Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and What Directors Think-A Sneak Peak

August 2021

Director optimism continued to slide in August and into the early days of September due to a growing list of concerns.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Aligning Pay, People and Planet

Executive Compensation and Sustainable Value Creation

In this paper, we analyze the implementation of ESG KPIs in the remuneration policies, look at which metrics are more popular and whether the companies prefer to implement ESG measures as part of short-term or long-term awards.

Executive Compensation

More About Pay than About Performance

Trends to Watch For During the 2021 Proxy Season

In this paper, we analyse changes to chief executive officer (CEO) pay considering the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as trends in remuneration components and performance measures.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Beyond the C-Suite

Trends in Director Skill Sets

Diligent Institute set out to measure whether these sentiments are translating into new director recruitment and appointments. In other words, are boards actually appointing directors from nontraditional professional backgrounds?

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Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and What Directors Think-A Sneak Peak

August 2021

Director optimism continued to slide in August and into the early days of September due to a growing list of concerns.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Aligning Pay, People and Planet

Executive Compensation and Sustainable Value Creation

In this paper, we analyze the implementation of ESG KPIs in the remuneration policies, look at which metrics are more popular and whether the companies prefer to implement ESG measures as part of short-term or long-term awards.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Cybersecurity

July 2021

July’s Director Confidence Index shows optimism on the decline for the third consecutive month amid board members due to concerns over inflation and the possibility of further COVID-related restrictions.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Beyond the C-Suite

Trends in Director Skill Sets

Diligent Institute set out to measure whether these sentiments are translating into new director recruitment and appointments. In other words, are boards actually appointing directors from nontraditional professional backgrounds?

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Minimum Corporate Tax Rates

June 2021

Our gauge of U.S. public company board member confidence is now just 3 percent above where it was last fall, before Covid-19 vaccines were released.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and the Talent Shortage

May 2021

U.S. public company board members’ optimism dropped at the end of Q2 amid fears that inflation will hamper growth in 2022.

Commentary

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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…

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

The Growing Influence of ESG in Executive Compensation

Key Findings from Aligning Pay, People, and Planet Our latest Diligent Institute report, Aligning Pay, Planet and People, focused on the incorporation of ESG metrics into executive compensation plans in…

Cyber Risk

Board Governance and Cyber Risk

Commentary by Edna Frimpong and Charalambos Argyrou The proliferation of technology and digitalization has resulted in cybersecurity and cyber risk becoming central to business continuity. There is the ever-increasing importance…

Executive Compensation

More About Pay than About Performance

Trends Transforming Executive Pay in Australia The Diligent Institute has made interesting research findings in our most recent report on CEO compensation trends in the ASX 300. This report…

Corporate Sentiment

Trends from the Corporate Sentiment Tracker: COVID-19 and Pandemic Recovery

The story of corporate sentiment over the last 18 months in the words of corporate leaders Commentary by Edna Frimpong and Andrew Duchon The Diligent Institute launched a first-of-its-kind product…

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[HR Daily AU] “HR stepping up as ‘keeper of the remuneration strategy'”

September 20, 2021 | 9:00 am

The “complex role” HR plays when setting board pay and putting forward remuneration proposals is coming into the spotlight, an expert says. Across the ASX 300, the average CEO total realised…

Corporate Board Member Boardroom Summit

September 24, 2021 | 9:00 am

Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, will present on research findings at two sessions at this annual summit: 9:10 – 9:30 am How Bullish are Directors?…

Singapore Institute of Directors Conference

September 9, 2021

Asia’s Renaissance – The New Era of Recovery and Reopening Hyper Digitisation: How can organisations optimise their digital transformation journeys in this hyper-connected world? Covid has accelerated digitalisation. The rapid…

[Center on Executive Compensation] “European Markets Lead on Linking Pay to ESG Metrics”

August 28, 2021

It is significantly more common for European companies to link incentives to performance against ESG metrics as compared to US companies. As mentioned in a recent article, approximately 33% of…

[Financial Director] “Mid-sized market at risk of missing out on funding due to lack of ESG strategy setting”

September 3, 2021

The number of companies in the EU with ESG KPIs in compensation packages has in fact jumped from 4 percent in 2008 to 34 percent in 2020, according to a…

[The Corner] “The Number Of European Companies Using ESG Criteria In Executive Compensation Has Increased Eightfold In The Last Decade”

September 9, 2021

The percentage of European companies linking executive compensation plans to ESG targets has increased more than eightfold in the last decade, from 4% in 2008 to 34% in 2020. This…

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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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