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  • Should boards have been consulted? Reviewing the Business Roundtable pledge one year later
    Following its one-year anniversary, the U.S. Business Roundtable’s (BRT’s) statement on corporate purpose is once again up for debate. One of the main sticking points is the apparent lack of board approval at many of the 184 companies that signed the pledge. If the corporation’s highest authority wasn’t consulted on its new purpose, can the pledge deliver real change? And what does it mean, if anything, for Canadian boards?
  • Including inclusion: Why the ‘I’ matters in D&I
    From President Donald Trump’s recent call to boycott Goodyear over its ban on MAGA hats to Starbucks’s about-face on Black Lives Matter apparel, it’s clear the rules for proper workplace attire aren’t always clear cut. For boards, this bad publicity can be a reputational nightmare. But it also underscores the tricky issue of inclusion. How do boards and their organizations define boundaries on what is and isn’t work appropriate without excluding anyone? How do we allow people to feel “authentic” at work without alienating others in the process?

  • 2021 ICD Fellowship Award Nominations
    On Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Rahul Bhardwaj, ICD President and CEO, announced that nominations for the 2021 Fellowship Awards are now open.
  • Fall preview: ICD education, Director Journal and more
    How do you deliver best-in-class education in the midst of a pandemic? Over the past few months, the ICD has focused on reimagining its courses and Chapter events with health and safety as a top priority.

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  • Diversity leads: diverse representation in leadership
    DiversityLeads 2020 by the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute
    analyzes the representation of women, Black people, and other racialized persons
    among 9,843 individuals on the boards of directors of large companies; agencies,
    boards, and commissions (ABCs); hospitals; the voluntary sector; and educational
    institutions.
  • Diversity leads: diverse representation in leadership
    DiversityLeads 2020 by the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Diversity Institute
    analyzes the representation of women, Black people, and other racialized persons
    among 9,843 individuals on the boards of directors of large companies; agencies,
    boards, and commissions (ABCs); hospitals; the voluntary sector; and educational
    institutions.
  • Digital transformation from the boardroom: a look inside the organization
    Directors will want to understand what digital transformation means in the context of the organization’s own business reality, how the digital vision and strategy align to the corporate strategy, whether and how it is supported by management and other stakeholders, and finally, how the board can support the ongoing evolution given the unprecedented pace of change facing companies today.
     
  • Putting climate change risk on the boardroom table
    We have been asked whether directors of Canadian corporations are obliged to address climate change risk. The answer is clearly yes.