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  1. 2011 Enterprise Risk Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    February 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is evolving beyond compliance to become a more integral part of strategy.


  1. 2012 Enterprise Risk Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    March 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Enterprise risk management is not a stand-alone process. Instead, it needs to be tied to decision making and business strategy.


  1. 2013 Succession Management Conference KeyNotes Report

    November 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Succession management should be integrated into every phase of strategic planning, not isolated as an HR activity. If not, the organization may not take it seriously.


  1. Beyond Compliance: The Future of Risk Management

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    According to recent interviews with business managers, Enterprise Risk Management is gaining ground as a comprehensive approach for evaluating activities and assessing a multitude of risks associated with conducting business.

  2. Big Data Doesn't Mean 'Big Brother' (Implications for Legal and Risk Officers)

    May 2015 | Key Business Issues

    Organizations at the leading edge of HCA are using new sources of workforce data to gain competitive advantage. However, these practices raise privacy, legal, and ethical concerns.

  3. Board Oversight of Management’s Risk Appetite and Tolerance

    December 2012 | Director Notes

    This Director Notes analyzes the handicaps created by current risk oversight and assurance approaches and tools, highlights six goals for boards in executing their risk oversight duties, and provides practical advice for directors on how to achieve them.

  4. Building Risk Awareness into Performance: Integrating ERM and Performance Management

    September 2009 | Research Report

    This report explores the reasons behind the lack of ERM and performance management integration through an examination of the results of a survey of 97 senior executives.

  5. Building Risk Awareness into Performance: Integrating ERM and Performance Management

    September 2009 | Key Findings

    This report explores the reasons behind the lack of ERM and performance management integration through an examination of the results of a survey of 97 senior executives.

  6. Board’s Role in Cybersecurity

    March 2014 | Director Notes

    To protect finances, liability, reputation, and future growth, corporate boards must ensure that their companies have appropriate processes in place to manage cyber risk in their business.


  1. CEO Succession Practices: 2014 Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    The rate of CEO succession in calendar year 2013 was 8.4 percent, down from 10.9 percent in 2012 and below the average succession rate of 10.8 percent for the period 2000–2013.

  2. China Center Chart of the Week: Rise in interbank lending highlights China’s liquidity risks

    June 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the Chinese banking system’s monthly new claims on the corporate and household sectors (i.e. loans into the real economy) as well as new claims on depository corporations and financial institutions (i.e. interbank lending).

  3. Compensation-Related Risk and Compensation Consultants

    August 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the last in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

  4. Converging Physical and Information Security Risk Management

    February 2011 | Executive Action Report

    Traditionally, physical and information security have operated in their own silos with separate teams and different risks, processes, and budgets. But risks and threats are evolving and becoming interdependent. As new technologies are adopted in the workp

  5. Corporate Culture and ERM

    June 2013 | Director Notes

    Boards considering ERM should examine the growing data suggesting a correlation between mature risk management practices and value creation and the increasing scrutiny of risk management practices by courts.

  6. Corporate Governance Handbook 2007: Legal Standards and Board Practices

    July 2007 | Book

    This handbook is intended to be an easy-to-use compendium of rapidly evolving laws and rules and the best practices adopted by leading companies.

  7. Corporate Governance Handbook: Legal Standards and Board Practices (Third Edition)

    September 2009 | Book

    Revised in 2009, this handbook presents an easy-to-use compendium of rapidly evolving laws and regulations and the best practices adopted by leading companies.

  8. Changing Chinese Supply Chain

    November 2013 | Executive Action Report

    This report presents detailed information about managing supply chains in China and the characteristics of a successful risk management program.

  9. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

  10. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2015: Creating Opportunity out of Adversity—Building Innovative, People-Driven Organizations

    January 2015 | Key Business Issues

    CEOs are undeterred in their quest for new sources of growth and show few signs of hunkering down in the defensive postures seen in the years immediately following the 2008 financial crisis.

