Corporate Governance Symposium

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

09:45 – 15:00 EDT | 14:45 – 20:00 CET


Laura Field (University of Delaware and ECGI)

Fei Xie (University of Delaware and ECGI)

About the event

The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Department of Finance at the Lerner College of Business and Economics, at the University of Delaware, hosted its 2021 annual corporate governance symposium in collaboration with the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). The focus of the Symposium was “Critical Issues for Boards and Investors in 2021.”

The symposium featured the two winning papers of the 2021 John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Paper Award competition which seeks to highlight innovative research and includes an award of USD 10,000.

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the focus on various environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues by investors and other stakeholders. The papers included in the symposium collectively address topics within the area of ESG that are of critical importance in 2021 for boards of directors and investors.

The winning papers, ‘The ESG-Innovation Disconnect: Evidence from Green Patenting’ (Cohen, Gurun, Nguyen) and ‘The Distribution of Voting Rights to Shareholders’ (Fos, Holderness) was presented and discussed with the semi-finalist’s papers for the prize.


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