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Corporate Governance Council

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The Corporate Governance Council was founded in Europe in recognition of the growing importance attached by investors to the effectiveness of the corporate board. It has strong connections to the Global Corporate Governance Research Center, based in New York.

The Council is dedicated to executives with governance interest and responsibility, based in Europe, including corporate secretaries and legal counsel and institutional investors responsible for corporate governance policies.

Representative Topics Include:

  • Trends in Corporate Reporting: Financial and Non-Financial Measures
  • Investor Panel to engage with corporations over key governance issues.
  • Balance between managing companies for the benefit of shareholders versus stakeholders?
  • Corporate/Investor Communications: The AGM Season, Role of ISS, Proxy Voting Firms
  • The role of the global corporation and the global investor in mitigating global conflicts?
  • Special focus on Climate Change Issues
  • Companies and NGOs - How to decide which NGOs should receive priority
  • Boards and Entrepreneurial Leadership - Tomorrow’s Company
  • Reputational Risk –reputational disasters (oil spill, cyberattack, breach of quality or ethics.)
  • Artificial Intelligence/ Governmental Big Data/ Data Sharing

Who should join?

Corporate governance officers, company secretaries/corporate counsel, executives from institutional investor organisations, pension and mutual funds and other financial services firms as well as corporate governance experts

What members say

“I find that the council meetings provide me with a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and views with corporate representatives in an environment which encourages and nurtures frank, confidential and constructive dialogue.”

“The key benefits include: how valuable the council is in terms of peer to peer dialogue on key governance issues, as well as the ability to interact with investors in small and off-the-record settings. Meeting with investors in this kind of group setting is quite unique and usually allows for an efficient yet thoughtful dialogue on a high level, beyond the specifics of one's own corporate situation.  This is a very special form of engagement.”

The power of peer learning

Enduring relationships are at the core of the council experience. Enhanced by our global, enterprise-wide reach, these relationships span the world and help extend value across your organization. Confidential peer dialogue provides you with a broader perspective and shared experiences as well as access to specific knowledge, saving you precious time.


Council membership benefits:

  • Collective problem-solving that puts your issue on the agenda
  • Benchmarking through regular surveys of relevant Council member company practices
  • Multi-functional insights generated by the wealth of perspectives? as more than 100 councils work together across functions and geographies, covering more than 50 functions
  • Virtual communities that extend learning opportunities through a variety of online forums and other resources

Council Director

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato

Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato

Council Director & Academy Director, Corporate Governance
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For more information

Please contact Marie-Laure Bultot at
+32 2 566 99 06 or

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