The 2011 Survey of Board Practices

by Matteo Tonello, The Conference Board for The Harvard Law School Forum, May 20th, 2011.

The Conference Board, NASDAQ OMX and NYSE Euronext announced last week a research collaboration to document the state of corporate governance practices among publicly listed corporations in the United States.

The centerpiece of the collaboration is The 2011 Board Practice Survey, which the three organizations are disseminating to their respective memberships. Findings will constitute the basis for a benchmarking tool searchable by company size (measured by revenue and asset value) and 22 industry sectors. In addition, they will be described in the new edition of The Directors’ Compensation and Board Practices Report, scheduled to be released jointly in the fall.

The Conference Board’s annual benchmark series on director compensation was first released in 1939. In the last decade, the database has been expanded to report on a wide array of governance practices, documenting a steady transformation in the role of public companies’ boards and underscoring the increasing importance of directors’ monitoring responsibilities and the growing influence of shareholders. (continue reading… )

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