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

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.

 

The Conference Board Governance Center Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure included in Equilar's 2014 Realizable Pay report

13 November 2013
Equilar's 2014 Realizable Pay 101 Report is now available online and includes a detailed breakdown of the major Realizable Pay calculations, including The Conference Board Governance Center Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure. For more on the Working Group and to download the framework, please visit the Working Group website.
 

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The Conference Board Governance Center Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure to be included in Equilar's P4P analytics platform

13 November 2013
Equilar announced today that it will include the Working Group's Realizable/Realized Pay Conceptual Framework in Equilar's P4P analytics platform. The Working Group is a collaboration between The Conference Board Governance Center, the Center On Executive Compensation, and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. For more on the Working Group and to download the framework, please visit the Working Group website.

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

New Task Force Director Notes Published

06 November 2013
You can now download the Director Notes, The Separation of Ownership from Ownership: Concerns Arising from Institutional Investors as Intermediaries, based on the second Task Force Briefing paper prepared by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. More information on the Task Force is available at the Task Force website.

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The Conference Board Governance Center launches the Global Benefits & Compensation Roundtable

01 November 2013
Today, The Conference Board Governance Center launched the Global Benefits & Compensation Roundtable, an educational forum for cross-border compensation and benefits issues. For more information, please visit the roundtable website.

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Governance Center Senior Fellow named to Agenda Digital 50

01 November 2013
Governance Center Senior Fellow Bob Zukis was named to The Agenda Digital 50: Board Candidates with Skills in New Technologies.

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The Conference Board Governance Center hosts roundtable on Trust in Business

30 October 2013
On October 30th, The Conference Board Governance Center hosted an invitation-only roundtable on Trust in Business. The roundtable is the first is a series of efforts lead by The Governance Center to explore the issue of trust in business and to answer the following question:

How should the business community, and society more broadly, deal with business actions which are legal but are clearly wrong in the eyes of the public? What standards for conduct, beyond compliance with law, would engender trust in business and enhance the functioning of the capital markets?

 Governance Watch: Supplemental Pay Disclosures Cover

Webcast explores the new Governance Center Working Group Principles on Supplemental Pay Disclosures

21 October 2013
This Governance Watch webcast announced the work product of The Conference Board Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure, which seeks to develop consistent definitions for "realized" and "realizable" pay for use in company proxy reports.

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

New Director Notes looks at global trends in director-investor engagement 

09 October 2013
A new Director Notes, Global Trends in Board-Shareholder Engagement, looks at potential benefits and complexities of the board-shareholder engagement process, reviews global trends in engagement practices, provides insights into engagement activities at U.S. companies, and highlights developments in the use of technology to facilitate engagement. The Conference Board Governance Center has convened a Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement to look at the opportunities and issues in increasing engagement. More information on the Task Force is available at the Task Force website.

 Director Roundtable: Refreshing the Board

The Conference Board Governance Center hosts Director Roundtable on Refreshing the Board: Introducing new skills into the boardroom

02 October 2013
Kim Van Der Zon of Egon Zehnder moderated the discussion between Raj Gupta and Shelly Lazarus on their views and experiences with concepts like director evaluation, term limits, and skills matrixes, and why refreshing the board matters for the future of US business.. A full video of the discussion is now available.

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Center Executive Director speaks with Paul Washington of Time Warner about the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

27 September 2013
Donna Dabney, Executive Director of the Center, speaks with Paul Washington, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc.,  on a webcast about the upcoming work of The Conference Board Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement. More information on the Task Force is available at the Task Force website.

 

Center Executive Director Donna Dabney was this week's guest on This Week in the Boardroom

09 September 2013
Donna Dabney, Executive Director of the Center, was this week's featured guest on This Week in the Boardroom, hosted by TK Kerstetter, Chairman, NYSE Governance Services / Corporate Board Member. On the show, they discussed the latest in board governance research.

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Latest Insight Minute highlights Board/Investor Engagement

09 September 2013
View the latest Insight Minute from Governance Center Assistant Director Marcel Bucsescu on the topic of Board/Investor Engagement. For more on corporate/investor engagement, visit the website of The Conference Board Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement.

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

New Task Force Director Notes Published

24 July 2013
You can now download the Director Notes, The Underpinnings of Corporate Governance Approaches and the Shareholder Value Model, based on the first Task Force Briefing paper prepared by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. More information on the Task Force is available at the Task Force website.

The Conference Board Governance Center Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure launches website

07 August 2013
The Conference Board Governance Center launched the website for the Working Group on Supplemental Pay Disclosure today. The working group is seeking comments on the discussion draft of its white paper through September 15, 2013. For more, please visit the working group webpages.

The Conference Board Governance Center Announces Formation of Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

The Task Force was formed to bring directors of public companies and investors together to find solutions that will create a stronger corporate governance system and help to restore trust in business. 

Full Press Release    |    Visit the Task Force website

 


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