Illustration of a computer processing chip

29 April, 2021

Why businesses should optimise supply chains for resilience, not just cost

New Year 2021 brought unwelcome news for the world’s automotive industry: a global shortage of semiconductor chips, which these days are essential components in modern vehicles. The cause? Manufactu...
ESG strategy icons over green cityscape

26 April, 2021

The ‘G’ in ESG: what needs to be reported on governance

In 2021 the European Commission will present two intertwined legislative proposals aiming to foster integration of sustainability in corporate strategies. The first one, the
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26 April, 2021

Why boards should address value preservation at a strategic level

In theory most rational board members intuitively understand that the delivery of sustainable enterprise value over the long-term requires a healthy focus on both value creation and value preservation...
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12 April, 2021

Academics issue ‘call for reflection’ on EU corporate governance reforms

Dozens of academics from across Europe and and the US have called on the EU to pause for thought before pushing ahead with reforms to corporate governance aimed at improving sustainability. Dubbing...
CSO with green tie and leaf in his top pocket

17 March, 2021

Linking pay to ESG targets ‘could have unintended consequences’

The inclusion of ESG targets into executive pay may be happening at high speed but it comes with a warning: it may prove "no panacea" and produce “unintended consequences”. A new study from Lon...
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9 March, 2021

Business leaders issue warning on governance rules and sustainability

This week a fightback began in support of European Commission effort’s to redraw corporate governance so it promotes sustainability. In an
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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...
CSO with green tie and leaf in his top pocket

9 February, 2021

Norges Bank rejects idea of standards for board sustainability skills

Sustainability is a key issue for boards but should it require specific boardroom skills? Not necessarily, according to one of the world’s biggest investors. Norges Bank, Norway’s sovereign wea...
Green skyscrapers against a blue sky

4 February, 2021

How boards can steer companies to ‘build back better’

When the history of the Covid-19 pandemic is written, it will no doubt note how, in one fell swoop, the bug accomplished something humanity had long struggled to do:
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.