Investors are asking more about a company’s workforce, and companies may be forced to tell them. Last fall, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed several changes to disclosure requirements for public companies, among them a provision to enhance disclosure about “human capital.” The rule has not been finalized.
Earlier this year, automotive giant Volkswagen found itself facing a regulatory investigation for the results of their diesel-emissions tests. For some, the ensuing negative headlines would have broken the company. Not so for VW, which has embraced the opportunity to learn from the experience, protect shareholder value and position itself for even better days. Recorded at DirectorCorps’ Avoiding the Corporate Crisis Conference on December 3, 2019 at the Nasdaq MarketSite in NYC.
Governance always comes into sharp focus when there’s a systemwide breakdown. But a review by Stanford University law professor David Larcker and researcher Brian Tayan suggests that many of the assumptions people make about what constitutes good governance are rarely evidence-based.
BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, threw its weight around recently. Chairman and CEO Larry Fink wrote a letter to CEOs in January explaining BlackRock’s further divestment from the fossil fuel industry. He said BlackRock would hold companies and directors accountable when they don’t address sustainability and climate change.
In this episode of Looking Ahead, Al Dominick discusses the impact of human capital concerns on leadership teams at public companies and fast-growing private companies with Matt Stinner of Semler Brossy and Kellie Huennekens of Nasdaq Center for Corporate Governance.
In August, the Business Roundtable redefined the purpose of the corporation to include a commitment to all stakeholders, not just shareholders. Will companies start paying C-suite executives based on how happy the employees are? Will they get annual bonuses if the company tops the list of Consumer Reports?
CEOs are taking a stand during divisive moments, complaining about the U.S. president and his policies, running ads on controversial topics and letting their political views be known. But is this a good thing? Some companies are saying “yes.” But a few governance and public relations experts are say “no,” or at least, “very rarely.”
The Business Roundtable’s blockbuster statement redefining the purpose of a corporation almost reads like an apologia for capitalism.
Sustainability reporting can increase an organization’s value. But what do you report? As stakeholders look to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process, this article helps boards and leadership teams provide proper oversight of ESG disclosure.
Women are in every realm of government, law, academics and private enterprise — but they aren’t in every boardroom. California is trying to change that, becoming the first state in the nation to require female representation on public company boards.