The Governance Center Blog
Three environmental and social issues that can’t be ignored
October 18 | The Conference Board Governance Center | Comments (0)
Climate risk reporting, board diversity, and sustainability reporting are three issues worth keeping an eye on if the 2017 proxy season is any indication of shareholder sentiment.
On Governance: Proposed Federal Reserve governance guidance: The pendulum swings back (?)
October 16 | Robert Lamm, Senior Fellow, Governance Center, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
In late August, the Federal Reserve proposed changes to its guidance on corporate governance for banking organizations. The proposals suggest a new approach to corporate governance that could extend beyond the banking industry. However, taken as a whole, the proposals strike me as being something of a mixed bag.
On Governance: Advice on CEO pay ratio rule: Start now!
October 13 | Gary Larkin, Research Associate, Corporate Leadership, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
If there is one common observation from compensation consultants and securities lawyers regarding the recent SEC CEO pay ratio disclosure rule guidance, it is: be ready to comply before the end of this calendar year.
Advice to chairs: Create boardroom agility
October 11 | Joel Koblentz, Founder, The Koblentz Group | Patrick Dailey, Co-founder, BoardQuest | Comments (0)
Chairs and their fellow directors today are in the crosshairs of activists, proxy advisory firms and major investors. The implications are clear. Board chairs must lead differently.
On Governance: Some initial thoughts on ISS’ survey results on CEO pay ratio disclosures
October 05 | Douglas Chia, Leader, Corporate Governance Center, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
At first blush, the natural conclusion is that the CEO-to-median employee pay ratio will be a very relevant piece of information for most investors. Those who advocated for this disclosure will no doubt feel vindicated, although many people (including myself) said this exercise would be costly and produce meaningless data.
On Governance: How the best boards will win in the global marketplace
October 02 | Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems...While Governments Cannot | Comments (0)
Every threat to society and business—social, economic, environmental—is also an opportunity. An opportunity to grow shareholder value. What it takes is a combination of expertise, experience, and imagination for a board of directors to envision the company’s greater value in the global marketplace.
Is now the time to include sustainability metrics in executive incentives?
September 28 | Seymour Burchman, Managing Director, Semler Brossy | Barry Sullivan, Managing Director, Semler Brossy | Comments (0)
With the pressure mounting, is it time for sustainability metrics to make their way into executive incentives? We believe that the answer is, yes, particularly for those companies with the most to gain from sustainability and for those facing the most downside risk.
Moving the circular economy from concept to business strategy and operations
September 25 | Terry Yosie, President & CEO, World Environment Center | Comments (0)
Evaluation of the circular economy concept is growing across the private sector, governments, non-governmental organizations and universities.