Cyber Risk

Blockchain Digital Assets: Fad, Disruption or Strategic Driver?

BCDA Board Oversight, Risk and Strategic Integration

As BCDAs become more mainstream, both to business and to society as a whole, the Diligent Institute and the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange were interested in better understanding how directors were thinking about them as they pertain to their roles and responsibilities in the boardroom.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Recession Fears

July 2022

The latest reading from the Director Confidence Index shows director optimism rising for the first time in seven months, despite a growing number of directors worried about recession in the near term.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Modern Governance and ESG: Connecting Board Effectiveness and ESG Maturity

As pressure increases for companies to take action on ESG, the question remains: How well-aligned is the board to environmental and social goals?

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Sustainability in the Spotlight

Board ESG Oversight and Strategy

Diligent Institute partnered with Spencer Stuart to learn more about how corporate directors across the globe are structuring board oversight of ESG and integrating it into strategy.

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Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Recession Fears

July 2022

The latest reading from the Director Confidence Index shows director optimism rising for the first time in seven months, despite a growing number of directors worried about recession in the near term.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Modern Governance and ESG: Connecting Board Effectiveness and ESG Maturity

As pressure increases for companies to take action on ESG, the question remains: How well-aligned is the board to environmental and social goals?

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Employee Welfare

June 2022

The latest reading from the Director Confidence Index shows director optimism now down 19 percent since January.

Cyber Risk

Blockchain Digital Assets: Fad, Disruption or Strategic Driver?

BCDA Board Oversight, Risk and Strategic Integration

As BCDAs become more mainstream, both to business and to society as a whole, the Diligent Institute and the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange were interested in better understanding how directors were thinking about them as they pertain to their roles and responsibilities in the boardroom.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Cyber Risk

May 2022

Directors continue to downgrade their rating of future business conditions this month after a nosedive in April.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook, Compliance

April 2022

Boardroom optimism continued to falter for the 12th month in a row according to our April Director Confidence Index, conducted in partnership between Corporate Board Member and the Diligent Institute. There’s little sign of a rebound.

Commentary

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Review of the SEC’s Proposal of “Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures”

Contributions from Timothy Tennant, Silvia Ciacchi, Caitlin Walker, and Frederic Barge On March 21, 2022, the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) issued a formal proposal to…

Board Practices

What Does it Take to be a Modern Board?

On April 19th, FORTUNE published the first-ever Modern Board 25 ranking, which recognizes the most innovative boards of directors among S&P 500 companies. The ranking is powered by…

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A Few More Good Women? Slow Progress on Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

In Diligent Institute’s recent paper titled A Few Good Women: Gender and Leadership in the Boardroom, we set out to learn whether levels of female representation on boards and…

Executive Compensation

Executive compensation and Non-financial Performance Indicators; key insights from recent analysis

Contributions from Joost Witteman (j.witteman@seo.nl), Frederic Barge (frederic.barge@rewardvalue.org), Kira Ciccarelli (kciccarelli@diligent.com), and Edna Frimpong (efrimpong@diligent.com) Executive compensation plans are meant to incentivize executives to increase performance on selected KPIs. Such…

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…

News & Events

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Diligent Institute – Now Hiring!

September 1, 2022

Programs Associate Position Overview Reporting to the Director of Programs, Diligent Institute, the Programs Associate is responsible for ensuring an outstanding customer experience from onboarding to graduation and renewal for…

[FORTUNE] “How boards are preparing for the rise of crypto”

September 1, 2022

As blockchain digital assets become more common, directors believe they will influence roles and responsibilities in the boardroom. The once-niche market for blockchain digital assets (BCDAs), such as cryptocurrencies, stable…

The Activist Investing Half-Year Review 2022

July 20, 2022 | 12:00 am

Insightia presents The Activist Investing Half-Year Review 2022, in association with Olshan Frome Wolosky. Within, we reflect on the news and trends shaping corporate governance and stewardship during the first…

[Financial News] “Boards rush to fill crypto knowledge gap despite crash: ‘Ignore at your peril’”

June 23, 2022 | 11:46 am

More than half of boards enlist consultants to help on crypto The long-awaited crypto winter may be in full swing, but boardrooms are in back-to-school mode when it comes…

[Fintech.ca] “Getting On Board With Bitcoin – 95% of Boards Want To Know More About Cryptocurrency”

According to Vancouver GRC SaaS company Diligent, ninety-five per cent of boards are actively seeking knowledge on the benefits and risks of blockchain-based digital assets like cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens…

[Cision – PR Newswire] New Report from Spencer Stuart and Diligent Finds 71% of Boards Are Incorporating ESG Into Their Company Strategy, with 85% Taking Action to Increase Fluency on ESG

May 5, 2022 | 8:00 am

New Report from Spencer Stuart and Diligent Finds 71% of Boards Are Incorporating ESG Into Their Company Strategy, with 85% Taking Action to Increase Fluency on ESG Other findings include:…

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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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