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 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, legal counsel, and institutional investors responsible for corporate governance policies
Due to the success of the first peer group, The Conference Board is now launching the Corporate Governance Council II which will run in paralel as a sister council. More information and registration are available on the wepage.
Who should join?
Members are Senior Corporate Governance Officers, Corporate Secretaries and Secretaries to Board of Directors and Institutional Investors responsible for corporate governance policies.
What our Members say
“What I might tell a potential new member thinking about the CG Council is that it is an enriching professional experience and I believe it enables a company secretary or someone in a similar role to really improve the job they are doing within their company, and also enrich their own professional experience through the exchange with other professionals like themselves.”
Mr. Ben Mathews, Company Secretary, BP
"I think what makes The Conference Board Councils different from other peer networks is that on the one hand, the agenda is really driven by the Council members; it's dynamic it's responsive to those topics that are most important to members. The other aspect is the very confidential nature - Chatham house rule. I know issues I discuss about things that we're dealing with in our company can be shared with the others and it stays within the walls of The Conference Board."
Ms. Joan Belzer, Corporate Secretary, Credit Suisse
“The uniqueness I think derives from the tapestry of experiences. There is a clear understanding that these conversations are held under Chatham House Rule, strictly confidential. There is an ability to share views amongst people who are from different backgrounds, different experiences, different sectors, which provides a very useful networking opportunity, but also an opportunity to hear how issues are considered in different organizations.”
Dr. Daniel Summerfield, Head of Corporate Affairs, Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)
“The benefits for me are to have this exchange amongst peers and also with people with whom I’ve had the same or similar problems.... Discussing similar questions gives one the feeling one is not alone and one does not have to reinvent the wheel every single time.”
Dr. Annette Schüller, Secretary to the Board of Directors, Head of Group Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management, Givaudan International
Dr. Carolyn Kay Brancato
Council Director, Corporate Governance