Director FAQs and Essentials

Boards and Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) FAQ

By NACD Staff


Disclosure Shareholder Communication

In brief: Shareholders now expect to communicate directly with the board; in response, directors are increasing their engagement with investors. This research memo guides directors on how to communicate with shareholders while remaining in compliance with Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD).

The focus on the board’s compensation committee has never been sharper. The components of compensation plans and the link between compensation and company performance are under intense scrutiny from shareholders, employees, policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders. The Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on the Compensation Committee revisits NACD’s 2003 Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Executive Compensation to highlight the new environment in which compensation committees—and, more broadly, boards—are now operating. It recommends that the compensation committee and board work together to establish an executive compensation philosophy that supports the company in creating long-term, sustainable value.

The report includes ten specific recommendations for compensation committees to consider when evaluating their compensation philosophies. It also provides practical tools, such as sample compensation committee charters, a compensation committee assessment, and guidance on executive employment contracts.