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ecoDa's 2 day training programme for European Directors 7 & 8 March 2017

On 7 & 8 March 2016, our 2 day tranining session in corporation with INSEAD took place at L42 Brussels. Our participants came from Belgium, France, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden, switzerland. The session was very well received by the participants. 

Programme: here

More information: here


A joint conference " “Aligning Corporate Governance and culture: What’s in it for the board?” 11 January 2017

“Aligning Corporate Governance and culture: What’s in it for the board?”

11 January 2017- 12.00-14.45, Press Club rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels

No company would deny the existence of the link between corporate governance and culture of the organisation, as unfortunately highlighted by recent examples of corporate dysfunctions. Some investors believe that the state of corporate culture manifest among those who are responsible for corporate leadership, and are increasingly eager to meet the board and senior management.

Programmme: here

Watch highlights of the conference: here 

Report: here 

19th European Corporate Governance Conference, Bratislava 27 October 2016

The 19th European Corporate Governance Conference as part of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union is co-organized by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic Mr Andrej Kiska. The overall theme of the conference was around “Digitization and Transparency” and their impact on the wider corporate governance debate. The conference took place on Thursday 27 October 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia.


This Conference brought together decision makers from the public and private sector to discuss recent changes in corporate governance in the global context, in relation to capital markets transparency on-going improvements and digitalization processes of the governance as advantage across the European Union. The programme included both plenary presentations and panel debates around recent developments in the field of corporate governance at an international level, emerging trends and innovations in the use of digitalization as well as topical issues for investors, Boards and audit committees.



For more information and programme: here


Watch the conference videohere



A joint webinar with ecoDa/AIG and FERMA on "EU/US boards’ approach to cyber risk governance: towards a common view?", 14th October 2016

On October 14, ecoDa organized a webinar in cooperation with AIG and Ferma. In this webinar the US Assistant Attorney General, John Carlin, addressed the US view of the cyber threat to the private sector; how the federal government is supporting business to mitigate the risk; how US Boards are responding by US/EU cooperation to support business.

Mark Hughes (CEO BT Security) addressed the European perspective on the threat; particular issues for companies operating in the EU (the "Digital Single Market", the NIS Directive); how can EU Boards do better?

And Philippe Cotelle (Airbus) and Mark Camillo (AIG) complemented the discussion with the Risk Managers’ perspective. Roger Barker (IoD/ecoDa) moderated the debate.

Programme: here

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ecoDa's 2 day training programme for European Directors 29 & 30 September 2016

On 29 & 30 September 2016, ecoDa had another very successful 2 day tranining session in corporation with INSEAD. Our 31 participants were coming from Albania, Belgium, France, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Slovenia, Hong Kong. The training took place in a new premises L42, rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels.

Programme: here  



Creating Sustainable Companies Summit 28 September 2016, Brussels

*ecoDa is a content partner of the Frank Bold conference.


The summit will examine best practice and policy for sustainable corporate governance, based on the emerging consensus that companies should focus on creating long-term value while contributing to societal and environmental sustainability. The event will bring together leading thinkers, businesses, policymakers and civil society to chart the way to the next generation of corporations.

Panel Topics:

·         Defining the purpose of the corporation

·         Reinforcing the role of the board

·         Clarifying fiduciary duties

·         Revising executive pay

·         Strengthening stakeholder voice

·         Improving corporate reporting

·         Incentivising long-term shareholding

Keynote speakers include:

·         VÄ›ra Jourová, Commissioner, Directorate General Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

·         Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Novo Nordisk, Leading economist

·         John Kay, FT columnist, author of Obliquity and visiting professor at the London School of Economics

·         Paul Dickinson, Chair, Carbon Disclosure Project

·         Stefan Stern, Director of the High Pay Centre and visiting professor at Cass Business School

·         Jeroen Hooijer, Head of Unit, Company Law, European Commission

·         Matthias Schmidt, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Region Lead: Germany

·         Jean-Guillaume Peladan, Head of Environmental Investments and Research at Sycomore Asset Management

·         Will Martindale, Head of Policy at Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)

The event featured the launch of the report from a two-year global roundtable series on corporate governance held by the Purpose of the Corporation Project (an initiative by Frank Bold) in 6 cities worldwide.

