As investors focus on environmental, social and governance issues, boards that lead in these areas may reap significant benefits.

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly highlight the importance of ESG issues through investment strategies, shareholder proposals and public statements. Industry groups also monitor companies’ ESG efforts, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has focused public attention on the issue in recent years.

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