Just because a policy covers gross negligence, unlawful acts, and conflicts of interest doesn’t give nonprofit and business leaders a license to act illegally or have conflicts of interest. A policy might offer financial assistance if a leader is found guilty of one of these items, but financial consequences aren’t the only kind of consequence that a director or officer may face.
Who Should Have Directors and Officers Insurance?
Most nonprofit and business leaders ought to consider getting directors and officers insurance, regardless of how large the organization they lead or where it’s located. A CEO of a major corporation in Worcester, MA and a board member of a small nonprofit in Dudley, MA may each be accused or found guilty of one of the above issues.
Often, directors and officers policies are used to protect the following types of leaders:
- CEOs and other C-level executives
- Presidents, vice presidents and similar officers
- Chairs and board members
- Other high-ranking officers
Who Pays for Directors and Officers Liability Insurance?
Nonprofit organizations and businesses in Massachusetts will frequently offer to pay a policy’s premiums. In some settings, it’s expected that a nonprofit or business will pay for a policy. This is because, while a policy protects an individual leader, it protects them from risks that they assume by taking on a leadership role. If they weren’t leading the nonprofit or business, they likely wouldn’t need the insurance coverage.