Corporate Secretary

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Corporate Governance Awards

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cipriani 25 Broadway, New York

About our awards

On Thursday, November 8, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world will gather together 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 Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.

For our awards, individuals and companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or others, free of charge.The 2018 nomination period is now open. Please click here to view nomination requirements and to submit your entry form. Please click on an award title below for further information on each category.

Master of Ceremonies

 

David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. The program, with an audience of 11 mn people, has a mission to raise the economic intelligence of all America. Brancaccio’s reporting focuses on the future of the economy, financial and labor markets, technology and ethics. His series about automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace, Robot-Proof Jobs, won the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious honor in business and financial journalism. Brancaccio anchored the PBS television news magazine program NOW. His feature-length documentary film Fixing the Future, about sustainable economic alternatives, appeared in theaters nationwide.

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 – Best Practices. Be on the lookout for further information on this not-to-be-missed event.

Panel of judges


The Awards

The nomination period is now closed. Please click on an award title below for further information on each category. Shortlisted companies will be announced mid-October. 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.

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 (small to mid-cap)

Best proxy statement (small to 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 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 awards are open to all corporate secretaries, general counsel, governance officers and compliance officers at any company listed and domiciled in the US. Small to mid-cap includes companies with a market cap under $10 billion. Large cap includes companies with a market cap over $10 billion.

Who can enter?
The Corporate Governance Awards are open to all corporate secretaries, general counsel, governance officers and compliance officers at any company listed and domiciled in the US. The international category is open to any publicly traded non-US company. Our 2018 awards will be presented at a gala celebration in New York City.

Who can submit a nomination?
Entries can be submitted directly by the individuals or companies being nominated, or they can be submitted on their behalf by outside law firms, vendors or other service providers. Alternatively, anyone may nominate an individual or company and Corporate Secretary will endeavor to obtain supporting materials from the nominee.

Entry requirements
All work submitted must have been undertaken within the US or, in the case of overseas work, have been initiated or coordinated in the US (except for the international category). The small to mid-cap category is for companies with a market cap under $10 billion. The large-cap category is for companies with a market cap of $10 billion and over.

The judges will be looking for demonstrable and qualitative results. Please submit all entries according to the following format:

  • Executive summary – This should contain a brief outline of the reasons the individual/team/company should be considered, a summary of the activities the nominee has undertaken, and descriptions of the relevant circumstances, objectives, outcomes and time frames. Other elements – such as cost-effectiveness, impact on company, share price effects, involvement of outside vendors or consultants and creativity of approach – are optional. This is the part of the nomination that the judges will pay the most attention to.
  • Supporting written materials – Supporting material should include names and contacts of the decision-makers and governance leaders who can comment on a nominee’s governance best practices (that is, proxy decision-makers, community stakeholders, and so on), as well as links to pertinent web pages or an expanded list of a nominees’ achievements. We recommend that you keep this to a maximum of four pages. You may also email us, upload or provide links to supporting documents, such as memos, white papers, proxy statements, annual reports or CSR reports – particularly if they directly relate to the category you’re nominating in.

Please note: all submissions must relate to work carried out in the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. All information will be treated as confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than judging the awards.

 

 

Our top tips for a winning entry

Our awards categories provide a fantastic opportunity to ensure your team or client is recognized and acknowledged by the GRC community for their great achievements and successes over the past year.

Here are our top tips to assist you with catching the attention of the judges and making sure your nominations are in contention to be winning entries:

  1. Start early – with less than one month to go till the entry deadline, start now to get your application on a solid footing
  2. Crowdsource – draft and share your entry with colleagues to get their feedback and ideas
  3. Create a story – judges like a clear narrative. Be focused in what you want to say
  4. Follow the criteria and provide evidence – focus on what the judges are asking for and ensure you demonstrate clearly and concisely how results were delivered
  5. Back it up – you can upload up to three supporting documents with your entry. This is a great way for the judges to explore in more detail the narrative you have presented, but choose carefully – and use only the best examples.

 

Venue

The Corporate Governance Awards 2018 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

Hotel Accommodations

Looking for the perfect place to stay before or after the event? Why not try Corporate Secretary’s exclusive HotelMap to browse real-time room rates of hotels close in proximity to Cipriani Broadway.

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

Book today; early bird pricing ends Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Join our Think Tank in the morning

Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the Corporate Secretary Think Tank – Best Practices 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.

For more information on the think tank and to attend, please contact [email protected]

What 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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