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May 29, 2013 Shareholders Are Speaking Up, but Who’s Listening?Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times
We are nearing the end of proxy season, that once-a-year moment when shareholders can speak their minds, sort of, to the officers and directors overseeing their companies. But that doesn’t mean corporate boards always listen.
May 14, 2013 Katz: This Dimon Is ForeverSource: The Street
...companies with unified chairman and CEO roles, the issue often requires more thought. For JPMorgan, the issue is ultimately one of textbook policy vs. pragmatic reality. Contrary to some commentary, the role of the chairman is...
April 12, 2013 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Global Reporting Initiative’s Chief Executive Ernst LigteringenSource: Ernst Ligteringen, Reuters
Imagine a business world where the very largest companies refused or declined to disclose any information about their dealings apart from their financials. A business world where companies’ approach to transparency and...
March 19, 2013 THE AGM VOTES ARE IN AND THE WINNER IS ….Source: Stephen Viederman, Fellow, Governance & Accountability Institute
The Spring madness of annual corporate meetings (referred to as AGMs) is upon us. Their purpose is to report to shareowners, and to listen to shareowners, usually through the mechanism of the shareowner resolution, as dialog and...
January 10, 2013 Op Ed - Let’s stop investing our retirement funds in lethal weaponsSource: Adam Kanzer, Reuters
Mutual funds, according to a recent Vanguard statement, are not “optimal agents to address social change .” 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 2013Source: 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 investingSource: 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 LaterSource: 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 auditorsSource: 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
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