On 18 September 2018, Shearman & Sterling published its annual Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Survey (Survey). While the Survey focuses on corporate governance and executive compensation practices applicable to U.S. domestic companies, it may also be a good resource for non-U.S. companies. Corporate governance and executive compensation practices of public companies continue to draw intense shareholder scrutiny and regulatory focus, and Shearman's annual survey of the 100 largest public companies in the United States provides important benchmarking information in these critical areas.

This year's Survey considers corporate governance topics that have emerged as key board-level issues, including:

  • corporate culture;
  • CEO pay ratio;
  • cybersecurity;
  • sexual misconduct; and
  • board diversity.

The Survey also examines the evolution of topics we have reviewed in prior surveys, including:

  • proxy access;
  • shareholder engagement;
  • shareholder proposals;
  • director compensation;
  • shareholder activism; and
  • governance practices of newly public companies.

The Survey is available at: