Corporate Governance Tools

The CG Methodology includes a set of tools – matrices, checklists and others – tailored for each of these models.  These tools help examine structural features based on five key elements or risks areas of CG.

CG Mainstreaming requires that the CG issues are considered in a structured manner in each investment transaction. IFC’s CG Methodology recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” CG solution for our clients.  We customized the CG analysis with tools that address unique challenges faced by different companies/ownership types. Click on each PDF icon to learn more.

Document and Information
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Listed Companies


 family or founderowned

Family or Founder Owned


 financial institution

Financial Institutions


 state owned enterprises
State-Owned Enterprises




Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)


For further guidance in assessing corporate governance of a bank or other financial institution please refer to the  Advanced Methodology for Financial Institutions.

About the Tools

Why Corporate Governance? - explains IFC's approach as value-added for clients.

Instruction Sheet - A description of each of the key CG Tools, how they should be used and who should be interviewed in the course of conducting a Corporate Governance Assessment (CGA).

Progression Matrix – This is the main tool to take a snap shot of the company’s current governance framework and identify how the company is performing in each of the six areas of governance (Commitment to Good Corporate Governance, the Board of Directors, Control Environment and Processes, Transparency and Disclosure, Shareholders Rights, and Governance of Stakeholder Engagement) to four levels of achievement. This tool helps one analyze corporate governance and assess how well a company is doing in the six areas of corporate governance using the following criteria: 

  • An assessment based on client's CG that is along four levels, from minimum (level 1) to leadership (level 4).
  • A separate matrix is available for each client type (note that if a company straddles a mix of client types, one can apply multiple matrices in your analysis).

Document Request List – This list of corporate governance-related documents, policies and procedures of the company is meant to be used in conjunction with Information Request List to help analyze the company’s corporate governance framework.

Information Request List – This list of questions forms the basis for the corporate governance analysis of an IFC client company.

IFC Indicative Independent Director Definition – this definition is often used during discussions with the client to clarify the assessment of the current Board and its future needs.