Corporate Governance Publications

2017

  1. Sustainability Practices 2017 Key Findings

    December 2017 | Research Report

    Third-party verification of the claims in sustainability reports is on the rise, which is helping investors make better-informed decisions about companies’ risks and opportunities. But companies could still be much more transparent. 

  2. Sustainability Practices Dashboard

    December 2017 | Research Report

    The Conference Board Sustainability Practices Dashboard analyzes the most recent disclosure of environmental and social practices by public companies around the world. 

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

    November 2017 | Key Business Issues

    Large passive investors—including Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street Global Advisors—say the information management shares with the board is sometimes incomplete, and these investors want the corporate director to be knowledgeable enough to realize that.

  4. Sustainability in the Mainstream: Why Investors Care and What it Means for Corporate Boards

    November 2017 | Director Notes

    Shareholder activism around ESG issues is less well-understood than the environmental and sustainability issues themselves.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.