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Corporate Board Practices in the Russell 3000 and S&P 500: 2019 Edition

Why aren’t boards diversifying faster?

The findings in this report underscore the main reasons progress on board refreshment and diversity remains slow: average director tenure continues to be quite long, board seats rarely become vacant and, when a spot is available, it is often taken by a seasoned director rather than a newcomer with no prior board experience.

The report documents corporate governance trends and developments at 2,854 companies registered with the SEC that filed their proxy statement between January 1 and November 1, 2018 and, as of January 2018, were included in the Russell 3000 Index, as well as select findings from 494 companies listed in the S&P 500.

The project is a partnership between The Conference Board and data-mining firm ESGAUGE and was developed in collaboration with the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance (successor to the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute [IRRCi]), Debevoise & Plimpton, and Russell Reynolds Associates.

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