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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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News & Updates

November 17, 2015 Impact Investing: How Socially Responsible Investing Has Evolved

Source: NASDAQ

There is a growing realization that, along with government aid and charitable philanthropy, financial institutions can help solve some of the world’s social problems. Over the past decade, there has been significant growth in...

November 16, 2015 Proactive engagement in the age of shareholder activism


A FEW years ago, the chairman of a banking and financial services giant had the unenviable task of facing a group of angry shareholders over the issue of executive pay packages.

November 5, 2015 Activist Investors Are Finding It Easier Than Ever to Get Board Seats

Source: Bloomberg

“Companies are well aware of the time, distraction and expense involved in defending against an activist proxy fight and many are looking for avenues to avoid those fights in a way that benefits both sides,”

Research & Insights

September 25, 2015 2015 Shareholder Activism Study From FTI Consulting and Activist Insight Finds Continued Appetite for Activism in Global Marketplace

GlobeNewswire - Steven Balet, Managing Director and activism specialist in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, noted, "Recent examples of institutions and activists working together include Relational and...

August 31, 2015 Corporate Governance And Hedge Fund Activism

Source: ValueWalk

Over the past 25 years, hedge fund activism has emerged as new form of corporate governance mechanism that brings about operational, financial and governance reforms to a corporation. Many prominent business executives and legal...

August 24, 2015 Proxy Access Proposals: Preliminary 2015 U.S. Postseason Review

Source: ValueWalk

Momentum is the buzzword that best describes the 2015 Proxy Season in the U.S. market. Some issues, such as proxy access, hit the ground running and emerged as ballot box juggernauts. Other topics, such as calls for independent...

Commentary & Opinion

November 13, 2015 Avoid Problems With Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Forbes

Socially Responsible Investing is a big deal as more and more investors are wanting to “do good” with their investments at the same time as building their nest egg to fund their goals. However, all that glitters is not gold.

November 3, 2015 Unearthing The Fossil Fuels In Mutual Funds

Financial Advisor Magazine - If you're into green investing, do you really know what's in your portfolio' Andrew Behar, the CEO of As You Sow, an Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit that works with shareholders to promote corporate...

November 1, 2015 Impact investing must be more than a buzzword

Financial Times - We are not just comparing apples and oranges, but the whole fruit salad. Index providers such as MSCI, governance consultants such as Sustainalytics, agencies such as the World Bank and start-ups such as B Labs...

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