Governance and Management Design
Goals of Engagement
Review, re-envision, and clarify the role of the corporate steering committee (CSC). The CSC at Carris Reels is a shared management body that exists below the CEO, consisting of 1/3 corporate representatives, 1/3 site managers, and 1/3 elected employee shop floor reps—all with equal authority.
Design and facilitate a process to clarify trustee selection in order to provide meaningful election, adequate skills and continuity for trustees. At the beginning of Carris’ work with Praxis, trustees were elected by the CSC.
Determine a process for appropriately and effectively training and putting employees onto the board.
Design processes for making these decisions that reflected the principles and values of high participation and democracy.
Clarification about the CSC’s role in the company. The CSC was given direct decision-making authority over a small number of issues and vested with general oversight for the management team’s accountability to its values, culture, and long-term plan
Developed charter, rights and responsibilities for the CSC
Reaffirmed that keeping elected employees as trustees remained important to the company’s democratic values
Developed appropriate selection and training mechanism to ensure longer terms and a group of trustees capable of fulfilling ERISA responsibilities
Currently developing process for determining how to put employees on the board, including educating the CSC on board responsibilities