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August 7, 2014 2014 Proxy Season Shows Increased Pressure on Companies to Make Engagement Meaningful and Purpose-driven

Source: PR Web

More companies disclosed that they engaged with shareholders on corporate governance topics this year: half of S&P 500 companies disclosed engaging with investors in 2014 compared to just 6% doing so just four years ago. Many...

August 5, 2014 AIG to pay $960M to settle shareholder lawsuits

Source: Bloomberg/BusinessWeek

NEW YORK— American International Group Inc. said Monday it has agreed to pay $960 million to settle shareholder claims that the company misled investors.The settlement stems from several class-action lawsuits claiming that AIG...

August 5, 2014 Teaming up with CalSTRS helps activist funds get their way

The Deal Pipeline - In another notable 2012 campaign, CalSTRS teamed up with Trian, the governance-focused activist fund run by Nelson Peltz, to urge Ingersoll-Rand plc to improve some of its financial, operational and...

August 4, 2014 These SRI Funds Focus On Empowering Women

Source: Investopedia

Socially responsible investment (SRI) funds can take on a variety of mandates. They often look to invest in companies that do business in an environmentally responsible manner and that pay attention to fair supply chain...

August 4, 2014 Ethical investing emerges from ruins

swissinfo - Swiss investment consultancy firm îonValuesî calculated that the Swiss market grew more than 63 per cent last year to SFr34.1 billion ($32.2 billion). Comparing the sustainable and traditional investment...

August 1, 2014 2014 Proxy Season Review: Good Marks for Most U.S. Companies, but No Room for Complacency

Source: Boardmember.com

Say-on-pay results from 2014 annual meetings reveal that, after four years of mandatory say on pay, most U.S. companies are achieving consistently strong shareholder support for their executive pay programs. While that may not be...

July 31, 2014 How Executive-Compensation Methods Relate to Shareholder Return

Source: CFO.com

Companies that consistently deliver strong shareholder return tend to do a lot of things better than the also-rans. Could one of them be the way they compensate their executives? Probably, but at the least such enterprises pay...

July 29, 2014 American Funds shareholders to vote on anti-genocide policy

Pensions & Investments - The shareholder resolution, submitted as part of the efforts of îInvestors Against Genocideî, asks the boards to âto institute procedures to prevent holding investments in companies...

July 25, 2014 Just how responsible is your 'socially responsible' fund'

Canada - So how can socially responsible funds justify being invested in oilsands' Well, most use a best-of-sector approach, based on the work of Toronto-based îJantzi Researchî. îJantzi Researchî analyses...

July 24, 2014 In 2014 Proxy Season, Shareholders Got More Political

Source: Corporate Counsel

A new study shows that more than in any recent year, labor-affiliated shareholder activism in 2014 has primarily involved public employee pension funds, especially those for New York City and state, as well as the American...

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