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Board Agenda

Leading insights to help board members face today’s boardroom challenges.

Board Agenda 2021
Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Board Diversity & Inclusion
Environmental, Social, Governance
Innovation & Technology
Board Agenda 2021
Audit Committee
Nomination Committee
Remuneration Committee
Board Diversity & Inclusion
Environmental, Social, Governance
Innovation & Technology

Board Agenda 2021

Drawing on insights from KPMG’s latest survey work and interactions with board members and business leaders, we highlight nine issues for boards to keep in mind as they consider and carry out their 2021 agendas.

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Audit Committee

The role of the Audit Committee is becoming increasingly demanding in a rapidly changing environment. Good corporate governance, which includes an external audit of the financial statements, is vital in safeguarding one of the most important corporate assets: Trust.

We provide guidance and resources for audit committees, helping to facilitate the skills and knowledge required.

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Nomination Committee

The new reality presents a unique opportunity to reshape the board composition whilst working towards providing truly equal opportunity to reach a boardroom that is fit for the future. We explore what’s on the agenda for nomination committees for 2021.

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Remuneration Committee

Companies are adjusting to the new reality that will impact the economy and their business. Remuneration committees had to make adjustments to their annual agenda and are proactively tracking the impact these changes have on remuneration policies and their implementation. We examine the challenges that 2021 may present. Also read our article about compensation in times of coronavirus.

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Board Diversity & Inclusion

Boards should seek to achieve diversity in the widest sense. Beyond gender and racial diversity, diversity in skills, thought, experience, and background are critical. Board composition should evolve to reflect the changing business and societal environment if the board is going to be effective in his role. This is an essential component for sustainable growth and remains front and center for investors, regulators and other stakeholders.

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Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)

Companies’ long-term financial success is closely linked to how they are integrated into society and the environment. In order to address the importance of this topic, board members should consider this topic carefully.

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Innovation & Technology

Digital disruption is changing the world which we live and work in. New technologies have created new markets that, in turn, create new competitors. To be ready for the future, Board members should address the risks and opportunities arising for their companies at an early stage.

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Driving culture from the top

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Building a great board

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Calibrating risk oversight

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The value of audit

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COVID-19

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Crisis prevention and readiness

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Ethics and integrity

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CEO Outlook

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ESG – A chance for change: Towards a sustainable corporate governance

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COVID-19: Crisis as a catalyst for change in the private banking sector

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How can companies encourage ethical conduct?

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Digital transformation – a topic for the boardroom

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What the future holds for Swiss private banks – Clarity on Swiss Private Banks

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Switzerland’s pension system – a critical view and an outlook

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Boardroom questions

Boards have to cover a wide range of issues. Time is limited, so asking the right questions is critical. Boardroom questions are designed to help board members frame their boardroom challenge.

Balancing third parties risk and return

A company’s use of third parties does not diminish the responsibility of its board.

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Cloud enabled back office

A quick look at leveraging the cloud in transforming back office functions.

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Company Crisis

Board of directors in a company crisis

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Creating value through optimized capital allocation

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Cyber Security – what does it mean for the board?

Why cyber security risk is an everyday business consideration in the same way that threats in the real world always have been.

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Cyber resilience

The role of the board of directors in dealing with cyber risks.

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Data & Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Staying ahead as the world advances.

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Future workforce

Millennials, baby-boomers, freelancers and robots. What will the shape of global businesses’ workforce look like in the future?

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GDPR/Swiss Data Protection Act

Ready to comply in the new area of data protection?

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Global Assurance

The reliable answer to your uncertainties.

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Improving effectiveness and efficiency of corporate reporting

Is corporate reporting still fit for purpose?

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Industry 4.0 – The fourth industrial revolution

What might the future look like for global manufacturers in a world where machines and products are more connected?

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Intelligent Automation

What can organizations expect from artificial intelligence and what needs to be in place to benefit from it?

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Oversight of an organization's Compliance Management System

Guidance for the board to achieve a reasonable and effective oversight of the organization’s Compliance Management System.

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Robotics

How businesses can transform existing processes with Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

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Tax Reimagined

Pepare for the future of tax.

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Tax transparency and governance

Debate drivers and their impact on businesses, governments and individuals.

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The changing landscape of disruptive technologies

How are disruptive technologies redefining industries and business?

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Why is risk an issue in the boardroom?

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Strategy

Where to play and how to win.

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Who to contact

Rolf Hauenstein
Head of Board Leadership Center
KPMG Switzerland
Hélène Béguin
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Head of National Market Western Switzerland