Sarbanes-Oxley and Meetings

Although the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, passed by Congress in the wake of the Enron and Worldcom scandals, are applicable only to the nearly 12,000 companies that file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, some of the principles contained in the act provide strong guidance on how all companies should conduct their businesses — and their meetings.

Section 404 of SOX requires management of public companies to annually assess the effectiveness of their

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