BlackRock offices in San Francisco

27 January, 2021

Annual BlackRock CEO letter focuses on climate and diversity

Companies wait expectantly for the annual CEO letter from Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund manager.
Stock market listings

26 January, 2021

Why Covid-19 is driving action on climate, biodiversity and social justice

Following an incredibly challenging year for the world in 2020, many people were looking forward to 2021 and putting the vicissitudes of the Covid-19 pandemic behind them. But with many countries begi...
CEO facing performance-related pay target

8 January, 2021

CEO pay incentives reflect board priorities—and its still shareholder returns

Board Agenda readers will have noticed the growing criticism in recent times of the doctrine of shareholder primacy, and the promotion of alternative philosophies based on concepts such as "p...
2020 in review stamp

23 December, 2020

Top stories of 2020: climate, coronavirus and stakeholder capitalism

This year has been one of the most disruptive, enraging, fear-inducing and thought-provoking years on record. The UK entered 2020 with a new government focused on implementing Brexit, yet by the sprin...
Ladder leading to target

3 December, 2020

Corporate purpose: elevating performance from board to brands

The role of the corporation in society is under review. The paradigm that corporations are run solely in the interests of shareholders, which has defined a generation of management practice, is being ...
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

9 November, 2020

Biden presidency set to bring corporate governance shift

While all eyes are fixed on whether Donald Trump will leave the White House, others have moved their attention to likely policy decisions under a Biden presidency—and corporate governance is one of ...
US flag flying on Wall Street

28 October, 2020

Governance experts call for US Stakeholder Capitalism Act

The US debate over the future of capitalism continues to flare with a proposal for new legislation that would shift companies away from “shareholder primacy” and into the realm of “stakeholder g...
Ladder leading to target

16 September, 2020

Four principles to keep your business’s social purpose goals on track

The role of a business’s social purpose came to the fore in April last year. One of the largest business groups in the US—the Business Roundtable—called for companies to
Committee members sitting around a table

4 September, 2020

Companies ‘need new mechanism’ to integrate stakeholder interests

Much has been written about how the pandemic compelled businesses to adopt more of a “stakeholder” approach to governance, thus elevating the interests of staff, customers and suppliers over those...
Kamala Harris, running mate of Joe Biden

17 August, 2020

What would a Biden–Harris victory mean for US corporate governance?

Ahead of official confirmation at the Democrat’s National Convention this week, we now know that the candidates chosen to run against Donald Trump are Joe Biden and his freshly appointed running mat...