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    1. Is Your Board Inclusive — or Just Diverse?

      Is Your Board Inclusive — or Just Diverse?

      The need for boardroom diversity is well-established. Many European countries have mandated that at least 40% of directors of publicly listed companies must be women, and similar laws have been passed in several U.S. states establishing gender- or race-based quotas. And to be sure, these policies have led to substantial progress: For example, one report found that representation of women on FTSE boards has grown eightfold in the last 25 years, from 5% up to 40%. But is simply changing the composition of boards enough to ensure that diverse perspectives are actually integrated into decision making...

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    2. Why Your Family Business Needs Family Members on the Board

      Why Your Family Business Needs Family Members on the Board

      Imagine that your family owns and controls a fifth-generation multinational conglomerate that’s a leader in the food manufacturing industry. You’ve recently been appointed to serve on the board as a family director from your generation. Early in your tenure, Covid-19 hits and suddenly, fundamental questions that challenge the very viability of the enterprise confront a board that’s dominated by a non-family CEO and a majority of independent directors...

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    3. 10 Ways Boards Can Act on Sustainability in 2022

      10 Ways Boards Can Act on Sustainability in 2022

      We have some optimistic news to kick off 2022: Climate change is at long last on the corporate-governance agenda, according to our research. When we surveyed 301 directors of companies headquartered in 43 countries, three-quarters of our respondents said they recognize climate as very important to their companies’ strategic success...

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    4. 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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    5. 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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