The following post was originally included as part of our recently published memorandum “Selected Issues for Boards of Directors in 2024”.
Companies today face more pressure to speak on social and political issues than ever before. With the constant barrage of issues, the consequences of any course of action can be hard to predict. Speaking up can risk backlash for saying the wrong thing, but refraining from speaking at all may no longer be a reliable way to stay above the fray and avoid criticism. Companies may conclude that, when it comes to issues of great importance to their stakeholders, silence is no longer an option. One question that follows for boards and management, then, is whether they can break the silence without breaching their fiduciary duties.Continue Reading Meeting Fiduciary Duties When Speaking Up: A 21st Century Roadmap