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

August 20, 2015

Governance Watch: Recent Developments About Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s Whistleblower Program
Hosted in collaboration with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

September 30, 2015

Director Roundtable
Chicago, IL
Hosted in collaboration with McGuireWoods LLP and Northwestern Law School

October 15, 2015

Governance Watch
Hosted in collaboration with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

October 30, 2015

2015 Annual Member Meeting
New York, NY

December 17, 2015

Governance Watch
Hosted in collaboration with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP


Programs of Interest

June 3 - 5, 2015

ICGN Annual Conference
London, UK
Hosted by: International Corporate Governance Network
Center senior fellow Sophie L'Helias will chair a panel titled Global governance reform: progression or regression?


Recent Publications

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,
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  • a neutral, independent forum for debate and collaboration between issuers and
  • custom benchmarking and research;
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    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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