Leadership Training Toolkit for State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs)

June 2, 2021

The Leadership Training Toolkit for State-Owned Enterprises (‘SOE Leadership Toolkit’) was developed jointly by the World Bank and IFC (World Bank Group) to support countries’ efforts to build capacity of State ownership entities, SOE boards, and SOE senior management. It addresses the growing need for curricula specifically adapted for SOEs, considering the significant role and impact of SOEs on public finances, the economy and delivery of services.

The SOE Leadership Toolkit allows for use by different training providers, such as government training institutions, Institutes of Directors, corporate governance and ESG associations, and professional bodies or universities. It is designed to:

  • Engage executive learners through experiential learning and interactive exercises, based on internationally recognized good practices and global priorities such as climate change and gender
  • Provide maximum flexibility through a modular curriculum that allows a country and training institution to easily tailor programs to suit their specific context and target audience
  • Minimize training providers’ investment of time and resources for curriculum development by providing a comprehensive, standardized curriculum that includes PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and case studies
  • Advance corporate governance reforms by instilling in participants leadership values that can help them work within their companies or organizations to adopt the best practices
  • Foster a common understanding between state ownership and oversight entities and SOE leadership, by raising awareness of the respective roles and perspectives and providing examples of efficient interactions

The 15 training modules are structured in four parts (see Figure 1). Each module includes specific topics, case studies and exercises. Cutting across these modules are four themes assuming an important place in today’s corporate governance landscape:

  1. gender and diversity,
  2. climate risk and resilience,
  3. Maximizing Finance for Development, and
  4. corruption and integrity.