  11. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2015: US Edition

    January 2015 | Key Business Issues

    With modest global economic growth expected, US CEOs view Human Capital in all its forms as the primary fuel that will drive the engines of growth in their organizations.


  1. Deep Dive Exchange Insights: The Evolving Face of Corrupt Practices in China – Managing 3rd Party Fraud Risk

    May 2013 | China Center Publications

    A summary of discussion points, learnings, business issues, and implications from the Deep Dive Exchange session hosted by The Conference Board's China Center

  2. Defining Corporate Governance Best Practices to Add Firm Value

    September 2005 | Executive Action Report

    European family-controlled public companies tend to perform less well in the stock market than their American counterparts. Would best practices followed by family firms in the United States be helpful examples for similar enterprises in Europe?

  3. Developing an Effective Climate Change Strategy

    February 2014 | Director Notes

    Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies are becoming increasingly important. This report details eight steps for developing such strategies and provides examples of companies that have done so.

  4. Director Compensation and Board Practices: 2013 Edition

    February 2013 | Research Report

    This report analyzes findings from a 2012 survey of 359 companies and provides benchmarking information on the compensation awarded to individual board members in FY2011 and on board practices.

  5. Director Notes: The Role of the Board in Risk Oversight—Adapting to Regulatory Developments and Emerging Practices

    November 2009 | Director Notes

    This report highlights a range of considerations for directors as they approach the assessment and oversight of their risk management programs.

  6. Duty to Monitor under Delaware Law: from Caremark to Citigroup

    February 2010 | Director Notes

    Have corporate governance laws struck the right balance between risk taking and risk mitigation? This report provides an overview of Delaware law developments on the fiduciary duty to monitor.


  1. Employers and U.S. Public Education – Facilitating an Open Discussion about the Role of Business in U.S. Public Schools

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    A guide to be used by employers to discuss with employees why they invest in education and how employees can engage in those programs as well as become better consumers of education.
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  1. FCPA Enforcement Trends

    February 2013 | Director Notes

    Compared to the blistering pace set by U.S. authorities in previous years, 2012 saw a decline in FCPA enforcement. This downturn, however, will probably be short-lived.

  2. From Enron To Lehman Brothers: Lessons for Boards From Recent Corporate Governance Failures

    March 2012 | Director Notes

    This report identifies common pitfalls in many current whistleblower and compliance policies and programs, and offers recommendations for audit committee on how to strengthen them.

  3. From Risk Management To Risk Strategy: Mid-Markets

    October 2005 | Research Report

    This survey based report presents the facts and figures on Mid Market companies increasing utilization of Risk Management Strategies.


  1. Giving the Working Poor a Working Chance

    February 2011 | Council Perspectives

    How can business and the world’s corporations help efforts to alleviate global poverty? And what is the rationale for getting involved?


  1. Handling a Corporate Crisis

    August 2012 | Director Notes

    In today’s climate, securities and financial firms are likely to face some enforcement proceedings that create a situation fraught with potential pitfalls. This report discusses 10 prescriptions for handling these situations well.

  2. How Well Do Corporate Directors Know Senior Management?

    March 2014 | Director Notes

    Companies can improve the quality of their CEO succession and internal talent development programs by fostering regular formal and informal interaction between directors and senior management.


  1. Leveraging Corporate Security for Business Growth and Improved Performance: The Transformative Effect of 9/11

    September 2012 | Council Perspectives

    Security has become a core function, embedded in disciplines like finance, law, human resources, quality, supply chain, marketing, and operations.


  1. Managing Human Capital Risk

    July 2011 | Research Report

    This report presents the results of a survey of 161 companies on the state of their human capital risk assessment and management in answer to five key questions.

  2. Managing Reputation Risk and Reward

    March 2009 | Research Report

    After witnessing several companies take well-publicized hits to their reputations over the past few years, senior managers have started to pay greater attention to reputation risks.

  3. Managing Reputation Risk and Reward

    April 2009 | Key Findings

    This report examines the challenges companies face as they work to safeguard and enhance their reputations among customers, investors, employees, and other stakeholders.

