Corporate Governance: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Corporate Governance: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs is part of the Sustainable Entrepreneur’s Library of Resources for Governance.  The Handbook includes an overview of the complex set of laws and regulations, including statutes and case law, pertaining to corporate governance in the US and the procedures that companies should establish to comply with their duties and obligations.  The Handbook also includes a description of the evolving basic corporate governance model and focuses on the roles of the board of directors and its various committees and the steps that should be taken to create, implement and monitor disclosure controls and codes and policies pertaining to corporate governance matters, compliance issues and business ethics.  The Handbook goes on to cover the rights and duties of the directors of a corporation and outlines the legal and business principles relating to the responsibilities of directors; the powers and rights of directors; the legal duties and obligations of directors; board processes, structure and operations; board committees; and potential liabilities of directors.  In addition, the Handbook discusses the roles and responsibilities of the members of the company’s executive team with a particular focus on the leader of that team—the chief executive officer, and covers the rights, duties and liabilities of the shareholders, who are the ultimate owners of the corporation and who depend upon the directors and the members of the company’s executive team to successfully manage the affairs of the corporation.  Finally, the Handbook includes materials on governance of benefit and nonprofit corporations.

The Handbook includes the following tabs:

Research on Entrepreneurship

Directors’ Rights & Duties

Board Structure and Operations

Board Committees

The Executive Team

The Chief Executive Officer

Shareholders

Benefit Corporations

Nonprofit Corporations

Download the entire Handbook here.