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12 CPD points 14 RCH

Introduction to Corporate Directorship In The New Era of ESG

Norhisham Abd Bahrin, Corporate and Merger & Acquisitions Partner Azmi & Associates

RM 2,450.00 (STANDARD)
RM 1,960.00 (ICDM MEMBER)
PER PERSON (exclusive of 8% SST)

Programme Overview

  • 20 February 2024, 9am – 5pm
  • 21 February 2024, 9am – 1pm

Sustainability has gone mainstream in the corporate world. Corporate boards are obligated to identify and address these risks as part of their essential fiduciary duty to protect the long-term value of the organisation.

The enhanced edition of the Introduction to Corporate Directorship flagship programme will feature a spotlight on the board’s central role in overseeing and integrating ESG risks and opportunities into their organisation’s strategy formulation, decision-making and risk management. On the Governance front, it is crucial for directors to understand the fundamental principles and elements of good corporate governance, the fiduciary duties and liabilities as expected of directors under the Companies Act (CA) 2016 and what it takes to be effective within today’s evolving business environment.

Whether newly appointed or those directors with experience, it is important to be aware of the essential functions of a board, its structure and accountabilities, as well as oversight responsibilities including corporate strategy, finance, risk and stakeholder engagement and how they will navigate boardroom conversations in terms of board meetings processes, dynamics and contribution. From the local regulatory perspective, boards must have sight of the elements of anti-corruption and adequate procedures to address Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 which assigns legal liability to commercial organisations should their employees or associates commit corruption offences, as well as governance best practices highlighted under the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG 2021).

Building upon these fundamentals will ensure that directors’ maximise their effectiveness in the boardroom and help keep them updated on the latest laws and regulations related to their obligations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the board’s roles and responsibilities as well as characteristics of successful board leaders.
  • Discuss the principles and elements of good Corporate Governance (CG) in ensuring the integrity and efficiency of the organisation based on the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG 2021).
  • Understand the imperative role of the Board and its contribution to the organisation’s growth and performance, and develop capability to influence and manage board relations.
  • Recognise the responsibility in driving the ESG agenda – support the board in responding to conflicting demands and societal challenges to the organisation



Norhisham Abd Bahrin
Corporate and Merger & Acquisitions Partner Azmi & Associates

Norhisham Abd Bahrin is a Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions Partner at Azmi & Associates. He regularly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, venture capital and corporate governance.

Hisham is an Advocate & Solicitor at the High Court of Malaya and has over 20 years of corporate legal experience. He graduated from the International Islamic University Malaysia with LLB (Hons.) in 1999 and holds an MBA in International Business from the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London, United Kingdom.

Hisham regularly speaks on legal issues affecting business including on Mergers & Acquisitions, Companies Act, Corporate Governance, ESG & Sustainability and Corruption Prevention for various public and in-house corporate trainings for many entities including the Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and the Malaysian Investor Relations Associations (MIRA).

Hisham is the co-author of the Malaysian Chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG) Mergers & Acquisitions, 2022 (16th Edition), published by the Global Legal Group Ltd. The Legal 500 (2022) describes him as “passionate and willing to go the extra mile in assisting clients in terms of legal advice”.

Programme Agenda

9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Time Topic
08:45AM Registration
09:00AM Programme Introduction and Housekeeping
09:05AM Module 1: Corporate Governance in Practice: What Directors Need to Know and Do
10:00AM Module 2: Principles of Corporate Governance in Action

  • Transparency, Accountability, Fairness, Responsibility, Risk Management, Stakeholder Engagement, Ethics & Sustainability

Break out discussion on the key principles of Corporate Governance

10:45AM Networking Break
11:00AM Module 3: Board Effectiveness: Balancing Individual Excellence with Collective Board Responsibility

(Case Study & Discussion)

12:30PM Lunch Break
02:00PM Module 4: Sustainability & ESG: The Board’s Pivotal Role in Shaping a Responsible Future

  • Business case of ESG & Sustainability
  • Role of the board in Sustainability, ESG & Climate Change
  • Risks & Opportunities of ESG
03:45PM Networking Break
04:00PM Module 4: Sustainability & ESG: The Board’s Pivotal Role in Shaping a Responsible Future

(Break out discussion)

04.45PM Summary, Key Takeaways & Wrap-Up
05.00PM End of Day 1

9.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m.

Time Topic
08:45AM Registration
09:00AM Introduction & Housekeeping
09:05AM Module 1 – Fundamentals of Directorship: Directors, Liabilities and Legal Responsibilities under the Companies Act 2016

  • Duty of Care, Good Faith & Loyalty
  • Oversight Duties – Audit, Internal Controls & Financial Reporting
  •  Decision-Making and Conflicts of Interest
  •  Business Judgement Rule: Delegation & Authority
  • Role of the Board in Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Questions to Ask as a Director
10:30AM Networking Break
10:45AM Module 2 –  Scanning the Horizon: Legal and Regulatory Changes for Directors

  • Changes to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, particularly the new section 17A
  • Ethical Business Practice & Regulation
12:00PM Break out discussion on ethical business practices and regulation
12:45PM Summary, Key Takeaways & Wrap-Up
01:00PM End of Day 2