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Best Way to Navigate the Climate Disclosures Movement? Listen to the Institutional Investors Driving the Conversation.

Intense focus on the environmental prong of ESG is being driven by a constellation of private actors. Institutional investors, in particular, are making their voices heard through the 2022 proxy season by urging companies to demonstrate meaningful progress on climate and environmental sustainability. And in fact, many companies are already doing so in an effort to distinguish themselves in the...

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SEC is Poised to Clear the Air on ESG Reporting. That Means Your Company Has Less Than Six Months to Prepare.

Standardized rule-making on climate disclosures has lagged in the U.S. But no more. Observers like Karen Alonardo of NAVEX Global expect the SEC’s proposed rule to be adopted later this year. Alonardo shares insight into the proposal here, highlighting what companies must do to prepare for heightened disclosure requirements. For years, investors have sought information related to environmental emissions and...

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In an Era of Heightened Transparency, Boards Must Bolster Compliance

Stakeholder capitalism in the ESG era may drive heightened expectations as well as regulations for reporting, transparency and accountability — plus greater pain for those who fail to achieve needed levels of compliance. BDO’s Amy Rojik suggests boards should take a proactive approach to ESG and similar stakeholder capitalism, ensuring sufficient resources, appropriate controls and focused communications. The Rise of...

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Are You a Prepared Acquirer?

Boards of directors and company leadership tend to go about acquisitions in one of two ways. Some are presented with opportunities and react accordingly. Others determine what they want and go out and get it. The former strategy, argue the authors in this excerpt of The Synergy Solution, has set many the acquirer up for a fall.  Successful M&A begins...

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Green Incentives Can Kickstart the Decarbonization of Your Supply Chain

Forward-looking companies aren't waiting for taxes and regulations to balance the greenhouse gas emissions of their supply chains. They're taking advantage of decarbonization incentives. These carrots can lessen the balance sheet impact involved with making operations more efficient and less reliant on carbon. As customers, investors and regulators continue to pay close attention to corporate measures taken to combat climate...

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The Modern UK General Counsel Walks a Tightrope Between Legal and Value Creation

While global events and domestic regulation shifts continue to cause legal disruptions, UK GCs are also being asked to do more with less. Transactions are expected to move faster than ever, and C-suites increasingly require legal departments to demonstrate a more holistic business case for their operations.  With 93% of General Counsel (GC) now joining their company’s executive management teams,...

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This Initiative Is Looking to Foster Board Gender Inclusivity in Sri Lanka Corporations

Around the world – and especially in APAC – robust correlations have emerged between business performance and board gender diversity. A new initiative is taking steps to increase gender inclusivity in Sri Lanka, a country where board diversity has been slow to increase.  It is becoming widely recognized that board diversity positively correlates with company performance. With varied perspectives and...

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How ESG Alignment Can Spur Employee Retention and Attract Future Talent

ESG alignment won't just impact a company's brand and investor interest. Data increasingly suggests that emerging professional talent gravitates towards businesses that are run ethically and sustainably. In other words, an employer's commitment to ESG issues can make or break their employee retention.  Naturally, you want to attract the best and brightest talent to your organization. So when you’re developing...

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If Your Suit Is Stuck, These Best Practices Can Ensure a Strong Partnership with Litigation Counsel

Litigation can bring any company's legal and compliance functions grinding to a halt. The answer is to bring in external counsel. Still, impasses can crop up, and legal can be tapped strategically (such as during discovery). 'Fixer' and experienced litigator Kelly Purcaro offers the following tips to streamline this challenging process. The last thing any executive or business leader wants...

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