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Featured Stories

  • NACD COVID-19 Survey Reveals Top Trends and Governance Challenges Directors Anticipate as We Move to New Normal

    WASHINGTON, DC (June 9, 2020) – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 21,000 directors, today released the NACD May 2020 COVID-19 Pulse Survey, which revealed the trends and governance challenges that corporate directors expect to tackle over the next three months. Designed to better understand the challenges that boards are facing as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the survey gathered thoughts and opinions from more than 300 directors and built on the insights garnered from the organization’s March COVID-19 poll.

  • INSIGHT: Cyber-Risk Oversight Practices of Public, Private Boards

    Corporate boards, both private and public, need to address cyber threats and protect against attacks. Melissa Krasnow, VLP Law Group partner, discusses findings from two recent National Association of Corporate Directors surveys that can be useful to boards to benchmark their companies’ cyber-risk oversight practices.

  • Social Upheaval Heightens Board Responsibilities

    The sweeping national conversation on social justice and systemic racism presents a crucial inflection point for business and its commitment to social responsibility.

  • Goldman Sachs Starts Diverse Board Member Policy for Handling IPOs

    Corporations have been taking a hard look at the diversity within their ranks, facing pressure from customers, their employees and shareholders. Goldman Sachs is starting a new policy Wednesday: It won’t help a company with its initial public offering unless the company’s board has at least one diverse member. Next year, it will require at least two.

Press Releases

  • NACD COVID-19 Survey Reveals Top Trends and Governance Challenges Directors Anticipate as We Move to New Normal

    WASHINGTON, DC (June 9, 2020) – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 21,000 directors, today released the NACD May 2020 COVID-19 Pulse Survey, which revealed the trends and governance challenges that corporate directors expect to tackle over the next three months. Designed to better understand the challenges that boards are facing as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the survey gathered thoughts and opinions from more than 300 directors and built on the insights garnered from the organization’s March COVID-19 poll.

  • New NACD Survey Reveals Boards Have Confidence in Management's Ability to Handle COVID-19 Pandemic, See Greatest Disruption in Consumer Demand and Declining Productivity

    WASHINGTON, DC (March 20, 2020) – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 21,000 directors, today released the NACD March 2020 COVID-19 Pulse Survey, which polled nearly 200 corporate board members to better understand how boards are initially responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. NACD has also launched a publicly available resource center to help directors govern more effectively through these uncertain times.

  • NACD and ISA Release New Guide for Cyber-Risk Oversight

    WASHINGTON, DC (February 25, 2020) – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 21,000 directors, and the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), comprising chief information security officers of Fortune 100 companies across critical sectors, today released a new, updated Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight, an essential guidebook to help boards navigate the complex, multifaceted issue of cyber-risk oversight. The handbook, now available on four continents and in five languages, has become the premier source for how boards of directors address cybersecurity and cyber risk.

  • NACD Opens Call for Nominations for 2020 NACD Directorship 100®

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2019 – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the authority on boardroom practices representing more than 20,000 corporate board members, today issued its annual call for nominations for the 2020 NACD Directorship 100. Honors are comprised of the B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award, Director of the Year, and the Directorship 100. This year, the Director of the Year honor will be expanded from one to three categories to recognize excellence on public, private, and nonprofit boards.

NACD in the News

  • As Covid-19 Cases Surge, Corporate Directors Should Re-Engage With Management

    School may be out for the summer, but close board oversight of corporate operations most certainly is not. After helping management address the implications of the initial Covid-19 wave this spring, directors could be excused if they thought the virus-related heavy lifting was over. That they could throttle back a bit, and concentrate their oversight on business resilience, rather than on crisis management. But the sudden and dramatic surge in Covid-19 infections across the country, and its resulting impact on business, may have changed all that. Not quite the Fourth of July message that corporate directors were expecting.

  • Goldman Sachs Starts Diverse Board Member Policy for Handling IPOs

    Corporations have been taking a hard look at the diversity within their ranks, facing pressure from customers, their employees and shareholders. Goldman Sachs is starting a new policy Wednesday: It won’t help a company with its initial public offering unless the company’s board has at least one diverse member. Next year, it will require at least two.

  • Leading During A Pandemic: Why Diverse Leadership Matters More Than Ever

    COVID-19 has pressed associations to build boards with people who are flexible and eager to lead, and who bring new perspectives to the table. Diversity initiatives offer a path to get there.

  • Corporate Leadership Lessons From The Navy’s U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt Report

    The U.S. Navy’s final U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt investigative report, which effectively ends Capt. Brett Crozier’s career, reflects an organizational culture that emphasizes the need for leaders to ‘get the job done, no matter what.’ It also underscores the significant personal price to be paid for calling attention to organizational problems outside the direct chain of command.