Evaluating Board Effectiveness

Board CommitteesThe Board should undertake a formal and rigorous annual evaluation of its own performance and that of its committees and individual directors. The Board should state in the Annual Report how performance evaluation of the Board, its committees and its individual directors has been conducted.

The following is an illustrative list of few questions one may consider to evaluate the effectiveness of the Board. The evaluation process should be strictly used constructively, as a mechanism to improve board effectiveness, maximize strengths and tackle weaknesses.

Evaluate Board Effectiveness

  • How well has the board performed against any performance objectives that have been set?
  • What has been the board’s contribution to the testing and development of strategy?
  • What has been the board’s contribution to ensuring robust and effective risk management?
  • Is the composition of the board and its committees appropriate, with the right mix of knowledge and skills to maximize performance in the light of future strategy?    Are inside and outside the board relationships working effectively?
  • How has the board responded to any problems or crises that have emerged and could or should these have been foreseen?
  • Are the matters specifically reserved for the board the right ones?
  • How well does the board communicate with the management team, company employees and others?   How effectively does it use mechanisms such as the AGM and the annual report?
  • Is the board as a whole up to date with latest developments in the regulatory environment and the market?
  • How effective are the board’s committees? [Specific questions on the performance of each committee should be included such as, for example, their role, their composition and their interaction with the board.

 

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