On the 2016 board agenda

On the 2016 board agenda

Drawing on insights from our interactions with directors, we've highlighted six items for boards to keep in mind.


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The road ahead for companies in 2016 will be particularly challenging given the level of global volatility and uncertainty - e.g., the geopolitical environment, commodity prices, interest rates, currency fluctuations, slowing growth in emerging markets as well as technology advances disrupting established industries and business models. In this environment, the spotlight on corporate directors will continue to intensify as investors and regulators scrutinize the board's involvement in strategy, risk, and compliance. Drawing on insights from our interactions with directors and business leaders over the past year, we've highlighted six items for boards to keep in mind as they consider and carry out their 2016 agendas.

  1. Deepen the board's engagement in strategy and assess the continuing validity of assumptions at the core of the strategy;
  2. Make talent development a strategic priority;
  3. Reassess the company's vulnerability to business interruption and its crisis readiness;
  4. Refine and broaden boardroom discussions about cyber risk and security
  5. Promote effective engagement with shareholders, including the activists; and 
  6. Keep board composition front and center.



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