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Questions to Ask at Your Upcoming Board Meeting

Executive Resource
Weaver offers several topics to incorporate into the discussions at your next board and committee meetings. Consider these questions for your upcoming board meeting.
April 24, 2023

Boards are in a prime position to assist their organizations by asking questions that help management evaluate options and consider varying perspectives when making challenging decisions. There is a routine to most Board meetings, with agendas and a lot of important information to go through. Take advantage of each Board meeting cycle and capitalize on the time you have together with your fellow directors, as well as with senior management, to discuss and collaborate on the evolving business risks and strategies today.

Weaver, knowledgeable in advisory services, offers several topics to incorporate into the discussions at your next board and committee meetings, to generate productive discussion and illuminate prospective opportunities as well as challenges.

1. Has the organization examined its banking relationships and liquidity risks in the current economic climate?

Current interest rates and the overall economic environment have stressed many financial institutions, which may create a liquidity concern for some organizations. It may be time to evaluate the financial stability of your financial institution.

Whether liquidity is a significant concern for your organization, periodically assessing and discussing the effectiveness of your banking relationships is healthy.

2. How has the company assessed and validated internal control over sustainability reporting?

On March 30, 2023, The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released a study and guidance for organizations to achieve effective internal controls over sustainability reporting based on COSO’s widely used Internal Control-Integrated Framework. As the focus on sustainability reporting grows across the investing community and with regulations over climate disclosures impending, the publication of this adapted framework is timely.

3. Is the audit committee fully leveraging its relationships with internal audit?

The Internal Audit function should report directly to the Audit Committee and collaborate with the Committee to ensure that their actions align with the Committee’s needs.

4. Does our Board of Directors composition reflect current requirements and our own commitment to diversity?

Nasdaq’s board diversity rules for public companies have been approved by the SEC and will take effect over the next several years. The new listing standards will require each Nasdaq-listed company, subject to certain exceptions, to have at least two diverse board members or explain why it does not. This requirement, along with growing focus on ESG-related reporting and disclosure, creates discussions for the Board and Senior Management.

5. Does the board have an adequate understanding of the various compliance requirements of the organization and how management ensures compliance is achieved?

Businesses today are faced with a myriad of compliance issues and requirements that must be managed for the organization to be successful. The board plays a key role in providing oversight and emphasizing the importance of compliance across the company. Ask yourself and your fellow board members:

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