Principles of Corporate Governance: Guidance Note 2: Overview
Corporate governance concerns the strategic direction and effective stewardship of the organisation. A number of concerns have been raised about corporate governance in the private and public sectors in recent years, mainly relating to the perceived lack of control at the top of some organisations and inadequately designed systems that failed to prevent fraudulent, inefficient or inappropriate behaviour.
A number of initiatives have addressed these concerns and strengthened the approach to corporate governance in both the private and public sectors. This section explains the main developments that have led to the principles of corporate governance and how these translate into the conduct and management of public business.