Bloomberg Media: the value of corporate governance in a more sustainable world

May 4, 2021

Kira Ciccarelli

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. When it comes to creating a more sustainable world, businesses are on the front line. To help the world recover from the pandemic and address the huge challenge of climate change, companies need robust structures in place. Corporate governance will be crucial in this decade, as it shapes how companies are run and how effectively they respond to challenges. When integrating ESG into investment strategies, corporate governance is often the starting point, largely because investors understand that governance is the primary non-financial factor that affects financial performance. A 2019 study by the Diligent Institute found that the top fifth of performers on corporate governance in the S&P 500 index outperformed the bottom fifth by 15% over a two-year period. Read the full article here.  Posted by Bloomberg Media in partnership with AXA IM

About the author

Lead Research Specialist

Kira Ciccarelli is the Lead Research Specialist of the Diligent Institute, the modern governance think tank and global research arm of Diligent Corporation. In her role, Kira researches and produces high-level modern governance reports, blog articles and podcasts designed to inform director decision-making and highlight best practices.

Before joining Diligent, Kira worked in a variety of data-driven research roles, including analyzing global aid funds to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and compiling a meta-analysis of political experimental findings for the Analyst Institute. She holds a BA in Public Policy from the College of William & Mary.