Director Perspectives

What Directors Think 2022

Facing New and Evolving Risks

Every year, Corporate Board Member surveys U.S. public company board members to take their pulse on the issues that are most prominent in the boardroom for the year to come. Conducted in partnership with Diligent Institute, the 2022 edition of the “What Directors Think” survey, fielded September-October 2021, collected responses from 400 directors.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and 2022 Strategy Game-Changers

November/December 2021

Director Optimism Declines for 7th Consecutive Month to Lowest on Record

Executive Compensation

Executive Compensation in a COVID-19 Economy — Results, Trends and Expectations

A study on the S&P 500 and Russell 3000

While the U.S. is still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 economic recession proved to be sharp, and the rebound, at least in the short-term, robust. The rapidly changing business environment led many companies to pull back and announce executive compensation cuts.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

ESG Strategy, Leadership, and Integration in Irish Companies

ESG factors have gained traction and visibility over the years, not only among investors and stakeholders but also among governments and regulators, leading to increased pressure for companies to incorporate ESG policies and measures into various parts of their businesses.

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Director Perspectives

What Directors Think 2022

Facing New and Evolving Risks

Every year, Corporate Board Member surveys U.S. public company board members to take their pulse on the issues that are most prominent in the boardroom for the year to come. Conducted in partnership with Diligent Institute, the 2022 edition of the “What Directors Think” survey, fielded September-October 2021, collected responses from 400 directors.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and 2022 Strategy Game-Changers

November/December 2021

Director Optimism Declines for 7th Consecutive Month to Lowest on Record

Executive Compensation

Executive Compensation in a COVID-19 Economy — Results, Trends and Expectations

A study on the S&P 500 and Russell 3000

While the U.S. is still dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 economic recession proved to be sharp, and the rebound, at least in the short-term, robust. The rapidly changing business environment led many companies to pull back and announce executive compensation cuts.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

ESG Strategy, Leadership, and Integration in Irish Companies

ESG factors have gained traction and visibility over the years, not only among investors and stakeholders but also among governments and regulators, leading to increased pressure for companies to incorporate ESG policies and measures into various parts of their businesses.

Executive Compensation

2021 Corporate Governance and Executive Pay report

Investors’ call for ESG measures to support sound remuneration policies

This report analyses the data of Belux companies on the proxy season. It covers diversity data,

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and The Role of Internal Audit

October 2021

Director Confidence Falls to New Low in October

Commentary

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Executive Compensation

2021 Corporate Governance and Executive Pay report

Diligent Institute and PwC Belgium recently launched our fourth consecutive report focused on the corporate governance landscape of the Belgium and Luxembourg (Belux) region. The report focused on the…

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

ESG Strategy, Leadership, and Integration in Irish Companies: Are Irish companies charting the right path to sustainability?

Diligent Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Directors, Ireland (IoD) recently conducted a survey to better understand how Irish boards are integrating ESG into their company strategies. Though…

Global Boardroom Diversity: Trends and Updates from the Diligent Institute

The original article appeared in the Corporate Counsel Business Journal. Please read it here Over the last few years, companies have faced increasing pressure from shareholders, governments, regulators, employees,…

Shareholders activism

Investor Activism: What Lies Ahead

This year’s activists’ outlook has shed considerable light on where the investment landscape is headed. Activism is gaining traction and the backing of prominent institutional investors. We have seen…

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Lack of Asian Representation in Corporate Boardrooms

Over the course of the last two years, boardrooms have faced intense pressure to increase the diversity of their ranks. Much of the available data suggests that slow progress is…

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

TCFD Recommendations: Moving the World Towards Greener Investments?

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, conversations around meaningful ESG action have continued to intensify. Investors especially are paying closer attention to issues around climate change and how it is…

News & Events

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[REBA]”The latest insight on the gender pay gap and the progress being made to eradicate it?”

November 23, 2021

By February 2020 and December 2020 the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes had reached the gender diversity target for boards of 33% female membership, which was set by…

[Garvey Accountants & Business Advisors] “Covid pushes ESG up the agenda in Irish boardrooms”

November 18, 2021

A new survey shows that board level discussions of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are up 30% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey, from the Diligent…

[Think Business] “Pandemic pushes ESG up agenda in Irish boardrooms”

November 18, 2021

There has been a significant increase in the discussion of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters in Irish boardrooms since the onset of the pandemic. Discussions around ESG matters in…

[Irish Times] “Business slow on tying ESG performance to remuneration”

November 18, 2021

While environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are being taken more seriously by Irish business leaders, companies are still hesitant about tying ESG metrics to remuneration. A survey…

[RTE] “Covid pushes ESG up the agenda in Irish boardrooms”

November 18, 2021

A new survey shows that board level discussions of environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters are up 30% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey, from the Diligent…

[Corporate Secretary Magazine] “A slow burn: Shareholders warming to climate proposals”

November 1, 2021

Are corporate statements on the climate crisis translating into action? The Diligent Institute set out to gain a better understanding of how…

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Diligent Institute seeks to help corporate leaders be more effective by providing cutting-edge insights on corporate governance, by amplifying the voices of diverse corporate leaders, and by sharing broadly all that we are learning about modern governance practices.
Diligent Institute produces original research both on our own and in collaboration with partners, including institutions of higher education and thought leaders in the corporate governance space. We produce over a dozen reports each year, ranging from our monthly Director Confidence Index, which measures how corporate directors are feeling about the economy, to in-depth reviews of issues such as ESG (environment, social, governance) practices, to our AI-powered Corporate Sentiment Tracker that analyzes data from thousands of public sources to discern what’s on the minds of corporate leaders.  

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