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Allison Kostka

The Six New Rules of Business

A Review

“Tell me which of the pressing issues of our time keep you awake at night, and I will tell you how the old rules of profit maximization and short-term thinking contribute to those problems,” Judy Samuelson writes in the introduction to her new book, The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World. The rules are changing. The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent crises have made it clear that business and society are more intertwined than ever before, and the old notions of “what is good for business” are no longer sustainable for society – or…

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Biden and ESG:

How the new administration might shape the sustainability landscape

With one week until President-Elect Joe Biden takes office, the U.S. is likely in for a major shift in tone at the top. The Trump administration has been marked by a loosening of regulations, both environmental and economic, that have drawn criticism for their negative impact on ESG issues from climate change to social justice. Analysts are already predicting that a Biden presidency will give a substantial boost to ESG investing and many of his early cabinet and advisor picks appear to be ESG-friendly. With the recent runoff election in Georgia adding two Democratic seats to the Senate, giving the…

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FT ODX panel confronts the 21st century corporate governance challenge

What are the implications for corporate governance in an environment where firms are being looked to as “social institutions,” sharing with governments the responsibility to ensure elements of social welfare and well-being? This is the question considered at a panel session moderated by the Financial Times’s Billy Nauman, entitled “New Models of Corporate Governance,” part of the FT’s Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a platform that brings together sitting directors of public companies to discuss strategic boardroom issues. Panelists Chris Pinney, President of High Meadows Institute, Peggy Foran, CGO of Prudential Financial and a Director at Orion Group Holdings and Sheila…

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Businesses and BLM – Evaluating their commitment

The last few months have seen a moment of national reckoning, as Americans confront the racial inequalities that have underpinned society for centuries. And the corporate world is finding that it can no longer stand on the sidelines. As consumers increasingly expect businesses to take greater responsibility for their impact on society, companies have begun more and more to speak out on a wide range of social, environmental and political issues. As the May 25th murder of George Floyd by police, the latest in a long list of brutalities and injustices perpetrated against the black community, sparked a wave of…

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