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Nov 18, 2022

Governance Matters podcast: What boards can learn from Boeing’s 737 Max scandal

This episode of the Governance Matters podcast looks at how companies can tackle or avoid scandals and other negative events that can cause loss of revenue, reputational damage and erosion of shareholder value

As in all relationships in life, trust is a key ingredient of a long and healthy relationship between a company and its shareholders. But trust is a fragile thing that takes a long time to gain, very little time to lose and a lot of effort to rebuild.

Starting with the Boeing 737 Max scandal, the latest episode of the Governance Matters podcast asks what boards can learn about managing trust in their companies.

When it comes to the role they play in helping companies become trusted, ‘it starts with who’s at the table,’ says Sandra Sucher, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and author of The Power of Trust: How companies build it, lose it and regain it. ‘If you look at the composition of the Boeing board, it was not structured for success.’

Speaking to podcast host Jeff Cossette, Sucher argues that the 737 Max story shows how industry knowledge and expertise at the board level in risk assessment and scenario planning, managing ‘truth and realism’ and ensuring accountability are all paramount in mitigating the risk of losing trust.

The Governance Matters podcast provides listeners with insight into cutting-edge issues of the day for corporate secretaries, general counsel and other governance professionals.

The series looks at how the role of the corporate secretary and the board has evolved over time, as well as how the governance landscape continues to change. From ESG to entity management, shareholder engagement to technology, hear from award-winning governance professionals and leading advisers about the latest public company governance matters.

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