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    1. Is Your Executive Compensation Plan Undermining Your Mission?

      Is Your Executive Compensation Plan Undermining Your Mission?


      New technologies have been disrupting business for decades, especially since the internet became widespread in the late 1990s. But a new wave of innovation, centered on artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and the internet of things, is now intensifying the pace and magnitude of disruption...

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    2. Covid-19 Is Rewriting the Rules of Corporate Governance

      Covid-19 Is Rewriting the Rules of Corporate Governance

      Since the onset of Covid-19, corporate boards have faced a string of difficult decisions. Take the question of dividend payments: Ordinarily, the decision would be a relatively straightforward matter of applying a stated dividend policy, following past practice, or choosing an amount based on shareholder expectations and the company’s earnings for the period...

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    3. Do You Know Why Your Company Needs a Chief Diversity Officer?

      Do You Know Why Your Company Needs a Chief Diversity Officer?

      With the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, followed by months of Black Lives Matter protests, through to the shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23, leaders in the United States and around the world have finally begun to recognize the racial inequities embedded deep in the systems in which we operate each day: neighborhoods, schools, stores, banks, courts...

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    4. Why Investors React Negatively to Companies That Put Women on Their Boards

      Why Investors React Negatively to Companies That Put Women on Their Boards

      Despite persistent efforts to tackle underrepresentation of women on corporate boards, most boardrooms remain mostly male. The slow progress on gender diversity has frustrated policymakers, industry groups, and institutional investors, many of whom have publicly advocated for inclusion of women and minorities among the top ranks of management...

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    5. Research: When Women Are on Boards, Male CEOs Are Less Overconfident

      Research: When Women Are on Boards, Male CEOs Are Less Overconfident

      A number of governments (notably those in India, California, and parts of Europe) are pushing for greater female representation in the boardroom. And several studies suggest why: Having women on the board results better acquisition and investment decisions and in less aggressive risk-taking, yielding benefits for shareholders. What’s less clear is why these effects happen...

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    6. Back Channels in the Boardroom

      Back Channels in the Boardroom

      The agendas of company boards are so packed that it’s hard to get to every question and concern during regular meetings. So between meetings, directors do what members of a team always do in this situation: They start having conversations on the side. Conducted properly, side discussions allow directors to work together efficiently—to trade opinions, share information, and exert influence...

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    7. Research: Board Experience Is Helping More Women Get CEO Jobs

      Research: Board Experience Is Helping More Women Get CEO Jobs

      The news about U.S. women’s presence in the C Suite – and especially the CEO job – has been pretty bleak. Nationwide fewer than 5% of CEOs of public companies are women. In the Fortune 500, that number actually fell by 25% between 2017 and 2018, dipping from 32 (6.4%) to 24 (4.8%), before rising back in 2019...

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    8. What Boards Need to Know About Sustainability Ratings

      What Boards Need to Know About Sustainability Ratings

      Corporate boards of directors must tackle questions about sustainability in a new and urgent manner. If they don’t, they will hear from investors about their lack of action. In just the latest indication of the investor community’s increasing scrutiny on sustainability, Yahoo announced in 2018 that it would start publishing sustainability ratings for publicly traded companies...

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    9. When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance

      When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance

      On January 1, California law said that all locally headquartered publicly traded companies must have at least one female director by 2020. While new to the U.S., mandates to increase gender diversity on corporate boards are common elsewhere. For example, Norway, Spain, France, and Iceland all have laws requiring that women comprise at least 40% of boards at publicly listed companies...

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    10. Dysfunction in the Boardroom

      Dysfunction in the Boardroom

      For years women have sought greater representation on corporate boards. And most boards say they want more diversity. So why did women hold only 16.6% of Fortune 500 board seats in 2012? And why, for the past six years, has that percentage been relatively flat, increasing by just two points, according to data from the research firm Catalyst?

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