An executive briefing is essential to do early on in your any compliance project or programme. It is very important that you brief your executive, board or governing body (like a committee or EXCO) correctly on the impact that a law will have on your organisation. They need to have an accurate, high-level balanced view of what the law is and what the impact will be on the organisation.
- Some executives have read articles in the press or heard rumours, which makes them concerned. Often the concern is unfounded. It is important for executives to be briefed properly.
- Some executives do not believe that relevant law impacts the organisation. They must understand why it is important, what the issues are, what the time frame is and what needs to be done.
They must lead the development of successful compliance programs or projects and be able to explain them to boards of directors, investors, business partners and the general public. The briefing will help executives leverage their compliance efforts into positive public relations and business benefit.
What executives need to know
- An overview of the laws that your organisation must comply with.
- How your organisation currently complies.
- How big is the impact?
- Your current maturity?
- What is the timeline?
- What could happen if you do not comply?
- What is the business case?
- A checklist for effective compliance leadership by the executives.
- And more …
They need to be briefed in plain language and only the big picture – the high-level view. It is often hard to give someone the high-level view – the essentials that they need to know. The presentation should be no longer than 45 minutes (plus questions) and the handout no longer than three pages.
How we can help organisations
We can help you to prepare both your briefing (or presentation) to the executives and the handout that you give them. We can also present to the executives for you if you like. We have briefed many boards or governing bodies on various laws, especially:
- data protection laws (for example, the GDPR, the POPI Act),
- cybercrime and cybersecurity laws,
- access to information laws (like PAIA),
- governance codes like the King code,
- plain legal language,
- marketing and advertising laws, and
- information laws.
How you benefit from an executive briefing?
- Brief your board on the relevant topic.
- Get buy-in for your project or programme.
- Inform the executives of their responsibilities and the role they need to play.
Who does it apply to?
It is for all organisations, but especially for those on whom the impact of an issue is significant.
How we can help members of the governing body on data protection
We offer an online programme called Data Protection for the Governing Body.