The 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 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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Apr 15, 2020
Covid-19 poses challenges for audit committees as reporting looms
Audit committees have a lot of work on their hands in overseeing financial reporting during what the Covid-19 pandemic means is a highly irregular quarter, according to Paula Loop, leader of PwC’s Governance Insights Center. The crisis is causing unprecedented disruption and uncertainty around both companies’ business health and how they are operating, with millions of employees working from home – not to mention millions more who have lost jobs or have been f...
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Apr 06, 2020
How boards can prepare for post-pandemic activism
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant volatility in the equity markets, with companies across different sectors experiencing sometimes precipitous declines in share prices coupled with significant changes in share ownership. Public companies often experience an uptick in activist demands and unsolicited offers after such periods of exceptional turbulence. The 2008 financial crisis, for example, was followed by a significant increase in unsolicited offers, proxy cont...
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Mar 23, 2020
How board diversity is shifting in Canada
Board composition continues to be a primary area of focus, particularly as it relates to diversity and gender, in addition to tenure, overboarding and director skills. Canadian reporting issuers have now completed five years following changes adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (NI 58-101) and Form 58-101F1 Corporate Governance Disclosure that, among other things, require ...
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