Sophie L'Helias, Senior Fellow, Governance at Governance Board chaired a very interesting panel discussion. The panel was asked to discuss whether corporate governance had progressed or regressed over the last twenty years (since ICGN was formed). The opening observation was that much had changed, yet much remained the same:
This first panel session of the conference provided an interesting opening play, upon which later discussants could build (or otherwise!). The main takeaway for me was that shareholders and boards need to 'grow up'. Looking over the fence at each other (and, in some cases, simply ignoring each other) is not a healthy context for either productive ownership or effective control. Boards were created to bridge between owners and managers, yet many boards seem to be far more interested in pursuing their own interests and priorities (than acting in the best interests of the company or the shareholders). While we appear to have come far, we still have much to learn.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.