Launched in the third quarter of 2020, the Director Confidence Index is America’s first monthly pulse survey of public company board members on their perspective of the economy and how policies and current events are affecting the companies they oversee. Every quarter, Corporate Board Member and Diligent partner to ask thousands of public company directors the same three questions regarding their confidence in the current business environment, their outlook for the economy 12 months from now, and their projections for their board company’s revenue, profit, capex and cash/debt ratio for the year ahead. Supplementing those three questions are questions on current events, as they pertain to corporate strategy and governance.

Participation in the poll is reserved exclusively for directors of publicly traded companies, across all sectors and market capitalizations.

The survey fields during the last week of the month and only remains open for 48 hours, thus making for a very timely assessment of sentiment. The data is then compiled and analyzed to establish trends and calculate the Index’s weighted averages. The results are released the following Thursday on BoardMember.com, with exclusive comments and insights from hundreds of participating directors. Unless otherwise explicitly agreed upon by the respondent, all responses are kept confidential to allow board members to share their perspective in a respectful, truthful, unbiased and collegial setting.

For more information about the Index and the different research programs we run, please contact our Research team at research@ChiefExecutive.net.

Director Confidence Falls To New Low In October

Corporate Board Member’s October reading of director sentiment shows continued decline in optimism among U.S. public company board members. More now expect business conditions to deteriorate over the coming year.

Director Optimism Hits New Low In September

Corporate Board Member’s September reading of director sentiment shows optimism waning, as companies continue to grapple with unresolved challenges and lingering uncertainties.

Director Confidence In Economy Slides In September As Covid, Washington Fuel Uncertainty

New data collected by Corporate Board Member and Diligent Institute shows optimism among public-company director at its lowest level in a year.

July Survey Finds Director Confidence Falling as Inflation, Covid Fears Gain Ground

July’s Director Confidence Index shows optimism on the decline for the third consecutive month amid board members due to concerns over inflation and the possibility of further Covid-related restrictions.

Directors’ Outlook For Economy Dims To Pre-Vaccine Levels On Inflation Fears

Our gauge of U.S. public company board member confidence is now just 3 percent above where it was last fall, before Covid-19 vaccines were released.