Employers and Consumers Can be Instrumental in Fighting Child Sex Trafficking
April 02 | Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA | Comments (0)
When I explain to people what I do for work, they are often surprised and caught off guard. You would assume that my work isn’t great “party conversation,” but I find that people like to talk about human rights and protecting childhood. As the director of private sector engagement for ECPAT-USA, I work with companies to understand how human traffickers (with a focus on child sex traffickers) may use their infrastructure to exploit people.
Setting the Stage for Sustainability
March 29 | The Conference Board Governance Center | Comments (0)
By Sophia Mendelsohn Despite the rise of corporate sustainability, few CEOs discuss these initiatives with shareholders. But that is changing. Companies and shareholders are beginning to use the term Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) to represent the more focused area of the overlap between financials and environmental/social issues, resulting in risk mitigation.
A Watershed Moment for the Social Platform Business Model
March 28 | Thomas Stoeckle | Comments (0)
The moment when a sequence of small incidents and changes triggers a larger, more significant change is usually called a tipping point. In the triangular relationship between social media platforms, their users, and advertisers, it feels like we are experiencing that tipping point.
Revitalizing a Community Arts Organization: Lessons for Funders
March 28 | Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...While Governments Cannot | Comments (0)
Without a sustainable revenue model to support a compelling mission, nonprofits’ funding will dry out. Sadly, many nonprofits today face this dilemma. Gina Gibney, artistic director and CEO of Gibney Dance, based in Lower Manhattan, has a story that has a number of valuable lessons for foundations and the nonprofits in which they invest.
Planning for China-US trade tensions -- insights and resources from the Conference Board
March 27 | Ethan Cramer-Flood, Associate Director, China and Asia Programs, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
The Conference Board China Center has been tracking US-China trade relations very carefully over the past 18 months, and we recommend that our members review several key pieces that we sent out previously which anticipated the events now transpiring and outlined a range of important planning assumptions for MNCs.
The future of nontraditional work arrangements
March 27 | Gad Levanon, Ph.D., Chief Economist, North America, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
This blog describes some of the trends and recent developments that may impact the prevalence of nontraditional workers in the future. Most trends point to a growing share of nontraditional workers, but some developments are likely to have a negative impact. Even when the direction of the impact is clear, there is a lot of uncertainty about the magnitude of the impact.
Are virtual-only annual meetings really what shareholders want?
March 26 | Gary Larkin, Research Associate, Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
In today’s remote business world, video conference calls and internal business Skype networks have become as common as landline phones in American corporate offices. But, does having such technology mean corporate management and boards should replace in-person annual shareholder meetings with virtual ones? Or should hybrid (in-person/virtual) meetings be adopted?
Companies See Gun Reform as a CSR Issue: Why Now?
March 22 | Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...While Governments Cannot | Comments (0)
This weekend, Americans will join students in the March For Our Lives to demand that safety and the lives of our young people become a priority. Marchers will call for an end to gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. Ever since the horrific murder of students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) School in Parkland, Florida, not only are individuals responding to the MSD students’ call for action, but companies as well.
How Will Blockchain Technology Change Organizational Governance?
March 21 | Lewis Cohen, Partner, Hogan Lovells | Soraya Ghebleh, Law clerk, Hogan Lovells | Comments (0)
Many of the corporate board monitoring costs can be drastically reduced, if not eliminated, by using blockchain to establish trust between directors and shareholders.