For more information:

About the organiser

Frank Bold is a purpose driven law firm using the power of business and non-profit approaches to solve social and environmental problems. Together with the Modern Corporation, a project based at Cass Business School, it leads the Purpose of the Corporation Project, a strategic and open-source platform for leading thinkers and organisations interested in promoting the long-term health and sustainability of companies. For any queries you may have, please contact susanna.arus(at)

A joint conference with ecoDa and PwC on "Audit committees at the heart of the Audit Reform", 21 June 2016

Venue : L42, Rue de la Loi 42, B-1040 Brussels

Registration ( free of charge ) : xiaoji.zhang(at)

Programme: here  

Speakers biographies: here

Summary report of the conference: here

18th European Corporate Governance Conference 25 May 2016

18th European Corporate Governance Conference, 25th May 2016

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Boardroom: Disruptive Thoughts, Entrepreneurial Action!

Venue: : Duin & Kruidberg Estate, Duin- en Kruidbergerweg 60, 2071 LE Santpoort-Noord, Amsterdam, Nederland

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2016 ecoDa annual conference 21 April 2016: Are European Directors Ready for a Digitalized World?

Venue: Rue Froissart 95, 1000 Brussels 

Time: 14:00 to 18:00

Registration is free of charge: xiaoji.zhang(at)

Programme: here

Wrap-up report : here

Speakers biographies: here

A video by Prof.Professor Robin Teigland "The Sharing Economy and the Board"

The INSEAD report presented at the conference:




Joint webinars with ecoDa/AIG and FERMA

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday 23 February 2016 (PART I) and Thursday 24 March 2016 (PART II) from 10:30am to 12:00pm Central European Time

The good management of data is now an essential part of the business model of many organisations. But with new dependencies linked to the increased use of external hosting, collection, treatment and transfer of data, it is also posing heavy challenges legal, IT and strategic issues.

If it is no longer a pure IT or legal issues; who is required to take the strategic decisions to allocate the right resources (staff and budget)? What role for the Board?

Should data protection be higher on the Board agenda?

How the Board members should get the right information on the specific data risks of their organisation to be in a deciding position?

Who will be the interface between the practical concerns and the need for strategic decisions?

Is there a role for the risk manager as the instrument to collect, consolidate and analyse the relevant information the data protection and the cybersecurity of the organization?

More information of Part I on 23 February : here

More information of Part II on 24 March: here




eocDa's joint conference with ECIIA and ACCA on Non Financial Reporting 15th March 2016

DATE & LOCATION : 15 March 2016 at the Press Club, rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels 


EU Member States are due to transpose by December 2016 the Directive on Non-Financial Reporting which aims to increase EU companies’ transparency and performance in respect of environment and social matters. Large public-interest entities with more than 500 employees are required to disclose concise, useful information necessary for an understanding of their development, performance, position and impact of their activity.

Join the discussion and send your registration to xiaoji.zhang(at) by March 10.

For more information and the programme: here 

Press release

The conference report: here

ecoDa's 2 day training programme for European Directors 10 & 11 March 2016

On 10 & 11 March 2016, our 2 days of professional training programme took place at ING  Belgium, Corporate Administration, Avenue Marnix, 1, 7th floor, B-1000 Brussels. 30 participants from different European countries participated the training.  

Full brochure: here 

A joint webinar with ecoDa/AIG and FERMA "Building a robust corporate culture through organisational design – central control or local empowerment?" 29th January 2016

A joint webinar with ecoDa/AIG and FERMA "Building a robust corporate culture through organisational design – central control or local empowerment?"  was held successfully on 29th January 2016. There were 92 participants, a great start to the AIG-ECODA-FERMA webinar series!

