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Leading practices in board interviews

July 2022

An important early step in pursuing a new board opportunity—whether new to board service or a seasoned director—is preparing for the interview process. In the current environment, what can candidates expect, and how can they prepare?

A new chapter in cyber

June 2022

An SEC proposal issued in March 2022 to enhance and standardize disclosures regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incident reporting has sparked increased discussions about cyber risk in many corporate boardrooms. The importance of the board’s role in promoting a cyber-focused mindset and a cyber-conscious culture throughout the organization cannot be overstated. The board’s oversight role is a fundamental aspect of governance, which includes defined strategies, policies, and procedures to mitigate cyber risk.
 

Amid geopolitical complexity, uncertainty persists

May 2022

As corporate boards carry out their responsibility to oversee management’s execution of operational, growth, and strategic objectives, they need to consider the many geopolitical and economic issues on the horizon and the possible consequences for their companies. A strategic approach to risk intelligence that leverages scenario planning and advanced risk-sensing techniques may become important for helping companies navigate significant uncertainty.
 

From next-generation to now: Digital assets

April 2022

An incremental movement into cryptocurrencies can help a company develop a road map for broader adoptions that support the company’s strategy and growth objectives. Adoption will require new processes and controls that span departments. A collaborative effort of the board and its committees with management leaders across the enterprise is critical to help each company prepare for the journey.
 

What’s all the buzz about the metaverse?

March 2022

The metaverse is a hot topic of discussion in technology circles, and a growing number of consumers and consumer brands are getting on board. Some major companies are placing big bets on the metaverse, or unlimited reality, to fundamentally change the way people interact. As a result, the metaverse is escalating quickly to a topic for boards to address as they consider their companies’ growth and talent strategies, opportunities, and risk profiles.
 

Tech-savvy board members: A common language for transformation and the impact on performance

February 2022

While it seems reasonable to consider whether a board has the requisite technology skill sets, there has been little, if any, data concerning the impact of having a tech-savvy board on the company’s performance. A study completed by Deloitte Consulting LLP in 2021 analyzed how the “techcentricity” of the board impacts the company’s performance. There may also be an opportunity for a common language around transformation and technology.
 

The 2022 boardroom agenda

January 2022

The board’s role and responsibilities are dynamic, constantly changing and growing. In 2022, the only certainties are that new challenges and opportunities will continue to arise, and the best boards will continue to be adaptable, meeting those new challenges and opportunities with the skills and determination to be the best they can be.

Director survey: How the pandemic has set new M&A priorities

December 2021

The latest survey, conducted jointly between the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Deloitte, found that boards are giving M&A activity greater attention earlier in the process, ensuring that a company’s deal strategy is right, and that diligence is done properly. Directors are also putting new emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in M&A, responding to growing demands from diverse stakeholders and the increased attention management teams are giving these issues.

Considerations and priorities for boards in governing, monitoring, and measuring sustainability

November 2021

The board’s role in governing, monitoring, and measuring sustainability has become increasingly necessary and complex. Deloitte US Sustainability and Climate Change leader Scott Corwin and Centre for Integrated Research senior manager Derek Pankratz sit down with accomplished sustainable business scholar, Tensie Whelan to discuss considerations and priorities for boards.

Business not as usual: How the Breakthrough Manifesto and Business Chemistry® can help boards navigate uncertainty

September 2021

Just as we all were ready to shelve terms like “unprecedented times,” the human-centered world is seemingly shifting on its axis again. Continued pandemic hurdles, an increasingly hybrid workforce, and the increasing complexity of the board’s role all mean boardroom dynamics are more critical than ever. When thorny problems arise, a few principles from the Deloitte Greenhouse may help boards prevail, offering some key tools that could be differentiators for the enterprise.

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