Despite efforts to trim their bulk, the battle against the ever-increasing length of annual reports has been lost. Meanwhile, companies have also failed to take the opportunities offered by using digital formats, writes Kevin Reed.
Boards are beginning to acknowledge that sustainability is no longer a siloed concept, but a crucial strategy that lies at the heart of responsible, profitable business, with long-term rewards for both stakeholders and society.
All parties in the shareholder communication chain need to prepare for the enhanced requirements of the new Shareholder Rights Directive—and try to influence its local implementation to encourage a harmonised approach. Broadridge’s Demi Derem and Elizabeth Maiellano highlight the key changes and challenges.
To enhance the benefits of diversity for corporate social performance, efforts should be directed at holding boards more accountable to diverse stakeholders and improving the status of women, says Kris Byron
The 2017 Good Governance Report paints a positive picture of the quality of boardroom decisions in our largest organisations, but the focus must now turn to ensuring that the writ of the board is driven down through the organisation.