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How can data lead to better corporate governance?

We break down the numbers to reveal top board practices and leading trends.

The EY Center for Board Matters collects and analyzes governance data for more than 3,000 US public companies through its proprietary corporate governance database. We invite you to explore Corporate Governance by the Numbers.

Close to real-time data: current as of 28 February 2019 unless otherwise noted.

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  • Board composition

    Board composition* S&P500 S&P MidCap 400 S&P SmallCap 600 S&P 1500 Russell 3000
    Age 63 years 63 years 63 years 63 years 62 years
    Gender diversity 3 (25%) 2 (21%) 2 (18%) 2 (22%) 2 (18%)
    Independence 85% 83% 81% 83% 80%
    Tenure 9 years 10 years 9 years 9 years 9 years
    * Numbers based on all directorships in each index; gender diversity data represents average number of women directors on a board (and the percentage this represents)
  • Board meetings and size

    Board meetings and size S&P 500 S&P MidCap 400 S&P SmallCap 600 S&P 1500 Russell 3000
    Board meetings 7 7 8 8 8
    Board size 11 9.8 8.5 9.7 9.1
  • Board leadership structure

    Board leadership structure* S&P 500 S&P MidCap 400 S&P SmallCap 600 S&P 1500 Russell 3000
    Separate chair/CEO 52% 65% 66% 61% 62%
    Independent chair 32% 45% 45% 41% 41%
    Independent lead director 59% 49% 42% 49% 41%
    Presiding director 7% 3% 3% 5% 4%
    * Percentage based on portion of index
  • Board elections

    Board elections* S&P 500 S&P MidCap 400 S&P SmallCap 600 S&P 1500 Russell 3000
    Annual elections 88% 65% 57% 70% 61%
    Majority voting in director elections 88% 63% 47% 66% 51%
    Proxy access 67% 22% 6% 30% 17%
    * Percentage based on portion of index
  • Board and executive compensation

    Board and executive compensation S&P 500 S&P MidCap 400 S&P SmallCap 600 S&P 1500 Russell 3000
    Independent directors $307,653 $234,583 $185,276 $239,456 $211,433
    CEO 3-yr average pay $12.8 million $6.5 million $3.7 million $7.5 million $5.7 million
    NEO 3-yr average pay $5.0 million $2.2 million $1.4 million $2.8 million $2.2 million
    Average pay ratio: CEO / NEO 2.6 times 3.0 times 2.6 times 2.7 times 2.6 times
    * Numbers based on all directorships and executive positions in each index
  • Opposition votes in director elections

    Russell 3000: Opposition votes in director elections Full year 2018 Year to date 2019
    Total elections 17,850 705
    Average percent opposition votes received 4.4% 3.1%
    Russell 3000: Opposition votes received by board nominees Full year 2018 Year to date 2019
    Directors with less than 80% support (% of all nominees) 4.9% 2.7%
    Number of directors 853 19
    Directors with less than 50% support (% of all nominees) 0.2% 0.1%
    Number of directors 38 1
  • Say-on-Pay proposals

    Russell 3000: Say-on-Pay proposals voted Full year 2018 Year to date 2019
    Total proposals voted 2,269 103
    Proposals with less than 70% support (% of proposals) 8.2% 3.9%
    Number of proposals 186 4
    Proposals with less than 50% support (% of proposals) 2.4% 1.0%
    Number of proposals 55 1
    Say-on-Pay proposals vote support Full year 2018 Year to date 2019
    S&P 500 91.2% 94.2%
    S&P Composite 1500 91.2% 94.0%
    Russell 3000 90.8% 92.8%
  • Shareholder proposals

    Shareholder proposal categories Number voted Portion of voted
    Environmental/social 6 43%
    Anti-takeover/strategic 5 36%
    Board 1 7%
    Compensation 2 14%
    Routine/other 0 0%
    All 14 100%
    Top shareholder proposal topic by average vote support* Average support
    N/A N/A
    * Based on topics where at least 5 shareholder proposals went to a vote; shareholder proposals also may be withdrawn or omitted from proxy ballots.
    We continue to monitor developments this proxy season. Check back next month for more shareholder proposal updates.
    Top shareholder proposal topic by average vote support* Average support
    N/A N/A
    * Based on topics where at least 5 shareholder proposals went to a vote; shareholder proposals also may be withdrawn or omitted from proxy ballots.
    We continue to monitor developments this proxy season. Check back next month for more shareholder proposal updates.