US flag flying on Wall Street

13 September, 2021

Academic warns that ‘good’ corporations are bad for democracy

The argument over shifting from “shareholder” to “stakeholder” corporate governance has taken an unexpected turn. Until now, debate has focused on whether the big multi-national companies prof...
ESG strategy icons over green cityscape

1 September, 2021

US corporates ‘should do more’ to help environment and low-paid workers

Two years on from a declaration by the biggest US companies that they would switch to serving stakeholder interests, public opinion says large corporates should be doing more for the environment and f...
Jamie Dimon

25 August, 2021

Business Roundtable stakeholder statement ‘mostly for show’, says study

Since the Business Roundtable, a club for chief executives at some of the most high-profile companies in the US, announced in 2019 that it was
Greenwashing emissions from a chimney

16 August, 2021

Boards need to stop ESG greenwashing and recognise reputational threats

The profile of business-wide environmental, social, governance (ESG) and sustainability initiatives are being increasingly driven by stakeholder demands for action on climate change and global catastr...
Board members looking at corporate reports

9 March, 2021

Winning the case for sustainable corporate governance

How far it is sufficient for business sustainability to be built into company reporting, and whether this is also necessary in respect to board obligations, will reach a watershed moment in the forthc...
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 ...