April 29, 2021
2020, among other things, has solidified the importance of ESG-related issues in the corporate space. The Covid-19 public health crisis and ensuing economic fallout taught companies and boards that taking care of employees, clients, and customers was essential for survival. In other words, it made stakeholders a top priority. Racial justice protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, meanwhile, led to renewed calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly in the workplace. To top it off, natural disasters continue to grow in frequency and severity, proving that climate change remains a looming threat.
By Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director and Kira Ciccarelli, Lead Research Specialist, Diligent Institute
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.