Columbia’s Millstein Center Presents Global Investor-Director Survey on Climate Risk Management

Changes in the global climate are having profound impacts on business operations, governance, and organizational management around the world. Boards of directors are searching for ways to account for these changes as they help guide their organizations, and investors are increasingly concerned about how these changes might impact their portfolios. According to some, climate change is “on the top of investors’ 2020 sustainability agendas for engaging with boards of the companies they invest in.”[1] A key component of this competency, likely to be a significant question of corporate governance in the coming years, is climate risk management. Companies, investors, … Read more

Don’t Fear California’s New Board Gender Quota

On September 30, 2018, only hours before the deadline, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed bill SB 826, making his state the first in the U.S. to adopt board gender quotas for public companies.

The law requires listed companies headquartered in California to have at least one woman on the board by 2019, and at least two or three women – depending on whether boards have more than five members – by 2021. Companies that don’t meet the quota face a financial penalty that would vary from $100,000 to $300,000 depending on whether the company is facing a first or second … Read more