Sally March (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Director, Drummond March & Co, in London, UK.
The coronavirus crisis has lent urgency to the public discussion of ethics and sustainability as some very large listed corporations snapped up government assistance intended for small businesses and were pilloried in the press for their behavior. Some complained that they had done nothing illegal; the rules were badly crafted. The business media warned senior executives that how they behave now will affect the future of their businesses. Executives who took a pay cut during the crisis got a pat on the back for recognizing, if not exactly sharing, the pain of their furloughed employees. After the crisis, executive remuneration will be a lightning rod again for public and political discontent. As we say, it’s about conduct at the top.