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Sarbanes-Oxley: A Corporate Director's Compliance Guide is a complete training guide for board members regarding their responsibilities under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and related regulatory requirements from the SEC and self-regulatory organizations (NYSE and NASD). It will also explore corporate governance best practices so that a director is aware and can evaluate their board against these practices.
Due to legislation and regulations stemming from corporate fraud at Enron, WorldCom, and other companies, board members are now under scrutiny—particularly their role in the oversight of financial reporting and corporate governance practices. Board members must be informed and engaged. Directors are charged to represent the interest of the company's shareholders. Failure can result in damage to a person's reputation and personal liability. The risks are not limited to directors of large public companies. Recent legislation applies to publicly held companies, but not-for-profit entities and other companies are increasingly held to similar standards.
Sarbanes-Oxley and the Board of Directors is a practical, down-to-earth guide for board members. It covers everything from board basics to compliance with regulations . . . from corporate culture and values to assessing and reacting to hostile shareholder activities.
Complete with real-world examples, vignettes, case studies, and other information, this guide helps board members, CEOs, CFOs, and others understand their responsibilities and potential liabilities and implement effective corporate governance. It covers:-
*Building a strong framework for effective governance
*Ways to protect board members (including an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of indemnity and insurance protections)
*Board committees—ones to have and ones to avoid
*Establishing high standards and healthy board dynamics
*Specific guidance for effective corporate oversight and communications
*Red flags that signal the need for prompt investigation and action
*Specific issues faced by not-for-profit boards, advisory boards, and boards of small public companies