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Corporate Governance

The Dawning Age of The Earth-Competent Board

Philippe Joubert | Posted 01.31.2017 | Green
Philippe Joubert

2015, with the approvals of the revolutionary Paris Agreement at COP21 and of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was a turning point. Turning t...

The Big Three: Automation, Nationalism, Social Expectations

Robert Moran | Posted 12.06.2016 | Business
Robert Moran

As we close out a turbulent 2016 and look to 2107, what do horizon scanners see in the years ahead? As part of a horizon scan for the Milken Institut...

Building Boards Qualified to Grow Shareholder Value

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.07.2016 | Business
Alice Korngold

Corporate boards can only fulfill their duty of maximizing shareholder value by embracing business strategies that improve social, environmental, and ...

Can't Boards Find a Better Use for Capital Than Buybacks?

Nell Minow | Posted 08.26.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

Just like the rest of us, corporate executives and board members have some tough choices to make about how to spend the company's money. Or, I should...

How Short-Term Activists Create Long-Term Value

Alex Edmans | Posted 08.24.2016 | Business
Alex Edmans

Activist hedge funds are often seen as the epitome of all that's wrong with capitalism. They cut investment, fire employees, and break contracts to boost the short-term stock price, and cash out before the long-term value destruction comes to light.

How MBA Programs Drive Inequality

Lynn Parramore | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Shareholder-value ideology provides a cover for destructive behavior that tends to heighten inequality in our society.

Where Was The Board During Brexit?

Alice Korngold | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Alice Korngold

The vast majority of the UK's FTSE 250 companies had not discussed contingency planning for a possible Brexit with the chairman of the board or the chairman of the audit committee.

5 Lessons From The Expansion Of The Panama Canal

FOMIN | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business

By Rachel Robboy Rachel Robboy is chief of portfolio management at the Inter-American Investment Corporation, where she is responsible for a portfo...

Could a Treasury Secretary Carl Icahn Fix Wall Street?

Stephen Davis | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Stephen Davis

The words "Treasury Secretary Carl Icahn" might send shivers up many spines. But the controversial corporate raider-turned-shareholder-activist appears to top Donald Trump's list for the nation's most powerful economic post if he captures the presidency in November.

An App That Could Eat Wall Street

Stephen Davis | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Stephen Davis

We need to re-install checks and balances to Wall Street if we hope to bring financial agents back into alignment with consumer-investors. And to do that, we have to take the veil off Wall Street practices. That's where an app comes in.

Investing as a Social Change Strategy

Joe Keefe | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Joe Keefe

As investors, we have more power than we realize. We can prod and pressure and cajole companies into doing the right thing. Unfortunately, too many of us fail to leverage this power.

Governance and the Valeant Flea: The Art of Not Living Dangerously

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

There's a good reason that no bestselling novels or blockbuster movies about corporate governance exist. It's because doing corporate governance right is frankly boring.

Don't Engage, Elevate

Dov Seidman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Dov Seidman

Inspirational leaders extend trust and allow others to live up or fail to meet their example and expectations on their own merits. This extension of trust is the key enabler that inspires others to take the risks that are so essential to spurring innovation.

Why Can't Boards Get CEO Succession Right?

Nell Minow | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

It's been 25 years since Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld's landmark book The Hero's Farewell vividly documented the challenges and failures of CEO succession planning at large publicly traded companies, and not much has changed beyond the exponential growth in what the top executives get paid.

Cybersecurity and the Twenty-First Century Board of Directors

Alice Korngold | Posted 12.31.2016 | Business
Alice Korngold

Boards and their advisors must look ahead to the greatest challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century in building the best boards and focusing their agendas accordingly.

Exxon's Handling of Climate Change Raises Questions About Board Oversight at Oil Giant

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 11.17.2016 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Corporate boards need to move from being reactive on sustainability issues, to proactively and systematically thinking about how environmental and social challenges factor into corporate strategies and performance.

How To Reform Executive Pay

Alex Edmans | Posted 10.18.2016 | Business
Alex Edmans

Executive pay is a high-profile topic which almost everyone has an opinion about, and many believe the entire system is broken. But despite being well-intentioned, many suggested reforms may not be targeting the elements of pay that are most critical for shareholder value and society.

Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

How Corporate Governance Affects Corporate Sustainability and Why It Matters

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.07.2016 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Corporate governance is increasingly applied to an extended form of monitoring corporate activities that include the impact on society and the natural environment. This additional agenda can create tension and conflicting priorities among the traditional roles of shareholders.

Rethinking the Board After Volkswagen

Alice Korngold | Posted 10.02.2016 | Business
Alice Korngold

For those who have been thinking that assessing a company's environmental, social, and corporate governance factors (ESG) is simply fluff, heed the lessons of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen's Real Victims -- And Who's Really Responsible

Nell Minow | Posted 10.01.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

There is not a person on the planet who will not be affected by this diabolical decision to steal profits by externalizing the costs of environmental destruction onto everyone. Current estimates are as high as a million tons of toxic emissions per year being added to the air we breathe.

Building Trust: Effective Board Governance in Times of Public Scrutiny

Harlan Loeb | Posted 07.31.2016 | Business
Harlan Loeb

At the recent Aspen Critical Issues & Risk Forum, participants delved into the implications for board directors of the perilous increase in corporate risk.

'For the Game. For the World.' What Can We Learn From the FIFA Scandal?

Badr Jafar | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Badr Jafar

Whatever the outcome of these investigations, it is clear that soccer's governing body is in the midst of a legal, commercial and public relations crisis. For any organization, public, private or not-for-profit, to find itself in such a position is a sign that serious mistakes were committed.

The Costs of Poor Corporate Governance in South Korea

Nell Minow | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

Investing has become almost borderless. Anyone with a terminal or a broker can buy stock on dozens of exchanges.

FIFA's Blatter Unwittingly Pinpoints Soccer Governance's Prime Issues

James Dorsey | Posted 07.05.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter unwittingly put his finger on two fundamental issues that underlie a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer governance, the worst crisis in the sport's history.