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March 11, 2011 The Realities of Say on Pay: Proxy Season 2011Source: Forbes Blogs
With Proxy Season 2011 in full swing and Say on Pay a reality, I am spending lots of time with investors and compensation committees. As our clients get clients ready for the 2011 and 2012 Say on Pay disclosures, I wonder how...
March 10, 2011 Diversity on corporate boards and the rejection of quotasSource: OUP Blog
In late February, Lord Davies’ report on ‘Women on Boards’ was published. The report was awaited with much speculation especially as to whether he would recommend quotas whereby listed companies would have to have a certain...
March 10, 2011 Whom Do Public Companies Now Serve?Source: Forbes blog
Historically, there has been little debate about whom U.S. public companies and their boards serve. The unequivocal answer has always been: their shareholders. The answer to this question is now becoming more inclusive as the...
February 28, 2011 The 'ethical' optionSource: The Star Phoenix
He doesn't consider himself an "ethical investor," per se, because to him the concept is all about sustainable investing -looking for companies that evaluate all of their risks, including from an environmental, social and...
February 24, 2011 Why Shareholder Democracy is EssentialSource: BNET.com
John Carney, the CNBC.com business journalist, doesn’t like shareholder democracy. He argues that reforms, such as say on pay rules, which give shareholders a non-binding vote on executive compensation, won’t improve corporate...
February 23, 2011 Social Media and Investor Relations: A Match Made for the Dodd-Frank EraSource: Fast Company
As the first proxy season of the Dodd-Frank era kicks off, public companies are being held to higher standards of transparency and accountability than ever before. From say on pay to a host of new reporting requirements,...
Source: Tim Smith – Walden Asset Management
On January 25th the SEC adopted new rules for the shareholder advisory vote on executive compensation, popularly know as Say-on-Pay, as required under the Dodd-Frank bill passed in 2010. This year, all companies must place an...
January 27, 2011 Will SEC's 'Say on Pay' Rule Do Any Good?Source: National Legal and Policy Center
As someone who has sponsored "Say on Pay" shareholder proposals with companies like Boeing and Procter & Gamble, I wonder whether SEC-mandated votes on executive compensation will do any good. In fact, I worry that it may lead to...
January 21, 2011 New Book from Governance & Accountability Institute, Strategic Governance, Offers Business Leaders Opportunity to Integrate Governance with Strategy, Risk, Culture & Corporate Responsibility to Achieve Financial, Environmental & Social SustainabilitySource: BusinessWire
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boards and managers seeking direction about the “hows” and “whys” of making their business more sustainable and to enhance public reporting on the company’s sustainability performance and progress have...
January 6, 2011 New Hewlett-Packard Corporate Governance Guidelines and Withdrawal of Resolution on Independent ChairSource: Timothy Smith , Senior Vice President, Walden Asset Managementent,
As you may be aware when Hewlett-Packard appointed a new CEO they also brought in a new outside Director to serve as a separate, Independent Chair. As we read the updated Hewlett-Packard Corporate Governance Guidelines (revised...
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