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.
Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Highlights of Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description
May 2018 | Key Business Issues
Peruse the main points from more than 10 roundtable discussions with stakeholders, updated regularly as new reports are produced.
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.
Dysfunctional, Abusive Behavior in the Workplace: What organizations, boards, and senior leaders can do
May 2018 | Research Report
The Conference Board offered three webcasts in March of 2018 to advance the conversation about workplace abuse and provide specific steps organizations, the board, and senior leaders can take to prevent it. This report distills the insights from those webcasts and provides references to the underlying research that supported the discussion.
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.
Quarterly Earnings Guidance—A Corporate Relic?
March 2018 | Director Notes
The authors make the case against quarterly earnings guidance and offer a long-term investment road map for companies.
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.”
Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Corporate Secretaries' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description
February 2018 | Key Business Issues
One of the most important attributes corporate secretaries seek in a director is the ability to analyze and properly respond to information received from management and other key resources.
Are Directors Paid Too Much? An Analysis of Corporate Board Member Compensation from 1997-2012
February 2018 | Director Notes
Director excess compensation may be a sign of board entrenchment while an increase in overcompensation of directors reduces pay-for-performance sensitivity.
23 Truths about Cybersecurity: Insights from the Cybersecurity Conference: Crucial Collaborations
February 2018 | Conference KeyNotes
Organizations can’t prevent all cyberattacks, but they can mitigate their effects. This requires enterprise risk management programs guided by a cyber-knowledgeable board and a leadership team that knows its risk appetite.