Key governance issues

The latest trends and top-of-mind issues for boards, investors and governance professionals

 

The board of directors has defined roles and responsibilities relating to the oversight of a public company. Directors must stay abreast of the many important issues facing companies while keeping up with their oversight responsibilities.

Key corporate governance issues can range from highly strategic topics like corporate strategy, IT oversight and innovation, board composition and risk oversight to more real-time topics like crisis management and shareholder activism.

PwC's Governance Insights Center meets with boards of directors, board committees, investors and corporate executives to share and discuss governance leading practices; publishes thought leadership on boardroom hot topics; and holds forums on current governance issues. Browse the Governance Insights Center library to gain insights on important boardroom issues and contact us to discuss the latest governance issues your organization is facing.

 

Board committee resources

Audit committee resources

All publicly-traded companies in the United States must have a qualified audit committee as part of their board of directors. The important role of the audit committee includes oversight of financial reporting, monitoring compliance, accounting policies and risk management oversight. Increasingly, audit committees are being tasked with oversight of IT and cybersecurity.

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Compensation committee resources

What is the purpose of a compensation committee on the board of directors? Their role is to oversee compensation plans for the CEO and the company’s other senior executives. Topics of focus for the committee may include say on pay, executive performance targets, disclosures relating to compensation, shareholder communications on pay and CEO succession planning.

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Nominating and governance committee resources

The nominating and governance committee takes the lead in identifying director candidates, organizing board and committee membership, recommending governance principles and practices and takes the lead on board self-assessments.

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