Do company board members really care about environmental and social governance issues?


Radix Senior Fellow Ron Soonieus publishes in the Harvard Business Review the results of his research, done in collaboration with INSEAD, on board members’ attitudes to ESG issues.

Driving sustainable business practices in companies requires involvement from boards of directors. And there is some evidence that sustainability is rising up the board agenda. Many board members today have the right aspirations, but there is a substantial gap between those aspirations and the capacity of their boards and firms to deliver.

To better understand this gap and the frequency and depth at which sustainability is discussed during board meetings, we interviewed 25 experienced European non-executive directors representing 50 large, well-known companies. In return for the promise of anonymity, they were refreshingly frank in their feedback…

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