Board diversity, climate change, the opioid epidemic and gun violence will top the agenda in corporate boardrooms in 2019—with directors called upon to ensure that sophisticated policies are in place to address them.
The challenge isn’t just making it onto a board–it’s making a difference once you’re there. Once at the table, overcoming subconscious biases, assumptions and social and professional practices can hinder women directors.
Board chairs and CEOs have a particularly important role to play when it comes to driving change and educating other directors about why diversity matters.
Big issues dominated the boardrooms of America in 2018, with board composition, investor influence, ESG and #MeToo/culture management issues taking center stage.
With Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.’s recent announcement of a new voting policy with respect to U.S. companies with no female directors serving on their boards, the issue of board diversity remains front and center.