publications by betsy

  • JANUARY 17, 2022
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The ESG landscape in 2022 is more difficult than ever to navigate; executive leadership teams have the challenge of balancing the interests of their shareholders, employees, customers, and community. We are in the era of the “conscientious consumer” where more than ever...

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  • JUNE 16, 2021
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Global corporate boards have all conceptually embraced the need for their corporations to have not only a position and philosophy but to actually begin the journey on implementing ESG programs. Jamf is an example that is truly unique and differentiated in their...

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  • APRIL 19, 2021
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This could be the year of reckoning for climate change as politicians, investors and stakeholders-at-large are pushing for big change. As a key ESG issue, directors need to come up the learning curve and understand the terms used to describe climate commitment,...

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  • FEBRUARY 26, 2021
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In 2020 Catalyst reported[1] that there were 29 women who held the CEO position in the S&P 500 – this means that 5.8% of companies in the S&P 500 have female leaders. In 2021 it has been announced that 3 more women will...

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  • JANUARY 08, 2021
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As we enter 2021, environmental, social and governance (ESG) continues to be a top priority for boards and management teams. Karen Snow, Senior Vice President and Head of East Coast Listings and Capital Services at Nasdaq, interviews veteran board member Betsy Atkins...

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  • JANUARY 06, 2021
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  • ESG

When it comes to tackling the complexities of ESG, climate change is one of the highest priority issues for boardrooms across the world. From increased regulations to investor pressures to consumer expectations, it is a topic that is here to stay, and...

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  • NOVEMBER 05, 2020
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ESG, now more than ever, is fundamental to the way that EY operates as an organization. Their targets are admirably ambitious – a commitment to become carbon neutral by the end of 2020, for example – and it’s clear that CEO Carmine...

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  • OCTOBER 29, 2020
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As Betsy Atkins finds out, Schneider Electric CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire is fully committed to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations. Throughout Tricoire’s tenure, Schneider Electric (SE) have launched an array of initiatives designed to protect our...

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  • OCTOBER 21, 2020
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  • ESG

Like many other companies in other industries, Wynn did not foresee a global pandemic upending the world in 2020. But their cast-iron ESG practices and a steadfast adherence to core company values have helped them navigate a difficult business environment with aplomb....

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  • OCTOBER 19, 2020
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In an industry under scrutiny for its environmental impact, Volvo Cars is innovating in ways that not only reduce CO2 emissions, but position the company for long-term growth in electrical energy. In this Q&A, board member Betsy Atkins interviews Anders Gustafsson, President & CEO of Volvo...

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  • OCTOBER 15, 2020
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For companies wondering what a comprehensive ESG program looks like, global payments leader Mastercard is designing programs that integrate each component of ESG (environmental, social and governance). With 100 million trees and 100% renewable energy among the short-term goals, Mastercard’s philosophy towards...

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  • OCTOBER 01, 2020
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Investors, employees, and customers are looking to see what a company’s purpose is and how they are implementing this purpose through an environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework and how this can be reported. ESG issues continue to draw great interest from...

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  • AUGUST 11, 2020
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  • ESG

Last month, I was thrilled to moderate a virtual panel, Measuring Stakeholder Capitalism, on what I believe is a very important topic. The World Economic Forum’s International Business Council (IBC), a working group comprised of 120 CEOs, is consolidating all existing ESG frameworks...

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  • JUNE 11, 2020
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  • ESG

We have been hearing about environmental, social and governance (ESG) in our boardrooms and in the corporate governance reports, webinars, press and blogs. I thought it would be helpful to share a brief history of ESG, where it started and what have...

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  • MAY 08, 2020
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  • ESG

Every public board is now sensitized to the critical priority of ESG and in the process of figuring out how to operationalize ESG. There are two parts of how you measure ESG in terms of decisions that management needs to make and...

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  • SEPTEMBER 09, 2019
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  • ESG

The Business Roundtable ’s recent announcement that it believes the time has come to expand the purpose of a corporation sparked a flurry of reactions and discourse. After all, the Roundtable has been one of the staunchest defenders of the notion of shareholder...

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