Corporate governance is at a crossroads. Strong voices in the investment community have been pushing companies to make environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors a priority of corporate governance, moving them from the realm of compliance and public relations to board room discussions and financial disclosures. Agriculture industry examples include recent shareholder proposals at Darden Restaurants and General Mills, and Monsanto’s glyphosate litigation in California. Also very relevant is the New York Attorney General’s case against ExxonMobil.
Industry management is balancing the need to be responsive to these trends while keeping focused on (and in some cases defending) their core business. We discuss recent developments in ESG and look at ways in which companies are dealing with these pressures from a practical and a liability perspective.
Troy Keller, Of Counsel, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Salt Lake City
Mike Droke, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Seattle
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