DATE PUBLISHED: JANUARY 16, 2019
As the world greets the New Year, investors and companies may take a moment to reflect on key corporate governance priorities in light of a potentially more challenging business environment in the year ahead. The prospect of slower global economic growth, combined with a higher cost of borrowing, and continued uncertainty regarding global trade will demand watchful management of a new set of risks in both developed and developing markets. Macroeconomic trends will likely have an impact on firm performance and companies’ balance sheets, raising greater awareness of audit quality concerns and executive compensation practices. Meanwhile, many governance topics that have dominated the landscape for the past few years, such as diversity, climate change, and cybersecurity, will continue to gain momentum and further prominence at boardrooms and company-shareholder engagements. Below is our list of ten corporate governance topics to watch in 2019.