Most boards of public companies have learned to live comfortably with audit committees, nominating committees, and compensation committees. An increasing number of companies are now also creating risk-management committees. This Essay explores the early stages of development of yet another board-level committee: the sustainability committee. The Essay posits several advantages to having a board-level sustainability committee and identifies possible sources of pressure for the creation of more such committees. It also suggests some of the disadvantages of sustainability committees and cautions against cosmetic governance reform. By examining what we know today (and can imagine tomorrow) about sustainability committees, this Essay sets a baseline for future research.
Repository CitationJayne W. Barnard, At the Intersection of Corporate Governance and Environmental Sustainability, 2 Wm. & Mary Bus. L. Rev. 207 (2011), http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/wmblr/vol2/iss2/2
2 William & Mary Business Law Review 207-225 (2011)