  4. Managing Supply Chain Sustainability and Risk

    July 2014 | Director Notes

    Addressing supply chain risk and sustainability in isolation may put a firm at considerable risk. Companies should pursue strategies that recognize that supply chain risk and sustainability are inextricably intertwined.


  1. Next Frontier for Boards: Oversight of Risk Culture

    June 2015 | Director Notes

    This report provides board members an overview of new risk oversight expectations, outlines potential handicaps they may encounter, and offers suggestions for overseeing their company’s risk culture.


  1. Preparing for a Succession Emergency

    February 2013 | Director Notes

    By integrating an emergency succession plan into their crisis management process, companies can determine their preparedness, identify a credible emergency successor, and increase their ability to smoothly manage the announcement.

  2. Potential Cost and Value of ERM

    March 2013 | Director Notes

    Many companies find the concept of enterprise risk management (ERM) appealing, but these companies are often hesitant to implement ERM because of the effort required.


  1. Reframing the Issue: New Ways to Think about Cyber Risk and Security

    December 2013 | Council Perspectives

    Cyber risk is just one of many operational risks, and, from a business viewpoint, mitigation of cyber risk should focus on fundamental risk management, corporate resilience, and managing human behavior.

  2. Reputation Risk: A Corporate Governance Perspective

    December 2007 | Research Report

    Corporate boards can and should assess their fiduciary responsibilities in the area of reputation risk management--and they should do it long before it's necessary. Here's how.

  3. Risk Matters: Why and How Corporate Boards Should Become Involved

    March 2013 | Research Report

    This report specifies how to solidify defenses against multiple types of risk, and the role of the board in turning separate risk strategies into one consolidated risk management program.

  4. Risk Oversight Practices: Insights from Corporate Directors

    September 2010 | Director Notes

    This survey based report highlights a set of concrete emerging best practices for Risk Oversight.

  5. Risk Oversight Practices: Two Success Stories

    January 2011 | Director Notes

    This report explains how strong alignment of risk understanding and support from the board has been crucial to each company’s performance in challenging times.

  6. Risk Oversight: Evolving Expectations for Boards

    January 2014 | Director Notes

    Evolving expectations for oversight of management’s risk appetite and tolerance present challenges for boards. Boards should consider an objective-centric approach that links retained risks to strategic and foundation business objectives.

  7. Risk Oversight: Should Your Board Have a Separate Risk Committee?

    January 2012 | Director Notes

    This report explores the question of whether the board of directors should establish a separate risk committee, including the factors it must consider, and provides examples to clarify the role and responsibility of a separate risk committee.

  8. Risk and Security in Corporate Supply Chain Networks: Moving From Operational to Strategic Concern

    June 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Supply chain risk management is a critical strategic activity that should take center stage in the decision making of any corporation

  9. Risk in the Boardroom

    May 2013 | Director Notes

    According to a 2012 survey, almost one-quarter of financial services companies have instituted a dedicated risk committee, compared to 5 percent of nonfinancial services companies and 3 percent of manufacturers.

  10. Risky Business
    Is Enterprise Risk Management Losing Ground?

    September 2007 | Research Report

    Companies are getting better at enterprise risk management, but they have a long way to go before ERM is embedded fully into corporate culture and becomes a real strategic tool.

  11. Role of U.S. Corporate Boards in Enterprise Risk Management

    June 2006 | Research Report

    Evolving legal developments make a robust ERM oversight process more important than ever for directors, who acknowledge in increasing numbers that overseeing risk is part of their role.

  12. Role of the Board in Fraud Risk Management

    October 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses the role of the board in requiring, overseeing, supporting, and evaluating their organization's fraud risk management program.

  13. Role of the Board in Risk Oversight

    August 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the first in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

  14. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times... CEO Succession Planning

    August 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Management succession is one of the most critical strategic risks a corporation faces and a favorite topic of discussion on the role of the board in business crises.

