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 executive compensation and 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.  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.

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

3. A new Corporate Governance section in IR Weekly to highlight new developments, reports, and other resources.

4. NIRI Regulations Library (Dodd-Frank Act page) and the Corporate Governance section of NIRI's Resource Library.  

5. 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.


Corporate Governance Resources

"BlackRock Focus on Company-Shareholder Engagement," IR Update (September 2016)

NIRI Webinar Replay, "Investor Perspective: Focus on the Long-Term -- The 2016 Proxy Season and Beyond (March 2016).

Alliance Advisors LLC, "2016 Proxy Season Review" (July 2016)

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, "Shareholder Proposal Developments During the 2016 Proxy Season" (June 2016).

PwC Governance Insights Center, "Director-Shareholder Engagement: the New Imperatives" (June 2016).

EY Center for Board Studies, "How Can Data Lead to Better Corporate Governance" (Summer 2016).

Sidley Austin Governance Report: "Proxy Access Momentum in 2016" (June 2016)

Semler Brossy, "Say on Pay Results" (2016).

For more information, please visit the Corporate Governance section of NIRI's Resource Library.