In this episode, Frank Placenti speaks with John Stout and Deborah Kool about sustainability, and the issues in which a board may confront when faced with adhering to corporate goals that center on sustainability.
Frank Placenti chairs the ABA Corporate Governance Committee. He is a partner and leader of the U.S. Corporate Governance Practice of Squire Patton Boggs. He is the editor of the BLS book, Director’s Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom. Frank was also Founding President of the American College of Governance Counsel.
John Stout, a former chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, is a partner at Fredrikson & Byron, a Minneapolis-based firm, where he co-chairs the firm’s Corporate Governance, Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility, and Artificial Intelligence groups. He co-founded the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and has advised and served on countless boards. Before entering law, Debbie Kool worked in India as a director of a non-profit that rescues victims of sex trafficking. She is an associate in the Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions practices at Fredrikson & Byron and a vice-chair of the ABA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee.