Winds of Change: Environmental Sustainability Governance Rises to the Board Level

| Annie Kors

About the Report

With high-impact weather events on the rise, natural resource scarcity increasing, and the other looming impacts of climate change, boards of directors are facing intense pressure from stakeholders to get more involved in environmental sustainability governance.

Diligent Institute’s report entitled, Winds of Change: Environmental Sustainability Governance Rises to the Board Level, explores the ways boards are tackling these questions and what conclusions they are reaching.

Download the full report to learn our answers to the following three questions:

  • To what extent do environmental and sustainability issues rise to the level of board consideration?
  • What compels directors to consider environmental and sustainability issues within their oversight?
  • On a practical, structural level, how are boards overseeing environmental sustainability?

The report also explores how, in such dynamic and uncertain times, and with directorship already being more demanding than ever, where should the focus of directors’ efforts on environmental sustainability issues be?  In other words, if boards engage in governance on environmental issues, or social issues, or questions of company culture, at what point do they infringe on management’s domain? To what extent do these societal issues impact the bottom line? Is the fervor of investors and shareholders, the media, the public, and others on environmental issues just a “fad,” or will the pressure mount? To what extent should boards expend time or energy on long-term environmental sustainability planning, versus taking more cursory measures or just waiting it out?

About the Author

Annie Kors

Former Lead Researcher

Annie Kors worked as the original Lead Researcher for the Diligent Institute.She authored several reports for The Institute, including “Winds of Change: Environmental Sustainability Rises to the Board Level” and “Governing Through the Fog: Corporate Director Perspectives on Political Uncertainty.” Before joining Diligent, she held research roles at organizations in a variety of sectors including IT and technology consulting, higher education, and documentary filmmaking. She holds a BA in History from Yale University.