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Corporate governance, boards of directors and corporate social responsibility: The Australian context

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Backhouse, KM and Wickham, MD ORCID: 0000-0001-6653-9074 2020 , 'Corporate governance, boards of directors and corporate social responsibility: The Australian context' , Corporate Ownership and Control, vol. 17, no. 4 , pp. 60-71 , doi: 10.22495/cocv17i4art5.

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Abstract

The challenge of corporate governance in Australian corporations is similar to those faced by the majority of corporations operating globally albeit the manner in which corporate governance is structured in Australia represents a strong reflection of the island continent‟s people, egalitarian culture, and legislative framework. This article considers the legal framework in which Australian corporations operate within, which includes a discussion of corporate governance principles, the role of directors and ownership structures of companies in Australia. Australian board of director practices are discussed in detailed and this article outlines how these practices are heavily influenced by the Australian Commonwealth Corporations Law (which sets out mandatory legal requirements that all Australian companies must adhere to). The article continues to explore briefly directors‟ remuneration practices, recent shareholder‟s rights protection and activism, the importance of corporate governance and the link to firm performance, and finally the importance of corporate social responsibility in the Australian context.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Backhouse, KM and Wickham, MD
Keywords: Corporate Governance, Board of Directors, Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility
Journal or Publication Title: Corporate Ownership and Control
Publisher: Virtus Interpress
ISSN: 1727-9232
DOI / ID Number: 10.22495/cocv17i4art5
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Copyright © 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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