Why do I need Directors’ & Officers’ Insurance?
In today’s business climate of corporate transparency and accountability, an organisation’s Officers and Directors face a myriad of employment-related exposures. Claims can come from many sources, employees, regulators, shareholders, creditors, customers, etc. Ever-changing regulations, increased employee awareness of employment rights and the rise of shareholder activism means Directors are more frequently at risk, translating to rising claims and escalating settlement costs.
In the wake of recent unprecedented corporate scandals, clearly the trend of corporate accountability applies to large corporations. But smaller privately held companies, including not-for-profits, are not exempt from litigation arising out of the management decisions of their boards. They, too, are at risk.
Regardless of your company’s size, the legal cost to defend a Director is substantial, as are the potential penalties that can be personally incurred.