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.

Investor Expectations on ESG Reporting: Climate Risk Transparency

By |2020-07-20T23:02:01+00:00December 31st, 2019|Boards and 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 and 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 and Governance, Compliance and Ethics, Corporate Culture, Employee Engagement, Legal and 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 and Governance, Compliance and 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 and Governance, Legal and 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 and 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 and 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 ...

Compliance Officers Still Concerned About Personal Liability

By |2017-06-02T16:36:25+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Boards and Governance|

Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) are less concerned about personal liability as their role has gained a significant amount of independence, traction and prominence within the last year—that’s according to a recent report by global law firm, DLA Piper. The 2017 Compliance & Risk Report also found that CCOs feel that much more work is needed to ...

The Ethics of Lockheed’s Sustainable Business Practices

By |2019-12-30T23:32:52+00:00May 25th, 2017|Boards and Governance|

Dr. Leo S. Mackay, Jr. is Senior Vice President of Internal Audit, Ethics, and Sustainability at Lockheed Martin. The core values of Lockheed Martin are:  do what’s right, respect others, and perform with excellence. Our commitment to integrity, built on these values, drives us to hold our 98,000 employees, our board of directors and our ...

Q&A: The Role of Metrics in Ethics, Compliance and Culture

By |2017-04-20T15:52:21+00:00April 20th, 2017|***Featured Expert, Boards and Governance|

Alan Sauber Talks with Ellen Wolf About the Role of Metrics in Ethics, Compliance and Culture. Wolf  has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Premier, Inc. since October 2013.  More below. Propelled by competition, businesses today are constantly measuring their value. This is largely assessed from the perspective of the shareholder, ...

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