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Strategic Thinking Blogs

Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.


2018

  1. Culture Matters
    In this piece, corporate culture is defined as an intangible asset driving company value. A culture of trust and support is found to be the best way to foster success in the workplace. To create this environment, boards and executives must focus on engagement, financial success, recruiting, and retention.
    (On Governance, July 2018)

  2. Podcast on Social Purpose: The Conference Board’s Executives and Members Opine
    The Bottom Line, a podcast on social progress, spoke to thought leaders associated with The Conference Board on the letter that BlackRock CEO Larry Fink wrote calling for companies to positively contribute to society.
    (The Governance Center Blog, July 2018)

  3. Dual Class Share Voting versus the “Empty Voting” of Mutual Fund Advisors’
    Why voting in dual class shares is a value maximizing result, but empty voting has become a systemic risk. Mutual fund advisors have a lack of economic interest, despite having the voting rights to the associated securities.
    (On Governance, July 2018)

  4. Sustainability in the mainstream: Investors ESG interaction with companies
    Increasing recognition of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities on portfolio value is driving institutional investors engagement with companies on ESG.
    (The Governance Center Blog, July 2018)

  5. Sustainability in the mainstream: Investors ESG interaction with companies
    Increasing recognition of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities on portfolio value is driving institutional investors engagement with companies on ESG.
    (Sustainability Center Blog, June 2018)

  6. China’s new pollution tax – a breath of fresh air for MNCs, but with important risks to monitor
    China’s new Environmental Protection Tax Law (EPT Law) came into effect on January 1. It replaces the old Pollutant Discharge Fees System. Taxation could increase, as more headroom for localities allows to set higher tax rates. Some leveling of the playing field is possible, as non-compliance and tax evasion are addressed. Supply chain costs may be impacted.
    (Sustainability Center Blog, June 2018)

  7. Why and How Companies Should Now Review Their Director Compensation Plans
    Recent settlements in two cases appear to have been heavily influenced by the Investors Bancorp decision in ways that do not bode well for directors who determine their own compensation under shareholder-approved plans that do not limit their discretion to amounts that would not make it worthwhile for the plaintiffs’ lawyers to sue, or could be protected by the business judgment rule.
    (On Governance, June 2018)

  8. Corporate Political Spending Initiative launched by Center for Political Accountability
    Center for Political Accountability launched a new campaign on June 22 discussing corporate political spending. The report advises companies on maintaining public image and brand through political expenditures. The Conference Board’s Committee on Corporate Political Spending has more information on the topic, including three published reports.
    (On Governance, June 2018)

  9. Boards, CEOs and CFOs Need to Demand a Lot More from Internal Audit and Risk Groups
    Boards, CEOs, and CFOs need to dramatically raise the bar, demanding better risk and internal audit processes and better metrics to measure the real value-add from internal audit and risk spending. A new approach to assurance, “Strategy and Value Oversight” and specific end result metrics are proposed, metrics capable of helping companies create and preserve long-term value and meet escalating expectations of powerful institutional investors, regulators, and others.
    (On Governance, June 2018)

  10. E-commerce continues to grow among U.S. consumers
    Our March 2018 Consumer Confidence Survey shows evidence that e-commerce continues to grow among U.S. consumers of most age and income groups.
    (Consumer Dynamics Center Blog, June 2018)