11 Aug 2004

What is it?
The online face of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

The what?
The ODCE is the Government watchdog ensuring that businesses behave as they should and comply with the provisions of the Companies Act. The agency also has the power to prosecute corporate law-breakers.

What features does it contain?
All of the issues relating to corporate governance are covered in detail. On the legal side, there is a round-up of recent court decisions and relevant legislation. Other sections provide public statements and publications from the ODCE, downloadable forms, useful links and FAQs.

Best feature?
The search engine is one of the best we have come across. Search results are presented neatly and include both the headline of the relevant document and the section in which it is found.

How does it look?
Overall, it looks good. The burgundy and milky-blue colour scheme looks reasonably inviting and a series of generic images add a bit of zest to the home page. The section heads are bounded by a curved rather than straight line, helping to soften their impact. The contact details of the ODCE appear prominently on the homepage – a helpful feature too often neglected by many other websites.

The verdict?
The subject matter may not be the most enticing but this site appears to do a good job of giving companies the material they need to act responsibly and fulfil their growing list of obligations in the area of corporate governance.

By Brian Skelly