Corporate Leadership Benchmarking
To enable peer-comparisons, The Conference Board offers a portfolio of benchmarking data and analysis on corporate governance, proxy voting, sustainability, and citizenship.
An analysis of more than 150 corporate governance data points, segmented by company size (measurable by revenue and asset value) and 20 industrial sectors. Covered practices include board composition and leadership, director nomination and election, anti-takeover measures, board-shareholder engagement, and strategy and risk oversight. A collaboration with NASDAQ OMX and NYSE Euronext.
Benchmarks on director compensation elements, including cash retainer, meeting fees, full value shares, stock options, retainer for chairmanship and committee membership, and perquisites. A collaboration with NASDAQ OMX and NYSE Euronext.
Data on total compensation, base salaries, equity-based incentives, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest paid executives of more than 2,000 publicly traded companies in the United States.
In collaboration with FactSet, The Conference Board publishes Proxy Voting Analytics, a post-season review of data on shareholder proposals, management proposals, and proxy contests in the Russell 3000 and S&P 500. The analysis is organized by subject (corporate governance, executive compensation, social and environmental policy, and other issues) and includes volume, sponsorship, and voting results. Also read the latest Proxy Voting Fact Sheet, for updates on the current season, and access FactSet’s Sharkrepellent/SharkWatch database for a special price for Conference Board members.
Statistics on succession events regarding chief executive officers (CEOs) of S&P 500 companies. In addition to updates on historical trends, this report features a series of notable case studies and a detailed review of shareholder activism requesting more rigorous succession planning and disclosure practices.
As part of its Initiative on Sustainability, The Conference Board brings an analysis of more than 70 environmental and social practices at 3,000 U.S. and non-U.S. companies—encompassing atmospheric emissions, water consumption, biodiversity policies, labor standards, human rights practices, and charitable and political contributions. Segmentation includes the S&P 500 and Russell 1000 as well as 11 business sectors and four corporate revenue groups.
Produced by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) in association with The Conference Board and as part of The Conference Board's Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy, the Giving in Numbers series analyzes trends in corporate philanthropic allocations by large U.S.-based corporations and corporate foundations, including a majority of the Fortune 100. Also widely used as a reference by nonprofit organizations seeking potential funders, this complimentary data offers insight into what types of partners the world’s largest companies are seeking.
Chart of the Week Series
The Chart of the Week series highlights key findings from The Conference Board’s portfolio of benchmarking research on corporate governance, proxy voting, corporate sustainability, and citizenship. Learn more.
Access below the most recent Charts of the Week:
- Special meeting and written consent proposals (May 20, 2013)
- Shareholder proposals on political issues (May 13, 2013)
- CEO-chairman separation policies (April 29, 2013)
- Board diversity (April 22, 2013)
- Use of board portals and social media (April 15, 2013)
- Poison pills and fiduciary-out provisions (April 8, 2013)