Thursday, October 7, 2010

NYSE Commission Report Defines Core Principles of Corporate Governance

Via Harvard Law School Forum.
In the fall of 2009, the New York Stock Exchange formed a diverse and independent commission to examine core governance principles that could be widely supported by issuers, investors, directors, and other market participants. Chaired by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati chairman Larry Sonsini, the NYSE Commission on Corporate Governance recently issued its final report, which was released by NYSE Euronext on September 23, 2010. The report identifies 10 core governance principles covering such topics as the fundamental objectives of the board, management’s responsibility for governance, and the relationship between shareholders’ trading activities, voting decisions, and governance.
The principles outlined by the commission are a significant contribution to understanding the core duties and responsibilities of boards, management, and shareholders in the governance process, and provide an important framework outlining the common interests of these groups.

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