With its wide-ranging qualitative and quantitative input from chairs and non-executives operating within organisations of all sizes, all ownership models, from all sectors and industry types across the world, this research aims to be the most authoritative global study on the issues that impact effectiveness in the boardroom.
This year we continue to examine the topics that are on and off the boardroom agenda as well as how boards navigate the challenges associated with discussing them. Global economic uncertainty continues to be a key driver for organisations and feeds into our topic on operational vs strategic focus. Diversity is important to us both as a topic of research and as a fundamental for benefitting our business and that of our clients. This year we see a degree of what looks to be apathy around the issue and we question what this signifies for other kinds of diversity characteristics.
We also look at how boards are managing their responsibilities around climate change given its urgency and importance for stakeholders in all areas. With climate change almost constantly in the headlines, this year we have continued to drill down into how seriously boards are taking their responsibility for its associated risk through conversations, and their ability to influence environmental decisions, and we examine who bears the mantle or responsibility according to our respondents.