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.

Board Practices

FORTUNE's Modern Board 25

A research collaboration between FORTUNE and the Diligent Institute

FORTUNE has collaborated with the Diligent Institute to create the The Modern Board 25, a list of the most innovative boards of directors among S&P 500 companies.

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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A Few Good Women: Gender and Leadership in the Boardroom

In the last decade, increasing gender diversity has been a prominent issue for boardrooms across the globe. As companies faced increasing pressure from regulators, investors and other stakeholders to appoint more female directors, slow progress has been made, to the point where some boardrooms in Europe are now nearing gender parity, on average.

Latest Research

View More

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.

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.

Board Practices

FORTUNE's Modern Board 25

A research collaboration between FORTUNE and the Diligent Institute

FORTUNE has collaborated with the Diligent Institute to create the The Modern Board 25, a list of the most innovative boards of directors among S&P 500 companies.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Invasion of Ukraine

March 2022

Director optimism in future business conditions hit its lowest level since September 2020 when we began polling directors for the Director Confidence Index, as concerns over politics, inflation and labor grow.

Year in Review

2021: A Year In Review

Rising to New Challenges

Diligent Institute charts a bold, new course of governance research & education for corporate leaders.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Inflation

February 2022

Our latest poll reveals director confidence in their company’s ability to manage through current headwinds, but soaring concerns over the impact of inflation are curbing optimism for what lies ahead.

Commentary

View More

REVIEW OF THE SEC’S PROPOSAL OF “ENHANCEMENT AND STANDARDIZATION OF CLIMATE-RELATED DISCLOSURES FOR INVESTORS”

On March 21, 2022, the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) issued a formal proposal to implement and standardize climate-related disclosures by U.S. registered companies. The proposed amendments 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

View More

[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:…

[FORTUNE] Modern Board 25

April 19, 2022 | 9:00 am

Diligent & FORTUNE revealed the first-ever Modern Board 25 ranking which recognizes the most innovative boards of directors among S&P 500 companies.   To develop this…

[REBA] “Why poor financial wellbeing can impact organizational resilience, and what to do about it”

March 9, 2022

Having financial and economic worries could have an impact on an employees’ ability to work well and perform their duties to their highest ability. Overall, financial worries could create emotional…

[REBA] “How will the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation affect executive pay?”

March 23, 2022

The Sustainability Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) officially became applicable in March 2021. The regulation covers the financial market and financial advisers operating in the EU. The disclosure requirement sets the…

[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…

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.  

Learn More About Us