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Board-Employee Interaction

Disclosure on Policies and Practices

Corporate culture has become a key focus for management in shaping long-term strategy, and for investors in evaluating where to allocate their capital. As a result, many boards of directors are elevating company culture in their oversight of corporate strategy and risk. Specifically, many companies have adopted explicit policies that encourage director interaction with rank-and-file employees as a way for boards to better understand and oversee corporate culture.

This report highlights thematic differences in public disclosure of how large U.S. public companies provide opportunities for board members to interact directly with employees, both at the management level and deeper within the organization. It draws from a CII-REF spreadsheet showing disclosure in annual meeting proxy statements and published corporate governance guidelines at S&P 100 companies that discuss policies or practices related to director interaction with employees.

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