High Corporate Governance Standards To Pay Off: NSE To Introduce New Category For Well-Governed Firms

Swarajya Staff

Jan 15, 2019, 05:22 PM | Updated 05:22 PM IST

NSE building in Mumbai. (Hemant Mishra/Mint via Getty Images)
NSE building in Mumbai. (Hemant Mishra/Mint via Getty Images)

National Stock Exchange (NSE) has revealed plans to introduce a new category that will include all companies with high corporate governance standards, reports Business Standard.

“Currently, there is no way to distinguish better-governed companies from others. We believe in incentives. We thought of adopting a system that would drive corporate governance through incentives and complement the current system,” said Vikram Limaye, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NSE,

The exchange is expected to soon release a full-fledged corporate governance code which will impose stricter norms on companies than the prevalent regulations in the country. Companies that comply with the code will be made part of the new corporate governance category.

‘’Companies are expected to sign up for these norms in exchange for improved visibility, higher liquidity and better quality investors. This initiative has been inspired by ‘Novo Mercado’ in Brazil, which has been highly successful. If introduced, it would be the first time in India that corporate governance would be driven by incentives rather than mandate,’’ Mr Limaye had earlier stated to BS.

No ‘Independence’ In Governance

Earlier it was reported that over 150 listed companies in India have not appointed the required number of independent directors to their boards as per regulations.

The vital role played by such directors cannot be overstated as they hold powerful CEOs accountable. While several factors were at play, there has been speculation that the near-collapse of IL&FS may have been avoided if independent directors had exercised adequate caution in the company's dealings.

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