Voici un excellent compte rendu de l’enquête 2012 effectuée par PwC auprès des administrateurs de grandes sociétés américaines et publié par le Center for Board Governance | PricewaterhouseCoopers. Une synthèse, paru dans le Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, présente plusieurs résultats vraiment encourageants sur les progrès dans les pratiques de gouvernance en 2012 mais, surtout, l’étude de PwC met en évidence les nombreux défis à rencontrer.
Je présente ici les grandes lignes des résultats :
- « There has been a marked increase in the hours directors dedicate to board work
- Of the companies that have a combined Chair and CEO, about half of these boards are already discussing splitting the role at their next CEO succession.
- Sixty-four percent of directors responded that their companies’ compensation practices changed in response to their “say on pay” vote
- Directors are reaching out to proxy advisory firms more frequently, with 53% communicating with them during the last year.
- Nearly one-third of directors believe someone on their board should be replaced
- 37% of boards have no clear allocation of specific responsibilities for overseeing major risks among the board and its committees
- Over half of directors (52%) believe that some form of annual education should be required. However, nearly one in five (19%) had no board education during the last year
- When asked about sources used to recruit new directors, nine out of 10 directors said they look to the recommendations of other directors
- 86% of directors cited compensation consultants as “very influential,” followed closely by the CEO (79%), and institutional investors (54%)
- While directors see the opportunities in emerging technologies like social media, some are uncomfortable with the challenge of effectively overseeing IT strategy and risk »