Governance Reviews

Governance Reviews

Assess Your Governance Practices Against Best Practices

NACD Governance Reviews provide an in-depth analysis of an organization’s governance structure, processes, and drivers. Our faculty reviews your current practices and shares opportunities for improvement or refinement based on NACD’s recommended best practices.


NACD's faculty comprises more than 40 sitting directors and subject-matter experts. Your faculty member will be matched to your organization according to his or her boardroom and industry experience. View a sampling of companies and organizations our faculty are currently serving, or have served in the past.


A governance review engagement begins with a planning call between the NACD team and designated client representatives to set expectations and goals. Then, depending on the scope of the engagement and giving consideration to its desired outcomes, NACD's faculty may inventory your board's structure, processes, documents, communications, and practices. When this inventory is complete, NACD's faculty will assess the results of the inventory against NACD's researched and recommended best practices. The findings from this assessment can be compiled into a detailed report and presented to the full board during an interactive discussion, if requested.

Sample Scope of Review

  • Review documents such as bylaws, governance guidelines, committee charters, and minutes
  • Interview directors and executives to assess the quality of boardroom communications
  • Attend and observe dynamics, practices, and effectiveness of board and committee meetings
  • Report on how your company aligns or varies from leading governance practices
  • Deliver results highlighting key findings and recommended next steps


  • Provides an objective, credible, and unbiased analysis: Use the review findings and recommendations from NACD, the authority on governance practices with more than 40 years of experience, to influence positive governance change.
  • Provides practical guidance: Concrete action steps establish a path for continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrates strategic commitment: An NACD governance review demonstrates to stakeholders a commitment to strategic alignment and governance excellence.
  • Earns NACD Fellowship® credits: Show your dedication to strategic alignment and governance excellence.