2021 Directors’ Alert

A new era of board stewardship begins

The 2021 Directors’ Alert features interviews with global directors and insights on the new social contract between business and society, covering topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery to trust and purpose. We also examine the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of corporate citizenship, including climate and sustainability.

Many organizations will need to transform themselves to overcome the systemic challenges and inequities that have surfaced during COVID-19. Change will require bold steps—and new skills—from board leadership.

Edition 3 – April 2021

25 minute read

In our third and final instalment of our 2021 Directors’ Alert, the global directors we interviewed discuss how boards and executive teams are balancing the needs of society and obligations to shareholders as the pandemic continues to loom and affect the way business is conducted around the world. The non-executive directors spoke with are:

  • Ivan Menezes, CEO and executive director, United Kingdom
  • Monica Mächler, independent director, Switzerland
  • Barbara Stymiest, independent director, Canada

Through them, we come to understand that it will be increasingly vital that boards understand the importance of setting a clear and strong purpose for the organization that senior leaders and employees can stand behind and that brings value to society in the long term.

Edition 2 – January 2021

23 minute read

In our January Directors’ alert, independent directors in Singapore and Europe weigh in, along with Deloitte Global CEO Punit Renjen, on the leadership challenges and new priorities boards face at this pivotal and historic moment. This issue also provide a global outlook from Ira Kalish, chief global economist, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Edition 1 - December 2020

34 minute read

This issue includes interviews with:

  • Barry Lawson Williams, independent director, US.
  • Anthony Wu, independent director, China
  • Rose McKinney, independent director, US
  • Gordon Cairns, independent director, Australia

Explore the 2021 Directors’ Alert series on Deloitte Insights.

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