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October 20, 2011 Shareholder Activism: This Specter Won't Stop Haunting the Marketplace

Source: Forbes

Would it be a terrible surprise to learn that, having lost around 60% of share price since the beginning of the year, Research in Motion (RIM) is now susceptible to activist shareholders? That the company’s poor performance on...

October 19, 2011 No Innocent Shareowners #OWS: The Duty of Care

Source: James McRitchie, CorpGov.net

John Paulson, the hedge fund titan who made billions in the financial crisis by betting against the subprime mortgage market defends the 1%: “The top 1 percent of New Yorkers pay over 40 percent of all income taxes, providing...

October 17, 2011 Wall Street protesters: Blame cronyism, not capitalism

Source: The Daily Caller

I didn’t “occupy Wall Street,” though I spent enough hours working there that a sleeping bag could have come in handy. I can attest to one of the protesters’ claims about Wall Street bankers: While most are good and ethical...

August 31, 2011 Impact Investing Defined

Source: Huffington Post

The term "Impact Investing" has taken on many meanings in the past few years. I want to end the confusion and underscore that impact investing must by definition deliver impactful and compelling financial returns.

August 26, 2011 Sustainability and good business

Source: ITI News - South Africa

Socially responsible investing has, in the past, been ignored by investors who believe that companies which put 'softer' issues - such as environmental and social issues - on the same level as financial profits, will...

August 23, 2011 Investor Giant CalPERS Wrestles With Measuring Environmental Performance

Source: Mindy Lubber, Forbes

So you’re managing a $200 billion investment portfolio. And now you’ve been asked to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across all of your asset classes. What do you do? This is not an MBA...

August 17, 2011 Executive Compensation in Risky Times

Source: Forbes

When the financial markets closed last week, they had seen four days in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average had gone up or down by more than 400 points. While most of us enjoy roller coasters in amusement parks, we find them...

July 28, 2011 Investing for sustainable development

Source: Environmental Finance

How can investors be encouraged to consider more than purely commercial and short-term gains? Several different sets of investment principles now exist, aiming to incorporate social, environmental and governance criteria into...

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...

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