Governance

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Building or renewing your board

9/30/14 | Center for Board Governance

The Quarter close: Directors edition Q3 2014

9/24/14 | Center for Board Governance
  • Corporate Governance Series
    PwC's 2014 Annual Corporate Directors Survey

    10/21/14 | Center for Board Governance

    What does the corporate board of the future look like? Diversity, shareholder relations, communication with management, effective IT governance, fair executive compensation, and agile risk response are cited in PwC's Annual Corporate Directors Survey.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - September 2014

    10/1/14 | Center for Board Governance

    Audit Committee Excellence Series: Overseeing external auditors addresses leading practices related to communications with the external auditor, the chair’s relationship with the lead audit partner and the firm, evaluating the external auditor’s performance, and the company’s preapproval controls for services provided by the external auditor.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Building or renewing your board

    9/30/14 | Center for Board Governance

    More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the second in a series about family business corporate governance.

  • Insurance board of directors' risk responsibilities: Guidance from global regimes

    9/30/14 | Insurance

    At the present time, no two developments in the insurance sector seem more entwined than risk and regulation, and nowhere is this interaction more evident than in developing regulatory expectations for insurers’ boards of directors. While regulators still seem far apart in their search for a single global capital regime, they are much closer to a consensus on terms of governance.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    The Quarter close: Directors edition Q3 2014

    9/24/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This quarterly publication is designed to keep directors informed about the latest accounting and financial reporting issues.

  • Regulatory and standard-setting developments
    Regulatory and standard-setting developments - September 2014

    9/22/14 | Assurance services

    This document provides a summary of activities of the PCAOB, SEC, and FASB, and related international developments that are of interest to audit committees and companies.

  • In the loop
    In the loop: Selling part of your business? New rules for reporting disposals

    9/22/14 | Assurance services

    Fewer disposals are expected to be reported as "discontinued operations" under new guidance.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Achieving excellence: Overseeing external auditors (Audit Committee Excellence Series)

    9/11/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This edition addresses communications with the external auditor, the audit committee chair’s working relationship with the lead audit partner, auditor independence, and the preapproval process for auditor services. The publication also discusses the external auditor relationship with internal audit; the influence of other parties, such as the PCAOB, Center for Audit Quality and proxy advisory firms; and evaluating the auditor, among other topics.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - August 2014

    9/4/14 | Center for Board Governance

    As cybersecurity has risen to the top of many boards’ risk management agendas, there is a more compelling need for clear dialogue between the C-suite and the board.

  • In the loop
    In the loop: Spin-off transactions - creating a new public entity

    9/3/14 | Assurance services

    Spin-offs represent a growing trend in recent years. Is there one in your future? Gain insight into the spin-off process including developing carve-out financial statements and creating a sustainable stand-alone entity.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - July 2014

    8/25/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an analysis of the audit committee's oversight of internal audit. There is also news about the SEC staff issuing proxy advisory firm guidance, ISS 2015 proxy voting policy survey, and more.

  • Webcast
    Investor Resource Institute Quarterly Webcast - Cybersecurity - August 20, 2014

    Center for Board Governance

    PwC's Investor Resource Institute invites you to join us for a webcast on Wednesday, August 20 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET. During this webcast we will be discussing enterprise security and how the new cybersecurity landscape impacts company performance as well as the challenges investors may want to consider.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Achieving excellence: Overseeing internal audit (Audit Committee Excellence Series)

    7/29/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This edition discusses the directors’ role in maximizing internal audit’s value proposition, agreeing on internal audit’s mission, assessing leadership and resources, and other areas.

  • Webcast
    ProxyPulse webcast: Developments in the 2014 proxy season - July 17, 2014

    Center for Board Governance

    PwC's Center for Board Governance invites you to attend a special ProxyPulse webcast, presented in conjunction with Broadridge, looking at developments in the 2014 proxy season. Speakers include Leader of the Center for Board Governance, Mary Ann Cloyd, Center for Board Governance director, Paul DeNicola, and Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at Broadridge, Michelle Jackson.

  • In the loop
    In the loop: EU audit reform — the impact beyond Europe

    7/7/14 | Assurance services

    Audit reform in Europe could affect US multinationals.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - June 2014

    7/1/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article about the influence of activist shareholders and the role they play today in forcing change. There is also news about a Delaware bill that would prohibit fee-shifting bylaws, environmental groups warning boards of fossil fuel companies about climate-change litigation, the new converged revenue recognition standard, and the first round of conflict minerals disclosures.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    ProxyPulse Second Edition 2014

    7/1/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This edition of ProxyPulse makes the following observations: there was decreased support for say-on-pay at mid-cap, small-cap, and micro-cap companies while average support at large-cap companies rose to 91%.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    The Quarter close: Directors edition Q2 2014

    6/26/14 | Center for Board Governance

    The Q2 2014 edition focuses on five IPO reminders for boards, FASB's new guidance on discontinued operations, and the Venezuelan exchange rates.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    What is a board's role in family business?