  15. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Avoiding Shareholder Activism

    April 2009 | Executive Action Report

    This report provides board members with a checklist of issues they should consider addressing in their relations with shareholders and, in particular, how to avoid a costly and disruptive battle with an activist investor.

  16. Role of the Board in Turbulent Times: Overseeing Risk Management and Executive Compensation

    December 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Aside from a declining housing market, which remains a somewhat cyclical and unavoidable phenomenon—the problems faced today by some U.S. financial institutions are due to inadequate risk oversight.


  1. SEC Enforcement Actions against Outside Directors Offer Reminder for Boards

    June 2011 | Director Notes

    This report discusses recent cases in light of the SEC’s historical position on offenses by outside directors and offers recommendations for how board members can mitigate their risks.

  2. Scenario Planning: Opportunities for Mid-Market Firms

    September 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Forecasting works well in the short term, but it assumes today’s trends will be tomorrow’s. In the medium term, scenario planning helps companies prepare for the uncertainties of the future.

  3. Sharing Safety and Regulatory Information along the Value Chain

    October 2013 | Council Perspectives

    The challenge facing many companies is that while on the surface their supply chain may appear clear, the opposite is often true when it comes to safety and regulatory information.

  4. Since the Levees Broke: A Snapshot of New Orleans

    August 2011 | Council Perspectives

    Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, and in the years since, corporate contributions have tackled much more than rebuilding—they have also fostered innovation in the underlying issues of health care, education, poverty, and the environment.

  5. Sourcing at Home: Is the United States a Viable Component of a Global Services Portfolio?

    October 2013 | Council Perspectives

    The United States makes a good “and/also” sourcing destination and component of a delivery services framework, but policy roadblocks still preclude it from being a viable alternative to offshoring.

  6. Strategic Risk Management: A Primer for Directors

    July 2012 | Director Notes

    This report describes the factors that are driving the need for board-level strategic risk management, outlines a strategic risk assessment process, and offers recommendations for integrating risk management in strategy execution and measurement.

  7. Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation

    January 2014 | Research Report

    Brand recognition and reputation are among the most valuable intangible assets of any company. In turn, sustainability initiatives have the potential to significantly impact corporate brand and reputation.


  1. Talent Acquisition through Social Media: Managing Risks to Maximize Rewards

    August 2013 | Executive Action Report

    To receive the maximum value from social media investments, companies must understand each channel and its unique benefits and features and be able to manage the related risks.


  1. Way Forward: A Primer on Conducting an Independent Investigation

    February 2012 | Director Notes

    Internal investigations are an essential response amid allegations of corporate misconduct. This report discusses steps corporate management should take upon learning of such allegations and the decisions that must be made during an investigation.

  2. Water Worries: How Incorporating Long-Term Risk into Strategic Planning Pays Off

    June 2012 | Council Perspectives

    How companies manage risk, opportunity, and scarcity today will determine the long-term value they create for stakeholders and society, and the world’s dwindling water resources are a pivotal case in point.

  3. We Are All Chief Risk Officers Now

    April 2014 | The Conference Board Review

    Risk management used to be someone else's job—usually the head of security. But today, practically everyone's job requires managing risk in some form.

  4. What Do Corporate Directors and Senior Managers Know about Social Media?

    October 2012 | Director Notes

    This report provides insights into how senior-level decision makers in North American companies view social media, and offers recommendations for implementing a social media strategy that ties in with corporate strategy and risk management practices.

  5. What Is Human Rights Risk? Should My Company Be Concerned about It?

    September 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Explore what human rights risk is, why companies should care, and how they can incorporate human rights due diligence into their business processes.

  6. When the Debt Incurred in a Cash Merger Causes the Target to Fail: Protecting Target Directors

    September 2012 | Director Notes

    This report describes the potential liability directors may face if they approve a cash merger financed in substantial part through borrowing and the target company fails. It also offers steps directors can consider to help mitigate that risk.

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