Founded in 1946, the Society for Corporate Governance has over 3,600 members who are principally corporate secretaries and other business executives involved with governance, ethics and compliance functions at public, private and not-for-profit organizations. Members are responsible for supporting their board of directors and executive management in matters such as board practices, compliance, regulation and legal matters, shareholder relations and subsidiary management. 

The Society seeks to be a positive force for responsible corporate governance, providing news, research and "best practice" advice as well as professional development and education through seminars and conferences. It comments regularly on proposed and existing rules and regulations of governmental agencies and other bodies, and occasionally on legislative matters in areas of particular interest to members. It also promotes and assists in the voluntary exchange of information and experience relating to the duties, problems, and practices of corporate secretaries and their companies through the Society's national committees, regional chapters, online and printed publications and research, and its seminars and conferences.

The Society is administered by a national staff located in New York City, and through the contributions in time and effort of its members who serve on its board and standing committees and through the activities of it 21 local and regional chapters.