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How boards of directors can mitigate 3 pressing risks entering 2022

What boards of directors can do to mitigate risks involving cybersecurity, talent recruitment and retention, and compliance as the calendar flips to 2022.

Risks to businesses are evolving so fluidly that the list is never finite. But a snapshot of the risk landscape, especially at the start of a new year, can at least help boards of directors remain vigilant and organized in their oversight.


John Brackett is the national risk consulting leader at RSM US LLP

RSM US Middle Market Business Index

A new Middle Market Business Index special report from RSM US LLP states that the growing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues has reached an inflection point in the middle market, even in the face of the dramatic economic fluctuations of the last year and a half. Stakeholders’ increased focus on ESG will continue to present immense business opportunities for organizations that position themselves to adapt to these shifting priorities. 
 

A Timeline of Corporate Governance From the FCPA to ESG

To celebrate our 45th anniversary, we’ve updated our Timeline of Corporate Governance, which has appeared throughout the years in our pages. Directors & Boards was founded during the creation and passage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which we believe to be the legislation that began the modern era of corporate governance responsibilities. We’ve continued to advocate for excellence in corporate governance through Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and the vigorous focus on ESG and DEI.

Directors to Watch 2021: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Boardroom

 
Ethnic and Racial Board Composition Shows Slow Growth
Companies that don’t accelerate the process will suffer.  
 
A counterintuitive finding from a new study published in October shows efforts to address racial and ethnic diversity continue to lag similar moves to create greater gender representation.
 

Scott Chase has been on the staff of Directors & Boards for 15 years and authors the annual “Directors to Watch” two-part series on gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the boardroom.

 

 

The Impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act on Corporate Boards

“Tone at the top” now includes ensuring business dealings are ethical and bribe-free. 
 
The impact of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) on corporations and their boards of directors has been enormous and wide-ranging, and not just on corporations based in the United States. Companies all over the world have modified their business practices to avoid violating the FCPA and becoming ensnared in legal enforcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Department of Justice (DOJ). 
 

Michael Marquardt is an international governance advisor and board director. He can be reached at MarquardtGlobal.com.

Book Review: The Board Member’s Guide to Risk

The Board Member’s Guide to Risk is a “must-read” for board members of all levels of experience, on boards of all types. Written by David R. Koenig, president and CEO of The DCRO Risk Governance Institute, it can serve as a valuable roadmap for boards to take a fresh look at how they oversee risk management.