Boardroom Archive

Aug 06, 2020
Working from home, but learning together online
Changing the way the board works Health and safety issues raised by Covid-19 have led to boards taking up virtual meetings with fellow directors and executives to an unprecedented extent. Many are likely to switch to virtual meetings being the default option, at least until a vaccine is implemented, Dottie Schindlinger, executive director of Diligent Institute, told the audience. In doing so, boards will need to work out how to better conduct deeper...
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Jul 21, 2020
Directors upbeat on pandemic performance, survey finds
The vast majority of board directors believe they and their company’s executives have adapted well to the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new survey. The PwC poll finds more than 95 percent of director respondents saying their executives are doing a good or excellent job of coping with obstacles such as interruptions to internal operations, supply-chain disruptions and talent shortages. Ninety-eight percent say their company ha...
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Jul 08, 2020
How boards can look beyond Covid-19
The US is in its fifth month of an unprecedented healthcare crisis, and the social and economic impacts are well documented and unparalleled in our nation’s history. So many of us are still trying to understand the short-term dynamics that may drive new behaviors, create new needs – and even trigger permanent changes for our industries, our companies and every employee we work with. Although the specific responses to the pandemic vary from industry to industry a...
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Jun 19, 2020
The week in GRC: QB Kaepernick joins Medium’s board, and Covid-19 privacy bills face hurdles
– CNN reported that Nike is adding June 19, a holiday known as Juneteenth, to its list of official, paid company holidays. Twitter, Square and Vox Media have also recently made Juneteenth, the oldest-known US celebration of the end of slavery, an annual company holiday. Nike CEO John Donahoe made the announcement in a letter to employees, along with several other actions the com...
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Jun 16, 2020
How Covid-19 can shape boards’ thinking on ESG
The novel coronavirus pandemic has intensified investors’ focus on ESG practices as the outbreak has disrupted global supply chains and affected human capital management practices. This is building on what was already a growing interest among investors in ESG issues, as reflected in shareholder proposals and investment patterns over the last few years. Morningstar data shows that in the first four months of this year, investors poured roughly $12.2 billion into ES...
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Jun 15, 2020
Sensitive issues barge into boardroom
Several factors have combined in recent weeks to push some sensitive issues onto the agendas of issuers, investors and intermediaries. The Covid-19 pandemic has shut down large parts of the global economy for months but, rather than go into deep freeze, these issues have gained a higher profile, bubbling to the surface of the news agenda and barging their way into boardrooms for urgent discussion and action....
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Jun 02, 2020
Preparing for and leading your company through a crisis
Organizations competing in the dynamic global economy inevitably encounter incidents of disruptive and unexpected strategic risk or crisis, which threaten to compromise their legal, financial or reputational standing – and necessitate real-time engagement. Such incidents of disruption and crisis across every industry and business are happening more frequently and cutting more deeply than ever before, with Covid-19 being the latest – and perhaps most profound –...
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May 27, 2020
How CEOs can get the most from boards
There is no shortage of information on how boards can more effectively oversee management. But there is still much to be learned about how CEOs can orchestrate their relationship with the board to optimize its potential to become a strategic asset for the company, as distinct from its more traditional role as overseer of management. Long gone are the days when boards were composed of the CEO’s best friends and fans. The CEO is often seen as carrying the bulk of th...
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Apr 15, 2020
Enhancing leadership resilience during Covid-19
Business continuity planning during the Covid-19 pandemic requires boards of directors and senior management teams to confront the unthinkable: how will the business continue to function if key leaders and decision-makers are incapacitated? Boards, senior management and corporate counsel should therefore consider whether the company has in place appropriate leadership resilience plans, both with respect to senior executive emergency succession and board emergency pr...
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