Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance for Sustainability

Most of the world’s largest corporations now oversee sustainability at the board level, indicating that sustainability is a new strategic necessity. We help corporate boards to integrate sustainability at the board level by focusing on the governance practices are most effective in driving better sustainability performance. Informed by our cutting-edge research on governance for sustainability, we help boards to develop a strategic approach to oversight of the most relevant sustainability issues. Our work includes assisting with the development of board committees and charters, enhancing board composition and skills to facilitate effective sustainability oversight, and advising on incentive schemes linked to key performance indicators.

Communicating Strategic Long-Term Plans

The nature of communication between corporate boards and their investors is shifting away from a reliance on purely short-term financial metrics to encompass more strategic long-term information that includes key environmental and social dimensions, often led by the CEO. We help senior executives to develop comprehensive long-term plans based on a framework developed through our work with leading investor-CEO forums. By applying our unique framework, companies can enable a meaningful dialogue to take place with their long-term investors.

Corporate Policies

We help clients develop corporate policies that outline a commitment to sustainability and establish key principles and expectations of sustainability performance. With our help, clients can implement effective policies on core business areas including: sustainable development, corporate responsibility, human rights, business ethics, sustainable procurement and supply chain.

 

FEATURED CLIENT CASE STUDIES

Integrated Governance for UNEP FI

The UNEP FI sought to better understand how corporate governance interacts with sustainability. They asked for our support in identifying which governance practices promote a durable culture of sustainability within firms.

Sustainability Governance for Ceres

Ceres wanted to understand the corporate governance practices of the world’s largest companies, and the extent to which they integrate sustainability at the board level.