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June 5, 2014 The Role of Individual Investors in Prompting Governance Reform via the Proxy Process

Source: guest commentary by Tim Smith – Walden Asset Management

We have all read a great deal about the concern that companies, the [US] Chamber of Commerce and SEC Commissioner Gallagher have about the “highjacking” of the proxy process. Particular anger is aimed at John Chevedden, Bill...

May 19, 2014 How Smart Girls Get On Corporate Boards

Source: FORBES

For women who aspire to serve on a corporate board, sisterhood was alive and well in New York last week. Two headhunters who vet executives for these cushy spots occupied center stage at a Tuesday lunchtime program hosted by The...

May 13, 2014 Boycotting coal stocks isn't the way to fight global warming

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Stanford University is banishing coal stocks from its $18.7 billion endowment, but the mining industry is unlikely to feel much pain. Any shares Stanford sells will find plenty of willing buyers. If the stock price falls a...

April 22, 2014 Sustainable Brands® Announces 2014 Innovation Open Semi-finalists

Source: Sustainable Brands®

Sustainable Brands® recently announced 10 semi-finalists selected to compete during the Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SBIO) startup competition at SB’14 San Diego June 2-5th. Presented by Target and co-sponsored by PRé...[more]

April 22, 2014 Climate is right for clean energy firms

Source: Reuters

If you’re ecology minded, the news hasn’t been all that green of late, with ice caps and glaciers melting and storms becoming more destructive. But there is a huge silver lining for long-term investors in environmentally-friendly...

April 21, 2014 Stop Obsessing Over Exorbitant CEO Pay

Source: Slate

Last weekend the New York Times published its annual list of executive compensation, with Oracle’s Larry Ellison topping the charts at $78.4 million (and Disney’s Bob Iger in a distant second, at $34.3 million). Pay packages have...

April 16, 2014 C.E.O. Pay Goes Up, Up and Away!

Source: NY Times

At 79, Graef “Bud” Crystal is the grand old man of executive compensation critics. Once a top compensation consultant, he switched sides in the 1980s, becoming a fierce critic of many of the practices he helped institutionalize,...

April 10, 2014 Seven Things They Don't Teach You In Business School

Source: Forbes

Would you spend $200,000 on something if it didn’t make you happier? As it turns out, you can invest over $200,000 on a top MBA program these days and while you will on average earn more and have a better network upon...

April 5, 2014 Actions General Motors should take to clean up its mess

FOX News - We hope that is true. Consumers Union, the public policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, thinks that today's General Motors should be held accountable for the actions of the pre-bankruptcy company and that...

April 3, 2014 Is GM CEO Mary Barra Being Thrown Under The Bus?

Source: Forbes

For two days this week, General Motors GM +1.57% Chief Executive Mary Barra withstood a barrage of Congressional questioning over GM’s recall crisis. Maintaining a steady tone, and rarely showing emotion, Barra apologized,...

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