Research reports

Banking on governance, insuring sustainability
Prepared by Professor Mak Yuen Teen and Richard Tan, 2020

This report examines the corporate governance, remuneration and risk management practices of the largest listed banks and listed insurance companies in the Asia-Pacific region, and how these financial services companies are responding to new and emerging challenges relating to corporate culture, technological disruption, cybersecurity, environmental, social and governance issues, and responsible lending and investing.

Latest ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, 4th Edition Changes (PDF)
Prepared by the CPA Australia ESG Centre of Excellence

The latest ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations have been released and listed entities will be required to comply with them from the first full financial year commencing on or after 1 January 2020. Members of CPA Australia need to be aware of the steps that the board and management need to take to be compliant and also recognise that many unlisted entities will use the revised Principles and Recommendations as a guide to best practice.
This document was prepared by the CPA Australia ESG Centre of Excellence.

Directors' liability for forward-looking information disclosure (PDF)
CPA Australia, 2015

Why and how the controversy has arisen in the contexts of Australian corporate law and our broader attitudes towards the law. Enthusiasm in Australia for integrated reporting (IR) has been shrouded in concern about corporate and director liability. The paper seeks to demystify these current circumstances, and in doing so, provide the basis of a more certain way forward.


Singapore Governance and Transparency Index

CPA Australia believes that sound corporate governance is the foundation on which companies build their reputation. It is critical for directors and management to provide effective stewardship for their companies to excel.

To this end, since 2009, CPA Australia has sponsored the production of an annual Governance and Transparency Index (GTI) ranking in Singapore. The GTI, a pioneering initiative for the Singapore market, is aimed at assessing all companies listed on the Singapore Exchange on their corporate governance disclosure and practices, as well as the timeliness, accessibility and transparency of their financial results announcements.


Strong corporate governance and transparency are critical for business success. Boards and senior management are constantly being challenged by evolving risks brought about by factors like changing strategic and business landscapes, emerging technologies and increasing cyber threats.

This collection of case studies aims to raise awareness and promote thoughtful discussions on key corporate governance issues in companies across several markets, particularly in Asia. The facts and issues presented are based on publicly-available information covering matters like boards, board committees, ownership structure, corporate governance rules and regulations, auditors and remuneration.


Asia-Pacific Governance Survey

Our Asia-Pacific Governance Survey is the first of its kind to explore a wide range of market and corporate governance issues across eight markets – Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.

The survey provides a snapshot of the views of more than 1200 stakeholders, split between shareholders, professionals and business owners, and management executives across the eight markets, providing a high level of comparison data between them.