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As the sustainability movement grows, so too do the ambiguities under which boards of directors govern. Boards are bound by fiduciary duties, including the duty of loyalty, which requires that a board acts in good faith and in the best interest of the corporation. Historically, the “best of the corporation” was interpreted to mean maximizing profits solely for the shareholder. Many regulators, academics, politicians, and investors are now challenging this concept, contending that a corporation is best served when it incorporates “more nuanced and tempered approaches to creating shareholder value” and considers the interests of a broader set of stakeholders, such as employees, customers, and communities.

Source: Stakeholders’ Desire for Sustainability Presents Opportunities and Challenges for Boards | NACD BoardTalk