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What Matters in the Board Room? Mellody Hobson talks with NACD SoCal

  “It all comes back to the questions.  Peel back the layers of the onion to learn more. What Matters?”  These were some of the comments made today by Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, to members of the Southern … Continue reading

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Proxy Proposals on Charitable Contributions Are Rare, but Will We See More?

Socially responsible investors have become a bigger part of a company’s ownership.  Large funds, such as Vanguard, BlackRock, pension funds and others are exerting their influence for better ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) performance. Various nonprofits are also flexing their muscles. … Continue reading

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Creating Business Value through Social Impact is More Effective when Corporate Citizenship is Built-in, not Bolted-on

Positive social impact, the result of a company’s efforts to do good directed towards solutions to important problems, is more impactful when a company integrates those efforts with their core competencies and through their products and services. Many corporations’ efforts … Continue reading

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Book Review—”Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save The Planet”

Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope have written an informative and compelling book about climate change and our opportunity to slow and halt its progression. Throughout it, the authors note the importance of philanthropy moving both public policy, and public opinion—as … Continue reading

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Seeing Opportunity in Reputation Risk

Whatever the cause of a reputational hit, boards are liable to be held accountable and can mitigate their own reputation risk by diligently asking the right questions about the company’s ESG and CR strategies, practices, risk management, crisis preparedness, and … Continue reading

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