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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 31 December 2018 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 (21%) 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 7 8
    Board size 11 9.7 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 51% 65% 67% 61% 62%
    Independent chair 32% 44% 46% 41% 41%
    Independent lead director 58% 51% 41% 49% 41%
    Presiding director 7% 3% 3% 4% 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% 60%
    Majority voting in director elections 89% 63% 46% 66% 50%
    Proxy access 66% 19% 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 $308,010 $230,219 $185,446 $238,414 $211,390
    CEO 3-yr average pay $12.7 million $6.4 million $3.7 million $7.4 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 2.5 times 2.9 times 2.6 times 2.6 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 2017 Year to date 2018
    Total elections 17,803 17,850
    Average percent opposition votes received 4.2% 4.4%
    Russell 3000: Opposition votes received by board nominees Full year 2017 Year to date 2018
    Directors with less than 80% support (% of all nominees) 4.5% 4.9%
    Number of directors 809 853
    Directors with less than 50% support (% of all nominees) 0.2% 0.2%
    Number of directors 37 38
  • Say-on-Pay proposals

    Russell 3000: Say-on-Pay proposals voted Full year 2017 Year to date 2018
    Total proposals voted 2,393 2,269
    Proposals with less than 70% support (% of proposals) 6.6% 8.2%
    Number of proposals 157 186
    Proposals with less than 50% support (% of proposals) 1.4% 2.4%
    Number of proposals 34 55
    Say-on-Pay proposals vote support Full year 2017 Year to date 2018
    S&P 500 91.6% 91.2%
    S&P Composite 1500 92.2% 91.2%
    Russell 3000 92.0% 90.8%
  • Shareholder proposals

    Shareholder proposal categories Number voted Portion of voted
    Environmental/social 156 35%
    Anti-takeover/strategic 137 30%
    Board 115 26%
    Compensation 37 8%
    Routine/other 3 1%
    All 448 100%

     

    Top shareholder proposal topic by average vote support* Average support
    Eliminate classified board 87%
    Adopt majority vote to elect directors 78%
    Eliminate supermajority vote 64%
    Allow shareholders to act by written consent 43%
    Report on sustainability 41%
    Allow shareholders to call special meeting 40%
    Address corporate EEO/diversity 39%
    Enhance pay-for-performance alignment 32%
    Review/report on political spending 32%
    Review/report on healthcare/medicine 32%
    Review/report on greenhouse gas emissions 32%
    Appoint independent board chair 32%
    Adopt/amend proxy access 32%
    Limit post-employment executive pay 30%
    Eliminate unequal voting rights/dual class common stock 30%
    Review/report on food/consumer products 28%
    * Based on topics where at least 5 shareholder proposals went to a vote; shareholder proposals also may be withdrawn or omitted from proxy ballots.

     

    Top shareholder proposal topic by total number voted* Number voted
    Allow shareholders to call special meeting 66
    Appoint independent board chair 49
    Adopt/amend proxy access 38
    Allow shareholders to act by written consent 38
    Review/report on lobbying activities 32
    Review/report on political spending 23
    Review/report on greenhouse gas emissions 15
    Eliminate supermajority vote 13
    Link executive pay to environmental and social considerations 11
    Limit post-employment executive pay 11
    Address human rights 11
    Report on sustainability 10
    Enhance pay-for-performance alignment 10
    Eliminate unequal voting rights/dual class common stock 9
    * Based on topics where at least 5 shareholder proposals went to a vote; shareholder proposals also may be withdrawn or omitted from proxy ballots.