Business and Governance Principles and Practices

Good governance is at the heart of Center for International Private Enterprise’s (CIPE) mission and identity. CIPE supports efforts by credible local organizations in countries around the world to promote private enterprise and market-oriented democratic reform in their societies.  Expert staff carefully vets organizations with which CIPE works.  These groups use organizational governance practices embraced by CIPE and other experts as a key tactic in their work with their governments, legislators, regulators and private sector business organizations and leaders.  And we strive to practice what we recommend for others:  high standards of transparency and governance.  CIPE views both as critical to maintaining its financial and operational integrity, and, ultimately, the trust so necessary for its public and private support and the confidence of its many stakeholders.

CIPE is headquartered in Washington, DC, and operates in some of the most challenging, culturally diverse international environments.  We are an independent, tax-exempt nonprofit corporation funded primarily by the National Endowment for Democracy, USAID, and the U.S. Department of State.  

Because we promote strong governance practices around the world our guidelines need to be exemplary.  To craft our guidelines we have undertaken to identify and examine appropriate highly regarded domestic and international governance principles and practices and adapt them to our circumstances. The sources for CIPE’s Governance Principles and Practices (CIPE Principles) include the U.S. securities laws, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ governance requirements for member corporations, the Business Roundtable, the Conference Board, the Council of Institutional Investors, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The CIPE Board is committed regularly to review the CIPE Principles to ensure that our practices are in accordance with the evolving domestic and international views of excellence in organizational governance and transparency.

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