The Conference Board Governance Center® facilitates small groups of prominent senior executives from companies, investors, and advisors for confidential discussions of key issues.

Below is a timely analysis from our Governance Center member, Jim Barrall. (reposted with permission of Agenda)

ISS's Equity Plan Scorecard Is a Pillar Too Far
By Jim Barrall

Companies and their advisors are now finding that ISS's Equity Plan Scorecard (EPSC) is complex, higly  interactive and opaque. It appears more to generate consternation and consulting fees than to address any real shareholder concerns that were not handled by  the prior policy. 

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What's Happening at the Center


December 4, 2015

Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability, and Disclosure
Report & Media Briefing
Washington, D.C.

December 9, 2015

Governance Watch: Short-termism
Hosted in collaboration with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

December 17, 2015

Governance Watch: Criminalization of Corporate Behavior
Hosted in collaboration with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP


Programs of Interest

November 18 - 19, 2015

Third Annual Delaware Law Issues Update Conference
Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, DE
Hosted by The Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals, the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at University of Delaware, the State of Delaware and the ABA Business Law Section Corporate Governance Committee
The program will focus on Delaware corporate law and governance issues essential to corporate secretaries, in-house counsel, outside counsel and governance professionals who advise boards.  It will cover recent developments and emerging issues in Delaware law and presenters will give best practice advice on how to avoid litigation or bad outcomes as well as focus on proactive steps that should be taken by those who regularly advise boards of directors.

March 15, 2016

2016 Corporate Governance Symposium
Newark, DE
Hosted by the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance of the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware
The focus of the Symposium will be on “Critical Issues for Boards and Institutional Investors in 2016.” The Symposium will feature up to four academic papers on corporate governance and a panel discussion featuring speakers from the Delaware judiciary and the academic, business and legal communities.  The John L. Weinberg Corporate Governance Best Paper Award will be presented during the symposium luncheon. For information about the Center’s Corporate Governance Symposium held in March 2016 click here.


Recent Publications

CEO and Executive Compensation Practices: 2015 Edition
A collaboration between The Conference Board and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., CEO and Executive Compensation Practices: 2015 Edition documents trends and developments in senior management compensation at companies that issue equity securities registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and were included in the Russell 3000 index as of May 2015.
Business Case for Corporate Investment in ESG Practices
Business Case for Corporate Investment in ESG Practices
July 2015
This report reviews empirical analyses of the return on investment in environmental, social, and governance initiatives and discusses why the positive correlations found by some academics remain disputed by others.

 Next Frontier for Boards: Oversight of Risk Culture
July 2015
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.


CEO Succession Practices: 2015 Edition
April 2015
CEO Succession Practices: 2015 Edition documents CEO turnover among S&P 500 companies, provides an analysis of annual data dating back to 2001, and discusses the correlation between CEO succession and company performance.


Rethinking Today’s Succession Strategies to Address Tomorrow’s Business Reality: Insights from the 2014 Succession Management Conference
February 2015
To successfully address future business challenges, organizations need to be strategic about how they plan for future leadership. This includes identifying high performers early and preparing leaders through experiential learning.


Diversity on Corporate Boards: How Much Difference Does “Difference” Make?
January 2015
This report evaluates the case for diversity on corporate boards of directors in light of competing research findings and suggests strategies to promote more inclusive boards.


Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2015: US Edition
January 2015
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.


Navigating the Sustainability Transformation
January 2015
This report describes a four-stage model for companies to progress from engaging initially with sustainability to accelerating, leading, and, ultimately, transforming their businesses.

2014 Year in Review

16 December, 2014
2014 was a busy and productive year for The Conference Board Governance Center. For a complete overview of activities, please visit 2014 Year in Review.

How We Can Restore Confidence in Our Public Companies

5 August, 2014
Task Force co-chairs Simon Lorne and Pat Russo were published in the Year in Governance issue of Directors & Boards. The article, which reviews the key recommendations of The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement, lays out how to begin restoring confidence in US public companies.

Executive Action Report: Why CEOs Need to Care about Trust in Business

28 April, 2014
Capitalism depends on public trust for its legitimacy, and if public trust in business is low, governments and regulators act. A new Executive Action Report published by The Conference Board and written by Center Executive Director Donna Dabney addresses why CEOs need to be thinking about trust in business.

Director Notes: The Underpinnings of Corporate Governance Approaches and the Shareholder Value Model

25 March, 2014
A new Director Notes from The Conference Board Governance Center, titled The Board's Role in Cybersecurity, looks at how corporate directors and officers should appropriately oversee their company’s cybersecurity initiatives and offers suggestions for directors on how to carry out their oversight role.

13 March 2014
The task force recommendations were covered in a piece in The New York Times DealBook by David Gelles.

Task Force Co-Chairs Simon Lorne and Patricia Russo publish a public letter on the work of the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

11 March 2014
In a public letter published today, Task Force co-chairs Simon Lorne and Patricia Russo call for business leadership to improve corporate governance and enhance the necessary public confidence and trust in the US capitalist model. Read the full letter.

11 March 2014
The Conference Board Governance Center today announced the publication of the recommendations of The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement. The Task Force concluded that fixing corporate governance — and, ultimately, restoring trust in business — calls for an open, yet purpose-driven process of reestablishing alignment between corporate strategy and investor interests. For more, please read the press release.

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Founded in 1993, The Governance Center draws upon authoritative research from The Conference Board. It is committed to helping corporations enhance their governance processes, inspire market confidence, and facilitate capital formation: goals that have never been more formidable, or more essential, than they are in today’s fraught regulatory environment and globally competitive marketplace.

The Governance Center facilitates small groups of prominent senior executives from companies,
investors, and advisors for confidential discussions of key issues. We provide:

  • a neutral, independent forum for debate and collaboration between issuers and
  • custom benchmarking and research;
  • access to experts who can help synthesize and analyze the most recent developments in
    regulation; and
  • an opportunity for participants to shape thought leadership on key governance issues.



For information on membership in The Conference Board Governance Center, please contact the Center's Executive Director, Donna Dabney, at or +1-212-339-0221.

Current Center Issues

Communicating Board Quality
Cybersecurity, risk management, and governance
Shareholder Activism
Criminalization of Corporate Behavior
Sustainable Value Creation

Task Force on
Corporate/Investor Engagement

The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate /Investor Engagement has published its recommendations for creating a stronger corporate governance system.

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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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