Founded in 1946, the Society for Corporate Governance, Inc. (the "Society") is a non-profit organization (Section 501(c)(6)) comprised principally of corporate secretaries and business executives in governance, ethics and compliance functions at public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Members are responsible for supporting their board of directors and executive management in matters such as board practices, compliance, regulation and legal matters, shareholder relations and subsidiary management.
The Society seeks to be a positive force for responsible corporate governance, providing news, research and "best practice" advice and providing professional development and education through seminars and conferences. The Society is administered by a national staff located in New York City, by members who serve on board and standing committees and through the member activities of 21 local chapters.
Shaping governance through education, collaboration and advocacy.
Creating long-term shareholder value through better governance.
CHAIRMAN OF BOARD: Virginia K. Fogg
PRESIDENT & CEO: Darla C. Stuckey
CHAIRMAN-ELECT: Joseph B. Amsbary
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT: Granville Martin
SECRETARY: Adam R. Kokas
TREASURER: Jeffrey Taylor
ASSISTANT TREASURER: Lori I. Zyskowski
ASSISTANT SECRETARY: Shannon Kinney
ASSISTANT SECRETARY: Dane E. Allen
ASSISTANT SECRETARY: Jalileah X. Huddleston
ASSISTANT SECRETARY: Gregory S. Belliston
COMPLIANCE OFFICER: William R. Bergum
Consistent with its mission as a positive force for corporate governance excellence, the Society encourages each of its members, and in turn their companies, to be aware of and participate in debates and discussions of various governance practices that are from time to time propounded or legislated; and it continually provides its members with up-to-date information on governance developments. Members are urged to be students, and sometimes missionaries, of good governance. Indeed, the Society believes that its member Corporate Secretaries are in a unique position to provide value to their Chairmen and Boards of Directors by being their company's Chief Governance Officer, in fact, if not also in title.
The Society believes that good corporate governance results from (1) the independence of judgment of the company's Board of directors, (2) the presence of sound processes to ensure the Board's business judgment is well supported and issues and risks are timely surfaced and dealt with, and (3) an appropriate balance between shareholder rights and the proper exercise of the Board's duties and responsibilities. The specific means to achieve these goals must be tailored to the company's specific circumstances.
The Society encourages its members to assess periodically their company's own governance practices and their Board's effectiveness in light of those company-specific circumstances; giving due consideration to the points-of-view of the company's long-term shareholders and of governance authorities. But while improving external governance ratings may be an expedient consideration so as to remove distracting issues from the table, the Society believes that this is no substitute for thoughtful, sound consideration of what constitutes substantive good governance at a company. The Society stands for governance excellence in fact not just in appearance.
3,632 members as of 9/12/18