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corporate governance


The growing involvement of investor relations in corporate governance matters is a trend, which received a significant boost by the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. Upshots from Dodd-Frank include shareholders seeking more direct board access and a greater influence on governance matters. Boards will rely more on IR for insight into their shareholders. Those IR professionals not currently involved must become part of their corporate governance process. IR practitioners not currently doing so should seek to begin direct, regular reporting to boards of directors.

To assist members with their growing governance needs, NIRI developed this Governance Resource page consisting of:

1. Select resources concerning corporate governance, proxy voting, and IR/board communications. Please also visit NIRI's Presentation and Report Library to access links to NIRI reports, webinars, and third-party materials on annual meetings and annual reportscorporate governance, shareholder activismpreparing for proxy season, and proxy advisors

2. NIRI's Sample Document Library, which includes sample governance guidelines, a Compensation Disclosure & Analysis template, and other materials to help you prepare for your annual meeting.

3. A revised CD&A Template that was prepared by the CFA Institute and a working group of investors and issuer representatives that included NIRI.

4. The
NIRI Corporate Governance eGroup for members to interact around governance issues. NIRI members may join this eGroup to participate in governance-related discussions, share resources and network with other NIRI member colleagues.

Select Corporate Governance Resources

NIRI Webinar, "2015 Proxy Season: Get Prepared," March 2015 (replay). 

NIRI Commentary, "Shareholder Engagement Should Be a Two-Way Street," CFO Magazine (April 2014).

"Engaging With Proxy Advisors," IR Update, January 2014.

NIRI, Board-Shareholder Engagement -- 2013 Survey Results, October 2013.

"A Review of the 2013 U.S. Proxy Season," IR Update, September 2013.

NIRI Testimony to the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, June 2013

NIRI Comment Letter on Proxy Fee Changes, March 2013.

Summary of NIRI Financial Reform Advocacy Issues

NIRI Presentation and Report Library (includes reports on proxy season developments and other resources)

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 

SEC Dodd-Frank Resource Center

* For additional NIRI resources, type "corporate governance" into the Search box in the upper right-hand corner of this page.