Board Practices

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.

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Director Compensation

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.

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Top-Executive Compensation

The review of 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. A collaboration with IBM.

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Shareholder Activism and Proxy Voting

In collaboration with FactSet, The Conference Board publishes Proxy Voting Analytics, a post-season review of data on shareholder proposals, management proposals, and investor activism (including 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 Activist Surveillance (SharkWatch) tool for a special price for Conference Board members.

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CEO Succession

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.

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Corporate Sustainability

As part of its Initiative on Sustainability, The Conference Board brings an analysis of more than 70 environmental and social practices at U.S. and non-U.S. companies in the S&P Global 1200 index —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. This report includes a complementary web-based tool, the Sustainability Practices Dashboard. The dashboard presents data from the report in an interactive online format, allowing users to easily select, view, and export the most relevant benchmarking data.

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Corporate Philanthropy

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.

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Corporate Communications and Public Relations

In collaboration with Baruch College's Corporate Communications International (CCI) research center,  The Conference Board reviews organizational and leadership practices on public relations and employee communications. Comparative data include CCOs’ professional background, reporting relationships, functions and responsibilities, budgetary resources, performance measurement standards, outsourcing policies, and the use of social media.

Forthcoming (Spring 2015)

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Proxy Voting Analytics (2010-2014)

An analysis of proxy voting data for Russell 3000 and S&P 500 companies that held annual general meetings (AGMs) in the January 1-June 30 period during the last five years.

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Proxy Voting Fact Sheet 2014

This edition of the Proxy Voting Fact Sheet contains a snapshot of the most relevant proxy season data for Russell 3000 companies that held annual general meetings (AGMs) between January 1 and June 30, 2014.

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Activist Surveillance

In an exclusive offer to its members, The Conference Board, in collaboration with FactSet, provides a tool for public companies to stay abreast of shareholder activism, track AGM votes, and compare takeover defenses against peer groups.

Activist Surveillance

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