Focusing on tone at the top - A board effectiveness questionnaire

The board shapes the purpose and values of a business. For smaller listed companies, in particular, striking the right balance between entrepreneurship and effective risk management is crucial to achieving sustainable success.

Mazars and the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) have designed this questionnaire to help boards stand back and asses their strengths and areas for development in a practical, time effective way. Leading boards recognise that ‘business as usual’ nowadays involves operating in conditions of complexity, uncertainty and continual change. They are constantly seeking to improve: sometimes through steady incremental innovation, other times by embracing the challenges of transformational change. Our questionnaire helps boards position themselves for success.

The QCA has established a Corporate Governance Code to help quoted companies put into practice appropriate corporate governance arrangements and encourage positive engagement between companies and shareholders. This questionnaire focuses on the 12 principles of corporate governance set out in the QCA Code.

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