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Professionalising of Board Leadership and Directorship Key to Catalysing Performance and Excellence in Businesses

28 Jun 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 28, 2023 – (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) – The Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) announced its progress and shared key organisational milestones for the financial year ended 31 December 2022 (FY2022), and for the period from January to April 2023 at their recent Annual General Meeting (AGM). The announcement is also in conjunction with ICDM’s 5-year milestone since the Institute was established in 2018.

Since inception in 2018, ICDM has seen sustained high double-digit organisational growth and continued to deliver impact through its platform and initiatives. In their efforts to professionalise boards and directors in Malaysia, the growth is indicative of the increasing awareness and acceptance of the need for senior leadership to build capacity in evolving and developmental areas to better guide companies and businesses. Notably, the key growth areas are as follows:

i. Membership: Individual membership has increased to 1,168 (25% higher compared to the preceding reporting period) whilst corporate membership has surged to 86 (30% increase from the preceding reporting period). Overall, the membership base has grown 13-fold and 8-fold respectively for individual and corporate membership, compared to when ICDM concluded its first-year performance in 2018. To contextualise, ICDM’s annual membership growth rate amongst other institutes of directors (IoD) in the region is second only to Australia and New Zealand.

ii. Director education programmes: Facilitated 112 programmes compared to 93 programmes in the previous reporting period, benefitting 6,705 participants which is 39% higher (from 4,830). In total, ICDM has facilitated 305 programmes to date and benefited 18,309 directors and participants.

iii. Board & Directors Effectiveness Evaluation (BDEE): Completed 20 external board and directors board evaluations, a 33% rise from the previous reporting period. To date, ICDM has conducted 37 BDEEs for companies and boards, of which 76% are public listed boards.

iv. Independent director sourcing requests and placements: In this reporting period, there has been a rise of 28% to 87 independent director sourcing requests and a total of 37 successful board placements by ICDM. Over this period since ICDM’s establishment, the total success rate in placing ICDM Members on boards is at 58, compared to 2 in 2018.

Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Chairman of ICDM emphasised ICDM’s unwavering efforts in professionalising directors, ensuring their capacity to uphold best practices in governance, shifting mindsets towards the continuing acquisition of knowledge and competencies for improved performance, proficiency and effectiveness.

She said, “The mandate for board directors as leaders is clear – navigate this complex environment, deliver positive impact, optimise opportunities, promote equity, and foster innovation. At ICDM, we recognise the challenges and complexity of the board’s multi-faceted role and the need for a proactive approach towards tackling change and problem-solving.”

This year, ICDM celebrates its 5-year milestone with the continued acceptance, participation and growth of its programmes, which can be attributed to the mind shift towards the need for ongoing knowledge and capacity building on the back of the Institute’s efforts in professionalising board and directorship. Today, the overall expectation of capability across all stakeholders – be it from an overall sustainability, diversity, equity, or inclusion perspective, has heightened the need for improved performance, proficiency and effectiveness of boards and directors. Against this backdrop, ICDM’s efforts and support to the director community will constantly evolve in tandem with the needs, and bringing together collaborative platforms and initiatives to problem solve, advocate and navigate the complex business environment.

Over the past five (5) years, ICDM’s capacity-building efforts and advocacy platforms are focused on strengthening board leadership for agile and responsible businesses in line with the Securities Commission Malaysia’s Corporate Governance Strategic Priorities (2017-2020 and 2021-2023). In 2022 alone, key initiatives undertaken by ICDM such as hosting of the second edition of the International Directors Summit entitled ‘The B-Factor: [Bold + Brave] Boards’ are testament to the growing awareness of companies and boards of the importance of staying ahead of the game as well as a sustainable, proactive leadership. On this front, ICDM has also been appointed as the sole provider of Bursa Malaysia’s Mandatory Accreditation Programme Part I (MAP) which equips directors with the necessary skills to excel in their roles.

Michele Kythe Lim, President & Chief Executive Officer of ICDM said, “As the only national IoD and a membership-based organisation, we remain true and committed to our mandate to build capable, purpose-driven board and directors, with the goal of elevating business performance and achieving good corporate governance. We have focused efforts to institutionalise and build responsible, proactive boards, by creating pathways and the right network for board directors to transition to a sustainable and future-focused leadership. At the same time, we want to catalyse the mindset shift to self-regulation at the board level. One thing is clear: the mindset shift is happening, and we see this demonstrated across the adoption of our initiatives and programmes, such as the placement of 33 women directors on boards in the reporting period alone; placement of first-time directors on the board of public listed companies (PLC), as well as the shift in board priorities and growing interest in areas that we considered ‘new’, from Sustainability or Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), innovation and digitalisation, talent, culture, cybersecurity, climate risks, amongst others. Today, ICDM is at a crossroads of our journey as an IoD, and as we enter the next phase of our growth, we will continue to prioritise and focus our efforts to catalyse performance and excellence in companies & businesses through a minimum benchmark of standards, as well as create positive community impact through high-performing boards, directors and leaders.”

ICDM will continue to deepen efforts in elevating directorship and board leadership through collaborative efforts with regulators, industry and IoD counterparts on mandatory, public and bespoke development programmes, as well as further enhancing MAP Part I. Notably, ICDM has recently been designated as the exclusive provider for the Securities Commission Malaysia’s (SC) Mandatory Accreditation Programme Part II: Leading for Impact (LIP), which will commence from August 2023, to enhance listed directors’ oversight of sustainability matters by providing them with advanced knowledge and tools. This is arising from the recent amendments to the Bursa Malaysia Listing Requirements which state that all existing and first-time directors of PLCs and ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia should attend the LIP. In addition, ICDM will also be hosting ASEAN+ IoD event, and in conjunction with the event, the launch of the 2024 ASEAN Board Trends Report. The Institute will also be launching two (2) research studies around Board and Senior Management Remuneration Practices in Malaysia and, Reimagining Leadership in a Hybrid World (Work 3.0), amongst others.

For more information on ICDM membership and how it can benefit the directorship journey, please visit https://icdm.com.my/. For more information on the recently launched MAP II: Leading for Impact (LIP) please visit https://lip.icdm.com.my/.

About the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM)

The Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia (ICDM) is a membership-based organisation whose mandate is to professionalise directorship in Malaysia. As the national institute of directors (IoD), ICDM is committed to providing continuous professional development – empowering boards and directors with forward-thinking mindsets, practical knowledge and essential competencies. Established by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and supported by Bank Negara Malaysia, Bursa Malaysia and the Capital Market Development Fund (CMDF), ICDM’s goal is to be the leading influence of excellence in governance and to build a robust corporate governance culture in Malaysia.

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This article was first published in jcnnewswire on 28 June 2023.