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Cyber Risk

Cyber Risk & Strategy Certificate Program

The modern board's oversight of cybersecurity risk is mission critical. Get certified with the essential knowledge and expertise today.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Climate Leadership Certificate Program

Corporate leaders are pressured to meet the challenges and opportunities of climate change. The Diligent Climate Leadership Certificate Program prepares you to oversee climate risk and create sustainable growth strategies for your company.

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

ESG Leadership Certificate Program

With increased pressure from stakeholders, modern leaders are seeking education on ESG issues. The Diligent ESG Leadership Certificate Program in partnership with Competent Boards prepares you with the necessary skills and knowledge to address ESG challenges and opportunities.

Director Confidence Index

Economic outlook & AI

May 2023

May reading of director confidence shows directors’ confidence in business conditions 12 months from now back to pre-bank crisis level, at highest point in more than a year.

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Director Confidence Index

Economic outlook & AI

May 2023

May reading of director confidence shows directors’ confidence in business conditions 12 months from now back to pre-bank crisis level, at highest point in more than a year.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Executive Compensation

April Outlook

April reading of director confidence shows a reversal from March’s sharp decline, though directors say they still don’t expect conditions to improve much over the next 12 months.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Interest Rates

March Outlook

After significant back-to-back increases in January and February, directors’ outlook for business 12 months out slipped this month amid growing signs of economic headwinds.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Director Insights

February 2023

Board members agree on one thing and that’s uncertainty. Many say that demand has weakened, while others say their sector remains strong.

Boards and Governance

What Directors Think 2023

Still Taking Care of Business

For the 20th anniversary of the What Directors Think survey, we take a look into what’s top of mind for America’s corporate directors as we enter 2023—and how directors’ focus and the role of boards have changed in the past 20 years.

Director Confidence Index

Economic Outlook and Board Meeting Agendas

January 2023

Board members predict a short-term recession in 2023 fueled mainly by uncertainty. Most expect recovery by the end of 2023, if not sooner, and look forward to more stability both domestically and globally.


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Director Confidence Index

New survey finds just 15% of directors understand how AI is used in companies

While three-quarters of U.S. public companies are already integrating AI technology into their operations, only 15 percent of board members we polled said they understood the benefits and risks of…

Boards and Governance

Next Gen Board Leaders: Questions to spark discussion between management and boards

“This was amazing!!! Thank you so much. As a newer board member this has been tremendously valuable. I look forward to continuing to attend in the future.”…

Boards and Governance

Diversity among Directors, A Focus Through the European Lens

This post appeared as part of Diligent Institute’s contribution to Insightia’s  corporate governance report covering Europe. Read the full report here. Europe has positioned itself as a diversity leader…

Boards and Governance

Europe prepares for ESG reporting revolution – insights from the Corporate Governance in Europe report

Data from Insightia, a Diligent brand, shows that the complementary efforts of investors and regulators are ensuring that ESG remains a corporate priority. According to the report, produced in…

Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)

Compliance in 2023: From Sanctions to Supply Chains

Compliance teams will be faced with greater demands in 2023 as international politics spurs more sanctions, deeper regulation, and enhanced enforcement.  A report from Diligent sets…

Environment, Social, Governance (ESG)

Surge in Asian Activism Driven by Domestic Investors

The following blog post contains data from Corporate Governance in Asia 2023, a new report by Insightia, a Diligent brand. The report shows that that local investors are adopting activism…

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[FirstBoard.io] “Board Insights: Cybersecurity Ranked The Most Challenging Issue For Boards In 2023”

April 4, 2023

In the recently published report What Directors Think 2023 cybersecurity ranked top of the list of most challenging issues that boards are currently facing. This report published by the Diligent Institute in…

[Diligent] “Corporate Director 12 Month Business Outlook Drops Amid Growing Signs of Economic Headwinds”

April 12, 2023

New York, NY, April 12, 2023 – Thirty-five percent of directors expect conditions to deteriorate in the next 12 months, with slowing demand, heightened geopolitical risks and the Fed’s continued tightening through…

Out Leadership Launches First-Ever LGBTQ+ Board Diversity Guidelines for Australia

March 20, 2023

Back in 2014, only 2 companies in the Fortune 500 included LGBTQ+ people in their definition of diversity, not because they were anti-gay, but for one simple reason: No one…

[Bloomberg Media] “Women Gain 34 S&P 500 Board Seats in Strong Start to New Year”

March 8, 2023

Women gained 34 seats on the boards of S&P 500 companies in the first two months of the year, the strongest start since at least 2019, bolstered by the naming…

[Business Chief] “Directors struggling with cybersecurity, finds Diligent”

February 13, 2023

Diligent’s new report in collaboration with Corporate Board Member provides insight into the aims and concerns of 300 corporate directors across the US. Almost two in five (38%) board members…

Boards Past, Present and Future: How to Manage Your Evolving Role

February 21, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Gain pragmatic insights and tangible ideas to help contribute more strategically in your boardroom discussions in 2023. This year’s What Directors Think study, conducted in partnership with Corporate Board Member…

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Diligent Institute educates, connects and informs leaders to champion modern governance.
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  • Original, cutting-edge research on the most pressing issues in corporate governance;
  • Certifications and educational programs that equip leaders with the knowledge and credentials needed to guide their organizations through existential challenges;
  • Networks that convene directors and corporate executives to share best practices and insights; and
  • Awards and recognition programs that celebrate the accomplishments of those who champion modern governance.

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