Even though the business case for increasing the number of women in senior management and on corporate boards has been made – successfully – columnist Gael O’Brien wonders why there hasn’t been more progress in making it happen. The answer, she suggests, may lie in the “self-seal” that often surrounds organizations and their leaders.Full Story»
In the 2012 campaign cycle an astounding $6 billion dollars was spent, with American corporations contributing roughly one third of that total. Just as political pundits are assessing the aftermath of the campaigns, a public affairs adviser for big companies suggests that it’s time for corporate America to take a hard look at the return on its investment.
The forced resignations of executives at Lockheed Martin and Best Buy – along with the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus – raise questions about the values boards reinforce with their leaders. Columnist Gael O’Brien says many critical qualities – emotional intelligence, authenticity, self awareness, and stakeholder-focus — are often not included in the process.
As investors increasingly grapple with how to assess “sustainable” business practices and their impact on corporate performance, a new non-profit organization has launched to develop sustainability accounting standards for use by publicly listed U.S. companies in their disclosure statements to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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