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Prioritizing board agendas for 2020 will require a balance of near-term focus, agility and long-term thinking. Based on our work with directors and business leaders, we’ve identified key issues for boards to consider as they refine their agendas to respond to the risks and opportunities in the year ahead. Below we highlight three areas for board focus.
Rising stakeholder expectations surrounding environmental, social and governance issues (ESG) are spilling into a growing corporate awareness of the need to address them. Though some companies have begun to demonstrate progress and commit to commendable goals on the issues — and make strides in integrating oversight at the board level — ESG has yet to become commonplace in executive compensation programs, seemingly the final step of solidifying corporate responsibility over the issues.
Sustainable human capital is relevant for all companies in driving performance, regardless of their opinion on societal good.
That statement came from a corporate governance expert I respect very much. But I question the premise.