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United States Blogs

2018

  1. A Culture of Innovation Drives Corporate Value
    There are many and varied definitions of the word innovation. The word often conjures up visions of scientists in white lab coats holding clipboards, but the most successful innovations that drive business results are often small and incremental cultural innovations rather than dramatic large-scale R&D endeavors.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, July 2018)

  2. Is Your Company Prepared for the Next Disaster?
    Summer is upon us. Unfortunately, so is disaster season. Last year was unprecedented, with eight major disasters occurring within just a few short months of one another. Forecasters estimate hurricane activity to be higher than normal this year for the United States, and crises such as floods and volcanic eruptions have already devastated communities in Guatemala and Hawaii. Companies need to get strategic now to prepare for the next disaster.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, July 2018)

  3. Recession Signals from the UK Leading Economic Index
    Is a recession on the horizon in the UK? The short answer to this question is: yes. The probability of a recession in the near term has risen substantially. The UK business cycle is maturing and the lack of certainty around Brexit makes it difficult for consumers and businesses to make plans about the future. These are the ingredients that recessions are made of. The long answer requires an in-depth (and wonkish) analysis of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the UK.
    (Global Economy Center Blog, July 2018)

  4. 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)

  5. Corporate Communications: Let the Sun Shine
    “Let the sun shine” could have been the slogan for the The Conference Board’s 2018 Corporate Communications Conference, held June 26-27. More than 150 corporate communicators took home new ideas to effectively get their messages out. Here are a couple quick-hit concepts from our speakers from great companies like Hilton, BASF, Boeing, State Farm, Love’s Travel Stops, Mars, American Express, IBM, Aflac, Seattle City Light, UPS, Bank of America Merchant Services, DuPont, Bridge Consulting.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, July 2018)

  6. If You Don’t Measure Yourself, Others Will Measure You
    Whether it’s the 24-hour news cycle, social media, annual reports, internal messages, or stakeholder requests, the need for clear, understandable, and relatable corporate social responsibility (CSR) information from companies is increasing. Some stakeholders want metrics, others want stories. Either way, timeliness and transparency are key. So, which data and disclosures are relevant and/or required?
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, July 2018)

  7. 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.
    (China Center Blog, July 2018)

  8. Culture and Brand Are Interconnected, Research from The Conference Board Finds
    A strong culture of innovation can energize and enable a company’s innovation performance. In turn, continuous innovation keeps a brand relevant and refreshed during periods of intensifying competition and frequent market disruptions.
    (Society for New Communications Research Blog, July 2018)

  9. What’s the Purpose of Purpose?
    Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, started the year with a provocative challenge to the CEOs of the world’s biggest and most influential companies: What’s your purpose? As Fink framed it in his open letter, companies need to have a compelling long-term vision for how their business will sustainably benefit all of its stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the community.
    (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, July 2018)

  10. 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)