Governance tools & premium services

As a member of GUBERNA, you can use the tools and premium services that we offer. We support you and your mandate as a board member with practical governance tools such as checklists and online evaluation tools. In addition, we offer our premium members a personalised premium service tailor-made to their organisation. Next to a solid academic background we are backed by years of practical experience (partially) thanks to our large netwerk. This mix of theory and practical experience guarantees that we will be able to give optimal support in professionalising your governance. Did you know that a large part of the tools and premium services have been developed closely with our members?

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GUBERNA offers its members various solutions to optimise good governance in their organisation. Most of the solutions were developed in collaboration with our members. You can use our governance tools to support your mandate as a board member. These tools are guidelines, checklists, handbooks and e-tools. You can also try our Premium services. These services are tailor-made and are adjusted to your organisation and its specific needs. Please see our offer below.

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Board Member Handbook

According to the NBB, Belgium has more than 85.000 public limited companies ("naamloze venootschappen" in Dutch or "sociétés anonymes belges" in French)[1]. That means just as many board of directors, equivalent to at least 255.000 board members, since the board of a public limited company is usually composed of at least three board members. With great pride GUBERNA and KPMG present the "Board Member Handbook", that is focused on the board members of public limited company.

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Toolkit rekrutering en selectie van bestuurders

If you want to recruit and select non-executive or independent board members in a professional way, then the procedure to do so can be compared to that of top management in organisations. It has to do with determining organisational needs, sketching a candidate profile, comparing candidates, evaluating and eventually choosing the person who has added value for the board of directors and for the organisation.

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External board members in the cockpit of your company

With the financial support of the 'Vlaams Agentschap Ondernemen', VOKA East-Flanders and VOKA Halle-Vilvoorde and GUBERNA, the Institute for Board Members, launched the pilot project "Flemish SME's in Action" in 2010. During a two 2 year period, 200 SME's were convinced of the value that professionalisation of their board has on the growth and continuity of their organisation.

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Draft guideline for boards of directors and the management in independent government organisations

Every organisation needs to respect a set of relevant basic rules on corporate or good governance. Today, partly in view of its growing impact, the Flemish government too cannot escape the duty to develop a set of relevant recommendations for its externally autonomous agencies and to ensure that these 'public governance' principles are effectively applied in practice.

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Guidelines for the chairman of the board of directors

Niettegenstaande het feit dat de nationale en internationale corporate governance aanbevelingen een eerste houvast aanreiken voor het uitoefenen van de voorzittersrol, is er toch behoefte aan een concretere afbakening van de verantwoordelijkheden en bevoegdheden van de voorzitter van de Raad van Bestuur. Daarom heeft GUBERNA enkele jaren terug een werkgroep onder haar leden opgericht met als doel een in de praktijk bruikbare tool te ontwikkelen, die als toetssteen kan fungeren voor het invullen van de voorzittersfunctie.

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Study on the remuneration of non-executive directors in Belgian listed companies

As is stated in principle 7 of the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009 (and reproduced in the 2020 edition), “the company shall remunerate directors (and executives) fairly and responsibly”. The idea that board members should be remunerated has even been enshrined in the new Code on Companies and Associations, for all types of companies, listed or not. However, it is not easy for companies, even listed ones, to determine the fair remuneration of their directors.

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Qfor quality label

All GUBERNA education programmes, events and services received the Qfor quality label.

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