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Jan 05, 2023

Geopolitical and economic risks: Board oversight in an evolving world

Corporate Secretary’s ‘Geopolitical and economic risks: Board oversight in an evolving world’ presents the findings from exclusive research that offer useful insights into, among other things, which elements of the board oversee those risks and how often they discuss them, what issues are on board agendas, what investors are asking about and how governance professionals view their board’s handling of these matters. The findings in this report are based on an online survey conducted between August and September 2022.


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Key findings

  • Overall, almost three quarters of respondents report a slight (53 percent) or large (20 percent) increase over the past two years in the frequency of board discussions on geopolitical issues.
  • The most frequently mentioned economic/geopolitical topic boards have discussed over the past year is economic growth/recession, cited by 95 percent of respondents. That is followed by inflation (93 percent of respondents), the war in Ukraine (84 percent), racial equality (46 percent) and gender pay gaps (43 percent). 
  • Half of respondents at mega-cap companies say board members are either frequently or always engaged with investors when relevant economic issues are discussed.
  • Just over a quarter (26 percent) of all respondents wish for improvements in the way their board oversees economic or domestic/global political risks.


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