US flag flying on Wall Street

5 May, 2021

US boards ‘should develop transparent policies on political issues’

US politics and business have a long history together. But boards are now under pressure to revise their policies for donating to politicians. Leading investor adviser Nell Minow, vice chair of ValueE...
SEC seal

9 April, 2021

Controversy as US moves towards mandatory ESG disclosures

The US is set to enter a full blown debate over environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures. Last month the Securities and Exchange Commission’s acting chair Allison Herren Lee signalled ...
American Airlines plane with logo

23 February, 2021

Adriane M. Brown joins the board of American Airlines

American Airlines has elected Adriane M. Brown to its board of directors. Brown will also serve on the company’s audit and corporat...
Local area map with location pin

12 January, 2021

Local CEOs ‘spend more on CSR in their communities’

There is much discussion of why some chief executives do corporate social responsibility (CSR) well and others poorly. New research suggests one big factor may be whether corporate leaders are operati...
CEOs standing on equal pay piles

25 November, 2020

Decrease in CEO pay variation blamed on ‘reciprocal benchmarking’

Attention around executive remuneration is usually focused on rocketing pay deals. Now researchers have unearthed a new phenomenon in the US: a dramatic fall in variation. Academics from the Nether...
Paper faces with different skin tones

23 November, 2020

New ISS benchmarks increase the pressure for diverse boards

Despite a lack of clear guidelines, Russell 3000 and S&P 1500 boards will need to demonstrate diversity or risk anti-management proxy votes. In the wake of a turbulent year where racial inequal...
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...
businesspeople having a tug of war

22 October, 2020

How hedge fund activists influence target firms

When the news broke in September 2016 that billionaire William A. Ackman had taken a 9.9% stake in Chipotle Mexican Grill, the stock of the burrito restaurant chain increased by nearly the same percen...
Jane Fraser, Citigroup

18 September, 2020

Profile: Jane Fraser, new Citigroup CEO, breaks the Wall Street barrier

The appointment of Jane Fraser as chief executive of Citigroup will see America’s fourth largest bank jump ahead of its rivals—at least in terms of board composition. Fraser is the first woman ...