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Proxy Voting Fact Sheet shows decline in year-to-date shareholder proposals

31 March, 2014
The first edition of Proxy Voting Fact Sheet 2014, published in collaboration with FactSet, shows shareholder proposal volume declined compared with same period last year, possibly a sign that investor engagement continues to be fruitful for companies. Data on the number of voted proposals may indicate that proponents are refining their requests to reduce the likelihood of exclusion by management.

Director Notes: The Underpinnings of Corporate Governance Approaches and the Shareholder Value Model

New Director Notes looks at role of the board in cybersecurity

25 March, 2014
A new Director Notes from The Conference Board Governance Center, titled The Board's Role in Cybersecurity, looks at how corporate directors and officers should appropriately oversee their company’s cybersecurity initiatives and offers suggestions for directors on how to carry out their oversight role.

Task Force recommendations highlighted in The New York Times DealBook

13 March 2014
The task force recommendations were covered in a piece in The New York Times DealBook by David Gelles.

Task Force Co-Chairs Simon Lorne and Patricia Russo publish a public letter on the work of the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

11 March 2014
In a public letter published today, Task Force co-chairs Simon Lorne and Patricia Russo call for business leadership to improve corporate governance and enhance the necessary public confidence and trust in the US capitalist model. Read the full letter.

The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement Releases their recommendations

11 March 2014
The Conference Board Governance Center today announced the publication of the recommendations of The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement. The Task Force concluded that fixing corporate governance — and, ultimately, restoring trust in business — calls for an open, yet purpose-driven process of reestablishing alignment between corporate strategy and investor interests. For more, please read the press release.

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Risk Oversight: What Boards Need Going Forward

April 2, 2014

501(c)’s and the Proposed Political Activity Rules: Implications for Business

May 7, 2014

11th Annual Corporate/Investor Summit
Washington, DC

May 13, 2014

Director Roundtable: The Board Game--How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors
New York, NY

June 4, 2014

Director Roundtable: Effective Board Leadership
New York, NY

 July 15 & 16, 2014

Human Rights and Corporate Governance Roundtable
New York, NY


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April 22, 2014

Enhancing the Audit Committee Report: A Call to Action
Newark, DE
Hosted by:
The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and the Center for Audit Quality.

May 2, 2014 The Citadel Directors' Institute
Charleston, SC
Hosted by:
The Citadel School of Business



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