Our Business Practices
We adhere to the highest standards of corporate governance and ethical conduct. We believe that accountability, transparency and good decision-making support our business, serve our customers and create value for our shareholders.
Policy Regarding Director Candidates Recommended by Shareholders
As described in its Corporate Governance Policies, Discover Financial Services seeks highly-qualified director candidates from diverse professional backgrounds who combine a broad and relevant spectrum of experience and expertise with a reputation for integrity. They should have experience in positions with a high degree of responsibility and be leaders in the companies or institutions with which they are affiliated. Discover Financial Services selects Board members based upon contributions they can make to the Board and management and their ability to represent the interests of Discover Financial Services' shareholders, regardless of gender or race. The Board will also take into account the diversity of a candidate’s perspectives, background and other demographics. Discover Financial Services' Corporate Governance Policies provide that Discover Financial Services' Board should have a significant majority of independent directors.
The Board's Nominating and Governance Committee identifies, evaluates and recommends director candidates to the Board. The Committee accepts shareholder recommendations of director candidates and evaluates such candidates in the same manner as other candidates. The Committee determines the need for additional or replacement Board members, then identifies and evaluates the director candidate under the criteria described above based on the information the Committee receives with the recommendation or which it otherwise possesses, which may be supplemented by certain inquiries. If the Committee determines, in consultation with other directors, including the Chairman, that a more comprehensive evaluation is warranted, the Committee may then obtain additional information about the director candidate's background and experience, including by means of interviews. The Committee will then evaluate the director candidate further, again using the qualification criteria described above. The Committee receives input on such director candidates from other directors, including the Chairman, and recommends director candidates to the full Board for nomination. The Committee may engage a third party to assist in identifying director candidates or to assist in gathering information regarding a director candidate's background and experience. If the Committee engages a third party, the Committee approves the fee that Discover Financial Services pays for these services.
Discover Financial Services shareholders who wish to recommend a candidate for the Committee's consideration must submit the recommendation in writing to the Committee in accordance with the Board's Policy Regarding Communications by Shareholders and Other Interested Parties with the Board of Directors. The recommendation must demonstrate that it is being submitted by a current Discover Financial Services shareholder and must include information about the proposed director candidate, including name, age, business address, principal occupation, principal qualifications and other relevant biographical information. Shareholders also must provide confirmation of the candidate's consent to serve as a director. Shareholders may make recommendations at any time, but recommendations for consideration for nominees at the annual meeting of shareholders must be received not less than 120 days prior to the first anniversary of the date Discover Financial Services' proxy statement was released to shareholders in connection with the previous year's annual meeting.
Adopted: February 21, 2008
As Amended: April 25, 2018