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CII has developed a comprehensive body of corporate governance best practices on matters including executive compensation, CEO succession and board diversity. We also have policies on other investment-related issues of interest to institutional investors, such as credit rating agencies and the independence of accounting standard-setters. Our policies provide a foundation from which CII advocates on matters of importance to members.

How CII policies are made: The nine non-officer members of CII's Board of Directors serve as CII’s Policies Committee. They suggest ideas for policies, guide staff on policy drafts and decide which proposed policies to submit to the full board. If approved by the committee, a proposed policy becomes subject to a comment period open to all CII members, a subsequent vote by the full board and a final vote by CII General Members.

Draft policies open for comment: On July 8, 2014, the Policies Committee adopted a proposed addition to CII’s corporate governance policies. CII members are invited to submit comments for the full board’s consideration prior to a board vote on July 22. If the board approves the new language, General Members will vote on it at CII’s fall conference in Los Angeles.

Suggest policy topics: Members are welcome to suggest policies to CII directors or staff and may comment on proposed policies through the Policies Updates page or by contacting CII Director of Research Glenn Davis.

View CII corporate governance policies

  1. Introduction
  2. The Board of Directors
  3. Shareowner Voting Rights
  4. Shareowner Meetings
  5. Executive Compensation
  6. Director Compensation
  7. Independent Director Definition

View CII policies on other issues

  1. Value of Corporate Governance
  2. Financial Gatekeepers
  3. Credit Rating Agencies
  4. Independence of Accounting and Auditing Standard Setters
  5. Effective and Efficient Proxy Voting
  6. Best Disclosure Practices for Institutional Investors
  7. Guiding Principles for Trading Practices, Commission Levels, Soft Dollars and Commission Recapture
  8. Support of Defined Benefit Plans