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June 13, 2024

The last lap of Southwest's 18-month reputation crisis. Activists investors! Link to a podcast on the meaning of all this for your company.

And now, the last bits of the tail of a reputation crisis. “Hedge fund Elliott Investment Management announced yesterday that it has a $1.9bn position in Southwest Airlines, comprising 11% of the company’s shares. It issued a letter to the airline’s board, calling for new directors, a new CEO, more executives from outside, and a comprehensive business review. In its letter, Elliott wrote, ‘While Southwest has a proud history, that history is not an argument for supporting poor leadership and sticking with a strategy that no longer succeeds in the modern airline industry.’” Relevant podcast on what this means for your company: https://5-minute-aventures-in-risk-resilience.zencast.website

May 31, 2024

Corporate swatting--calling the DoJ when there is no known issue just to see if something shakes looses--is no longer unthinkable.

Manifestations of complex interconnected risks generally culminate in reputational crises, but they can be managed. Relying only on reporting systems when insiders may become aware of such risks…is not risk management. Reporting systems are unlikely to mitigate federal investigations and follow-on issues because today the risk/reward balance favors whistleblowing over internal reporting. In fact, the rewards of whistleblowing are so great right now that corporate swatting–calling the DoJ or SEC with a hot tip when there is no known issue just to see if something shakes looses–is no longer unthinkable.

April 7, 2024

“Unsavory” may be forgiven, if not forgotten. Speculation aside, objectively, none of Steel City Re's reputation risk measures indicated a problem with MSGE. The obvious benefit of such objective metrics is that it protects CEOs’ reputation-linked compensation and shields boards from attacks. Is your reputation risk management process insurance-authenticated?

“Unsavory” may be forgiven, if not forgotten. Speculation aside, objectively, none of Steel City Re’s reputation risk measures indicated a problem with MSGE. The obvious benefit of such objective metrics is that it protects CEOs’ reputation-linked compensation and shields boards from attacks. Is your reputation risk management process insurance-authenticated?

March 25, 2024

The new program “will create new incentives for individuals to report misconduct,” “If anything (said a defense lawyer), I think you’re going to see more scrutiny on this, […] And the risks are increasing.” The increased risk of discovering an adverse event is not unlike placing an additional bullet in the chamber in a game of Russian Roulette. But with risks increasing to all companies, and risk being the basis for discounting value, all companies will be equally discounted. That will be hard to appreciate in a stock market that is soaring. Until it isn’t. That’s where we come in. With reputation risk forecasting, management, and insurance, Steel City Re helps companies build and prove to stakeholders their thoughtful risk management and dutiful governance over all that is mission-critical. It is an authenticated story stakeholders can appreciate and value.