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Governance – Compliance

3 Tips for Creating a Culture of Ethics

When did CEOs decide that morality was irrelevant? Shouldn't the recent departures by the heads of United Airlines and Volkswagen send a message that cutting ethical and legal corners is a foolish business strategy?

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5 Reasons Your Company Needs a Patent Strategy

The patent system has gotten a pretty poor reputation of late, especially among businesses that have been targeted by patent trolls hoping to extort a quick settlement from them. But CEOs and other senior executives should remember that even if the occasional troll can game the system to extort an innocent business, patents themselves—and a strategy for how to employ them to achieve critical business objectives—are often essential to a company’s success.

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More New Independent Directors Added to S&P 500 Boards, but Turnover Remains Slow

S&P 500 boards elected 376 new independent directors — or .78 new directors per board — during the 2015 proxy year, making it the largest recruitment class since 2008, when 380 independent directors were added, according to the 2015 Spencer Stuart Board Index.

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6 Ways Boards Can Boost Their Quotient of Women Members

Gender diversity in the ranks of top corporate executives remains a cause du jour in American board rooms. But what about adding more females to the ranks of directors themselves? That could kill two birds with one stone.

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Boards Can Help Management ‘Steer the Future’ by Using Big Data

Directors should be conscious of and even proactive about big data on at least two levels, according to a consensus of experts: How corporate strategy is harnessing the capabilities of this powerful new tool, and specifically, how board members can use it to improve the board’s performance of its own fiduciary duties.

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Cultural Homogeneity Creates Risk for Boards

When organizations think about risk, perhaps the most worrisome are those that can’t be anticipated. Boards expend tremendous effort in eliminating or at least minimizing their blind spots; that search for better information and awareness can be all-consuming.

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