Year in Review

2020: A Year in Review

The second full year of the Diligent Institute was marked by challenges and change for the corporate world and society as a whole.

Economy

Director Optimism Falls in May on Mounting Inflation Concerns

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

Economy

Director Optimism Stalls in April

U.S. public company board members’ optimism heading into the spring is increasingly tempered by worries over new taxes and regulations.

Text: Corporate Directors' Optimism Stalls in April

Director Perspectives

What Directors Think 2021

2021 Edition of Corporate Board Member's Annual Survey

Every fall, Corporate Board Member surveys public company board members on the topics that are top of the agenda in the boardroom for the year to come. For this 18th edition of the research, Diligent Institute partnered with Corporate Board Member and asked 400 directors about the challenges and opportunities they see for 2021.

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Economy

Director Optimism Falls in May on Mounting Inflation Concerns

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

Year in Review

2020: A Year in Review

The second full year of the Diligent Institute was marked by challenges and change for the corporate world and society as a whole.

Text: Corporate Directors' Optimism Stalls in April

Economy

Director Optimism Stalls in April

U.S. public company board members’ optimism heading into the spring is increasingly tempered by worries over new taxes and regulations.

Economy

U.S. Corporate Directors’ Optimism Jumps In March

U.S. public company board members are increasingly confident about the future for business, betting on low interest rates and the unleashing of consumer demand following a successful vaccine rollout.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

Progress in a Tumultuous Year

The number of women serving on listed company boards has been slowly but steadily increasing over the last decade, yet more progress is needed to ensure women are fully included in board leadership. Diligent Institute provides the updated numbers for 2021 in this report.

Economy

Boardroom Confidence In Economy Surges In February

Vaccines, consumer behavior and pent-up demand fuel optimism in America’s boardrooms.

Commentary

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Introducing the Corporate Sentiment Tracker

Overview The Corporate Sentiment Tracker™ is based on data derived from Manzama’s Insights™ platform.    Insights is a patent-pending system that uses machine learning to classify corporate news into…

Director Perspectives

Key Concerns for Directors in 2021: Recovery from COVID-19 Is Top Priority

The following blog post was originally published on Corporate Compliance Insights 2020 was tumultuous to say the least. But between the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, numerous ESG issues and…

Digital Transformation

Good Governance: Is virtual board work here to stay?

The following blog post was originally published on CU Management. A return to ‘normal’ is less likely than a shift to a ‘new normal’ involving a hybrid approach. By…

Director Perspectives

The Role of A Director When A Temporary Crisis Becomes Permanent

The following blog post was originally published on Corporate Compliance Insights  Dottie Schindlinger and Kira Ciccarelli from the Diligent Institute detail how the lingering effects of the pandemic are…

Director Perspectives

How Has COVID-19 Changed the Relationship Between Boards and Management?

The following blog post was originally published in Corporate Compliance Insights  As the pandemic continues to take its toll on the economy and on the wider world, corporations have…

Board Practices

What Can Boards Do to Create Structure and Process Around Innovation?

This article is part of the series, the Salzburg Questions for Corporate Governance by the Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum. Among the line-up of…

News & Events

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[Inside America’s Boardrooms] “Recent Trends in the Director Confidence Index”

June 2, 2021

In this episode, Melanie Nolen, Research Editor at Corporate Board Member, provides context for the Director Confidence Index and comments on the significant takeaways for this month: What factors cause director…

[Bloomberg Media] “The value of corporate governance in a more sustainable world”

April 21, 2021

This part of the Decade of Transition series focuses on the “G” of ESG investment—how governance is increasingly influenced by investors engaging with companies about their impact on the world.

[Financial Times] “IMF chief Goergieva on a mission to make green accounting mainstream”

January 29, 2021

Good morning from New York. If you are anything like me, it has been hear to tear your eyes away from the “meme stonks” story all week. Read the…

[Oregon Live] “Companies unlikely to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for employees, Walmart CEO says”

January 26, 2021

Companies are unlikely to mandate their employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine to come to work, said Business Roundtable Chairman and Walmart Inc. CEO Doug McMillon.

[Lincoln Journal Star] “Some companies with Lincoln locations plan to pay employees to get COVID-19 vaccine”

February 7, 2021

A number of large companies with operations in Lincoln are planning to pay employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to them. Aldi, Dollar General,…

[Corporate Board Member] “ESG Considerations Top Of Mind Across Boardrooms”

February 10, 2021

The list of issues in directors’ purview seems to grow longer year after year. While financial performance continues to top it as most important—to directors, leadership and shareholders alike—Corporate Board…

Who We Are

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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