If corporations are sociopaths, what do we do about it?
January 15 | ESG News and Views Podcast | Comments (0)
The second of two interviews with former NY law partner Jamie Gamble, who has written that corporations “are legally obligated to act like sociopaths” -- that is, in the narrow economic interest of stockholders. In this interview Jamie discusses his proposed changes to the law to make it easier for corporations to act in the best interests of society at large.
Are Corporations Sociopaths? A Conversation with Jamie Gamble
January 08 | ESG News and Views Podcast | Comments (0)
The first of two provocative interviews with former NY law partner Jamie Gamble on his essay, “The Most Important Problem in the World,” which links major global challenges to corporations who “are legally obligated to act like sociopaths.” This interview addresses whether corporations are obligated to act as sociopaths. The second focuses on Jamie’s changes to make it easier for corporations to act in the best interest of society.
Global Consumer Confidence: Despite Rising Anxieties, Consumers Remain Steadfast (Q3 2019)
October 07 | Indications Podcast | Comments (0)
The discrepancy between how CEOs view economic prospects (gradually worse) and how consumers continue to feel economically (positive overall) has never been bigger. Which markets have gained and lost confidence the most since the previous quarter? What consumer concern has grown the most? What can we expect for the road ahead? Find out in this conversation featuring The Conference Board’s Chief Economist, Bart van Ark, and Denise Dahlhoff, Senior Researcher focused on consumer topics.
Western Union Foundation: Opportunity Beyond Borders
September 24 | ESG News and Views Podcast | Comments (0)
Elizabeth Roscoe, Global Head, Corporate Brand & Purpose and Executive Director, Western Union Foundation, discusses the foundation’s new goal to invest $15 million within three years, with a focus on empowering displaced and marginalized youth to succeed in today’s technology driven global economy.
Balancing Act: Digital Progress and Responsibility
April 23 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
With government regulation lagging, technological outcomes depend on how businesses develop and apply them. It’s important that companies fill that gap by complementing their digital transformation journey with a governance arrangement that drives ethics and builds trust.
Materiality Assessment: Crucial in Developing a Sustainable Strategy
March 22 | Minji Xie, Research Analyst, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
Companies conduct materiality assessment to identify, refine and assess potential environmental, social and governance issues which are sufficiently important that they should inform corporate sustainability strategy and reporting. The Conference Board surveyed 50 senior sustainability executives to examine the current trends of materiality practices.
Corporate action on climate and waste: glass half-full or empty?
February 27 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Key trends related to the corporate disclosure of environmental and social practices—encompassing, among others, atmospheric emissions, water consumption, biodiversity policies, labor standards, human rights practices, and charitable and political contributions.
Sustainability Reporting Across Asia: Trends and Challenges
February 01 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
The Conference Board recently released its annual study on the state of corporate sustainability disclosure around the world. The research assesses environmental and social disclosure practices of the 250 largest publicly traded companies domiciled in each of the 10 largest economies (by GDP at purchasing power parity) in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. As we look to Asia, what are key trends in reporting practices across the region? Where do we see the biggest challenges ahead?
Large U.S. companies are among the most active in sustainability reporting
January 23 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Research on corporate sustainability reporting finds that large U.S. companies, even in the absence of domestic nonfinancial reporting requirements, are more transparent than their peers in much of the world. Sustainability disclosure by U.S. companies is largely driven by pressure from stakeholders.