Developing a productive corporate culture is a key task facing large organisations. Is this best achieved by imposing strong control over regional business units from head office? Or should local or outsourced business entities have the power to make their own decisions and manage their own risks? Does a silo structure get in the way of developing a unified corporate culture, as argued in a recent book by FT journalist Gillian Tett? Or is better corporate culture engendered by a flat, non-hierarchical organisational framework? These and other aspects of the interrelationship between organisational design and corporate culture were discussed during the first webinar of our series on  January 29.

Speakers include Gilles Hilary (INSEAD), Riitta Mynttinen(Finnish board member), Carolyn Dittmeier (Chair of audit committees)

More information: here

Speakers biographies: here

ecoDa's 2 day training programme for European Directors October 19-20, 2015

On 19 & 20 October, our 2 days of professional training programme took place at Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Brussels.

We had the pleasure of having 38 participants of different nationalities: Albania, Belgium, Canada/Ireland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, and United Kingdom. The training was highly appreciated by our participants and was a valuable experience for both our participants and our speakers

“Corporate Governance Compliance and Monitoring Systems across the EU” 9 October 2015

ecoDa has always been very proactive to promote the functioning of the Comply or explain principle. In 2009, ecoDa in cooperation with Risk Metrics, BusinessEurope as well as Landwell  issued a “Study on Monitoring and Enforcement Practices in Corporate Governance in the Member States” for the European Commission. In 2012, ecoDa organized a conference on "Comply or Explain: preserving governance flexibility with quality explanations" and published a related report afterwards.

In April 2014, the Commission issued guidelines with one of them being that Member States have to define their monitoring system by April 2015. ecoDa has decided to team up with Mazars to develop a study that would help foster a level playing field in the explanations by:

  • Providing an overview of Corporate Governance Codes and regulations/guidelines in place to monitor compliance. Identifying where there are inconsistencies, areas for improvement,
  • Forming a view as to the Goal and Impact of Monitoring,
  • Identifying factors impacting on the satisfactory application of the “Comply or Explain” principle,
  • Giving valid examples of good explanations,
  • Providing a basis for the development of best practices in the field of “Comply or Explain” to help companies establish an appropriate decision process to approve the explanations.

ecoDa has decided to pursue the reflection on the functioning of the Comply or Explain principle. ecoDa has decided to focus first on identifying and highlighting the differences in the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of Corporate Governance across Europe. For this first step, ecoDa has teamed up also with the European Corporate Governance Network. With the great help of Guberna, ecoDa is about to finalize a first report that responds to the following questions:

  • Is there a monitoring system in place? Who has responsibility for monitoring? Outsourcing?
  • How is monitoring effected? Frequency?
  • What is the goal of the monitoring?
  • How do monitoring bodies evaluate the impact? How do they define the quality? 

This report was be presented at a high-level roundtable discussion on 9 October 2015 on the European Commission’s premises.

The programme: here

Summary report

Joint event "Board Governance and Emerging Risks in the C21" 10th July 2015, Brussels

Joint event on "Board Governance and Emerging Risks in the C21 " was organised by ecoDa in collaboration with Ferma and AIG. 

This unique event, a collaboration between ecoDa, FERMA and AIG, will bring together directors, risk managers and insurers from across Europe to share perspectives on the quality of the Risk conversation at Board level and to generate ideas for improving it. 

Through a mix of expert panels and Q&A sessions, the half-day conference in Brussels will look at two broad themes: 

How do companies organise, inform and prioritise the Board level conversation on risk? 

  • In what ways do risk managers and directors interact and communicate? What processes and structures work most effectively? -
  • What do Boards and risk managers expect of each other? Are those expectations reasonable and what does good look like in the relationship?
  • What are the comparative advantages of audit and risk committees as the forum for addressing risk issues in a company?
  • What level of competence and awareness of risk do directors need to have to fulfil their obligations? 

Are companies correctly identifying the most important emerging risks?

  • How are risks identified and defined? 
  • What tools are available to Boards in selecting which risks to prioritise and focus on?
  • How valuable is structured scenario planning?
  • How can input from risk experts and scientists be managed most effectively?
  • How can Boards proactively manage emerging risks in the light of new regulation, governance and enterprise-wide risk management? 

