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November 7, 2013 Fear, Fortitude & the Future:

Source: Peter D. Kinder

We are well beyond the time when the notion of universal ownership applied solely to institutions. Of necessity, we’ve had to make asset ownership truly universal because we share the same fears and risks. We all are universal...[more]

October 24, 2013 Why business schools need business ethics

Source: Guardian

Economic inequality in society also undermines our institutions. MBA deans must find a moral voice or face a crisis of legitimacy

October 22, 2013 4 Reasons the SEC's New Ratio Test Will Not Decrease CEO Pay

Source: Huff Post

On September 18, the SEC announced the proposal of a rule intended to increase disclosure of executive compensation as part of its ongoing effort to curb the growth of CEO pay. The new rule, promulgated under Section 953(b) of...

October 17, 2013 The Bloodlust of Pundits Swirls Around Jamie Dimon

Source: NY Times

Jamie Dimon should be fired. That seems to be the conclusion of some in the pundit class about JPMorgan Chase’s chairman and chief executive. Writers, editors and bloggers have made it clear that they want his scalp: “NOW Are We...

October 14, 2013 How Do You Communicate Today?

Source: Robert R. McMillan –

One of my expressions which I use all the time is: “The name of the game is to communicate.” Let me explain. Without communications, nothing would happen at work, at home, or even when there is a time out. And today, there are...[more]

October 11, 2013 Shareholder activism & corporate performance

Source: Business Day

Shareholder activism is a way in which shareholders can influence a company’s behavior by exercising their rights as owners (Investopedia). Shareholder activism is not the prerogative of minority shareholders as it can involve...

October 11, 2013 Reflections on the UNGC Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World

Source: Eiris Blog

What does the post-2015 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals mean for investors? This year I was fortunate enough to join over 1,000 Corporate Leaders at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York. The...

October 3, 2013 Corporate governance is a part of every major decision

Source: Financial Post

These days a corporate commercial lawyer is both business advisor and legal advisor. It’s easy to get seduced by the fact that you’re helping make strategic decisions. But you have to remind yourself that your purpose in the room...

September 27, 2013 Spectra Energy Betrays Community; Latest: 431.5 Thousand Cubic Feet of Nat Gas in Uncontrolled Release From Spectra Energy Facility – After 6 Months Company Still Refuses to Publicly Disclose Amount & Why

Source: Mike Benard

Slick words from a Spectra Energy executive who publicly touts the company’s “continual communication and …. Discussion with stakeholders to address their issues and concerns.” By stakeholders, the company means landowners...[more]

September 25, 2013 ESG and impact investing-the new killer app

Source: Reuters

When I started to talk with asset owners and managers about ESG investment (liquid side of sustainable investment) and Impact investment (illiquid side of sustainable investment), everyone asked me “Robert, that is fascinating...

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