Research from Corporate Board Member

What Directors Think: Facing New And Evolving Risks

The expanding role of directors. Boards have been tackling an unprecedented range of issues in recent years, and Corporate Board Member’s annual “What Directors Think” survey of 400 public co. directors reveals the issues most prominent in the boardroom for the year to come.

Moving from Resilience to Addressing External Risks Head-On

A recent survey of more than 225 public company board members highlights the latest board practices on workforce-related risk oversight—and opportunities for improvement.

Four Opportunities For Enhancing ESG Oversight

The journey to integrate ESG into strategy and risk management can be challenging, and markets are still in the process of defining how to effectively measure and report ESG performance. In a survey conducted by CBM and the EY Center for Board Matters, nearly 400 directors shared their journey and perspectives. This report presents the findings and 4 areas of opportunity for enhancing ESG oversight.

Expanding Oversight Of Human Capital Risks

Whether and how to address public issues has long been a thorny dilemma for boards, with taking a stance on matters of controversy viewed as likely to alienate stakeholders as to mollify them or, better yet, unite them around a common purpose. It claimed an even larger spotlight over the past year, after incidents of racial inequity sparked public protests. Several directors participating in a roundtable recounted grappling with the need to weigh in on social injustice as employees and other stakeholders clamored for a response.

Unleashing Your Human Capital Potential

There’s nothing quite like a crisis for stress-testing carefully laid plans—and 2020 certainly tested financial institutions’ talent strategies. This paper provides an in-depth look at the human capital challenges facing banks today and the best ways to build and sustain a robust pipeline.

The Accidental Customer: Becoming Consumer-Centric to Win in the Digital Age

Digital is the path of the future, and companies that are lagging in their digital transformation roadmap are finding themselves in a vulnerable place. This paper provides insights from the boardroom from nearly 200 public company directors about how their boards are envisioning the future, how their companies are surmounting the roadblocks of 2020, and how their leadership teams are pivoting their strategy to adapt to the new digital environment.

What Directors Think: Navigating A Pivotal Year

Every fall, Corporate Board Member surveys public company board members on the topics that loom large on their agendas in the year to come. This year, we partnered with Diligent Institute to ask 400 directors about the challenges and opportunities they see on the horizon. On the list of issues to tackle: growth, transformation, inclusion, sustainability and culture, along a renewed focus on business continuity and the need for innovation. A look at what’s top of mind as we kick off 2021.

Effects of Covid-19 on Shareholder Activist and M&A

Opportunistic stake-building and takeovers are not a strange occurrence in market downturns; yet activist activity abated in the first half of 2020, at a time when stock market valuation of public companies declined by significant margins. The market also unveiled significant opportunities for companies to further strengthen their portfolios or gain market share through M&A, but very few market participants have taken advantage of low valuations.

Digital Evolution

Everyone knows the future is digital. So why are directors and management’s views on the issue still misaligned? Hear from more than 200+ public company directors and gain insights on how boards and management can work together to further progress on the path of digital transformation.

Winning the Talent War

Today, a company's intangible assets, which include human capital and culture, account for a significant portion of market value. For that reason, more and more stakeholders now seek to understand how companies are integrating such considerations into their overarching strategy to create long-term value. Here’s how boards across the U.S. are overseeing their companies’ talent readiness to meet shareholder expectations.

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Building the Boardroom of Tomorrow

Board governance isn't only what happens during meetings. To compete and thrive the board of directors must expand their roles beyond traditional governance. Improve collaboration, governance and decision-making in the boardroom with these tips. Download the full eBook for more information.

Onboarding New Directors: Beyond the Board Manual

Our latest white paper, Onboarding New Directors: Beyond the Board Manual, explores ways to design an onboarding plan that is both informative and motivating. Learn how to start your new board members off on the right foot, and help directors be productive at their very first meeting.

Engineering Higher EQ and Better Dynamics in the Boardroom

Our latest white paper, Engineering Higher EQ and Better Dynamics in the Boardroom, covers some practical ways to improve interaction, engagement, and candor in the boardroom. Learn how employing these best practices can lead to innovative thinking and more informed and accelerated decision-making.

Digitizing the Board for Efficiency

Our latest white paper, Digitizing the Board for Efficiency, covers the keys to operating a paperless boardroom. Learn how digitizing your boardroom can make it easier for directors to communicate, make decisions and optimize corporate governance processes.

The Art of Recording Board Meeting Minutes

Our latest white paper, The Art of Recording Board Meeting Minutes, explores the secrets behind taking great notes at board meetings, including how to leverage technology to draft, distribute, and approve meeting minutes. Learn how to master the art of recording minutes so your board can reach new levels of communication, collaboration and productivity.