The Conference Board Initiative on Sustainability™ Publications


  1. ESG Rating and Ranking Initiatives -- A Necessary Evil?

    May 2018 | Executive Action Report

    This publication provides an overview of how ESG initiatives came about, including their emergence and evolution. It draws upon inputs from users in relation to these initiatives.

  2. Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Activist Hedge Fund Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

    May 2018 | Key Business Issues

    One of the most important attributes activist hedge funds seek in a director is the ability to act "as if they owned the company." The perspectives of activist hedge investors differ from the stakeholders in the previous five installments of this series—proxy advisors, directors, active investors, passive investors, and corporate secretaries. 

  3. China Center Research Brief: All signs point to much stronger environmental protection in China

    April 2018 | China Center Publications

    Last winter’s air pollution control plan in the larger Beijing area was unprecedented both in scale and intensity. The action plan was part of a much broader, central government-led effort to tackle China’s pervasive air pollution problem and significantly ramp up environmental protection efforts in general. 

  4. China Center Deep Dive Exchange Session Report: New Paradigms for CSR in China

    April 2018 | China Center Publications

    Does the improved policy clarity and bureaucratic orderliness under Xi Jinping mean that CSR investing by MNCs can now be made more effective and impactful if it is aligned with Xi's “new era” policy priorities?

  5. EU Circular Economy Package: A Challenging Yet Important Impulse

    April 2018 | Director Notes

    Corporate boards should be aware of the European Commission’s concepts of “recycle, repair and re-use” and waste avoidance, which are central to its Circular Economy Package.

  6. Driving Digital Transformation: What's the Role of HR? Executive Summary

    April 2018 | Key Business Issues

    This executive summary outlines what HR leaders must do to help their companies succeed in digital transformation, based on case studies of companies that have made digital transformation a strategic priority and conversations with many member companies.

  7. C-Suite Challenge™ 2018: ASEAN/China Edition

    April 2018 | Key Business Issues

    CEOs in both the ASEAN region and China are dedicated to the creation of innovative, customer-centric, and inclusive workplace environments within their organizations.

  8. Reviving Professional Development: A New Approach for Millennials

    March 2018 | Research Report

    This Giving Thoughts article explores an emerging model to help companies revive professional development, focused on purpose-driven, service-based leadership learning that also supports corporate social impact.

  9. Engaging and Influencing External Stakeholders in Product Stewardship

    March 2018 | Council Perspectives

    Product stewardship leaders and their business counterparts are increasingly recognizing that engaging and influencing external stakeholders has become a core part of protecting a company’s societal “license to operate.”

  10. What Is the 'New Paradigm' Framework? Highlights of The Conference Board Governance Center Fall 2017 Meeting

    January 2018 | Conference KeyNotes

    A central premise of Martin Lipton’s "New Paradigm" is that corporations and institutional investors can together forge a meaningful and successful private-sector solution.