Governance

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Fostering Risk Transparency in the Organization

Serious risks to your company’s financial and reputational health probably aren’t going to walk up and introduce themselves. Protiviti’s Jim DeLoach offers tips on digging to reveal these potential pitfalls. Risk transparency is vital to every company. When Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors in 2014, she had no idea her first order of business would be to preside...

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PwC 2022 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

How are public company boards of directors adapting to movements like ESG and board diversity? Exploring the Changing Governance Landscape PwC 2022 Annual Corporate Directors Survey What’s in this whitepaper from PwC:Expectations from both consumers and shareholders are rising, and as PwC’s annual survey shows, board oversight and practices are shifting in response. Here are a few key findings for...

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Understanding Board’s Expanding ESG Obligations (Hint: It’s Not Just About the Environment)

Among public company directors' many obligations is mitigating ESG-related risks to the company, but as ESG columnist John Peiserich points out, in many organizations that means thinking about the environmental implications and not much else.  Former SEC Commissioner Allison Herren Lee gave an incredibly insightful keynote address at the 2021 Society for Corporate Governance National Conference and spoke to the...

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Consumers and Federal Regulators Continue Fight Against Greenwashing

The SEC is expected to publish its final rules regarding ESG disclosures later this year, and in the meantime, both the agency and consumers have been busy making noise about companies’ environmental records. Experts say that without a sober evaluation of claims, you could be risking your very reputation. Edited 10/06/22 “Seafood With Standards.” “Traceable. Sustainable. Responsible.” “These are more...

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ESG Data Is Becoming the Coin of the Corporate Realm

As we await the SEC’s final decision on climate disclosures, companies will continue to gather and report data related to environment, social and governance programs. ESG columnist John Peiserich explores the main drivers of pre-regulatory ESG reporting. ESG data collecting and reporting is among the fastest changing, most highly watched and most complicated corporate obligations today. Interestingly, in the United...

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You’ve Brought a Diverse Team to the Table. Now What?

Companies large and small are expected to deepen their focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs over the next several years. But as Janet M. Stovall and Evynn McFalls of NeuroLeadership Institute explain, going beyond lip service means committing to constant improvement efforts. Several months after a splashy public announcement about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, a company promoted...

The 1-Day CFO: A Lesson in the Danger of Shoddy Due Diligence at the Executive Level

The 1-Day CFO: A Lesson in the Danger of Shoddy Due Diligence at the Executive Level

As Moderna’s CFO-for-a-day gaffe illustrates, effective due diligence is equivalent to regular preventive care, something you’d think a pharma giant might understand. But as due diligence and risk management expert Candice Tal discusses, some companies are still unaware of the danger inherent in not digging deep enough, especially when it comes to high-profile positions. The day after Jorge Gomez joined...

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Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: Antitrust Law Updates and Their Reporting Obligations

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) governs the timing of mergers, acquisitions and other transactions — and failure to comply can carry significant penalties. But firms and advisers should be aware of a raft of recent changes, which Nelson Mullins partner Carrie Hanger and her co-authors explore. The HSR Act governs the time for all closings for...

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Executive Digital Hygiene: The Threat Is Coming From Inside the C-Suite

 “Alexa, how many execs and board members of U.S. companies have unsecured home networks and open ports on public IP addresses?” The answer is: way too many. Experts warn that the modern attack surface has expanded, and board members’ homes are now the soft underbelly of enterprise security. Ignorance or negligence relating to securing today’s connected homes is creating substantial...

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