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HR Governance Workshop: The Human Face of Corporate Governance
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When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
8:00 AM
Where: HB Connect
165 West Street
Johannesburg, Gauteng 
South Africa
Contact: Ceanne Schultz
010 007 5906

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Practicle Corporate Governance Guidelines for HR Directors


Over the last few years we have faced serious corporate governance scandals, ranging from state capture to other forms of fraud and corruption involving state-owned enterprises, consulting and auditing firms, other private companies and government. The recent Steinhoff scandal once again shows how vulnerable companies, boards, management, employees and other stakeholders are when sound corporate governance is not part of the culture of organisations and their leaders. When companies collapse because of corporate scandals, invariably employees and broader society are the victims, let alone the adverse effect on investment climate, the economy and the overall competitiveness of a nation plagued by fraud and corruption. Trust in institutions is being eroded and the sustainability of organisations threatened.The question is whether corporate governance codes and systems are sufficient to prevent corporate scandals.Hence, the need for HR Governance – the human face of governance.

At the recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), the chairperson of the HR Governance Committee of SABPP, Elizabeth Dhlamini-Kumalo launched the first national HR Governance Framework for HR Directors in South Africa.It was then decided to develop an HR Governance workshop for HR Directors and Senior HR Managers responsible for the sound governance of human capital in organisations.

The purpose of this workshop is to ensure that HR Directors are empowered in their new role as HR Governors. This means that HR Directors are expected to lead strategic and governance HR work at Board level, and ensuring that HR issues are governed not only at the Board, but also in the different Board committees such as remuneration, nominations, social and ethics, we well as transformation committees. The HR Governance framework of South Africa has a dual focus:

1. To clearly outline the responsibility of Boards as custodians of human capital;

2. To position the HR Director as a fully-fledged Board Member, or alternatively as a prescribed officer to fulfil their governance role as HR Governors taking responsibility for facilitating the effective and ethical utilisation of human capital.

It is evident that there is a distinct corporate governance role for the HR Director. The workshop will capacitate HR Directors to embark on the journey of HR Governance in ensuring that the people side of business becomes part and parcel of the corporate governance approach of an organisation. In addition, the HR Director as a member of the Board, or executive member of several board committees or management structures needs to ensure that HR strategy and HR governance are aligned to the overall corporate governance system and strategy of the organisation. This will not only ensure that human capital is leveraged for optimal performance and sustainability, but also contribute to a more human approach to corporate governance.


The Workshop will cover the following areas:

  • Defining HR Governance for Boards and HR Directors
  • Identifying the implications of the King IV™ Code for HR Directors
  • Making the transition from HR Business Partner to HR Governor
  • Outlining the National HR Governance Framework
  • Differentiating between the different spheres of HR Governance
  • Identifying the key elements of HR Governance
  • Leveraging different stakeholders in building good HR Governance
  • Optimising the contribution of HR Governance to Corporate Governance
  • Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of HR Directors
  • Identifying and mitigating human capital risks
  • Guiding Board and HR Committees to contribute to sound corporate governance
  • Highlighting the importance of HR standards in advancing HR Governance
  • Positioning HR Audits as an effective mechanism of combined assurance in HR
  • Elevating the role of the HR Director in building a culture of sound corporate governance and ethics
  • Introducing the concept of self-governance for all employees as a powerful element in instilling good corporate governance at all levels of the organisations
  • Ensuring the effective integration of HR Governance in integrated reports
  • Measuring the impact of HR governance on organisational success
  • Providing practical guidelines in making HR Governance work


  • HR Governance Position Paper
  • HR Governance Workbook
  • HR Governance workshop slides



  • Elizabeth Dhlamini-Kumalo, Chairperson: SABPP HR Governance Committee
  • Dr Michael Glensor, Vice-Chairperson: SABPP HR Governance Committee
  • Merriman Ponoane, Member of SABPP HR Governance Committee


Event Details

Venue: HB Connect, Sandton

Date: 24 July 2018

08:00 - 12:30

SABPP members -R2500.00 (excl.VAT)
Non-members - R5500.00 (excl.VAT)

Contact Ceanne Schultz on 010 007 5906 or for more information.




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