Corporate Governance

CIPE partner Riinvest President Muhamet Mustafa (right) in interviewed by VOA on the state of reforms in Kosovo.

Corporate governance is vital to the integrity of business operations and strengthens both the rule of law and democratic governance. At its core, corporate governance builds strong companies though improving relationships among investors, boards of directors, managers, and other stakeholders, but its significance extends beyond the boardroom. Weak corporate governance is linked to financial collapses, inability to attract investment, persistent corruption, privatization failures, weak property rights, and other challenges faced by countries around the world.

Improving corporate governance allows companies to obtain capital at lower cost, strengthens business strategy, clarifies accountability, enhances shareholder protection, and attracts quality employees. This is true not only for large, publicly listed companies but for other types of private and public firms. Good corporate governance is also crucial to the overall institutional health of countries because it creates demand for better public governance and prevents devastating economic failures.

CIPE assists with corporate governance reforms at every level to help improve the functioning of market economies and build democratic societies.

Corporate Governance Programs at CIPE

Through its programs and international partnerships on corporate governance, CIPE helps to:

  • Educate the private sector and governments on the importance of sound corporate governance.
  • Mobilize business associations to advocate for corporate governance standards.
  • Promote transparent markets to ensure the basis for an effective corporate governance framework.
  • Facilitate adoption of good practices by different types of companies, including familyowned firms, small and medium enterprises, and state-owned enterprises.

Read more about CIPE's corporate governance programs.

Related Publications

Between a Rock and a Harsh Policy: The Dilemma of Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in Sudan

Article at a Glance

  • Sudan’s longtime isolation from the global economy has led to weak legal institutions, extremely limited adoption of global anti-corruption and corporate governance norms, and corrupt public-procurement practices.
  • Countries and companies willing to enter the high-risk business environment in Sudan are often those least concerned with good governance, corruption, or exacerbating conflict.
  • Support from the international business community is needed to empower the local private sector to fight corruption and foment sustainable growth.

2016 Annual Report

In 2016, CIPE worked on over 130 projects in more than 50 countries.

The Long Road of Economic and Democratic Reform: Marking Ten Years of CIPE in Pakistan

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its Pakistan office, CIPE seeks both to celebrate its accomplishments and learn from the challenges of its projects. CIPE is committed to deep engagement, supporting private sector- and civil society-led programs that can advance reforms to unleash the country’s vast economic potential.

Article at a glance:

  • Policy reform must be rooted in the business community and can be sustained by strong think tanks capable of monitoring and assessing government performance.
  • Strengthening Pakistan’s democratic institutions must involve support for economic journalism to improve citizens’ access to information about reforms.
  • Building links among Pakistani women entrepreneurs, and including them in broader regional networks, is a key factor in improving women’s lives in the country.

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