The conference is taking place at a time when the fast pace of innovation is showing the limitations of the risk management processes in place in many companies. Managing risk in an increasingly globalized, dynamic and complex context demands new thinking and approaches. Getting the conversation on risk right is an existential imperative for companies today. 

This major conference will highlight the importance of the dialogue and partnership between risk managers and directors. It will provide participants from both sides of the debate with essential insights into how that partnership can be made successful. 

Time: 8:30 - 14:00, Friday 10th July 2015

Venue: Cercle de Lorraine, Place Poelaert 6, 1000 Brussels

Download the programme: here

All presentations are available here


Summary report



Creating value through governance: channelling corporate culture and ethics in boards?

ecoDa and ACCA invite you to our joint conference on "Creating value through governance: channelling corporate culture and  ethics in boards ?" 5 May 2015 from 13:00 to 15:00 at  European Parliament, Paul-Henri Spaak Building , 5th Floor-espace fauteuils.

For more information: here

For press release: here

For wrap-up report: here

For event photo: here

Celebrating a decade of ecoDa, 22nd April 2015

ecoDa celebrated its 10th anniversary in Brussels on 22 April 2015. Our Brussels event finalized “the European road show” started in June 2014 with different national events organised by ecoDa member organizations. All those national events will feed into our Brussels debate.

More information here


ecoDa's spring training session 26-27 March 2015

In cooperation of INSEAD, ecoDa held a successufl 2 days professional training session entitled  â€œNew Governance Challenges for Board Members in Europe on 26 & 27 March 2015 at Thon Hotel EU, Brussels.  We were very pleased to have welcomed our participants from France, Finland, Luxembourg, Norwary, United Kingdom and Solovenia. 

For more information about this session here




Joint ACCA, BusinessEurope, ecoDa, EuropeanIssuers event on SHR Directive

ACCA, Bussiness Europe, ecoDa and  EuropeanIssuers held a sucessful joint conference on Shareholders Directive:“Striking the right balance in corporate governance & shareholder engagement”on February 3rd from 14:00 to 17:30 followed by a cocktail reception at 168 Av. de Cortenbergh 1000 Brussels. 

For more information of the event: here

The conference report: here

Corporate Governance Conference 2014, 22 October, 2014

The Slovenian Directors' Association, SDA hosted a Corporate Governance Conference 2014 on the occasion of ecoDa 10th Anniversary:

THE VALUE ADDING SUPERVISORY BOARDS: Going beyond the classical oversight

Wednesday, October 22nd - Hotel Austria Trend, Ljubljana, Slovenia

For more information here

ecoDa's Fall Training Programme, 21-22 October 2014

The ecoDa organized a 2 days training session for Board members at Thon Hotel EU on 21-22 October, 2014 “New Governance Challenges for Board Members in Europe”. There were 33 Participants coming from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Nederland, Norway and Poland.

Full brochure here

The Professionalism of Directors – Key to Nordic Competitiveness
An ecoDa 10th anniversary event hosted by the Swedish Academy of Board Directors in cooperation with the Danish Board Network and the Finnish Institute of Directors.
Place: Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Friday June 13th 2014 with a Thursday June 12th welcome reception

ecoDa Annual Conference on April 29, 2014

ecoDa held its annual conference on the topic of “the Board Selection Process: Assembling the Right Pieces for a Dynamic, Effective and Balanced Board” in Brussels on April 29 (14.30-18.30) at the Thon Hotel EU.


Report on board selection process here

ecoDa Annual Conference Programme here

Speakers' biographies here

ecoDa's Spring Training Programme, 17-18 March 2014

The 2-day ecoDa’s Education Programme took place on 17 – 18 March, 2014 at Thon Hotel EU, rue de La Loi 75, 1040 Brussels. ecoDa welcomed 35 participants from France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain and Macedonia. For more information click here

Roundtable Discussion on Family Businesses, 12 March 2014

On March 12 for its roundtable discussion on CG family businesses, ecoDa gathered 35 high level experts to discuss this topic in presence of Ugo Bassi, Director General of Capital and Companies in the European Commission's Internal Market DG.

