The Role of the U.S. Corporate Board of Directors in Enterprise Risk Management, Report # 1390, The Conference Board The Conference Board issued a July 2006 research report, “The Role of U.S. Corporate Boards in Enterprise Risk Management,” that provides insights about board of director perspectives on their role in overseeing enterprise risk management processes at organizations where they serve. Mark Beasley, NC State’s ERM Initiative Director, served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Project. Based on a research approach that involved personal interviews with 30 board members, analysis of Fortune 100 board committee charters, and a broad survey of 127 board members, the report finds that while ERM processes have improved in some companies, directors serving on multiple boards reported significant variations in the quality of risk dialogue and fewer boards seem to have well-established risk processes. Only 54% have clearly defined risk tolerances and only 47.6% of the boards rank key risks. Almost 50% of the directors would like to see more data analysis related to the company’s risk profile.