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NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on the Board and Long-Term Value Creation: Executive Summary

Click here to access the complete report (Complimentary download for Full Board members).Leaders in all organizations face short-term pressures ranging from economic conditions to competitor activities to demands from shareholders and stakeholders. It can be extremely difficult for management teams&...

Research | September 27, 2015

Oversight of Corporate Sustainability Practices Handbook: Executive Summary

Click here to access the complete report (members only).The Directors Handbook on Oversight of Corporate Sustainability Activities attempts to distill a wide range of environmental, social, and governance concepts into a handful of board-level focus areas. It is organized around four recommendations...

Research | November 1, 2014

NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on the Compensation Committee: Executive Summary

Click here to access the complete report (Complimentary download for Full Board members).The focus on the boards 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,...

Research | June 9, 2015

Director Essentials: Strengthening Compliance and Ethics Oversight: Executive Summary

Click here to access the complete publication (Complimentary download for NACD members).Director Essentials: Strengthening Compliance and Ethics Oversight offers fundamental guidance on complying with the myriad laws regulating corporate governance. This publication covers legislation ranging from t...

Research | January 20, 2016

NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Strategy Development: Executive Summary

Click here to access the complete report (Complimentary download for Full Board members).The Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Strategy Development discusses why boards should reassess how they approach their role in strategy, and provides a framework for earlier board engagement in the c...

Research | September 12, 2016

Beating the M&A Odds: Three Big Risks and Key Questions for Directors

Every corporate director knows the importance of M&A in the grand scheme of enterprise. With some 40,000 significant transactions announced annually, M&A is hard to ignore. Yet there are persistent risks that directors need to understand and mitigate through insightful questions and the dial...

Blogs | August 3, 2016

Corporate Secretary Guidelines: Taking Notes and Preparing Official Minutes

Meeting minutes of the board of directors, which usually are prepared by the corporate secretary, can play a crucial role in a government investigation or civil litigation relating to a decision or indecision of the board of directors or the knowledge of an individual director. In some instances, th...

Blogs | August 2, 2016

COSO ERM Revised: What It Means for Your Board

Recently, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released its updated enterprise risk management (ERM) framework for public exposure and comment. Why is it important for directors to heed and apply these updates to their work? What follows is a summary of five im...

Blogs | July 28, 2016

Lessons From the War Over the Target Data Breach

The dust settled recently on another chapter of the Target Corp. data breach litigation. Although the five shareholder derivative lawsuits filed against Targets officers and directors have been dismissed, they underscore the critical oversight function played by corporate directors when it comes to ...

Blogs | July 27, 2016

Turning Commonsense Governance Into Common Practice

The most powerful names in U.S. business have published guidance on Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance (Commonsense Principles) to provide a framework to improve corporate governance and make it more long-term“oriented. Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Laurence D. Fink of Blac...

Blogs | July 25, 2016