratt, professor extraordinaire in Corporate Governance at the USB and it is headed by Daniel Malan, senior lecturer in Ethics and Governance at the USB.

Resources

Find out more about the Centre's Corporate Governance Rating Matrix and see discussion papers on the Centre's colloquia.

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