Farient Briefings: Value Creation Drives Corporate Commitment to ESG Goals

April 23, 2024

Value Creation Drives Corporate Commitment to ESG Goals


There is no turning back. Corporate focus on long-term value inextricably links to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. Despite “anti-woke” sentiment heightened by state and federal politics in the U.S., the business case for adopting sustainability strategies is reflected by the growing number of companies across geographies and industries that incorporate sustainability measures into their long-term incentive plans.

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Tesla Seeks Shareholder Approval on Comp Plan, Relo to Texas

Elon Musk appears determined to win back his $56 billion compensation package rescinded in February by a Delaware Chancery Court judge decision following a bench trial. In Tesla‘s preliminary proxy statement filed April 17, the electric vehicle maker asks shareholders to vote “for” Musk’s 2018 performance-based pay package and to approve the relocation of Tesla from Delaware to Texas. Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting is June 13.


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ICYMI – SEC Halts Climate Reporting Amid Legal Challenges


In a recent development, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided to halt the enforcement of its climate disclosure regulation, pending legal proceedings. The regulation, passed in March 2024, mandates certain public companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks. However, legal objections from Republican-led states, energy sector entities, and business associations have prompted the SEC to pause implementation, citing concerns over the agency’s jurisdiction. Meanwhile, environmental advocacy groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club contend that the regulations don’t go far enough.

Where We Were


Atlanta’s Buckhead Club was the setting on April 17 for cutting-edge insights from NACD’s “Leading Minds of Governance” panel. The meeting of the minds was moderated by NACD’s Greg Griffith and featured the Center for Audit Quality’s Vanessa Teitelbaum, Accenture’s Dannetta Bland, Grant Thornton’s Johnny Lee, and Farient Advisors’ Partner and COO RJ Bannister.


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About Farient Advisors 

Farient Advisors LLC is an independent premier executive compensation, performance, and corporate governance consultancy. Farient provides a full array of services, linking business strategy to compensation through a tailored, analytically rigorous, and collaborative approach. Farient has locations in Los Angeles, New York, Louisville, and London and works with clients globally through its partnership in the Global Governance and Executive Compensation (GECN) Group. Farient is a certified diverse company and is recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.


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