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July 26, 2011 Corporate Responsibility Group Calls for Split of News Corp. Chairman, CEO Roles

Source: Hollywood Reporter

NEW YORK - The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, which represents about 300 money managers with assets of more than $100 billion, wants News Corp. to split the roles of chairman and CEO that company founder Rupert...

July 26, 2011 Shareholder Protection Act of 2011: Preemption, Prevention and Protection (What Citizens United May Have Wrought)

Source: The Race to the Bottom

The issue of corporate campaign contributions has returned. Several sponsors have reintroduced the Shareholder Protection Act of 2011. The bill is designed to deal with some of the problems arising out of the Supreme Court's...

July 22, 2011 CalPERS blasts News Corp.'s two-tier stock structure

Source: Sacremento Bee

"This is a corruption of the governance system," said Anne Simpson, senior portfolio manager at CalPERS for corporate governance, in a statement released by the pension fund. Simpson added, "The ... > 1862

July 20, 2011 How Marketing Has Failed Socially Responsible Investing

Source: GreenBiz.com

About two months ago, Joel Makower made the claim that "green marketing is over." Makower believes green marketing as we know it has failed us -- the great consumer revolution simply hasn't materialized, and sustainable products...

June 29, 2011 Good Corporate Governance vs Pension Fund Socialism

Source: JDSupra

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) have teamed up on an initiative called the Diverse Director Database (3D Program). The United States...

June 24, 2011 'Cars 2': Big Oil Is The Bad Guy, Says Director John Lasseter

Source: Huffington Post

Could an animated film about cars become Big Oil's next nemesis? In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, "Cars 2" director John Lasseter discussed the major overhaul to his upcoming film, a revamp that makes Big Oil...

June 6, 2011 Inciting a Revolution: The Investor Spring

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

O’Donnell, a retired chief executive of the J. Walter Thompson Company, and a man who picks his own stocks, figured that if Twitter, Facebook and other social media could help oppressed citizens in Tunisia and Egypt rally for...

June 3, 2011 A Man For All Seasons

Source: Richard Barr, Featured Commentator, Governance & Accountability Institute

In 1987 I was fresh out of grad school in photography at the University of New Mexico. Turning 40, I was finally out of excuses to stay in school. I was searching for a right-livelihood profession, not in photography, and I...[more]

April 28, 2011 A Shareholder Activist Takes Aim at Netflix

Source: Seeking Alpha

While awaiting release of its 10Q, I was leafing through Netflix's (NFLX) filings at the SEC website. I came across one pertaining to the company's upcoming June shareholder's meeting. Alongside the typical business, I stumbled...

April 26, 2011 NYSE Shareholder Meeting May Be a Shootout

Source: CNBC -Trader Talk

The NYSE will host its annual shareholder meeting this Thursday at 8am ET at the NYSE. This may be a bit of a shootout. First, many believe some kind of announcement may be forthcoming from Deutsche Boerse or NYSE Euronext prior...

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