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Enhance your corporate governance framework with robust data governance

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We’ve highlighted specific corporate governance priorities that add value and enhance your corporate governance framework effectively

The general principles of corporate governance are aligned to support a more purposeful society by fostering and maintaining an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and trust. The connection between management, the board of directors, shareholders, stakeholders, and employees is founded on trust. Trust is a quality that is viewed as emanating from an enabling yet controlled atmosphere that is fundamentally produced by the board of directors enforcing best practices.

The final analysis may include qualitative and quantitative analyses, capability gaps, and features that correspond to the board’s agreed-upon maturity level in order to create value. We’ve highlighted specific corporate governance priorities that add value by aligning with Data Governance, including Tone at the top and effective grassroots communication, Self-assessment and continuous improvement, Accountability, Data Quality and Decision Making, Risk and Compliance, Ethics and Culture.

In your organization, who has ownership of imbibing an intrinsic data culture – “Is it a Data Office, Risk Office, IT, Ethics, or Compliance?”

If the risk associated with data can be integrated with the overarching risk management framework, data governance can be more successful. Organizations’ Data Governance priorities are still dominated by value, but an active risk-based strategy is required. Risk appetite describes the level of data-risk tolerance that an organization is willing to take in the execution of its strategy.

Data governance enables us to gather the necessary data needed for management and board decision-making to be as efficient as possible. The majority of frameworks place a premium on the lawful processing of personal data from natural individuals, as well as the preservation of personal qualitative data. Compliance reporting based on high-quality data ensures regulators’ trust. The first line of defense in business operations is responsible for these quality indicators related to data management.

“Are your thresholds for data quality, security, and privacy management in line with your enterprise’s risk appetite and tolerance?”

“How often do your organizational risk priorities, appetite, tolerance, and limits change – annually or bi-annually?”

Good corporate governance establishes a transparent rule book in which internal stakeholders, such as data owners and stewards, have aligned incentives with shareholders, while the latter form data trusts. Organizations become more effective across all lines of defense when compliance, risk, IT, and Internal Audit are all aligned with the data office. A strong culture of adhering to quality thresholds and managing data-risk exposure can be combined by business lines.

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