Corporate Governance Publications


  1. CEO and Executive Compensation Practices: 2015 Edition

    August 2015 | Key Findings

    Total CEO compensation continues to grow, fueled by pension value adjustments, stock market performance, and peer pressure. In 2014, it soared 11.9 percent from 2013 and 34.7 percent from 2010.

  2. Business Case for Corporate Investment in ESG Practices

    July 2015 | Director Notes

    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.

  3. Next Frontier for Boards: Oversight of Risk Culture

    June 2015 | Director Notes

    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.

  4. CEO Succession Practices: 2015 Edition

    April 2015 | Research Report

    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.


  5. Rethinking Today’s Succession Strategies to Address Tomorrow’s Business Reality: Insights from the 2014 Succession Management Conference

    February 2015 | Conference KeyNotes

    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.

  6. Diversity on Corporate Boards: How Much Difference Does “Difference” Make?

    January 2015 | Director Notes

    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.

  7. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2015: US Edition

    January 2015 | Key Business Issues

    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.

  8. Navigating the Sustainability Transformation

    January 2015 | Director Notes

    This report describes a four-stage model for companies to progress from engaging initially with sustainability to accelerating, leading, and, ultimately, transforming their businesses.


  1. Proxy Voting Analytics (2010-2014)

    November 2014 | Research Report

    There’s been a fundamental shift in the type of resolutions shareholders submit, and activists are increasingly using social media to agitate for change outside of the AGM, 2014 data show.

  2. US Top Executive Compensation Report: 2014 Edition

    October 2014 | Research Report

    This report examines salary, total cash compensation, total compensation, and the mix of compensation elements for the CEO and the five highest paid executives of 2,283 US-listed companies by specific revenue and industry groups.