See programme here

Read Summary Report here

Working group meeting on EU Corporate Governance Standards, 17 December 2013

IFC Global Corporate Governance Forum and the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) held a working group meeting on European Union Corporate Governance Standards in Brussels, Belgium on Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

The discussions and short presentations will serve as a basis for developing a publication which highlights the EU corporate governance framework and priorities that EU candidate and potential candidate countries, as well as countries seeking to increase trade with EU members or attract investors, should take into account.

More details here

ecoDa's Fall Training Programme October, 17-18, 2013

ecoDa has developed a European module for Directors and supervisory board members seeking to gain a European perspective on board functioning and corporate governance. The training programme is targeted at Directors with a cross-border mandate in their board activities or looking for such a mandate. Anyone seeking to update their knowledge of recent EU policy developments in the field of corporate governance will also benefit from the module.


Ethical Aspects of Corporate Governance Regulation and Guidance in the EU

The Institute of Business Ethics in association with ecoDa has issued an Occasional Paper untitled A Review of the Ethical Aspects of Corporate Governance Regulation and Guidance in the EU. A conference was organised on July 2nd in Brussels for the launch of this publication. At that time, Anthony Smith-Meyer (Editor in Chief of the new Journal of Business Compliance) made it clear that “leadership seems to be the missing link between governance and ethics”. According to him, this requires an ability to have an awareness of the company’s environment, to confront values, to understand the impact of companies’ decisions and to take responsibility for the actions that are taken. The publication and the summary report of the conference are available on our website.

The Action Plan on Corporate Governance and Company Law:

What's in it and Why?

On last February 4th 2013, ecoDa and EuropeanIssuers in collaboration with ACCA organized a conference on the Action Plan of the European Commission on CG and Company Law.


European economies have been faltering. We look to the business sector to generate the growth on which economic recovery depends. Arguably, better corporate governance - where boards and company shareholders are focussed on ensuring that companies create long term value - is the best way to ensure that listed companies and capital markets contribute to a sustainable recovery. The Action Plan proposes three initiatives in support of this objective: enhancing transparency, engaging shareholders, and supporting companies' growth and competitiveness. This conference will evaluate the likely effectiveness of the Action Plan in contributing to better governance, more successful enterprise and, in turn, a healthier economic recovery in Europe .

Speakers included

  • Jeroen Hooijer, Head of Unit F2, Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility,European Commission
  • Dirk Meeus, Managing partner, Allen & Overy Belgium – Comparative study of governance codes and monitoring of compliance with these codes in different European countries
  • Leena Linnainmaa , Deputy Director General, Finland Chamber of Commerce - The network on CG Codes
  • Erich Kandler, Partner, Deloitte Austria - Analysis of and assurance on Corporate Governance reports prepared by boards - what is changing?
  • Lutgart Van den Berghe, Executive Director, GUBERNA/Chairwoman of the Policy Committee, ecoDa
  • Roger Barker, Head of Corporate Governance, IoD UK - The EU Action Plan: Help or Hindrance for Directors?
  • Mats Isaksson, Head of the Corporate Affairs Division, OECD - Corporate Governance and Value Creation in Today's Equity Markets
  • Daniel Lebègue, President, Institut français des Administrateurs, IFA - The executive remuneration and the say on pay
  • Carmine Di Noia, Deputy Director General, ASSONIME
  • Paul Moxey, Head of Corporate Governance and Risk Management, ACCA - The board's annual report on governance: their responsibility for communicating on how they have governed
  • Susannah Haan, Secretary General, EuropeanIssuers
  • Vanessa Knapp, Principal Consultant, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Christian Stiefel, Director of SwissHoldings, the Federation of large Industrial and Service Groups in Switzerland
  • Eric Andrieux, Senior Legal Counsel - Corporate, stock Exchange, Finance, Michelin Group
  • Patrick Zurstrassen, Chairman, ecoDa