The Director Confidence Index - December 2020

Vaccine Roll-Out Boosts Recovery Optimism in U.S. Boardrooms

Diligent Institute, in partnership with Corporate Board Member, released the December 2020 Director Confidence Index (DCI), a US national pulse survey tracking director sentiment on the economy and other topical matters. Click below to read the full results. 

With the presidential election now certified and a Covid-19 vaccine beginning to roll out across the country, public company board members report growing optimism in both current and future business conditions, with three-quarters of them forecasting increases in revenues and profits for the year ahead.

But when it comes two of the issues shaping up to be among the most controversial of 2021—requiring Covid vaccination for employees and diversity mandates for boards—directors are deeply divided, though opposition to diversity requirements appears to be shrinking in the wake of this year’s social unrest.

Those are the key findings from our December 2020 Director Confidence Index, conducted in collaboration between Corporate Board Member and Diligent Institute. The survey of 138 corporate directors at U.S. public companies, conducted December 8-13.