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The Origins

In "The Concept of the Corporation," to quote the noted management guru Peter Drucker, modern big business is something that must be accepted by every country, for it is obvious that modern industrial technology requires some form of big-business organization.  Therefore, "Big Business" is something that must be accepted as the very center of any modern industrial society.  The central question, then, is not whether we want Big Business, but what we want of it; and what organization of Big Business and of the society it serves is best equipped to [help us] realize our wishes and demands..."

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March 5, 2015 The Top Five Most Promising Trends in Philanthropy

Source: Forbes

Impact investing is seen as the most promising trend by most philanthropists, 52%, worldwide, according to the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015.

March 4, 2015 When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

Source: Washington Post

Across the country, conversations about the gender pay gap are gaining prominence. In Washington, the Paycheck Fairness Act got a big push from Democrats before ultimately stalling in Congress last year. President Obama also...

March 4, 2015 The smart way to divest fossil fuels

Source: Reuters

The New York Times Business section article entitled “Study Claims Oil Divestiture May Hurt College Endowments” on February 9 reported on a new paper, financed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, claiming that...

Research & Insights

January 30, 2015 Shareholder voting system is ‘antiquated,’ causes errors: report

Source: Business News Network

Canada’s shareholder voting system is “antiquated and fragmented,” causing numerous errors in vote counts at companies’ meetings, securities regulators have concluded following a lengthy review of problems with counting...

December 11, 2014 "Sustainable investing is growing at an accelerating rate, according to a recent report on ..."

AD HOC News - Sustainable investing is growing at an accelerating rate, according to a recent report on trends from the îUS SIFî or The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. CEO Lisa Woll explains, "US...

September 8, 2014 Study links high ESG ratings to positive investment portfolio performance

Source: Blue & Green

Asset managers can create better-performing portfolios by excluding stocks with lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, according to new research.

Commentary & Opinion

February 19, 2015 HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES GAIN MOMENTUM

Source: Holy Land Principles,Inc

The recent ruling by the SEC has put wind in the sails of the good ship, Holy Land Principles. That ruling stopped three major companies — Intel, GE and Corning —from excluding Holy Land Principles resolutions from their 2015...[more]

February 19, 2015 Activist investors actually protect the status quo

Source: Fortune

Shareholder activism can lull us into a false sense of security and make us forget that there are bigger corporate governance fish to fry.

February 16, 2015 Guest Column: Why I will vote against divestment

Source: The Daily Northwestern

This Wednesday, Associated Student Government will vote on divestment from six corporations linked to the Israeli military. This debate affects me personally: I was born in Israel and will be moving back after graduation


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