What Boards Should Have Learned in 2016

Episode Summary

It’s often said that personal experience is the best teacher, which we certainly hope is true for corporate boards in 2016. From shareholder activism to the buzzed-about release of the Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles, this year provided board members with several opportunities for learning and improvement.

Every December, we invite Paula Loop, Leader of PwC’s Governance Insights Center, to join host TK Kerstetter for a special holiday episode. The two reflect back on the greatest board lessons of the passing year. While last year’s lessons about activism and cyber risk are still pertinent, we introduced some new topics to this year’s discussion.

Governance experts are now focusing their attention on the rising voices of investors and subsequently on shareholder engagement. This broad trend of “shareholder empowerment” creates the basis for this special episode and our 2016 reflection—one that touches everything from board refreshment to director evaluations.

The filming of this episode of Inside America’s Boardrooms was made possible by our Knowledge Partners.

Catch the Highlights: Investors Board Performance Review

BlackRock, Vanguard, Trian Partners, and PwC

We hosted three sessions of our Investors Board Performance Review at the Nasdaq MarketSite, where major investors, proxy advisors, and activists gathered to express their feedback on board performance.

What are boards doing well? Where can they improve? What expectations do they have for shareholder engagement?

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