Covid-19 Archive

Jan 05, 2021
How Covid-19 is changing the general counsel’s leadership role
Even as public companies continue to navigate the effects of Covid-19, they are also confronting longer-term risks brought into sharper focus by the pandemic. Strong oversight and leadership are critical to mitigating and addressing risks, while also positioning the company for long-term success and value creation. The general counsel has a central role to play in managing corporate risk by catalyzing a company’s business continuity planning, substantiating its st...
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Dec 10, 2020
Strong corporate purpose correlates with improved financial results, study finds
When the Business Roundtable released its Statement on Corporate Purpose in August 2019, it was met with equal praise and skepticism. By the strictest definition of investor relations, stakeholder capitalism and corporate purpose should be important only if investors deem them to be material, but the continued evolution of ESG engagement shows that materiality is dynamic and def...
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Nov 24, 2020
Companies re-embrace landlines and comfort technology
Companies have welcomed tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams during the Covid-19 crisis, but some are beginning to look at alternatives because of a growing sense of videoconferencing ennui. Resistance has emerged as some governance teams, boards and investors have tired of seeing themselves in screen, according to several panelists at the ...
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Nov 17, 2020
Activism in a pandemic: Tampered appetites and the rise of climate activism
Companies across the US, Canada, continental Europe and the UK had something of a respite from shareholder activism this year. The Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with uncertainty over the US elections, saw the number of public campaigns globally drop from 757 by the end of Q3 2019 to 652 by the end of Q3 this year. Numbers from Activist Insight show activism was down across almost all regions. In the US alone, those numbers were 412 campaigns by the end of Q3 last year ...
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Oct 27, 2020
Investors miss field trips under Covid-19
Although the switch to virtual investor relations (IR) during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought a number of benefits, investor field trips are an option hard to reproduce, and may be one of the first events brought back when in-person gatherings are possible again, according to panelists at the IR Magazine Forum – Canada 2020 hosted by Compliance Reporter’s sister publication. In a session on investor targeting, panelists from IR teams and the buy side discussed...
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Oct 23, 2020
Helping Canadian boards amid Covid-19 and the challenges ahead
More than 100 governance professionals gathered online last Thursday for the Corporate Secretary Forum – Canada to discuss how general counsel, corporate secretaries and boards have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic to tackle the challenges it raises, the lessons they have learned – and what that means for governance teams going into 2021. In the governance world, as elsewhere, the crisis has brought the wellbeing, treatment and importance of people to the fore...
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Oct 16, 2020
The week in GRC: Major asset owners pledge carbon cuts, and FCC to clarify social media companies’ protection
– CNN reported that Alex Cruz was stepping down as chair and CEO of British Airways, which is owned by International Airlines Group (IAG). Sean Doyle, CEO of Irish airline Aer Lingus, which is also owned by IAG, will become British Airways CEO with immediate effect and will also take over from Cruz as chair after a transition period. Doyle worked at British Airways for two deca...
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Oct 16, 2020
States adopt different approaches to workers’ compensation-coverage issues amid Covid-19
Workers’ compensation insurance was created at the beginning of the 20th century as a ‘grand bargain’ to provide guaranteed, no-fault benefits to employees who are injured, fall ill or die on the job in exchange for forfeiting their rights to sue their employer for additional sums. As workplaces reopen while the Covid-19 pandemic continues to infect individuals throughout the country, employees, employers and state governments are considering whether and how t...
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