The 6th annual conference of the International Corporate Governance Society will take place on November 14-15, 2020 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. The conference is intended to provide a forum for international academics, practitioners, and doctoral students to showcase and discuss the latest corporate governance research.
Research proposals and papers that contribute to the broad body of knowledge in comparative corporate governance will be considered for this conference. Special consideration will be made for examinations of the influence of corporate governance practices on environmental sustainability activities and outcomes within and between firms and nations. For example, Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock which manages over $7 trillion in investments, recently announced that they would exit investments that “present a high sustainability-related risk,” and increase the importance of sustainability efforts when investing in new companies.
In addition to general corporate governance studies, the conference’s special theme focuses on environmental sustainability due to the global threat that it poses to all traditional economic activity and the quickly shifting governance challenges that it poses. The size of this global threat precludes the private sector from solving this issue by itself; nonetheless, the private sector needs to be part of the solution. For example, just removing all fossil fuels from the global economy creates enormous economic and political challenges. If this happens, corporate governance mechanisms will be the means by which these changes are made. The following questions are just a few that arise from transitioning to a more sustainable economy:
– What national institutions facilitate or hinder this transition?
– How are corporate boards addressing this transition?
– Do certain ownership types help or hinder this transition?
– Does ESG auditing help or hurt this transition?
– What are executive and board member ethical responsibilities during this transition?
The Submission deadline for papers is May 1, 2020.
Find more information, including the full call at the website.