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Going overboard? Scores of executives breach law by acting as directors of more than 25 firms each

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🗞️ Driving the news: An investigation by the Business Post has uncovered that numerous executives are violating laws by serving as directors for more than the legal limit of 25 companies
• This widespread practice has raised significant concerns about the quality of governance within these firms

🔭 The context: Holding directorships in multiple companies is often viewed as an attractive, high-reward role, involving a minimal number of meetings per year and potentially lucrative compensation
• This has led to a scenario where a limited group of individuals occupies a vast number of board positions, potentially compromising the oversight and strategic guidance expected from directors

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective corporate governance is crucial for ensuring that companies operate responsibly, ethically, and sustainably
• When directors spread themselves too thin across numerous boards, their ability to provide the necessary oversight and to advocate for sustainable and ethical practices diminishes, potentially impacting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards

⏭️ What's next: The revelation of these breaches may prompt regulatory bodies and stakeholders to demand stricter enforcement of directorship limits and more rigorous scrutiny of board composition
• This could lead to a push for a broader pool of qualified individuals to take on director roles, thereby enhancing corporate governance standards

💬 One quote: Describing the trend of accumulating numerous directorships as “dangerous” and “lazy,” the investigation highlights the need for a shift towards more conscientious and dedicated boardroom practices.

📈 One stat: The specific number of executives exceeding the 25 directorship limit was not disclosed, but the practice is implied to be widespread, indicating a systemic issue within corporate governance structures.

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