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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Returning to the Office

April 2021

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

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Risk Management

March 2021

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.

Commentary

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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…

Board Practices

Is it time to rethink the talent in the boardroom?

Trends in Director Talent and Board Diversity In our recent paper focused on the skill sets of new non-executive director (NED) appointees, the data suggested that there is…

Executive Compensation

How Should Companies Handle Changes To Executive Compensation After the Pandemic?

This article is part of the Salzburg Questions for Corporate Governance series by the Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum. Fifteen months into the…

Corporate Sentiment

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…

News & Events

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[Diligent] “Diligent Launches Corporate Sentiment Tracker to Gauge Leadership Views on Issues Topping the Corporate Agenda”

June 16, 2021

NEW YORK, NY – June 16, 2021 – Diligent Corporation, the global leader in SaaS governance, risk and compliance, today announced the launch of its Corporate Sentiment Tracker. The AI-powered tracker…

[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,…

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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