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Relevance of board pulse check
Cheah Chor Sooi | 19 May 2017 00:30
Periodical independent assessment is crucial to enable boards to identify the barriers that impede their effectiveness.

Doubtlessly, board effectiveness assessments can be carried out internally via self or peer evaluation on individual directors as well as on the effectiveness of the board and committees.

While internal assessments may be a hassle-free option, it makes valid sense for these assessments to be supplemented by periodic assessments – suffice on an annual basis – carried out by independent consultants or external parties.

A third party evaluation is favoured over an internal assessment given it is able to better provide an unbiased evaluation of a company’s operations and performance at the board and individual director levels as well as assessment of the board’s ethics and compliance policies, its internal controls and its overall ethical culture. 

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