Governance maturity self-assessment
Use this page for a health check of your organization‘s methodology of governance and compliance. This assessment is not concerned with individual compliance requirements but with the general question:
Is the organization aware of its obligations and is it doing everything it should to meet them?
After answering assessment questions below, you can —
- Download the assessment as a report, to use as you wish within your organization.
- Receive a benchmark report to compare your answers with those of other respondents.
This assessment is anonymous. We do not ask for or collect any details to identify you or your organization, other than your email address if you choose to provide it.
Benchmark reports provided to other respondents will not include any comments you provide when answering these questions.
Part 1: Governance framework
A governance framework is a set of documents and systems used to achieve corporate governance, typically including a values statement, policies, compliance requirements, and the mechanisms and procedures for managing, auditing, and communicating these.
Does the organization have anything that people would recognize as a governance framework (possibly under another name)?
Does the organization have a written statement of governance objectives?
Does the organization have a system of corporate governance?
Does anyone monitor and report on the effectiveness of the organization’s corporate governance as a whole?
Part 2: Policies
Do people in your organization know what ‘policy’ means? Is there a written definition?
How quickly could you produce a list of all the policies currently in effect?
Does your organization have all — and only — the policies it should have?
Who in your organization has authority to issue a new policy?
Suppose there was litigation and as a matter of document discovery you were required to produce every policy that was in effect on a given day two years ago. Complying with this request would be —
Pick any position at random from your organization chart. Can you easily get answers to these questions —
Part 3: Compliance requirements
A compliance requirement is any formal obligation that means the organization must do something that it otherwise might not do, or must not do something that it otherwise might do. This includes legal and statutory requirements, management standards like ISO 9001, listing rules, professional and industrial standards, etc.
The Board asks for a list of all the compliance requirements to which your organization is subject. How long would it take to prepare?
Do any of the compliance requirements carry personal liability for your directors or executives?
If you answered Yes to the previous question, are those directors and executives aware of their liabilities and do they understand the implications?
For each compliance requirement, can you easily get answers to these questions —
For any activity picked at random in your workplace, can you easily get answers to these questions —
Are you confident that your organization can prove that it is doing everything it should to meet its obligations?
Part 4: The organization
These questions are included only for purposes of benchmark comparison, so we’d be grateful if you answered them. They are not shown in the downloaded report.
Do you have offices or activities in more than one jurisdiction?
Do you conduct activities in more than one language?
Download your responses as a PDF or editable report.
If you’re not happy with the state of your organization’s governance and compliance, get in touch with us now. We can help with a quick fix and a long-term solution.