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2021 Inside the Public Company Boardroom

By NACD Staff

09/30/2021

Public Governance Inside the Public Company Boardroom

In brief: Inside the Public Company Boardroom presents a snapshot of what public company boards look like in 2021. With topics that range from proxy voting to board composition data to director skills and information about directors joining boards, this report answers public company boards’ questions about where they stand in relation to their peers.

This report can be used as a tool to compare your director skills to others and to gauge the current shape of corporate governance, and is timely for directors joining boards. The data was compiled by both Main Data Group, a provider of executive-compensation benchmarking, and MyLogIQ, a provider of public company intelligence.

This resource can provide your board with valuable insights:

  • Benchmark your board against the Russell 3000 Index average, both over the last three years and by different market capitalizations.

  • Gain an understanding of the direction that other public company boards are taking to help position your own board for the future.

Most Relevant Audiences: public company directors, the full board, and committee members

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.