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What It Takes to Be a Sustainability Leader Today

For all of the urgency around economic, social, and governance issues, actions around the globe are uneven and slow moving. Before the coronavirus struck, Egon Zehnder spoke with Benet Northcote, former GreenPeace UK Chief Policy Officer and Director of Corporate Responsibility at the John Lewis Partnership, about the biggest challenges sustainability leaders face, how they are helping organizations make progress, and what key characteristics sustainability leaders need to be successful in transforming their companies—and the world.

Egon Zehnder Global Board Diversity Tracker Shows Slow and Insufficient Progress — Urging Measurable Action

For the past 16 years, Egon Zehnder has tracked gender and international diversity on boards around the world. This year, our 2020 report expands into racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ+ diversity. Read the findings.

Family Business & Sustainability - Expert Interview with German Herrera

The Sustainability Board Report sat down virtually with German Herrera of Egon Zehnder to better understand the dynamics of family business and their approach to sustainability.

What to Expect When You’re SPAC-ing

Board assembly is no game. What Sponsors and Targets should know about assembling a Board under SPAC deadlines:

CIO – 5 Compelling Reasons Why CIOs Should Pursue Board Seats Now

Even CEOs who aren’t enthusiastic about loaning out their top execs for external board service will support the idea as long as it doesn’t interfere with their day job.

The Wall Street Journal – A Unilever Exec's Personal Board of Directors

In Personal Board of Directors, top business leaders talk about the people they turn to for advice, and how those people have shaped their perspective and helped them succeed.

National Association of Corporate Directors – Directorship 100 2020 Honorees

The 2020 D100 will comprise 50 public company directors and 50 governance professionals and institutions who exemplify the knowledge, leadership, and excellence that our organization promotes. Nominees play a significant role in shaping the greater boardroom agenda.

Handelszeitung – Governance norms are no carte blanche

Daniel Daeniker, a partner at the renowned law firm Homburger, recently addressed the issue of whether there are drawbacks when a former CEO joins the board of directors of their company, perhaps even becoming its chair. He advocated adopting a best practice approach, as opposed to a more rigid interpretation of international governance concepts. Let me elaborate on that: That leaders need some form of governance is a given. Anyone under no obligation to respect certain principles risks putting themselves first and the company’s welfare second. The question is to what extent top managers are involved when a company defines its code of governance.

Avoiding CEO Succession Planning Pitfalls

Family company Boards must create and maintain strong succession plans that consider both internal and external talent, as well as development plans for potential successors—and do all this while balancing the values and priorities of the family with the demands of growing and sustaining a business.

A Tale of Two Decades: How Global Crises Have Changed CEO Succession in the Mining Industry

New research shows nearly 4 out of 5 mining CEOs hired since 2010 were internal appointments, a significant increase over the prior decade.

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