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    1. The Attack on Share Buybacks

      The Attack on Share Buybacks

      Corporate share buybacks are under attack, mainly from the political left (e.g., Senators Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren and President Joe Biden), but also to some degree from the right (e.g., Senator Marco Rubio).  Critics decry the large sums distributed to shareholders via buybacks because that cash could have been used to fund greater investment and, especially, investment that would make workers better off...

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    2. How Businesses Can Remain Focused On Long-Term ESG Commitments

      How Businesses Can Remain Focused On Long-Term ESG Commitments

      It’s fair to say that during times of economic turmoil, so many of us, whether individuals or businesses, go into survival mode by focusing only on the immediate challenges at hand. Yet, leaders must not lose sight of longer-term business goals and commitments. Don't let a state of crisis become a distraction from ongoing efforts to do business in a more ethical and sustainable way...

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    3. Three Ways Companies Are Getting Ethics Wrong

      Three Ways Companies Are Getting Ethics Wrong

      Making business decisions that are both ethically and strategically sound has always been incredibly tricky. Leaders are called upon to act in a manner that is consistent with their personal values, builds solidarity and trust among diverse stakeholders, enhances their company’s reputation, and prevents scandals, while also being mindful of the bottom line...

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    4. Linking Executive Compensation to ESG Performance

      Linking Executive Compensation to ESG Performance

      As companies address two fundamental and related shifts—the intensified focus on environmental,
      social & governance (ESG) issues driven by investors, employees, consumers, business partners, ESG rating agencies, and regulators, [1] and the shift to a multistakeholder form of capitalism [2] —corporate boards are not only incorporating nonfinancial matters into discussions of company strategy and business plans, but also increasingly considering ESG performance measures in incentive plans...

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    5. Boardroom Racial Diversity: Evidence from the Black Lives Matter Protests

      Boardroom Racial Diversity: Evidence from the Black Lives Matter Protests

      With increased attention on systemic racism in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd (on May 25, 2020) and the widespread Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, growing number of stakeholders recognize racial diversity on corporate boards (or rather lack thereof). After the BLM protests, institutional investors started to demand disclosure of boardroom racial composition and focused on inclusion and equal opportunities policies...

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    6. Why Startups Should Embrace Radical Transparency

      Why Startups Should Embrace Radical Transparency

      There is a lot of handwringing and navel-gazing going on in startup land with the denouement of two of the largest scandals the industry has ever seen: Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes (sentenced to 11 years in prison for fraud) and FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried (vaporized $32 billion of value through mismanagement and fraudulent accounting)...

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    7. Bylaw Amendments, Shareholder Activism, and Flying Close to the Sun

      Bylaw Amendments, Shareholder Activism, and Flying Close to the Sun

      A case presently before the Delaware Court of Chancery challenging a corporation’s advance notice bylaw amendments, initiated by activist investor Politan Capital Management LP in October 2022, brings to mind the storied Icarus. In the legend, a master craftsman creates wings of feathers and wax for himself and his son to escape danger. He cautions his son Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, lest the wings melt. Icarus, carried away with this device figuratively and literally, flies too high and tumbles into the sea...

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    8. FTX And ESG: A Panorama Of Failed Governance (Pt 1 – The Internal Failures)

      FTX And ESG: A Panorama Of Failed Governance (Pt 1 – The Internal Failures)

      Of the many dimensions of the FTX fiasco, the most shocking is the comprehensive failure of corporate governance, now becoming clear as the bankruptcy process unfolds. Sloppy and likely illegal management practices at FTX have raised doubts that extend beyond the company to call into question the whole crypto premise. They also cast doubt on the integrity of the ESG rating business, and on several other components of the larger financial system...

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    9. Boards: Stepping Up as Stewards of Sustainability

      Boards: Stepping Up as Stewards of Sustainability

      On the one hand, board members are keenly aware of the environmental and social requirements their companies must address— given emerging legislation and global reporting standards, sustainability-conscious investors and customers, and the increasingly clear link between long-term company performance and sustainability. Boards know that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals can no longer be an afterthought, way down the agenda after financial governance and performance...

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    10. Tesla Board’s View That Elon Musk Is Irreplaceable Emerged in Pay Trial

      Tesla Board’s View That Elon Musk Is Irreplaceable Emerged in Pay Trial

      The scale of concern among Tesla Inc. (TSLA -5.22%decrease) board members about how to keep Elon Musk‘s attention trained on the electric-vehicle maker loomed large during a weeklong trial over the chief executive’s pay package. A desire to motivate Mr. Musk to focus on Tesla triggered a months long pay negotiation that culminated in the shareholders’ approval of a 2018 CEO equity grant valued at roughly $48 billion at recent stock prices...

       

       

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    11. It’s Time to Focus on the “G” in ESG

      It’s Time to Focus on the “G” in ESG

      The largest mainstream institutional investors and the rating agencies that serve them now say they consider high quality Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) practices by corporations to be necessary for sustainable, long-term wealth creation—a position that has generated academic and political controversy. But for all the debate surrounding the use of ESG for investing, virtually no attention has been paid to a core tension in the ESG policies of major investors and rating agencies — the discordance of the “G” from the “E” and “S.”...

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    12. Russia, China And The Global Impact To ESG Investing

      Russia, China And The Global Impact To ESG Investing

      ESG, or Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) matters, have quickly evolved from lofty corporate objectives to integral elements of corporate strategy. Recently I described the pitfalls of measurement with ESG software. Given the interest in this topic, I offer a deep dive on the topic with my colleague Adam Stahl, an energy security executive and former policy officer for the US Department of Homeland Security. See our earlier discussion on how cybersecurity impacts climate policy...

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    13. How Top CISOs Approach Updating the Board of Directors

      How Top CISOs Approach Updating the Board of Directors

      In the wake of countless high-profile data breaches and cyber attacks over the past several years, cybersecurity has become a board-level concern for global, publicly traded and private companies. Updating an organization’s board of directors on past threats, potential risks and the mitigation measures established to prevent them falls to the chief information security officer (CISO). And it’s a responsibility best not taken lightly...

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    14. Inside The Walmart Board Room When They Finally Raised Wages—And How Wall Street Rebelled

      Inside The Walmart Board Room When They Finally Raised Wages—And How Wall Street Rebelled

      On February 6, 2015, Walmart’s board of directors met in San Bruno, California. Doug McMillon, who’d become CEO the year before; Greg Foran, the head of U.S. operations; Chief Financial Officer Charles Holley; and Susan Chambers, the chief human resources officer, were finally ready to recommend an increase in the company’s minimum wage...

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