By David Yee, Associate, CEO Engagement, CEO Investor Forum
In an interview on the Leadership Next podcast with Alan Murray of Fortune, Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber reaffirmed the company’s ambitious goal of becoming one of the first multinational companies to certify as a benefit corporation (B Corp) by 2025. Danone already has 17 B Corp-certified entities – Danone North America currently being one of the largest B Corps – that represent over 30% of the company’s global sales.
NEW YORK, July 9,2020 /3BL Media/ — Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are actively working to enhance their sustainability efforts to increase the emphasis on long-term value creation, stakeholder engagement, and forward-looking disclosures. To support these efforts, the Biopharma Sustainability Roundtable (BSRT) has formed a partnership with CECP’s CEO Investor Forum. Together, the two groups will co-host the first sector-specific CEO-Investor Forum in June 2021.
by Michael Rosen, Director, Capital Markets Engagement, CEO Investor Forum, CECP
Last week, I spoke on a NIRI Webinar, Leveraging the Power of Retail Investors: Your Company’s Invested Ambassadors. During the conversation, my fellow panelists and I delved into the challenges and opportunities faced by Investor Relations Officers (IROs) seeking to engage with this critical stakeholder group and explored the context and reasons why the retail investor will continue to become an increasingly important stakeholder for issuers.
by Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Managing Director, CECP; Martina Lee, Communications & Marketing Fellow, CECP
As companies face the wider economic impacts of Covid-19, CECP is tracking the ongoing decision making and planning of leaders during this monumental year that still has an uncertain future. As we move through this pandemic and gradual economic improvement, CECP is also collecting real-time data from companies through a series of Pulse surveys, helping our partners gauge current practices in the field. There is a progression to these insights over the past several months of Pulse surveys.
Over the years, it has become increasingly common for CEOs to speak out publicly on social issues including and now, more than ever, that’s just what the public is demanding. According to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, 92% of respondents agree it is important for their CEO to speak out on issues including training for jobs of the future, income inequality, diversity, equity, and inclusion and climate change, among others.
by Carolyn Berkowitz, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals; Daryl Brewster, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose; Kathleen Enright, Council on Foundations; Natalye Paquin, Points of Light
We are faced with a choice. The world’s leading corporations will play an outsized role in either exacerbating the crisis or rising to demonstrate bold leadership. Even as short-term profitability drops, corporations will find that making the bold choice to value their business along with the needs of society is at the heart of their corporate purpose and the sustained success of their businesses.
by Brian Tomlinson, Research Director, CECP, CEO Investor Forum
We’re going to want to reach for the pitchforks as we watch baggage-charging, space-squeezing airlines get a chunk of taxpayers’ money as part of the Covid-19 stimulus package, with very few strings attached.