Corporate Secretary

Corporate Governance Awards
Celebrating excellence

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York

About our awards

On Thursday, November 21, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world will gather to celebrate the best of the best in GRC at the annual Corporate Secretary’s Corporate Governance Awards.

Both teams and individuals will be recognized for excellence in their industry at a prestigious gala event held at the Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.

For our awards, individuals and companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or others, free of charge.

More information on the categories, the selection process and a glimpse into how this fantastic evening is shaping up, can be found below. Join us to meet the companies that are consistently raising the bar and pushing the profession forward through innovation.

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Thank you  for your nominations, entries are now closed. Shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly. Good luck!!!

 

Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)

Best compliance and ethics program (large cap)

This award will look at coordination of governance, compliance, ethics and risk management processes across the entire corporation (including all subsidiaries).The judges will consider the level of understanding and integration of good governance principles across all disciplines and a truly non-silo approach to achieving an ethical governance environment.

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Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)

Best compliance and ethics program (small to mid-cap)

This award will look at coordination of governance, compliance, ethics and risk management processes across the entire corporation (including all subsidiaries).The judges will consider the level of understanding and integration of good governance principles across all disciplines and a truly non-silo approach to achieving an ethical governance environment.

Best ESG reporting

Best ESG reporting

This entry should comment on the quality and robustness of ESG-related reporting. This includes exposure to environmental risk factors such as global warming, employee health and safety, foreign corrupt practices, consumer safety, social responsibility and corporate sustainability. The judges will also look at a company’s understanding of the role it plays in the community, both locally and globally.

Best overall governance for a private company

Best overall governance for a private company

This new award will recognize the efforts made by an individual or team within a private company to formalize its governance structures as it matures in size and sophistication and/or transitions from a family-owned to a more broadly held business. Areas of consideration include: board structure and composition, financial disclosure and regulatory filings, adoption of best practices for subsidiary management and board recruitment, and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Best overall corporate governance – international

Best overall corporate governance – international

The judges will be looking for the best overall governance, compliance and ethics program by an international individual, team or company. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: board structure, shareholder communications, regulatory filing, annual reports, sustainability development, and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Best proxy statement (large cap)

Best proxy statement (large cap)

This award will examine the completeness of legal disclosures, effectiveness of communication elements, readability, timeliness of filing, visual design elements and overall layout. Specific elements such as compensation discussion and analysis, MD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration.

Best proxy statement (mid-cap)

Best proxy statement (mid-cap)

This award will examine the completeness of legal disclosures, effectiveness of communication elements, readability, timeliness of filing, visual design elements and overall layout. Specific elements such as compensation discussion and analysis, MD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration.

Best proxy statement (small cap)

Best proxy statement (small cap)

This award will examine the completeness of legal disclosures, effectiveness of communication elements, readability, timeliness of filing, visual design elements and overall layout. Specific elements such as compensation discussion and analysis, MD&A, director profiles and ESG challenges will be given particular consideration.

Best shareholder engagement

Best shareholder engagement

Engaging in dialogue with shareholders around governance issues has taken on new importance in the era of say-on-pay. This category, introduced in 2014, will focus on ways that companies are reaching out to proxy decision-makers, often outside of proxy season, to discuss their compensation strategy and other aspects of corporate governance. Formal programs, which may include governance roadshows, shareholder forums, independent director participation, surveys and other means of engagement, will be assessed for both qualitative and quantitative results such as strengthened relationships with institutional investors or a measurable increase in proxy voting support.

Best use of technology

Best use of technology

The use of technology is becoming an integral part of the way corporate secretaries and other governance professionals communicate with their colleagues and with investors. Entrants should be able to show how their use of new technological tools, social media and the internet has helped to advance governance within their firm. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: the use of technology in board communications, shareholder engagement, company meetings, records management and information governance and the successful use of technology to facilitate transactions. The judges will also consider the accessibility of the corporate secretary, general counsel and board of directors using technology, and the quality of information distributed.

Governance Professional of the year (large cap)

Governance Professional of the year (large cap)

The judges will be looking for the most outstanding individual in a governance, compliance or legal function. Entrants should be able to show exceptional performance in advancing governance and compliance activities at their company. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: board structure, shareholder communications, regulatory filing, annual reports and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)

Governance professional of the year (small to mid-cap)

The judges will be looking for the most outstanding individual in a governance, compliance or legal function. Entrants should be able to show exceptional performance in advancing governance and compliance activities at their company. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to: board structure, shareholder communications, regulatory filing, annual reports and all other areas of the company’s governance operations.

Governance team of the year (large cap)

Governance team of the year (large cap)

The size and scope of teams involved in achieving sound governance are growing. Some companies have dozens of people working solely on compliance and governance. This award will look at the best overall governance team in the country, and what it has achieved in the past 12 months. How does the size of the team compare with the size of the company? How have team numbers changed in recent years? Who is involved and what training do they get?

Governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)

Governance team of the year (small to mid-cap)

The size and scope of teams involved in achieving sound governance are growing. Some companies have dozens of people working solely on compliance and governance. This award will look at the best overall governance team in the country, and what it has achieved in the past 12 months. How does the size of the team compare with the size of the company? How have team numbers changed in recent years? Who is involved and what training do they get?

Rising star

Rising star

The judges will be looking for the best newcomer to a governance or compliance role. This person will have been in the profession less than five years, achieving demonstrable success in driving good governance or implementing change at his or her company, advancing academic thinking or making a significant contribution to the governance community at large.

The judging process is made up of three simple phases:

Phase 1: The Corporate Secretary editorial team reviews all submissions, selects finalists in each category and sends judges those submissions.

Phase 2: Judges review submissions for finalists individually.

 Phase 3: Judges come together to discuss all finalist submissions and determine the winners in each category.

The judges scores will not be shared with nominees, however, comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. The judges are not required to make comments against every submission. This year’s judging panel will be announced shortly.

 

Panel of judges


On the night

Our evening of elegance – a black tie affair – will commence at 6.30 pm at Cipriani, Broadway. Please see the timeline below for further event details.

Corporate GRC professionals are also invited to join us during the day for the Corporate Secretary Think Tank. Find out more here.

Make a day of it: Think Tank

Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the Corporate Secretary Think Tank is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior GRC professionals.

It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect best practices and topical issues in the corporate governance world.

  • Listen as seasoned GRC professionals discuss in detail their successful practices
  • Learn key take-aways that you can implement immediately in your own practice
  • Network with the best of the best in GRC

What makes our format so unique?
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select GRC issues. These interactive sessions are an opportunity to share experiences with and learn from other top-rated corporate governance professionals. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.

Visit our think tank website to find out more and sign up

Attendees say

"The awards are external validations for the work being done by the governance groups within companies whose work might go unseen by the average employee. Having a physical trophy is a good representation of the hard work of those teams"

Rielle Miller Gabriel, Ethics Officer & Manager, International Ethics Operations, Lockheed Martin Corporation

"The Corporate Governance Awards are an excellent event that shines light on all aspects of corporate governance and recognizes a lot of hard work happening behind the scenes in leading organizations"

Ellen Swarthout, senior director of HR Operations, Splunk

"It is important that the good work done by many members of the corporate governance community be highlighted, and I particularly appreciate the opportunity for recognition offered to smaller companies and rising stars"

Iain Poole, Managing Director, Argyle

"As was said by many, compliance is a critical function in today’s corporate world. Yet, those engaged in that effort receive insufficient attention. Corporate Secretary, generally, and this event in particular, shine appropriate light on not only the substance of ethics, compliance and good governance, but also put faces to the names who lead in this field"

Matthew Geekie, Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Graybar Electric Company

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Sponsorship opportunities

The Corporate Governance Awards first began in 2008 and are celebrated by more than 400 industry professionals every November in New York City. Recognizing the best of the best in governance, risk, compliance and ethics, these awards are looked forward to every year by corporate practitioners and service providers alike. Sponsoring a Corporate Governance Award tells your prospects you’re proud of the efforts they go through and that you support them in their endeavors. Sponsoring the awards also aligns your company name and brand with the best in the community.

What’s included in a sponsorship package?

  • Opportunity to present the award to the best in the industry and align yourself with excellence
  • Your company name engraved on the trophy next to the winner’s name that he/she takes away
  • Increase awareness and brand recognition with our extensive pre-event marketing campaign
  • Get advance notice of the nominee list before general release so you can personally congratulate them
  • Invite the nominees to join you at your table of 10 at the dinner and awards ceremony
  • Offer a special discount to your prospects and clients to attend the event that’s an evening to remember
  • Featured on the night on screen and on printed materials, and also in our extensive post-event marketing

We have a range of excellent sponsorship opportunities available at this year’s Corporate Governance Awards. For more information on these opportunities or any other ideas that you may wish to discuss, then contact Ian Richman at +1 212 430 6865.

Venue and location

The Corporate Governance Awards 2019 will be held at Cipriani 25 Broadway. Designed by Benjamin Wistar Morris in 1921, with 65 foot high ceilings, soaring marble columns and murals painted by Ezra Winter, it is truly a sight to behold. See the space come to life at this year’s awards gala!

Cipriani 25
25 Broadway
New York, NY 10004

 

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Book your seats

Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, the glamorous dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party! Please note that these are our early bird rates which expire on Friday, October 11, 2019 – any bookings made after this date will be charged at the standard rate.

 

If you have any questions regarding booking seats and tables for the awards, please contact
Brigitte Toledano on +1 212 430 6861.

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