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June 8, 2015 The Case for a Carbon Tax

Source: NY Times

In a welcome development, businesses are asking world leaders to do more to address climate change. This week, the top executives of six large European oil and gas companies called for a tax on carbon emissions.

June 8, 2015 Matthew Lester: FIFA, HSBC scandals will improve corporate governance

Source: BizNews

The 2015 attacks on HSBC and FIFA have demonstrated that all multinationals are now at real risk of public humiliation. Nothing is safe anymore. It just takes one whistle blower to step forward and the proverbial hits the fan....

June 8, 2015 The case for gender equality

The Express Tribune - Pakistanâs performance is dismal when it comes to womenâs political enfranchisement. The annual Gender Gap Index by the Geneva-based îWorld Economic Forumî this year ranks Pakistan at...

June 4, 2015 Supply Chain Saves the World

Source: Forbes

Humanity has been around for at least 100,000 years. For most of that time, all we could do was hunt down some dinner and watch out for enemies. Technology was personal and mainly a matter of craftsmen making tools, one at a...

May 29, 2015 Shareholder Activism Is Ok, As Long As It's Honest

Source: Investors' Business Daily

Activism can be beneficial for all shareholders if it spurs an honest discussion amongst management and investors about the state and direction of a company. Such a debate can lead to many outcomes: Stay the course, make changes...

May 28, 2015 A Drought For Business: How Water Shortages Will Impact Your Bottom Line


Since 2011, California has moved from a state of “abnormally dry” to two-thirds of the land labeled as “exceptionally dry”. The Governor has issued an array of laws to help replenish California, most recently a mandated 25...

May 27, 2015 Editorial: Executive compensation, ever higher, ever less justifiable

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

By almost any measure, one of the least-successful movements of the past decade has been the effort to rein in executive pay. “Say on pay” laws haven’t worked. Tax reforms haven’t worked. Shame hasn’t worked.

May 26, 2015 Pharma Trumps All Healthcare Sectors In Executive Compensation

Source: Forbes

A few weeks ago someone posted the annual compensation of a single healthcare CEO in a social media forum. I forget which CEO and which forum, but I’ve seen this before and it is provocative.

May 26, 2015 Fiat Chrysler boss shakes up global car business

Source: Toledo Blade

NEW YORK — Mary Barra, chief executive of General Motors, received a lengthy and unusual email back in March from one of her direct competitors, Sergio Marchionne.

May 22, 2015 If you're ever tempted to say, 'My vote doesn't matter . . .'

Source: Friday Flyer

Does every vote count? Can one vote really make a difference? Can one vote make or break an election?

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