If you are investing in Silicon Valley companies, I recommend this report from Fenwick & West LLP. They have collected this data since 2003. It should be useful for Silicon Valley companies, other public companies for comparison purposes, advisors and investors.
Fenwick’s annual survey covers a variety of corporate governance practices and data for the companies included in the Standard & Poor’s 100 Index (S&P 100), which are often presented as a desired norm, compared to the technology and life sciences companies included in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150).
Comparative data is presented for the S&P 100 companies and the SV 150, as well as trend information over the history of the survey. In a number of instances the report also presents data showing comparison of the top 15 (which are of a scale similar to the S&P 100), top 50, middle 50 and bottom 50 companies of the SV 150 (in terms of revenue), illustrating the impact of scale on the relevant governance practices.
- Adoption of majority voting
- Prevalence of stock ownership guidelines for executive officers
- How equity ownership among executives and directors is changing
- Gender diversity on corporate boards
- How levels of stockholder activism vary by industry and company size
- Trends in the number of executive officers based on company size
Request copy of the report. Below are a few tweets (some abbreviated) I sent after reading it.
Maj Vote at S&P100 now 92% vs 40% at SV150 but similar adoption for larger size firms Fenwick & West LLP
Almost 1/2 of Silicon V 150 had outside board chair http://www.fenwick.com/publications/Pages/Corporate-Governance-Survey-2013-Proxy-Season-Results.aspx … #corpgov lower than S&P 100