Higher Highs and Lower Lows: Don’t Be a CSR Novice
November 09 | Alexander Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), The Conference Board | Comments (0)
New research published in the Strategic Management Journal has made some waves (air waves, at least) with its key finding that “past investments in CSR appear to a) greatly increase the likelihood of CEO dismissal when financial performance is poor, and b) somewhat reduce the likelihood of CEO dismissal when financial performance is good. Thus, striving to deliver profits in a socially responsible manner may have both positive and negative personal consequences.” So, that clears things up.
What do ISS’ 2018 draft policy changes mean?
November 08 | Gary Larkin, Research Associate, Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Here are descriptions and comments on Institutional Shareholder Services proposed policy changes on gender pay gap, poison pills, and non-employee director compensation from Governance Center member law firms that have issued related client memos.
The Branded Content S-Q-U-E-E-Z-E
November 08 | Susan Getgood, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Insights, SheKnows Media | Comments (0)
The struggle, it is real. Digital publishers finally have solid proof that branded content works, and boom, a whole raft of new competitors surface, all looking for that same advertiser dollar. Digiday covers the problem quite nicely in this piece: As branded content pivots to video, publishers face new challenges. The article focuses on the competition offered by video production houses and entertainment studios, with a passing mention for influencers who approach a brand directly.
New Study Shows Value of Nonprofit Board Experience in Developing Human Capital for Innovation
November 08 | Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...While Governments Cannot | Comments (0)
Businesses that find new solutions to address social, economic, and environmental problems can mitigate risks, reduce costs, and grow profits and value. Unfortunately, many companies lack effective ways to stimulate leadership, creativity, and innovation among their workforces. Better World Leaders: The Nonprofit Board Leadership Study, released last week, reveals that by engaging employees in board service, companies develop their human capital for leadership in innovation.
New Study Finds Nonprofit Board Service Advances Diversity and Inclusion
November 02 | Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...While Governments Cannot | Comments (0)
Better World Leaders: The Nonprofit Board Leadership Study, released today, provides an inflection point for businesses that encourage and support their employees in serving on nonprofit boards. Today, we show that nonprofit board service is an effective pathway for companies to advance workplace diversity and inclusion; human capital for innovation; and economic development and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This post focuses on diversity and inclusion.
Get Ready: Voice May Be the Main Way We Interact with Computers by 2023
November 01 | Fard Johnmar, Senior Fellow, SNCR | Comments (0)
According to the Future Today Institute, about 50 percent of our interactions with computers will be via voice by 2023. Voice interfaces are already having an impact on health. The recently completed Alexa Diabetes Challenge demonstrated that voice-computer interfaces can play a role in chronic condition management. Are you up-to-speed on this trend? To help, I've outlined five questions and answers about the current state of voice interfaces in healthcare.
On Governance: Q&A with Walden Asset Management’s Tim Smith
October 30 | Nell Minow, Vice Chair, ValueEdge Advisors | Comments (0)
Nell Minow, vice chair at ValueEdge Advisors, speaks with Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management about the importance of Vanguard's progress regarding its voting record on such shareholder proposals as board diversity, cybersecurity, and climate change.
Stray Advertisements Ended The Conference Board’s Experiment with Programmatic Advertising
October 25 | Alexander Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), The Conference Board | Comments (0)
In August, an employee of The Conference Board visited Breitbart.com for research purposes and noticed a banner ad from The Conference Board. He subsequently raised an alarm with the marketing team, believing that association with the controversial site would harm our brand. harm our brand. As part of SNCR’s focus on brand adjacency to fake news, I interviewed The Conference Board’s CMO, Carol Orenstein, to find out more about what happened and her team’s response.
Companies Reinforce Commitments to Stakeholders Despite Continued Global Uncertainties
October 24 | Alexander Parkinson, Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Giving in Numbers: 2017 Edition, published by CECP in association with The Conference Board, has found the world’s leading corporations are emphasizing strategy and outcomes more than ever with 60 percent of companies allocating more resources to programs that align with their strategic social cause area and 87 percent of companies measuring the impact of at least one grant.
Three environmental and social issues that can’t be ignored
October 18 | The Conference Board Governance Center | Comments (0)
Climate risk reporting, board diversity, and sustainability reporting are three issues worth keeping an eye on if the 2017 proxy season is any indication of shareholder sentiment.