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January 10, 2013 Op Ed - Let’s stop investing our retirement funds in lethal weapons

Source: Adam Kanzer, Reuters

Mutual funds, according to a recent Vanguard statement, are not “optimal agents to address social change [2].” I agree. But while a mutual fund may not be the best way to promote sound social policy, when trillions of dollars in...

January 7, 2013 Activism & Impact: Stay Tuned to These Issues in 2013

Source: Hank Boerner, chairman of the Governance & Accountability Institute

Trajectory – a path a "body" (such as a comet or bullet) follows, moving under a given force, says the Oxford Dictionary. Think of the "body" as an issue – steadily building, resonating with more like-minded people, gaining...

December 11, 2012 United Natural Foods (UNFI): How I Voted – Proxy Score 17%

Source: CorpGov.net

United Natural Foods ($UNFI) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 12/12/2012. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I voted on 12/5/2012. I voted with management...

September 11, 2012 Socially responsible investing

Source: CBS News

Whenever I hear the term "socially responsible investing," I'm typically being pitched some magical solution that is a combination of beating the market and creating social good. Also typical is that this socially responsible...

August 14, 2012 Sustainability Reporting & GRI Focal Point USA: One Year Later

Source: Hank Boerner, Chairman Governance & Accountability Institute

Focusing on the huge market we usually refer to as "Corporate America," the folks who run nonprofit Global Reporting Initiative [GRI] in Amsterdam organized a concentrated effort to encourage more U.S. companies to adopt the GRI...

August 9, 2012 Need for the right independent directors and auditors

Source: Money Life

The gross corporate misdemeanors reported by Indian and overseas financial analysts make it imperative to revisit the process of appointment of independent directors and auditors—statutory and internal

August 8, 2012 The Failure of U.S. Capitalism Is the Shareholders' Fault?

Source: Forbes

There’s been a lot of talk lately about blaming shareholders and the corporate governance movement for the failure of the capitalist economy. This makes about as much sense as claiming that all corporations are inherently evil....

August 2, 2012 Proxy Access Moves Forward: Forest Labs, Medtronic & H&R Block

Source: James McRitchie,CorpGov.net

The cartoon at left accompanied an article entitled Where are the funds? (Pensions & Investments, 3/5/2012) P&I lamented, “instead of sitting on the sidelines, activist investors should take advantage of the opportunity to file...

July 13, 2012 2012 Proxy Access Efforts

Source: James McRitchie, CorpGov.net

As Glyn Holton reported last week, the SEC denied no-action requests from Forest Labs ($FRX) and Medtronic ($MDT). (SEC Delivers For Shareowners On Proxy Access, 6/29/2012). Therefore, shareowners will get an opportunity to vote...

June 15, 2012 Shareholder Activism Reaches an Inflexion Point: A Conversation with ICCR's Laura Berry

Source: CSRWire

This is shaping up to be a remarkable year for shareholder activism. Longtime activists are being joined in droves by mainstream investors who in the past have stood on the sidelines. Leadership at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and...

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