The following post was originally included as part of our recently published memorandum “Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2021”.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, divisive politics and a historic social justice movement presented unprecedented challenges for boards. While the pandemic eliminated the concept of an in-person boardroom, as well as investor site visits, one-on-one meetings at conferences and strategy retreats, work did not slow, and most directors reported devoting significantly more time to their duties.

Boards stepped up to the challenge during the crisis, showing heightened awareness of and focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as company culture, human capital management, long-term strategy and executive compensation.

In 2021, maintaining and building shareholder relationships through effective engagement will be more important than ever as boards reflect on 2020 and plan for the future. Shareholders will likely be pushing companies to address strategy adjustments, changes in capital allocation and executive compensation in advance of the 2021 proxy season.

Below, we discuss what is motivating shareholders and considerations for companies and their board members in crafting and executing an effective strategy for communicating with investors and other constituents, during proxy season and the off-season.

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