Ethical Governance


As one of the most rapidly changing corporate governance environments in the world, Europe represents a microcosm of the exciting innovation happening in the corporate governance arena, ranging from new approaches to board-level corporate governance practices to changes in regulatory requirements at the legislative level. The corporate governance framework now covers a wider range of topics that goes beyond the shareholder-centric approach.

This unique online course offers a detailed account of the EU’s corporate governance landscape relating to financial institutions. It provides a focused examination of specific regulations and practices as well as an assessment of their impact on different structures within financial institutions. The focus will focus around the exposition of internal governance requirements that have been advised by the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Central Bank (ECB).

The goal of the programme is also aligned with the NBR Regulation no. 11/2020, article 65 which stipulates that “Credit institutions must ensure that relevant general training programmes are available to management.”



  • Understand the EBA and ECB directives on internal governance.
  • Understand the scope of these directives on internal governance and their impact on financial institutions.
  • Understand the possible consequences, challenges and approaches that could be adopted in the implementation of the new guidelines on internal governance.
  • Gain insight and planning into what best practices have been adopted in implementing internal governance initiatives.




Session 1

Introduction and developments in Ethical Governance

  • Brief history of Ethical Governance
  • Why is Ethical Governance Important at the Board Level?
  • What is the rationale behind the ECB and the EBA introducing internal governance regulation?
  • What changes have the EBA, and ECB introduced in relation to Ethical Governance?
  • Questions and Discussion

Session 2

The ECB and EBA Guidelines on Internal Governance

  • What are the new guidelines on internal governance as detailed by the ECB and EBA?
  • What areas of financial, banking and ESG related processes do these updated regulations impact?
  • What initiatives can financial institutions implement in response to these ethical governance changes?
  • Questions and discussion

Session 3

The Impact of ECB and EBA Internal Governance Guidelines at Board Level

  • How are the ECB and EBA guidelines on internal governance related to risk management in financial and banking institutions?
  • How are the ECB and EBA guidelines on internal governance related to changing requirements of “Green Banking” requirements for banking institutions?
  • What impact do the updated ECB and EBA guidelines on internal governance have on strategic management at board level?
  • Questions and discussion


TARGET AUDIENCE: Members of the Board, Representatives of the executive Management / C-level positions, General Secretaries

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: limited to max. 12



Bruce Gahir, PhD, CIMA - Member of the ACCA Global Forum for Ethics

Bruce holds MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of London, Queen Mary College, MPhil in Philosophy (Business Ethics), and BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of London, Birkbeck College as well as BSc (Hons) in Mathematics/Physics from the University of London, Bedford College. He also holds CIMA Qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the UK Department of Education. He has also completed the Fintech Programme at the University of Oxford's Said Business School.

Bruce’s research interests are in the areas of Virtue Ethics, Finance, and Business Strategy. Currently his research focuses on Business Ethics with a special interest in decision-making models using the framework of Virtue Ethics.

Other areas of interest, together with those of Head of School Stefano Cavagnetto, are to do with Portfolio Theory, CAPM, algorithmic trading, behavioral finance, and efficiency of financial markets.

Currently, he is a Member of the ACCA Global Forum for Ethics.


WHEN: To Be Announced. The Ethical Governance course is a tailor-made one and represents an in-house governance development programme for boards and senior executive teams. 

DURATION: 6 hours (net) – 3 sessions of 2 hours each        



The online sessions will be delivered using TEAMS Online Platform - Envisia corporate solution, allowing the virtual participation, both from home and from work, using just a browser. One day before the sessions took place, the participants will receive a link to access the virtual classroom.  


A digital certificate will be issued, after the course.



Gabriela HÂRČšESCU, PhD

Dean, Member of the Board

ENVISIA – Boards of Elite

Tel: 0040.748.886.800



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