Global Competitiveness


CED policy statements on corporate governance issues have analyzed, first, how corporations could regain the public's trust in the wake of the Enron-WorldCom scandals; second, how corporate directors could promote the long-term enduring qualities of their enterprises rather than give in to financial market ""short-termism;"" and third, how corporations can rebuild their leadership by linking long-term performance with societal goals.

CED's work on this issue seeks to address the crisis in confidence about business' ability to govern itself and to be accountable in the wake of the Great Recession. Corporate leaders must balance risk-taking (innovation and creativity) with risk-management (financial and operational discipline) and fuse high performance with high integrity to create durable, sustainable growing economic enterprises that benefit shareholders and other critical stakeholders. CED also is exploring the role institutional investors play in encouraging strong governance practices and long-term performance in companies in their portfolios. Investors play a critical role in corporate governance and face some governance and accountability issues, based on separation of ownership from control, similar to those of the companies they own.

"Now is the time for the business community to think seriously about its interdependent relationship with the broader society. Now is the time to reevaluate failed strategies and to think about how we might do things differently."" - William Donaldson, CED Member and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman.



Crony Capitalism:  Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government

Crony Capitalism: Unhealthy Relations Between Business and Government, focuses on the growing public perception of a crony form of capitalism in America, and discusses the three interconnected trends that we believe are primarily responsible for...

October 14, 2015  |   Policy Position   |  Money in Politics,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceFiscal HealthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Steve Odland on CNBC: How Volkswagen Can Regain the Public's Trust

October 07, 2015  |   CED in the News Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



CED Unveils Road Map on Placing More Women on Corporate Boards

September 01, 2015  |   CED in the News   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Tom Nelson Featured in Charlotte Observer for CED Award

May 06, 2015  |   CED in the News Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards

CED’s newest paper, “Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards” updates CED’s 2012 Policy Paper, “Fulfilling the Promise:How More Women on Corporate Boards Would Make America and...

November 13, 2014  |   Policy Position   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina Discusses Board Report Recommendations

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the U.K.,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014. The report examines the startling underrepresentation...

May 30, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina Opines on Tackling Unconscious Bias

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the U.K.,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014. The report examines the startling underrepresentation...

May 15, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Spring Policy Conference, May 1-2, 2014: Washington, DC

Please join the Committee for Economic Development for our two-day Spring Policy Conference on May 1-2, 2014.This year’s program will feature in-depth conversations with senior leaders, CEOs, economists, and policy makers, on early...

May 01, 2014  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and SelectionEducationEarly ChildhoodForeign LanguagesK-12PostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax ReformGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Social Impact Bonds: Innovative Public Finance or Pie in the Sky?

By Sean HicksSocial impact bonds (SIBs), a unique approach to public finance that is gaining momentum in states and municipalities across the country, could alter the way major social problems are addressed by increasing...

March 24, 2014  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Fiscal HealthMillennialnomicsGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Trustee Blog: Entrepreneurs on Boards

Entrepreneurs on BoardsBy Larraine Segil Director, Frontier Communications Inc. Chair of Foundation & Vice Chair of Governing board of The Committee of 200, Global Women’s CEO’s  Having served on a...

March 12, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Jeff Joerres Awarded for Commitment to Workplace Diversity

February 10, 2014  |   CED in the News   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Help Wanted: Male Advocates

By Paula SternResearch shows that empowering women economically invigorates corporate America and could lead to an increase in U.S. GDP. Yet, female representation on corporate boards in the U.S. is fourteen percent...

February 03, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trust Gap Between Business and Government at All-Time High

Since 2001, the public relations firm Edelman has conducted an annual survey that gauges trust in both business and government.  This year, the gap between the two institutions was at an all-time high: a 14% difference,...

January 22, 2014  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



The Autonomous Board: A Memo by CED Trustee and Sodali Chairman John C. Wilcox

CED Trustee and Chairman of Sodali, John C. Wilcox, has recently issued his company's 2014 Client Memo, The Autonomous Board.  It describes trends and challenges that will face boards of directors in 2014, complete...

October 09, 2013  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



CED Trustee Dominic Barton Talks Corporate Boards on Bloomberg TV

September 03, 2013  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



CED's Odland Discusses the Role of Business Leaders in the Political Process on Cavuto

August 07, 2013  |   CED in the News Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Trustee Blog: NEWS FLASH: Boards Responsible for ALL Corporate Failures!  Really?

A new study published in the FT finds that boards are COMPLETELY responsible for corporate financial “disasters” due to their poor-to-negligent oversight management decisions and their execution.  What’s the cause...

August 01, 2013  |   Blog   |  Sustainable Capitalism, Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



June 2013 Trustee Conference Call

On June 19 2013, Joe Minarik and Steve Odland presented updates to trustees as part of CED's regular monthly conference call series. This month, topics included CED’s newly released business statesmanship working paper, and...

June 24, 2013  |   Blog   |  Fiscal Health, Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



CED Releases Working Paper: “Business Statesmanship and Sustainable Capitalism: Can Corporate Leaders Help Put America and American Business Back on Track?”

The political and economic environment that sustains American capitalism is extraordinarily weak at present.  Rightly or wrongly, cyclical factors—the Great Recession and its aftermath—have damaged the reputation and societal standing...

May 28, 2013  |   Blog Global CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



Business Statesmanship and Sustainable Capitalism: Can Corporate Leaders Help Put America and American Business Back on Track?

To celebrate the Committee for Economic Development’s (CED’s) 75th anniversary in 2017, CED will renew our founding principles through a multi-year program that will test the viability of “sustainable capitalism,”...

May 28, 2013  |   Policy Position   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Sustainable Capitalism, EducationForeign LanguagesGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate Governance



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