In its Principles of Corporate Governance the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development described “corporate governance” as involving a set of relationships between a company’s management, its board, its shareholders and other stakeholders that provides the structure through which the objectives of the company are set, and the means of attaining those objectives and monitoring performance are determined.  The importance of corporate governance for companies and countries all around the world has been succinctly summarized as follows in a United Nations publication: “In a more globalized, interconnected and competitive world, the way that environmental, social and corporate governance issues are managed is part of companies’ overall management quality needed to compete successfully.  Companies that perform better with regard to these issues can increase shareholder value by, for example, properly managing risks, anticipating regulatory action or accessing new markets while at the same time contributing to the sustainable development of the societies in which they operate. Moreover these issues can have a strong impact on reputation and brands, an increasingly important part of company value.”



Directors’ Rights & Duties

Board Structure and Operations

Board Committees

The Executive Team

The Chief Executive Officer


Benefit Corporations

Nonprofit Corporations


Corporate Governance: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Board of Directors: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Sustainability and Corporate Governance: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Research Papers

Introduction to Corporate Governance

Governance Global Survey (2017)

Additional Materials



Checklists and Questionnaires

Best Practices Checklist for Nonprofits

Training Materials

Benefit Corporations



Legal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients

Business Counselor’s Law & Compliance Practice Manual

The Public Benefit Corporation Guidebook

Chapters or Articles in Books

Corporate Governance Pre-Enron Post-Enron

B-Corp Handbook (Sample Chapter)

Articles in Journals

An Introduction to Benefit Corporations

Benefit Corporations – A Challenge in Corporate Governance

D&O Insurance for Nonprofits

Five Tax Traps for Nonprofits

Legal Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Corporate Formats

New Leader’s Guide to Diagnosing A Business

Reconsidering the Venture Capitalist’s Value-Added Proposition


Basic Responsibilities of VC-Backed Company Directors

Benefit Corporation Law

Benefit Corporation White Paper

Best Practices for Executive Directors and Boards of Nonprofits

Business (Enterprise) Models for Social Benefit Enterprises

CEO Compensation in Private VC-Backed Firms

Comparative Analysis of Fiduciary Duties

Comparative Study of European Union Corporate Governance Codes

Comparison of Corporate Governance Systems in Four Countries

Comparison of Governance Guidelines – United States

Corporate Governance – A Survey of OECD Countries

Corporate Governance – What It Is and Why It Matters

Corporate Governance and Commercial Banking – United States, Japan and Germany

Corporate Governance of Start-Ups

Differences in Business Ownership and Governance

Director Fiduciary Duties Delaware and Texas Law

Effects of Venture Capital on Governance

Globalization of Corporate Governance

Governance in OECD Economies – Is Convergence on the Way?

International Comparison of Corporate Governance Guidelines

Private Equity and Venture Capital

Role of Government in Corporate Governance

White Paper – Need and Rationale for Benefit Corporations

Governmental and Other Public Domain Publications

Model Benefit Corporation Legislation (April 2017)

Online Articles

Understanding and Forming a California Benefit Corporation

California Benefit Corporations

Benefit Corporations in California

Online Databases

Business Transactions Solution


Cooley – Benefit Corporation

Council of Nonprofits


West Legal Ed Center