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The Company Secretary’s Guide to Modern Governance

About The Guide

The corporate governance landscape today presents several challenges and opportunities for the company secretary. Uniquely positioned between the board, the management team, and the shareholders, the company secretary’s job is to make sure all these voices come together in the boardroom and beyond.


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Simple Board Portal Software

Diligent Boards, used by 50% of the Fortune 1000, provides boards and executives with modern governance tools that allows the board to expand their reach outside the boardroom.

  • Easily manage agendas, annotations, documents, discussions of board meetings, and board meeting minutes quickly and securely
  • Provide real-time updates to board materials anywhere on-the-go from their phone, tablets, computers, or even offline
  • Collaborate in a secure environment so the board of directors can easily make annotations and share them with the whole board or just individual members before, during or after a board meeting

Moving Beyond a Board Portal

Our board management software, part of the Diligent Governance Cloud offering, fulfills the boards' ability to meet the challenges of modern governance by providing your board with the right tools, analytics and insights to get a better pulse on the market and overall performance of your business.

  • Conduct board evaluations, fill out D& questionnaires, and view industry leading thought leadership in one succinct tool
  • Real-time industry and company analytics, curated news and director resources to stay current to match the fast pace of business
  • Access director data to improve governance oversight on issues like board diversity or director interlocks

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For Company Secretaries

Built with security in mind, our board portal software is easy-to-use, intuitive and helps to streamline the work of assembling board documents. Building board agendas, managing approvals for a resolution and creating board meeting minutes should not be a burdensome task.

  • Build Board Books Quickly: Drag-and-drop book building gives you the ability to duplicate forms in a faster and more effective way than traditional board books.
  • Manage Meetings and Calendars: Putting contacts, calendars and board documents in one place makes managing meeting minutes faster
  • Conduct Analysis and Polls: Built-in analytics tools allow for informed decisions along with the ability to quickly poll directors on any issues that may arise in the boardroom
  • Set And Restrict Permissions: Customizable permissions for data access can be personalized down to the document-level and user-level to improve privacy and security
  • Enhance Security: If a device is lost or stolen, remote locking and data wiping tools ensure your confidential information stays that way with the help of your dedicated customer success manager

Diligent Enables Modern Governance

Diligent gives boards the right tools, analytics and insights
to drive more efficient & effective governance.

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