    6/24/14 | Center for Board Governance

    More and more family businesses are interested in corporate governance today. Many want to understand the value a board brings, and how to evolve their board to provide that value. This publication is the first in a series about family business corporate governance.

  • Regulatory and standard-setting developments
    Regulatory and standard-setting developments - June 2014

    6/19/14 | Assurance services

    PwC's summary of recent activities of the PCAOB, SEC, and FASB, and related international developments that are of interest to audit committees and companies.

  • Point of view
    Point of view - Sustainability reporting

    6/6/14 | Assurance services

    Sustainability reporting is a growing trend. Find out how leading companies are benefitting from increased transparency.

  • In the loop
    In the loop: Reporting revenue — new model, new strategy?

    6/3/14 | Assurance services

    The new revenue recognition guidance is here…will it change how you do business?

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - May 2014

    5/30/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article about the meaning of risk appetite and the role the board and management play. There is also news about a Delaware court decision on fee-shifting bylaws, the new Venezuelan foreign currency exchange regime and an update on the 2014 shareholder proposals, the proposals for Audit Quality Indicators and the conflict minerals disclosure rule.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Board oversight of risk: Defining risk appetite in plain English

    5/29/14 | Center for Board Governance

    Risk oversight continues to be top-of-mind for directors. One area that’s particularly important for boards to better understand is the company’s risk appetite. This publication defines risk appetite as it pertains to the board's oversight of risk management.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Achieving excellence: Financial reporting oversight (Audit Committee Excellence Series)

    5/23/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This edition discusses the importance of press releases covering preliminary results, considerations for audit committees before releasing results, and tips for reviewing actual filings. It also includes audit committee considerations regarding financial reporting oversight.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Five megatrends and their implications, directors edition

    5/23/14 | Center for Board Governance

    The concept of megatrends is not new, but megatrends today are more complex and interconnected. They have potential implications on business--now and in the future.

  • In the loop
    In the loop: How new accounting elections could affect your deal or IPO strategy

    5/20/14 | Assurance services

    In the loop is an executive-level series addressing important financial reporting and regulatory issues. Our first edition discusses how changes in private company accounting could affect future deal or financing strategies.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    ProxyPulse First Edition 2014

    5/8/14 | Center for Board Governance

    The first 2014 edition of ProxyPulse, a special publication from PwC’s Center for Board Governance and Broadridge Financial Solutions, covers 1,066 shareholder meetings held during the “mini-season” between July 1 and December 31, 2013. It looks at several areas including public company ownership composition, director elections, say-on-pay, proxy material distribution, the mechanics of shareholder voting, and the 2014 proxy season currently underway.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - April 2014

    5/1/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article on coverage of the PCAOB’s public meeting on its proposed changes to the auditor’s reporting model. The newsletter also contains an analysis of the federal government’s cybersecurity framework, a call by some to raise the shareholder proposal threshold, and the possibility that the SEC may weigh actions on proxy advisory firms. There is some news for audit committees: comments by the CAQ on the EU audit market changes, PwC’s 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study, and a federal court decision on the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - March 2014

    3/27/14 | Center for Board Governance

    The inaugural edition of PwC’s Audit Committee Excellence Series covers a company’s forward-looking guidance practices and the potential risks associated with analysts’ consensus estimates. It provides board-level perspectives regarding current trends as well as the advantages and disadvantages of providing guidance.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    The Quarter close: Directors edition Q1 2014

    3/27/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This quarterly publication is designed to keep directors informed about the latest accounting and financial reporting issues.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Achieving excellence: Assessing the company’s forward-looking guidance practices and the potential risks of consensus estimates (Audit Committee Excellence Series)

    3/24/14 | Center for Board Governance

    How does an audit committee “raise the bar” on its performance? The PwC Center for Board Governance is publishing the Audit Committee Excellence Series (ACES) to help address this question. The series provides practical and actionable insights, perspectives and ideas to help audit committees maximize committee performance. While targeted to directors serving on audit committees, it is also beneficial to others working with audit committees including CFOs, CAOs, general counsels, and internal auditors.

  • Regulatory and standard-setting developments
    Regulatory and standard-setting developments -- March 14, 2014

    3/14/14 | Assurance services

    This document provides a summary of activities of the PCAOB, SEC, and FASB, and related international developments that are of interest to audit committees and companies.

  • Global valuation standards: achievable?

