Listed cos to attract new corporate governance norms too: Sebi

Written by PTI | Mumbai | Updated: Dec 21 2013, 02:35am hrs
Stating that capital markets regulator Sebi will soon unveil corporate governance norms, its Chairman U K Sinha today said provisions for listed firms under the new rules will be over and above those in the Companies Act, keeping in mind the best global practices.

"For listed companies, I will like to tell you, we are going to do something over and above what is specially mentioned in the Companies Act, in the interest of corporate governance of the large corporates," he said.

The formulation of the new set of rules for listed companies will be done in consultation with all stakeholders, Sinha said at a corporate governance summit organised by industry body CII.

"We have already placed our document for consultation. Our consultation is almost over. So, we are now going to promulgate our rules very soon."

The Sebi chief assured that the regulator will not veer off from the spirit of Companies Act in formulating the norms.

Sinha said there is a need to align 'our' rules with the best in the world as there are many corporates already working outside India in a multi-national environment or have aspirations to do so.

"Now, we don't only have the problems of foreign guidelines and standards, also we have to deal with extra-territoriality of foreign laws, we have to cope with them."

Sinha said out of the listed companies, more than 1,100 are non-compliant of Clause 40A of the Listing Agreement and over 900 entities don't adhere to Clause 49. Enforcement action against such companies is justified, he added.

Clause 40A of the Agreement deals with minimum level of public shareholding, while Clause 49 deals with corporate governance, with a focus on the constitution of the board and top management.

"My request to all of you (corporates) is to help Sebi to ensure that we reach a level that is much higher and which is in keeping with the best in the world," he said.

Sinha asked companies to show real commitment towards corporate social responsibility. "The commitment to CSR has to be built as a culture in the organisation."