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September/October 2021 — Vol. XLII      No. 250

WHAT HAS CHANGED IN YOUR BOARDROOM? by Adarsh Mantravadi
A year and a half of COVID crisis is only one of the forces that has reshaped governance.

Eighteen months after the COVID pandemic first turned much of our world upside down, companies and their boards are still working their way through changes. Along with the new technology and board challenges, you are also wrestling with massive new strategic, ESG and diversity demands. How is all this turmoil shifting the way your board meets, and how it governs? Can you change for the better?

UNDERSTANDING THE RANSOMWARE THREAT by David Kennedy and Tyler Hudak
Defending company data from attack is just the first challenge. What if you must also pay up to hackers?

When massive ransomware attacks such as that at Colonial Pipeline cripple whole segments of the economy, directors get the message that this is a boardroom concern. While your board needs to assure itself on data threat defenses and information security, a more existential governance issue also arises. Could fiduciary duty compel us to pay a digital ransom?

FIVE BOARD QUESTIONS ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER by Roger M. Kenny, Angela Brock-Kyle and William J. Holstein
Corporate boards are in a unique position to turn rhetoric on race into results.

The past year has seen much discussion and soul searching on the way business has left Black Americans behind. But what about results? The authors take a deep dive into the ways our traditional corporate structures and assumptions have shut out generations of Black talent, and how boards can now drive change.

TRENDS IN ESG AND SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM by Kai H.E. Liekefett, Holly J. Gregory and Leonard Wood
ESG reporting and disclosure are the next activist battlegrounds.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have exploded as governance and operational concerns for companies. However, ESG is moving beyond even these broad confines. The depth, structures and regulation of ESG disclosure, and how these are related to your shareholder base, may become your next boardroom challenge.

BOARDS AND THEIR STAKEHOLDERS by William Sisson
Learn who your key stakeholders are, and what they really want.

The idea that today corporate boards need to consider the company’s stakeholders in their governance is now well accepted. The bigger question is: How should boards actually do this - earn who their key stakeholders are, their concerns, and how to properly incorporate this knowledge into company strategy?

IN REVIEW  Index to actions, regulations and surveys.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN  Excerpts of articles and speeches.

DIRECTORS' REGISTER  Recent board elections.

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