Perspectives

Board Practices Quarterly

Insights and benchmarking data for board practices

Board Practices Quarterly is a quarterly series of reports, done in collaboration with the Society for Corporate Governance, providing pulse survey benchmarks on relevant topics for boards.

Back to basics: Board composition and refreshment

January 2023

This edition of Board Practices Quarterly looks at director recruitment practices and priorities—including the most and least often recruited professional backgrounds and diverse attributes—and refreshment triggers, policies, practices, and tools. It is based on the findings of a November 2022 survey of Society for Corporate Governance members representing 135 public companies.

Back to basics: Board education and evaluations

September 2022

It’s critical that boards keep themselves apprised of the rapidly evolving governance landscape and regularly evaluate their performance. This Board Practices Quarterly presents findings from a July 2022 survey of Society for Corporate Governance members that addressed, among other matters, board and committee education topics and board assessment facilitation processes and related disclosure.

Back to basics: Board committees

June 2022

This issue of Board Practices Quarterly from Deloitte and the Society for Corporate Governance presents findings from a May 2022 survey of Society for Corporate Governance members to understand current board committee structure, composition, and related practices, and how some of these practices have evolved over the past year.

Back to basics: Board meetings

March 2022

This Board Practices Quarterly presents findings from a February 2022 survey of in-house members of the Society for Corporate Governance to understand long-term changes made in response to the pandemic in practices such as board meeting formats, virtual meeting approaches, attendance practices, and materials and agendas.

Diversity, equity, inclusion: One year later

December 2021

This Board Practices Quarterly presents findings from an October 2021 survey of in-house members of the Society for Corporate Governance on how practices pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have changed in the past year.

The outspoken corporation

August 2021

This Board Practices Quarterly looks at how companies approach public engagement on social, political, environmental, or public policy issues and the related role of the board. It presents findings from a July 2021 survey of in-house members of the Society for Corporate Governance that addressed, among other matters, designation of a company spokesperson; governing documentation; the role of management; board oversight and practices; and stakeholder engagement.

Cyber oversight

May 2021

This issue of the Board Practices Quarterly presents findings from a March 2021 survey of in-house members of the Society for Corporate Governance about how their companies’ boards oversee cybersecurity and cyber risk—including matters relating to board composition and structure, management’s reporting to the board, board information sources, and shareholder engagement—as well as voluntary corporate disclosure practices.

2021 boardroom agenda

February 2021

This issue of the Board Practices Quarterly identifies some of the key areas and trends expected to be on boardroom agendas this year, according to a December 2020 survey of in-house members of the Society for Corporate Governance. These areas look beyond perennial agenda items, such as strategy and risk, and instead focus on new and emerging topics as many companies continue to respond to unanticipated events that unfolded during 2020.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

September 2020

This inaugural Board Practices Quarterly explores some ways in which companies and boards have responded to these recent events and other management- and board- focused practices pertaining to DEI. It presents findings based on an August 2020 survey of members, representing more than 200 companies, of the Society for Corporate Governance. We would expect the findings to evolve over time, particularly as they pertain not only to corporate governance, but also to a societal matter, where calls for action and change appear to be ongoing and growing.

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