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Risk Watch: Thought Leadership in Risk—Spring 2018

This triannual journal presents original articles by global thinkers and practitioners on risk management and related matters. Authors express opinions and insights about the world of risk and provide practical applications to address risk challenges.

Report | 28 pages | April 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

How to Succeed as a Non-Profit Board Director

Many professionals want to serve on non-profit boards to develop their leadership skills, to give back to the community in which they live and work, and to use as a springboard to sit on for-profit boards. While personally and professionally rewarding, serving on a non-profit board involves a serious commitment of time and talent. To be successful as a board director, you need to know the principles of non-profit governance, the role of the board, the responsibilities of board directors and how an effective board operates.

Join us for this 60-minute session as lawyer Josephine Victoria Yam walks us through the fundamentals on how to succeed as a non-profit board director.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Engaging and Influencing External Stakeholders in Product Stewardship

Product stewardship leaders and their business counterparts are increasingly recognizing that engaging and influencing external stakeholders has become a core part of protecting a company’s societal “license to operate.”

Report | 41 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Highlights of Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

Peruse the main points from more than 10 roundtable discussions with stakeholders, updated regularly as new reports are produced.

Report | 12 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Corporate Secretaries' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

One of the most important attributes corporate secretaries seek in a director is the ability to analyze and properly respond to information received from management and other key resources.

Report | 20 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

23 Truths about Cybersecurity: Insights from the Cybersecurity Conference: Crucial Collaborations

Organizations can’t prevent all cyberattacks, but they can mitigate their effects. This requires enterprise risk management programs guided by a cyber-knowledgeable board and a leadership team that knows its risk appetite.

Report | 13 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Are Directors Paid Too Much? An Analysis of Corporate Board Member Compensation from 1997-2012

Director excess compensation may be a sign of board entrenchment while an increase in overcompensation of directors reduces pay-for-performance sensitivity.

Report | 10 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Secret Behind Board Chair Success: Providing Effective Board Leadership

Board chairs preside the most powerful body in an organization: the board of directors. Yet, there is no handbook on the workings of their role and what they should do to successfully provide effective board leadership.

The INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative conducted 74 face-to-face interviews with experienced board Chairs to produce a research project spanning nine European countries. Findings provide a recipe on how chairs can execute their three specific roles of leadership: engage, enable and encourage.

Join governance expert and researcher Stanislav Shekshnia as he shares the findings from the INSEAD study including the role of Board Chairs and best practices from top Chairs to effectively lead a board of directors.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Sustainability in the Mainstream: Why Investors Care and What it Means for Corporate Boards

Shareholder activism around ESG issues is less well-understood than the environmental and sustainability issues themselves.

Director Notes | 19 pages | December 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Large Passive Investors' Perspectives on the Board Member

Large passive investors—including Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street Global Advisors—say the information management shares with the board is sometimes incomplete, and these investors want the corporate director to be knowledgeable enough to realize that.

Key Business Issues | 31 pages | December 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Importance of a Robust Ethics and Compliance Program: Getting the Board on Board

An effective ethics and compliance program plays an important role in the success of any organization. Corporate boards have a significant responsibility to oversee and monitor a company’s compliance program. In many cases, corporate boards find themselves behind when fulfilling their corporate compliance oversight responsibilities. Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) face an ongoing challenge to educate and train board members on how to monitor the company’s compliance program and the commitment of corporate leaders to the program.

In the best-case scenario, the board and CEO fully understand the importance of ethics and compliance and champion the efforts needed to implement a successful program. But all too often, their support may not be as energetic. The lack of support from the board dampens the program’s credibility and increases the risk of nonconformity throughout the organization.

A fundamental component in creating a culture that values ethics and compliance is the support from the board and CEO. So, what can a can the CCO do to get the board on board?

Recorded Webinar | December 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Seven Ways to Earn an Income as a Corporate Director

As a corporate director, your role is to contribute your expertise to help an organization prosper and better serve its stakeholders. This can be a fulfilling job! But can you make a living as a corporate director? The answer is yes but not without a few different income streams, some work beyond board service, and a few key strategies.

Join us as Tamara Paton, corporate director and board consultant, shares her experiences and tips on various ways to earn a salary and potentially make a living as a corporate director.

Recorded Webinar | November 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Risk Watch: Thought Leadership in Risk—Autumn 2017

This triannual journal presents original articles by global thinkers and practitioners on risk management and related matters. Authors express opinions and insights about the world of risk and provide practical applications to address risk challenges.

Report | 36 pages | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Driving Company Success: Practices For Advanced Strategy-Based Governance

Executing on a comprehensive and integrated organizational strategy is central to the board’s governance role. While directors don’t always lead the development of strategy or its implementation, this doesn’t relieve them of the responsibility and accountability to ensure there is a clear, comprehensive, and internally consistent strategy. The exercise of responsibility within the area of strategy offers the greatest opportunity to make a value-added difference. The board’s ability to oversee, support, and ultimately approve a successful strategy is crucial to the survival of any organization. But as many companies continue to fail, boards must ask themselves “what is a great strategy and how is it different from a good strategy?” And more importantly, “how do we recognize when a strategy is the wrong one?”

Join us as Mac Van Wielingen discusses the intersection between strategy, governance, and performance; and provides practical tools to help ensure that your board optimizes the opportunity to make a value-adding difference to the strategic direction and governance of the organization it serves.

Recorded Webinar | October 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

With the aim of fostering a common understanding among market participants, we ask different types of stakeholders to consider how the role of the director has evolved, what the current range of expectations is, and where gaps in understanding have resulted in conflict.

Report | October 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Active Investors' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job

Active short-term investors see the job of a corporate director as one that is defined and dictated by the struggle between director primacy and shareholder primacy.

Briefing | 24 pages | October 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Cybersecurity: The Leadership Imperative

Recent events worldwide prove that cyber risk impacts every element of an organization—and even the most brilliant information security expertise must be supported by a cross functional cybersecurity mission and culture to succeed. In this webcast, business leaders can learn—through case studies and actionable insights—how to build and maintain a structure in which leaders across companies are able to work together seamlessly to comprehend, measure, and respond to cyber risk challenges.

Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Board Oversight of Long-Term Value Creation and Preservation: What needs to change?

This report provides a new approach for board risk oversight of company long-term value creation called objective centric ERM and internal audit.

Report | 16 pages | August 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job?: Directors' Perspectives on the Board

When describing their own jobs, directors believe CEO succession planning, interactions with management, and shareholder engagement are among the most important issues.

Report | 28 pages | August 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Toward a New Measurement of the Value of Government Relations: Adapting Sustainability Measurements

Judging government relations value by inappropriate criteria shortchanges the discipline and can render a false conclusion to corporate leaders, leading to resource cuts that ultimately harm the firm.

Report | 10 pages | August 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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