State of the American Boardroom
NACD explores a wide variety of topics that make their way onto board agendas. The State of the American Boardroom surveys are a valuable resource for boards seeking affirmation that their governance practices are effective, fit for purpose, and clearly communicated to stakeholders. It is comprised of four different surveys taken over the calendar year. The trends and insights highlighted here can help boards assess priorities, explore emerging business themes, and evaluate the effectiveness of their oversight practices and their governance approaches.
- Inside the Public Company Boardroom provides a benchmark for public company boards
- Inside the Private Company Boardroom provides a benchmark for private company boards
- 2022 NACD Public Company Board Practices and Oversight Survey presents an overview of boardroom activities and trends in several critical areas, including cybersecurity, ESG, DE&I, and human capital.
- 2022 Governance Outlook: Projections on Emerging Board Matters looks ahead to 2022 to understand what will be on directors' radar in the coming year
Boards get organized and formalize their oversight of human capital
Human capital is a growing point of focus on the boardroom agenda, and many boards have begun to formalize their governance structure, processes, and practices to oversee this critical asset. A majority of boards now discuss an enterprise-wide talent development strategy (68%) and a majority of respondents indicate that their board discusses human capital strategy on a more regular basis, as a recurring agenda item (57%).
2022 NACD Public Company: Board Practices and Oversight Survey
Incremental Progress Toward Gender Parity
The gender balance on corporate boards is continuing to improve. Thirty-nine percent of incoming directors were women, while 61 percent of incoming directors were men. In light of the gender breakdown of departing directors—86 percent were men and 14 percent were women—this has made the overall Russell 3000 Index companies’ gender breakdown 79 percent men and 21 percent women.
Inside the Public Company Boardroom
Board Attention Is Focused on Trends Impacting the Future of Work
Four of the top five trends directors believe will most influence their organizations in 2021 reflect changes in the way work was done over the past year. These trends include the increasing pace of digital transformation (50%), ensuring safe working environments for employees (49%), changing cybersecurity threats (39%), and increased competition for talent (38%).
Trends and Priorities of the American Boardroom