Boards & Governance

The ideal relationship between legal, ethics and compliance professionals and the board of directors is one characterized by transparency and trust. Communicating about current and future risks honestly and clearly with the board—and getting the support needed in return—is a perpetual challenge. Our contributors discuss best practices in reporting, board structure, lines of communication, and more.

The Disability Advantage: Inclusion as a Financial Imperative

By |2020-01-24T23:03:19+00:00January 24th, 2020|Boards & Governance, Diversity & Inclusion|

The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, building on the language and framework of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make disability status a protected class in the United ...

Northern Trust: ESG Transparency & Metrics

By |2020-01-28T22:44:35+00:00January 15th, 2020|Boards & Governance, Risk & Reputation|

Chicago-based financial services firm Northern Trust has three values at the core of its operations: service, expertise, and integrity. These values serve the firm well in its role as both a publicly traded company trying to walk the walk on ESG issues and as an investor trying to hold other companies to those same ...

Baker McKenzie: ESG as New Risk Frontier

By |2020-02-05T23:44:34+00:00January 5th, 2020|Boards & Governance, Risk & Reputation|

Baker McKenzie partners Peter Tomczak and William "Widge" Devaney both have extensive experience in corporate anti-corruption matters, and often interface with boards on compliance related topics. As such, they've seen how ESG concerns have trickled up to the board, and how overlaps with anti-corruption mean ethics and compliance professionals in particular are well-suited to ...

Investor Expectations on ESG Reporting: Climate Risk Transparency

By |2020-01-24T22:14:43+00:00December 31st, 2019|Boards & Governance, Sustainability|

With the growing interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics among investors, legal and investor relations professionals are frequently asked to wear a new hat—that of an acting sustainability leader. While it is clear to these “sustainability officers” that investors care about ESG issues in a broad sense, it is usually less clear ...

From Bourbon Street To The Board Room: Eight Aids To Sustaining Reform

By |2020-01-01T00:19:06+00:00June 25th, 2018|Boards & Governance|

There is no shortage of institutions – public or private – looking to implement reforms these days.  A transportation company struggles to rehabilitate its corporate culture after allegations targeted at its leadership team.  A financial institution spends massive amounts of time and money reforming its internal practices following a public scandal.  An automobile manufacturer rebuilds ...

General Counsel As Critical Ally: Legal Must Be Positioned Correctly to Impact Culture

By |2020-01-01T00:24:44+00:00March 14th, 2018|***Ethisphere Magazine, Boards & Governance, Compliance & Ethics, Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Legal & Regulatory|

While those focused on ethics and compliance have long known the significance of corporate culture, the concept is receiving renewed attention for the competitive business advantages it offers. This fall, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) released the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset. Framing culture as a ...

Yamana Gold: Refreshing the Board in a Conservative Sector

By |2020-01-01T00:20:16+00:00December 4th, 2017|***Ethisphere Magazine, Boards & Governance, Compliance & Ethics|

Mining is a conservative sector in which innovation occurs slowly over time, and rarely does one set out to be leading edge. There are many valid reasons for this attitude, although one must wonder if the same philosophy of conservative management of mining enterprises also applies to governance of mining companies. ...

Global Investing: Corporate Governance in a Global Investment Environment

By |2020-01-01T00:23:02+00:00November 4th, 2017|Boards & Governance, Legal & Regulatory|

The United States is the most developed financial services market, holding close to half of the world’s $42 trillion invested in mutual funds. Assets are invested in domestic companies as well as in companies outside of the United States. The United States’ views on corporate governance permeate global markets. U.S. asset managers must have ...

Laura Lang on Long-Term Strategy and Fostering A Culture of Integrity

By |2019-12-30T23:31:08+00:00August 1st, 2017|Boards & Governance, Corporate Culture|

Laura Lang has served on the VF Corporation Board of Directors since 2011. Ms. Lang has been the Managing Director of Narragansett Ventures, LLC since January 2014. More about Lang below. The best boards provide a strategic compass for their organizations—helping to oversee their future direction in the near and long term. I believe deeply ...

Confidence in Boards: A Positive Main Street Investor Survey

By |2017-06-12T17:54:15+00:00June 12th, 2017|Boards & Governance|

TK Kerstetter is CEO of Boardroom Resources LLC and host of “Inside America’s Boardrooms,” which is filmed at Nasdaq Marketsite. Most of us have annual events we look forward to. For some it might be homecoming at their alma mater or maybe an annual family trip to a location filled with memories. Among the many ...

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