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Navigating the Risks of Corporate Political Spending

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A model code of conduct may help companies stay safe.
 
Today, companies face serious challenges navigating the heightened risks posed by political spending. Policies alone won’t suffice. What companies need is a broad framework to guide them in deciding how to handle political spending and in evaluating and managing the accompanying risks of this spending. 
 

Bruce Freed is president of the Center for Political for Political Accountability. 

To Give or Not to Give?

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The board should evaluate whether it’s appropriate to engage in political spending.
 

Doug Raymond is a partner at the law firm of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (www.faegredrinker.com).  He can be reached at Douglas.Raymond@faegredrinker.com.

Can DEI Initiatives Bring Litigation Risks?

Companies’ diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts are front page news.  Institutional investors are vocal about the importance of diversity in a company’s workforce, particularly on its management team, as well as on the board of directors. Human capital management practices were the focus of recent disclosure requirements issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2020 (which the SEC has indicated may be enhanced in the near future). And some companies are beginning to tie executive incentive compensation to DEI or other human capital metrics.

Robin Melman is a partner at Baker Botts LLP.

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Going Beyond the Surface: The Strategic Human Capital Management Opportunity for Boards

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Three questions to deepen the conversation around HCM.
 

Blair Jones managing director at Semler Brossy.

Top 5 Compensation Committee Priorities for 2022

In the second half of 2021, the market for talent at almost all levels of the organization was red hot, with increased levels of turnover and challenges in attracting new staff. Companies across most industries have been faced with significant employee retention challenges, putting upward pressure on compensation levels. Another new factor in 2021 was the reemergence of inflation as an economic concern, with annualized rates of inflation of 6.2% in October and 6.8% in December. If this level of inflation continues into 2022, companies may be under additional pressure to increase pay.