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SEE EXAMPLE ATTACHED – PLEASE USE THE ROYAL BANK OF CANADA AS THE SPECIFIC COMPANY
Summary
Write a 3,000-word Appraisal Report where you will evaluate an organisation’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, risk governance and Board performance assessment against relevant theories and principles. You will also provide constructive suggestions for improvement in CSR practices, risk governance and board performance assessment to the board of the chosen organisation.
Task
Step 1
Select a company of your choice (preferably a publicly listed company due to data availability) and assume you are an independent non-executive director of that firm. Retrieve publicly available relevant corporate governance information on corporate social responsibility (CSR), risk governance practices and board performance assessment for the chosen firm. As explained in Activity 1.2, you will find this information disclosed in the company’s most recent annual report (Australian companies), proxy statement (US companies), management proxy circular (Canadian companies), company website or any other company statements. For example, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia provides governance information in its annual report: (CBA Annual Report 2021). You can usually find these documents on the organisation’s or regulator’s website.
Step 2
Based on the disclosed information, evaluate your selected organisation’s practices against relevant theory and principles according to the following perspectives:
Corporate social responsibility (CSR): Using relevant theories, discuss the CSR practices of the chosen firm and how such practices can affect its short-term and long-term performance/goals.
Risk governance: Identify at least eight risks for your chosen company using any method we learned in Module 5 and evaluate the recognised risks by their impact and probability (by allocating a level from 1 to 5) and by using the tool provided in Activity 5.2 (Risk recognition, evaluation and mapping). Discuss appropriate risk policies for four of the selected eight risks.
Board performance assessment: Critically evaluate alternative approaches (self-assessment vs external independent assessment) to assessing Board performance in relation to the practice adopted by the chosen organisation.
Board recommendations: Provide constructive suggestions for improvement in CSR, risk governance and board performance assessment to the board of the chosen organisation.
Example report structure
The following is a suggested structure only.
Cover Page
Executive summary
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (about 200 words)
2. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) (about 1,000 words)
3. Risk governance (about 1,000 words)
4. Board performance assessment (about 500 words)
5. Board recommendations: (about 300 words)
References
Format and other requirements
Define critical terminology when they are mentioned for the first time in the report.
In each section, discuss relevant corporate governance principles and theories as applicable.
Where possible, draw out and discuss implications of your findings for the conformance and performance functions of the board.
The required word length for this report is 3,000 words (plus 10% allowance).
You are required to use at least six (6) academic references for this report (in addition to the reference for the disclosed corporate governance information such as annual reports).
Your references should be from credible sources such as books, industry-related journals, magazines, or academic journal articles. Your grade will be adversely affected if your assignment contains no/poor citations and/or reference list and if your assignment word length is beyond the allowed allowance level (see Assessment Policy available on AIB website).
The report format should follow AIB Style Guide. Use author-date style referencing (which includes in-text citations and a reference list.
Resources
Please use publicly available secondary data only.
Prescribed textbook and learning materials and readings from Modules 4–6.
Disclosed governance information source: annual reports (Australian companies), proxy statement (US organisations), management proxy circular (Royal Bank of Canada management proxy circular 2021), company website, or other company statements
Corporate governance codes: ASX CGOV Recommendations & Principles, OECD principles, NYSE CGOV guide, ECGI principles, AICD non-for-profit governance principles, TSX Corporate Governance guidelines.

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