Spotlight on Gender Diversity in the Boardroom

“Press for Progress” is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, coming up on March 8. Fittingly, gender diversity in the boardroom has recently received attention from the SEC, the world’s largest asset manager and the business press.

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World’s Largest Asset Manager Expects More than Mere Profits

In his most-recent annual letter to CEOs of the companies in BlackRock’s portfolio, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink calls on companies to “serve a social purpose,” and to articulate how they make “a positive contribution to society.”

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Distinguishing Between Urgency and Importance on the Board of Directors

As board members weigh their priorities for 2018, they would do well to consider a famous quote attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower: “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

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Tax Accounting Challenges Loom Large for Many Filers This Year

Form 10-K filers must comply with public company accounting standards, but that is easier said than done these days.

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SEC Chairman Says Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Will Proceed

For public companies wondering when long-pending Dodd-Frank rules will hit, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has promised action.

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SEC Enforcement Targets for 2018 Include ‘Exam’ Cheating, Failure to File and ‘Pump and Dump’ Schemes

While the Trump Administration is known for its deregulatory approach, including a January 25 decision by the Department of Justice to end “use of civil enforcement authority to enforce agency guidance documents,” SEC enforcement action continues apace.

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