Corporate Governance Publications

2017

  1. Environmental and Social Proposals in the 2017 Proxy Season

    October 2017 | Director Notes

    The volume of environmental and social proposals at Russell 3000 companies has consistently gone up in the past five years.

  2. Shareholder Voting Analytics (2014-2016): India Edition

    September 2017 | Research Report

    Shareholder Voting Analytics (2014-2016): India Edition reviews proxy voting data of companies that held their annual general meeting (AGM) between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016 and at the time of their AGM, were in the S&P BSE 500 index and/or the NIFTY 500 index. 

  3. Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

    September 2017 | Key Business Issues

    With the aim of fostering a common understanding among market participants, we ask different types of stakeholders to consider how the role of the director has evolved, what the current range of expectations is, and where gaps in understanding have resulted in conflict.

  4. Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Active Investors' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

    September 2017 | Key Business Issues

    Active short-term investors see the job of a corporate director as one that is defined and dictated by the struggle between director primacy and shareholder primacy.

  5. Sharing the Lead: Examining the Causes and Consequences of Lead Independent Director Appointment

    August 2017 | Director Notes

    The power balance between the CEO and the board largely determines how and whether a lead independent director is appointed as well as what effect the appointment has on firm performance and the likelihood of CEO/chair separation.

  6. CEO and Executive Compensation Practices: 2017 Edition

    August 2017 | Key Business Issues

    Total CEO compensation in the Russell 3000 increased for the seventh consecutive year. The 2016 median total of $3,843,380 was 5.9 percent higher than in 2015 and 54.8 percent higher than in 2010. 

  7. Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job?: Directors' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

    August 2017 | Key Business Issues

    When describing their own jobs, directors believe CEO succession planning, interactions with management, and shareholder engagement are among the most important issues.

  8. 25 Truths about Measuring the Impact of Ethics Programs in Your Organization

    July 2017 | Conference KeyNotes

    Companies need to be aware of and know how to mitigate the underlying system dynamics that can lead to unethical behavior. 

  9. Toward a New Measurement of the Value of Government Relations: Adapting Sustainability Measurements to Demonstrate Greater Business Value

    July 2017 | Council Perspectives

    Judging government relations value by inappropriate criteria shortchanges the discipline and can render a false conclusion to corporate leaders, leading to resource cuts that ultimately harm the firm.

  10. CEO Succession Practices: 2017 Edition

    July 2017 | Research Report

    CEO Succession Practices: 2017 Edition analyzes all CEO succession events at S&P 500 companies over the last 15 years with additional analysis based on 2017 survey findings.