“Hesta, which manages A$52bn in funds, said it was (encouraging) Rio to launch an ‘independent and transparent review’ of all current agreements between the company and traditional landowners.’The nature of these agreements and how they are negotiated represents a systemic risk for investors that will not be mitigated by executive changes,’ said Debby Blakey, Hesta chief executive. ‘The board has yet to adequately demonstrate to investors that they have appropriate governance and oversight arrangements in place to manage this risk.’”Financial Times
September 12, 2020
“Going forward, board composition is absolutely critical for Rio Tinto to regain trust with investors and communities.”
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Managing the reputation risk to stakeholders maximizes the returns to shareholders.
Reputation value is a strategic power companies use to sell more, faster, and at premium prices; and to obtain labor, vendor services, as well as capital on preferred terms.
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Context and Background
Risk managers are now central to the process for managing risks to reputation and that’s a process marketers and communications professionals need to be a part of. The oversight of reputation risk management is mission-critical.
Courts have increasingly been ruling that reputation is a mission critical function and oversight of its management is a responsibility of the board of directors. Courts are also ruling that marketing statements companies make – if they related to issues that affect their reputation, like ESG – may be considered material by investors. Litigation along these lines has yielded large settlements or verdicts for plaintiffs.
And now, the SEC has proposed new rules requiring disclosures by public companies related to their ESG activities; those statements could become a communications and reputational minefield.
As a result, reputation risk management is evolving into an intelligence gathering operation spanning the entire enterprise, roping in the enterprise risk manager, compliance counsel, and increasingly, reporting up to the Chief Legal Officer. There is a growing recognition that reputation is not a product merely of marketing and media coverage, but of the degree to which stakeholders’ expectations are aligned with actual performance. The reputation risk management process requires a thorough and ongoing analysis of stakeholder expectations, the risks of disappointment, and a plan for either managing those expectations or assessing and insuring against the cost of failure.
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