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Investors’ Focus on ESG To Grow in 2020. Boards Need to Address Concerns

Dear Friend,


Happy holidays from everyone here at Farient Advisors. As 2019 comes to an end, proactive boards are anticipating what trends will drive their relationship with shareholders in 2020. While there are many uncertainties, we are confident that ESG will continue to be one of those trends.

In the final Comp & Gov Spotlight of 2019, we focus on the ongoing conversation around ESG and how boards can address investor concerns around three of the top ESG issues – Climate Change, Board Diversity and Executive Compensation.

Please read on and enjoy the holiday season.


Robin Ferracone

Hot Off the Press From Farient

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Broader Stakeholder Concerns Drive Board Engagement

How are leading institutional investors holding companies to account on ESG? In this discussion, Farient CEO Robin Ferracone and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) portfolio manager Aeisha Mastagni discuss how such investors drive and impact the ESG conversation at portfolio companies.


How ESG Trends Impact Corporate Governance and Compliance

The 2019 report Seven Lessons From Engaged Investors demonstrated that investor interest in ESG is a mounting challenge for boards, who must find new ways of engaging with shareholders. In this Q&A, Farient partner Marc Hodak discusses the ESG issues that motivate engaged investors and the questions boards need to ask themselves about their own performance.

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Institutional Investors Leaning In to ESG, But Face Roadblocks

Even though institutional investors say they want to integrate ESG concerns into their portfolios, they face roadblocks in the form of a lack of acceptable policy frameworks and supporting data, according to this Pensions & Investments article. This illustrates growing frustration in the investor world with corporates’ lack of adequate ESG disclosure.


ESG Controversies Wipe $500bn Off Value of U.S. Companies

Quarrels involving environmental, social and governance issues have wiped more than $500bn off the value of large U.S. companies over the past five years, says this Financial Times article. What can boards do to protect their value amidst the heightened investor push for ESG?



KPMG Board Leadership Conference

January 6-8; Huntington Beach, CA

The KPMG Board Leadership Conference brings together seasoned board directors, governance professionals, and business leaders to explore the governance challenges and priorities for the year ahead. Farient CEO Robin Ferracone will speak on board oversight of human capital management.

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NACD - 2020 Hot Button Compensation and Governance Issues

January 28, 2020; Seattle, WA 

Please join the NACD Northwest Chapter and Farient Advisors for an intimate roundtable luncheon to address the good, bad, and ugly of 2020. What should you expect as a board member, and how should you prepare for positive investor engagement and long-term value creation for your business?

Meet Robin Ferracone

Robin is our Founder and Chief Executive Officer. She is the author of the book, “Fair Pay Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay” and is a frequent presenter for well-known organizations including Council of Institutional Investors, Society for Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and The Conference Board, among others. Robin has written extensively on the topics of performance management, incentive plan design, goal setting, and corporate governance. She has been quoted by several business and industry publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Learn more about Robin.

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Farient Advisors LLC is an independent executive compensation, performance, and corporate governance consultancy. Farient provides a comprehensive array of services to boards of directors and management including: compensation program design, goal setting and performance measurement, pay and performance alignment, board of directors compensation, and shareholder communication among others. Farient has offices in Los Angeles and New York and covers clients in more than 30 countries through our partnership in the Global Governance Executive Compensation Group (GECN). Farient is a certified Women Owned Business.

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