CG DiagnosticSurvey Toolkit_Fall II 2020.pdf
CG DiagnosticSurvey Toolkit_Fall II 2020.pdf – Alternative Formats
Corporate Governance Primer_Jan 2020.pdf
Corporate Governance Primer_Jan 2020.pdf – Alternative Formats
CorpGov_Scoring SurveyTemplate_Fall II 2020.xlsx (87.685 KB)
There are three documents attached herewith. These include:
CG Diagnostic Survey Tool kit. This document Explains the survey and how to conduct the survey.
Corporate Governance Primer: This is an executive summary of corporate governance material covered in class. Provided for use as a quick read reference.
Corporate Governance Scoring SURVEY template. Excel Spreadsheet file. This is the one you use to conduct the CG survey for your company
As per the project you will obtain an overall survey result and write a memo on it to your top management as explained in the syllabus. More discussion will be provided in class before you begin.
Guidance on Project Assignment
About the Corporate Governance Survey and Scoring project: Students are assigned a company from the S&P 500 List. Using the Excel Spreadsheet Survey template with 100 questions you will complete the survey and obtain a score of up to 100 points. This is an individual project.
Students may work as a group, as this may facilitate understanding of the topic, however, the paper is individual and will be graded as such.
Students may request meetings with the instructor as required to clarify any issues.
The final project will be submitted via Blackboard by each individual student on the due date.
The goal of this assignment is to conduct a corporate governance scoring survey and provide the corporate governance assessment of an S&P 500 listed company based on the OECD principles of corporate governance.
The learning objective of this exercise is to understand how the CG Principles can be operationalized.
This paper is worth 20 points towards the final grade.
Guidance on structural details of the project: Please use the following recommended structure for your Corporate Governance Scoring, Rating, and Assessment paper for submission (20 points towards final):
Write your paper in a MEMO style written for the investment committee at your company.
The paper should be succinctly written and should not exceed the maximum of 6–8 pages.
You may attach as many appendices as you may provide in addition to the main body.
Tables and charts tell a lot more than words. So try to include as many charts, graphs etc to make your point with proper reference.
Try to be concise in your report.
Do not copy directly from any website, without proper reference.
Use your own words, and make sure you properly reference all statements from any sources.
Summarize the information in your own words, and provide references when necessary.
Executive Summary/Introduction (2 points): (1–2 pages maximum) Upon the completion of the Corporate Governance (CG) Scoring Survey using the Excel spreadsheet, you will obtain a numerical value that will serve as the CG Score.
Using the data you have collected from the company website and other publicly available information, complete your project report in a MEMO structure as discussed herewith.
Upon completing your report, prepare a two paragraph executive summary that should clearly state the objectives, background and the main findings of your corporate governance assessment paper on the selected company. Mention any Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats the company faces.
You should provide highlights of your work, and certainly provide your final score within the first paragraph of the MEMO. No details are required as you will provide that later.
Company Background (1 point): (1 page maximum) Provide a brief, one page maximum review of the company background, important issues reported in its US SEC filings (10 K Report), and other information you have collected from various sources, including the company website, Bloomberg Terminals in ESG information, other financial media reports.
You may provide the following information in your MEMO as an attached exhibit, with proper references provided.
The company organization, its values, vision, mission, products (keep it very short).
Corporate financial information, revenues, capitalization, stock price, ROE, ROI, PE ratio, Book/Market ratio, its management team and corporate governance practices. Using a table in the appendix, discuss some of the highlights. (prepare a short table of information and attach it to the end in an appendix).
Do not simply copy and paste from company web site. Summarize the information in your own words and reference properly.
Make sure you provide references properly. Provide the list of references at the end of the report.
The Main body of the Report (10 points) (2–3 pages maximum) Using the 100-question CG survey instrument you are provided, determine your survey findings and calculate the CG score for your company.
Using the guidance in the provided survey instrument, rank this company (from 1–5) based on your survey score.
Provide your CG Survey Results in the following structure:
In the introductory paragraph, try to indicate the score you have achieved for your company. Upon processing the 100 questions in the Excel spreadsheet survey, summarize your findings within the first two paragraphs providing charts and exhibits. Try to keep it short.
In the following paragraphs, if and when appropriate, explain why some of the survey questions may or may not be applicable.
Discuss your CG Scoring findings. For example copy and paste the summary table and the chart from the Excel Spreadsheet into your report (from the top of the spreadsheet that automatically populates the results).
(DO NOT INCLUDE THE COMPLETED EXCEL SPREADSHEET SURVEY WITH YOUR REPORT)
Discuss specifically the corporate governance Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT), and how some of the observations you have made relate to pertinent topics covered in the course.
If you source any data from the company web site, provide reference.
For any such information, you may paraphrase and write it in your own words.
Findings and conclusions (5 points):(2 pages maximum) Provide a small summary table of findings and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) table and discuss in short paragraphs.
Discuss any of the available corporate governance mechanisms that are relevant to the chosen firm and the advantages and disadvantages of those mechanisms. While discussing your findings, try to bring in academic literature and/or provide practical evidence to support your argument.
Discuss the main CG issues that you identified given the theoretical background.
The conclusions should summarize the main findings and discuss their implications for the particular firm, investors, regulators and the economy.
Your recommendations should have three to five specific points the company board could do to improve a situation you have determined in the company.
Attachments (2 points): Include references, charts figures and/or tables as evidence to support your report. The more the better.
CG Scoring Project Class Presentation/Discussion (2 points) This is part of class participation, in addition to the written report.
At the beginning of the 7th lecture period, we shall go around the class and Each student will discuss a very brief summary of their papers within a maximum of 3–5 minutes (OR LESS, DEPENDING ON CLASS SIZE) to present the findings and lessons learned. There will be some time for Q&A and comments session.
The instructor will grade the quality of the presentation and delivery of the message. This is due Week 7.
Class discussion/Presentation of your findings is considered as part of the “Class Participation” and will be graded accordingly.
For in class discussion, instructor will require students to turn in their CG score and some other data for their company in an Excel spreadsheet. The instructor will collect this data, and prepare a summary of the class findings of the ratings for discussion in class on Week 7.
Instructor may decide to make adjustments to the presentation schedule depending on class size and time limitations.
For class discussion, summarize your paper in a maximum of 5 bullet points.
The final written report is due two to three days following the class discussion on Week 7. Students will be given further instructions on first day of class.
The final company CG scoring and assessment report must be submitted via Blackboard.
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