TheRacetotheBottom wrote a series of blogposts concerning SEC Rule 10C-1, the Dodd-Frank Act mandated provision which compels the national securities exchanges to establish listing standards that, among other things, require each member of a listed issuer's compensation committee to be a member of the board of directors and to be "independent." Part 1 discusses the history behind the rule and notes how the SEC sidestepped the Dodd-Frank Act's requirement that compensation committee directors be independent. Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 summarize Nasdaq's standard and how it came to be. Part 5 continues the discussion of Nasdaq's standard, focusing on the standard's exception which allows "non-independent" directors to sit on the compensation committee. Other notable posts in the series include Part 7A and Part 7B, which turns to NYSE's standard, which requires that to be independent, a director must have "no material relationship with the listed company."
A different type of listing standard was discussed by Institutional Investor, which summarized the NASDAQ OMX Group's efforts to make environment, social, and governance issues part of its exchanges' listing standards.
NASDAQ Stock Market has also filed with the SEC a proposed rule change that would require listed companies to have an internal audit function. Comments on that proposal should be submitted within 21 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is expected during the week of March 11. SEC Release No. 34-69030.