The Board, CEO Misconduct, and Corporate Culture

Posted by Laurie Hays, Edelman, on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Editor's Note: Laurie Hays is Managing Director for Special Situations at Edelman. This post is based on a Edelman memorandum by Ms. Hays. More than 400 business executives and employees including prominent CEOs have been accused of misconduct including sexual harassment in the last 18 months. In many instances, the resulting crises have fallen squarely in the lap of boards of directors. Clearly, it is time for boards to play a more active role overseeing corporate culture and conduct. Investors increasingly view corporate culture as a risk factor. A new survey by Edelman finds that investors recognize the impact of a healthy culture and engaged employees on corporate performance. Nearly two-in-three investors surveyed believe maintaining a healthy company culture and enforcing a corporate code of conduct at all levels of the company impact their trust significantly in that company. (more…)

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