Welcome!

News Feed Item

The Conference Board Report Calls for Investor Engagement to Rebuild Corporate Trust and Drive Economic Growth

Governance Task Force Issues Recommendations for Balancing the Roles of Boards and Investors in Corporate Governance

NEW YORK, March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the political and economic aftermath of the financial crisis still unfolding, trust and confidence in business remains lower today than it was in 2008. Yet according to a Task Force of The Conference Board Governance Center, opportunities also abound to successfully recover public trust — if companies are able to act decisively and with a unity of vision and responsibility shared by management, the board of directors and investors.    

Many argue that the corporate governance system is fundamentally broken. Such mistrust animates not only legislators and street protesters but also powerful institutional investors; in fact, some now believe activist shareholders should take on oversight roles traditionally vested in boards. As the 2014 proxy season reaches its peak, ongoing investor activism increases the importance of effective engagement between corporations and investors.

The Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement is the first comprehensive collaboration of representatives of both companies and investors, bringing together directors of public companies and leading investors to examine these issues through a series of public forums, expert reports and commissioned research. The Task Force concluded that fixing corporate governance — and, ultimately, restoring trust in business — calls for an open, yet purpose-driven process of reestablishing alignment between corporate strategy and investor interests.

"Corporations and their investors have an important role to play in helping to restore trust in business," said Pat Russo, co-chair of the Task Force and Director at Alcoa, General Motors, Hewlett Packard, and Merck. "That's why the Task Force was assembled and why, after extensive investigation and debate, we developed this set of recommendations as a first step in aligning the interests of investors and the companies they invest in to stimulate economic growth and prosperity."

The Task Force, with the assistance of an Advisory Board of leaders in corporate governance from the corporate, investor and academic worlds has developed a comprehensive discussion of the need for a strategic approach to engagement and the nuts and bolts of creating such a strategy. Based on Advisory Board work and the accompanying white paper findings, the Task Force developed strategic recommendations to address:  

  • Why directors and investors must together reaffirm the principle that the interests of all stakeholders — including customers, employees, suppliers, communities, and the environment — are key to business success, and thus shareholder value in the long term.
  • Why board-centric, rather than shareholder-centric, governance remains the optimal model for corporate decision-making, and how directors can adapt this model to incorporate more investor input and build stronger collaboration while retaining primary oversight responsibility.   
  • How investors can most effectively, responsibly, and openly utilize the power of their votes to work with the board and management.
  • Which regulatory changes may have a big impact in shaping a more accountable, effective, and transparent relationship between corporate boards, investors, and the public.

"Previous crises in capitalism have shown that we can restore trust through governance," said Simon Lorne, co-chair of the Task Force. "But business leaders — from corporations and institutional investors — need to take the initiative by clearly advocating and articulating a strategy to transcend the status quo. Considering the diverse array of perspectives represented on the Task Force, we believe we're in a good position to formulate governance recommendations and encourage their widespread adoption. That task starts today."

About the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

The Task Force was formed to examine the facts, issues, and policy implications of U.S. corporate governance and issue research and recommendations aimed at influencing corporate directors, investors, and policy makers to help create a stronger corporate governance system through effective engagement. The Task Force is comprised of board members of leading corporations, institutional investors and hedge funds. 

In addition to the recommendations on corporate/investor engagement, The Conference Board Governance Center published a white paper that reviews the historical development of the current U.S. corporate governance system, including key challenges, and a practical set of guidelines for engagement between senior management and directors of a public company and their investors. All of the materials can be found at The Conference Board Governance Center website at http://www.conferenceboard.org/governance.

About The Conference Board

The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States. www.conference-board.org

Follow The Conference Board
Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

SOURCE The Conference Board

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, will provide a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
The taxi industry never saw Uber coming. Startups are a threat to incumbents like never before, and a major enabler for startups is that they are instantly “cloud ready.” If innovation moves at the pace of IT, then your company is in trouble. Why? Because your data center will not keep up with frenetic pace AWS, Microsoft and Google are rolling out new capabilities In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Don Browning, VP of Cloud Architecture at Turner, will posit that disruption is inevitable for c...
Building a cross-cloud operational model can be a daunting task. Per-cloud silos are not the answer, but neither is a fully generic abstraction plane that strips out capabilities unique to a particular provider. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Wolf, VP & Chief Technology Officer, Global Field & Industry at VMware, will discuss how successful organizations approach cloud operations and management, with insights into where operations should be centralized and when it’s best to decentraliz...
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
DevOps has often been described in terms of CAMS: Culture, Automation, Measuring, Sharing. While we’ve seen a lot of focus on the “A” and even on the “M”, there are very few examples of why the “C" is equally important in the DevOps equation. In her session at @DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, of F5 Networks, explored HTTP/1 and HTTP/2 along with Microservices to illustrate why a collaborative culture between Dev, Ops, and the Network is critical to ensuring success.
Interoute has announced the integration of its Global Cloud Infrastructure platform with Rancher Labs’ container management platform, Rancher. This approach enables enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation and infrastructure investments. Matthew Finnie, Interoute CTO commented “Enterprises developing and building apps in the cloud and those on a path to Digital Transformation need Digital ICT Infrastructure that allows them to build, test and deploy faster than ever before. The int...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Conference Guru has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. A valuable conference experience generates new contacts, sales leads, potential strategic partners and potential investors; helps gather competitive intelligence and even provides inspiration for new products and services. Conference Guru works with conference organizers to pass great dea...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Technologic Systems Inc., an embedded systems solutions company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Technologic Systems is an embedded systems company with headquarters in Fountain Hills, Arizona. They have been in business for 32 years, helping more than 8,000 OEM customers and building over a hundred COTS products that have never been discontinued. Technologic Systems’ pr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business – from apparel to energy – is being rewritten by software. From ...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6–8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Deep learning has been very successful in social sciences and specially areas where there is a lot of data. Trading is another field that can be viewed as social science with a lot of data. With the advent of Deep Learning and Big Data technologies for efficient computation, we are finally able to use the same methods in investment management as we would in face recognition or in making chat-bots. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Gaurav Chakravorty, co-founder and Head of Strategy Development ...