Recent Publications

 

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job?: Proxy Advisors' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

June 2017 | Key Business Issues

When describing the job of a public company board member, proxy advisors were not naturally inclined to draw up a list of qualifications and responsibilities. They focus on executive compensation and shareholder proposals. (First in a series)

 

Short-Termism and Public Trust: Report from the Millstein Center General Counsel Summit

September 2016 | Conference Key Notes
This summary of the General Counsel Corporate Governance Summit hosted by the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School in collaboration with The Conference Board Governance Center includes highlights of discussions on short-termism and the role of boards of directors and general counsel.

Integrating Creating Shared Value and Corporate Governance: A Framework for Boards of Directors

Integrating Creating Shared Value and Corporate Governance: A Framework for Boards of Directors

March 2017 | Director Notes
This Director Notes provides a framework for integrating CSV and corporate governance while examining five examples where a company has adopted the approach as a fundamental part of the company strategy by all parts of the corporation.

 

Have We Reached a Tipping Point?

Have We Reached a Tipping Point? Insights and Highlights from The Committee on Corporate Political Spending Meeting
January 2017 | Executive Action Report
This publication depicts the highlights of a meeting of The Committee on Corporate Political Spending of The Conference Board Governance Center on the topic of corporate political spending disclosure.

The Effect of Gender Diversity on Board Decision-making

Effect of Gender Diversity on Board Decision-making: Interviews with Board Members and Stakeholders
January 2017 | Director Notes
This Director Notes investigates the argument that adding women to boards is good business by looking at some supporting evidence from interviews conducted with French corporate board members and stakeholders in connection with a preliminary qualitative study about the quota system adopted in France in 2011.

Is Universal Proxy in the Cards? Insights and Highlights from a Recent Roundtable

Is Universal Proxy in the Cards? Insights and Highlights from a Recent Roundtable
January 2017 | Executive Action Report
The Conference Board Governance Center hosted more than 30 corporate governance practitioners to discuss the viability of mandatory versus optional universal proxy cards in contested director elections.

A Strategic Cyber-Roadmap for the Board

A Strategic Cyber-Roadmap for the Board
November 2016 | Director Notes
This Directors Notes reviews five director case studies of cyberrisk governance.

Regulation of Related Party Transactions in India

Director Notes India: Regulation of Related Party Transactions in India
November 2016 | Director Notes
India’s legal framework for regulating related party transactions has slowly converged toward international standards. The real import of the new standards will depend on the extent to which minority shareholders participate in the evaluation and voting rights they have been afforded.

Every Other One: A Status Update on Women on Boards

Every Other One: A Status Update on Women on Boards
November 2016 | Committee for Economic Development
In this paper, CED outlines its plan for direct outreach to the nominating committees of prominent corporate boards and includes recommendations for expanding the criteria for qualified female board members.

CEO Succession Practices: 2016 Edition CEO Succession Practices: 2016 Edition

October 2016 | Key Business Issues
CEO Succession Practices: 2016 Edition analyzes all CEO succession events at S&P 500 companies over the last 15 years with additional analysis based on 2016 survey findings.

 

Key Dimensions of Effective CEO Succession
October 2016 | Key Business Issues
This strategic overview for the C-suite provides a road map to help CEOs and directors organize succession planning, integrate it with board responsibilities, and ultimately define it as an ongoing element of business strategy.

How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets

 The Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership
June 2016 | Key Business Issues
We identify a set of business practices most often associated with leadership in corporate sustainability, helping company leaders direct their sustainability efforts where they are most impactful.

How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets

The Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership (CEO Business Implications)
June 2016 | Key Business Issues
CEO engagement on sustainability issues is one of the most important drivers of leadership in corporate sustainability. We offer practical examples of how CEOs can strengthen their companies’ sustainability profiles.

How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets

How Activist Investors Identify Their Targets
June 2016 | Director Notes
The first phase of an activist’s campaign is perhaps the most important: identifying undervalued and attractive target companies.

Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices

Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices
January 2016
Recently introduced legal requirements are explained in light of the specific characteristics of India’s business ownership structures and put into the historical context of corporate governance reforms in the country.

Activist Hedge Funds, Golden Leash Special Compensation Arrangements, and Advance Notice Bylaws

 Activist Hedge Funds, Golden Leash Special Compensation Arrangements, and Advance Notice Bylaws
30 December 2015
This report discusses recent cases highlighting activist efforts to replace directors at target companies.

Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability and Disclosure (Second Edition)

Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability and Disclosure (Second Edition)
30 November, 2015
This report provides companies with information to more easily assess the range of issues related to political activity and disclosure and to determine the best course of action for their businesses.

Emerging Practices in Cyber Risk Governance

Emerging Practices in Cyber Risk Governance
October 2015
This report explores the lessons of the massive cyber hacks of Target, JP Morgan Chase, Anthem, and Sony and outlines best practices for proactive cyber risk governance.

Is Short Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business?

Is Short-Term Behavior Jeopardizing the Future Prosperity of Business?
October 2015 
A focus on short-term performance may come at the expense of sustainable value creation. Business leaders need to examine whether current governance structures are jeopardizing long-term performance and consider making adjustments.

CEO and Executive Compensation Practices: 2015 Edition

Market Performance and Pension Contributions Drive Rise in CEO Compensation, Prompting New Disclosure from Companies
27 August, 2015
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.


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