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Startup Governance

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Under most corporate bylaws, a board of directors has a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders and other external and internal stakeholders to provide leadership, deliberate, communicate decisions and exercise accountability to maintain management focus and healthy investor relations;

Regular board meetings maintain transparency, direction and collective responsibility;

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People As Assets

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In a BusinessWeek article dated March 28, 2014, the former chairman, president and CEO of IBM, Samuel Palmisano, writing about a new era of global enterprise, describes the importance of managing and deploying human capital internationally “as one global asset.”

In the post, Palmisano perpetuates the same myth many other C-suite executives have for many years: The idea that people are assets in a company. While this may sound good, the reality of simple accounting rules is very different.

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Green REITs

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A study by researchers at Maastricht University establishes another positive link between financial returns and sustainability, finding that real estate investment trusts (REITs) with greener portfolios perform better.

A key conclusion was that higher returns on both assets and equity were directly proportional to the adoption of Energy Star and LEED certifications on U.S. commercial holdings. In addition, more energy efficient and sustainable properties were less exposed to business cyclicality and occupancy risk.

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