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12 CPD points 12 RCH

Introduction to Corporate Directorship In The New Era of ESG

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

RM 3,270.00 (STANDARD)
RM 2,620.00 (ICDM MEMBER)
PER PERSON (exclusive of 8% SST)

Programme Overview

  • 11 September 2023 – 9am – 6pm by Raveen Singh
  • 12 September 2023 – 9am – 1pm by Norhisham Abdul Bahrin

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
  • 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

Who is this Programme For?

  • Aspiring Directors
  • Newly Appointed Directors
  • Directors with less than 3 years tenure
  • Senior Management Team


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Corporate and Mergers & 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”.


08:45AM : Registration
09:00AM : Programme Introduction and Housekeeping
09:05AM : Module 1: What is Corporate Governance (CG) and Why Does it Matter?
10:00AM : Module 2: Principles of Corporate Governance, Break out room discussion on the key principles of Corporate Governance
10:45AM : Networking Break
11:00AM: Module 3: Fundamental of Directorship: Directors, Liabilities and Legal Responsibilities
(Case study on director's fiduciary duties)
12:30PM : Lunch Break
02:00PM : Module 4: The Secret Sauce to an Effective Board
(Case study on board and board committee's governance role)
03:45PM : Networking Break
04:00PM : Resume Module 4
(Discussion on Business Review Requirements)
05:00PM : Summary and Wrap-up
05:30PM : Q&A
06:00PM : Ends of Day 1


08:45AM : Registration
09:00AM : Introduction and Housekeeping
09:05AM : Module 1 - Companies Act 2016
  • Duty of Care, Good Faith & Loyalty
  • Oversight Duties – Audit & Internal Controls & Financial Reporting
  • Decision-Making and Conflict of Interest
  • Business Judgement Rule: Delegation & Authority
  • Questions to Ask as a Director
10:30AM : Networking Break
10:45AM :  Module 2 – Legal and Regulatory Change for Directors
  • Changes to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act, particularly the new section 17A
  • The Business Roundtable; views on developing stakeholder priorities across wider areas including climate change and sustainability
  • Ethical Business Practice & Regulation
12:00PM : Group Discussion with Case Studies*
12:45PM : Summary Key Takeaways & Wrap-Up
01:00PM : Ends of Day 2