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James McRitchie Columns

In 1995, James McRitchie developed a comprehensive site on corporate governance at www.CorpGov.Net. This popular portal both chronicles and facilitates developments in the field. According to the Council of Institutional Investors, McRitchie’s 2002 SEC petition "re-energized" the debate over proxy access to nominate directors. Now he is working on systems to allow retail shareholders to assign their proxies to trusted institutions. His articles have appeared in At Work, Business Ethics, The Corporate Board, Corporate Secretary, and International Corporate Governance. A keen observer, McRitchie is frequently quoted in the press and has addressed audiences in Asia and Europe, sponsored by business associations, the Asian Development Bank and the U.S. State Department.

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July 23, 2013 Seven Proxy Proposals Worth Considering for Next Season

Source: James McRitchie,

After finding some “off-beat” proposals made at Fortune 250 firms and posted to, Laura J. Finn thinks the following might be Five Coming Trends in Shareholder Proposals (Corporate Board Member, July 11, 2013). I...

May 2, 2013 Review Essay: Citizens DisUnited

Source: James McRitchie,,

Citizens DisUnited: Passive Investors, Drone CEOs, and the Corporate Capture of the American Dream both delights and informs as only Robert A.G. Monks can. No one else writes so well about topics like “How CEOs and the Business...

April 19, 2013 Fair Harvard Fund Makes Progress: Alternative Endowment Should Be Permanent & Democratic

Source: James McRitchie, CorpGov,net

The Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition recently announced it had invested contributions from 450 donors in a socially responsible fund withheld from Harvard University. The Fair Harvard Fund, designed as an alternative...

March 6, 2013 Review: Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development

Source: James McRitchie,

The subtitle of the book edited by James Meadowcroft, Oluf Langhelle and Audun Ruud is Governance, Moving Beyond the Impasse. Progress on important issues such as climate change, biodiversity, sustainable management of lands and...

December 14, 2012 UNFI Locked Out ShareOwners but We Voted to Declassify the Board: Company Now Seeks Feedback on Meeting Format

Source: James McRitchie,

attended a virtual-only meeting of United Natural Foods, Inc. yesterday and was pleased that a majority of shares were voted in favor of my proposal to declassify the board. That, combined with a move to majority vote...

May 30, 2012 Identity crisis for American capitalism

Source: Steve Pearlstein, Washington Post

Beneath all the folderol about job creation and destruction at Bain Capital or President Obama’s alleged war against success and free enterprise, there’s actually a legitimate debate to be had about what kind of capitalism we...

March 24, 2012 Fund Votes: Great Resource for Proxy Research

Source: James McRitchie, CorpGov.Net

Jackie Cook has revamped the Fund Votes website with a nice fresh look. More importantly, she’s added new features that make me move it toward the top of useful sites for retail shareowners, as well as for some institutional...

March 5, 2012 New Ohio energy strategy to deal with expected fracking boom

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When Gov. John Kasich unveils his new energy policy next week, it will contain a mix of new taxes, fees and regulations for what could grow into a $5 billion-a-year fracking industry for the state.

February 1, 2012 Corporate Directors Forum 2012 – Part 1: Shareholder Hot Topics

Source: James McRitchie,

These are some relatively quick notes that I’m sharing from the Corporate Directors Forum 2012, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 22-24, 2012. Since I am busy with no-action requests this proxy...

December 15, 2011 15th Proxy Access Proposal of Season Filed at Nabors

Source: James McRitchie, Corp

Bermuda-based energy-drilling contractor Nabors Industries Ltd., already being sued by shareowners over executive pay issues now faces a proxy access proposal filed by CalSTRS and nine public pension funds from Connecticut,...

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