    3/4/14 | Assurance services

    PwC Global valuations leader John Glynn and director Caroline Woodward explain how global valuation standards are worth pursuing, regardless of the obstacles likely to be encountered en route. And with a new chairman in place at the IVSC, the time could be right.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Shareholder questions: Management's considerations for 2014 annual meetings

    3/3/14 | Assurance services

    This PwC publication is intended to help management and the board of directors of public companies prepare for the annual meeting of shareholders. It contains example questions on topics that may be top-of-mind for shareholders, along with background information and suggested actions for management’s consideration.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - February 2014

    2/27/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article on the latest developments on cybersecurity, including new standards framework from the US Department of Homeland Security and survey results that show CEOs are extremely concerned about cyber-attacks. The newsletter also reports on new shareholder proposals companies are facing in 2014, the creation of an engagement protocol from a group of independent directors and investors, Institutional Shareholder Services targeting director tenure in its corporate governance rating system, and the PCAOB extending the comment period for its proposed lead audit partner disclosure rule.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - January 2014

    1/30/14 | Center for Board Governance

    In this issue of BoardroomDirect® Mary Ann Cloyd, leader of PwC’s Center for Board Governance, recently talked with Noreen Doyle, director of Newmont Mining Corp., Credit Suisse, and QinetiQ Group Plc, and Jim Nevels, chair of The Hershey Co, about a variety of issues including shareholder communication, risk oversight, and board diversity.

  • Heard at the forum: Five provocative things

    1/10/14 | PwC Investor Resource Institute

    In early December, institutional investors and governance specialists got together in New York City at Stanford’s Institutional Investors’ Forum, co-hosted by PwC’s Investor Resource Institute. What are the big issues on investors’ minds?

  • Corporate Governance Series
    BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - December 2013

    1/2/14 | Center for Board Governance

    This issue of BoardroomDirect® provides a synopsis of PwC’s Key considerations for board and audit committee members, 2013-2014 edition. That publication offers insight into major issues facing directors, such as strategy, emerging technologies and Big Data, risk oversight, the talent pipeline, corporate ethics, the financials, and stakeholder communications. There are also actions for directors to consider for each issue.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    The quarter close - Directors edition: A look at this quarter's financial reporting issues - Q4 2013

    12/23/13 | Center for Board Governance

    This quarterly publication is designed to keep directors informed about the latest accounting and financial reporting issues that impact board decisions and company policies.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Key considerations for board and audit committee members, 2013-2014 version

    12/19/13 | Center for Board Governance

    This report addresses the changing boardroom agenda and outlines topics that can provide a basis to help enhance the quality of board and management discussions in the coming year.

  • Regulatory and standard-setting developments
    Regulatory and standard setting developments - December 18, 2013

    12/18/13 | Assurance services

    This document provides a summary of activities of the PCAOB, SEC, and FASB, and related international developments that are of interest to audit committees and companies.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    2013 Annual Corporate Directors Survey & 2013 Investor Survey comparison

    11/20/13 | Center for Board Governance

    This report compares the responses of PwC’s 2013 Annual Corporate Directors Survey and the 2013 Investor Survey to identify areas where directors and investors hold similar views on certain issues and where they differ in others. It also includes certain CEO perspectives from PwC’s 16th Annual Global CEO Survey.

  • Corporate Governance Series
    Director dialogue with shareholders – what you need to consider

    11/20/13 | Center for Board Governance

    This publication describes the current public company-shareholder communications environment and provides a framework for boards to use as they consider whether and in what circumstances directors should participate in such discussions. It also addresses how Regulation Fair Disclosure (“Reg FD”) affects communications.

  • Investor Exchange 2013 highlights

    10/22/13 | PwC Investor Resource Institute

    Investors are more interested than ever in understanding the risks that today's companies face. Read what investors had to say at PwC's inaugural Investor Exchange.

  • PwC’s 2013 Investor Survey

    9/25/13 | PwC Investor Resource Institute

    What most concerns investors? What do investors expect of corporate directors? How do investors view the current quality of corporate disclosures? We asked investors about these issues, and the message received is clear: Investors want to know more about the risks that companies have identified, and how they are managing them. And investors are looking for more information.

  • Regulatory and standard-setting developments
    Regulatory and standard-setting developments -- September 19, 2013

    9/19/13 | Assurance services

    This document provides a high-level summary of activities of the FASB, PCAOB, SEC and related international developments.

  • Video
    Whistleblower reform

    9/17/13 | Assurance services

    PwC's Beth Paul, Gregory Johnson, Barbara Kipp and Catherine Bromilow discuss what companies are doing to respond to the SEC’s whistleblower rule.

  • 10Minutes
    10Minutes on whistleblower reform

    7/15/13 | Center for Board Governance

    Whistleblower reform is having significant impact. The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower has one full year of operation under its belt, and with it 3,001 tips and two awards to date. Leading companies are looking closely at the Office’s first-year report and drawing lessons for building stronger ethics and compliance programs. They’re also considering what it takes to create a highly ethical culture. This 10Minutes highlights the importance of having an ethical culture at the workplace.