The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) held its 50th annual convention of Company Secretaries at Hotel ITC Royal Bengal, Kolkata from September 1 to September 3, 2022. The theme for the Convention was ‘CS: A Vishwaguru in Governance & Sustainability to explore the responsibilities of Company Secretaries (CS) at the time of evolving elements of the regulatory environment and to encourage stronger standards of corporate governance.
Over 1,100 professionals attended the event physically in addition to over 5,000 attending the event virtually. The attendees coming from disparate industries and various different countries included corporate leaders and C-level executives, Company Secretaries, Board Members and Directors, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Senior Bureaucrats, and Government Officers, Academicians, among other professionals in Corporate Governance, Compliance, Secretarial, Financial, Legal, Management, and Academic disciplines.
The National Convention’s Special Guest was Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Bandhan Bank Limited who commented, “Without governance, no organization can work or grow and Company Secretaries are playing a key role in ensuring transparency, accountability, and integrity, the key fundamentals of good governance and sustainability in India Inc.” Mr. Devendra Deshpande, President of ICSI said that, “ICSI has undertaken a number of national and international initiatives and projects that are at various stages of implementation.”
Dess at ICSI National Convention 2022
Representatives from Dess attended the national convention to contribute to the mission of Company Secretaries. To support the event’s theme of governance and sustainability, Dess representatives demonstrated the impact of the digital board meetings management solution on improving governance and sustainability for leading boards, directors, and company secretaries who are effectively using the solution. Dess was appreciated by attendees including clients and associates for pioneering the board portal technology in India and for supporting the causes of ‘Digital India’ in addition to improving the standards of corporate governance, technology adoption, compliance, sustainability, and record keeping. Mr. Dilip Ganeriwal, Founder and Managing Director of Dess commented that “Dess has been the preferred choice of leading boards for digitizing their board meetings processes. With a shared mission, our partnership with ICSI over the years has grown stronger and we are determined to constantly evolve our solutions to support our client’s goals of corporate governance and sustainability”
Importance of the theme of ‘Governance and Sustainability‘
The theme of ‘Governance’ reflects compliance with the changing dynamics of the organizational framework for corporate governance initiatives in India. These mainly included regulations from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) among other industry-specific regulators. With ‘Sustainability’, a growing concern for governments as well as responsible boards around the world is to fight climate change and reduce emissions. As a rare achievement, all United Nations (UN) and the Member States in 2015 adopted 17 goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a 15-year target to achieve these goals.
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) is a premier professional body in India set up under an Act of Parliament, i.e. Company Secretaries Act, 1980, for the regulation and development of the profession of Company Secretaries in India. ICSI operates as a part of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. The Institute proactively drives to be the finest quality education provider to Company Secretaries Course students and to establish the best quality standards for CS members. ICSI has over 70 Chapters across different zones of the country and has over 69,000 members in addition to over 200,000 active students.
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Dess Digital Meetings is the board portal solution used by the Board of Directors, C-Level Executives, Corporate Secretaries, and Corporate Governance specialists. As a complete electronic board meetings management solution, the software covers all aspects of the meetings lifecycle i.e. from being an agenda management solution to providing minutes management, digital signature, workflow management, compliance management, board evaluation solution, and video conferencing among others. By contributing to ESG initiatives, the solution works as an effective board governance solution for enterprises.
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