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Robert Monks Columns

Robert A. G. Monks is a shareholder activist and one of the founders of the field of corporate governance. He is the author of Corpocracy and The New Global Investors, and with Nell Minow, Watching the Watchers, Corporate Governance and Power & Accountability.

He was the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Financial Executive from the Financial Management Association in 2007.

Monks has written widely about corporate governance and has published more than a hundred papers in publications around the world.

Monks is the subject of a biography chronicling the corporate governance movement, A Traitor to His Class by Hilary Rosenberg.

"The corporation is an externalizing machine, in the same way that a shark is a killing machine." - Robert Monks (2003) Republican candidate for Senate from Maine and corporate governance adviser in the film "The Corporation"

August 6, 2013 Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an ‘emergency’

Source: Reuters

Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on...

February 3, 2010 New TIAA-CREF Policy Brief Calls on Shareholders to Take an Active Role in Corporate Governance

Source: Business Wire

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Long-term investors with a focus on overseeing their investments will play a vital role in improving governing practices of companies in which they invest, which can in turn help to avoid future...[more]

August 19, 2009 Chief Justice Roberts: Judicial Activist for Corporate Power

Source: Robert A. G. Monks and Peter L. Murray

One of the phrases bandied about during the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayer’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court is “judicial activism” - a tendency of judges to use the cases they decide to implement...[more]

July 8, 2009 GRADUATION COMMENTARY - World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellows

Source: Robert AG Monks

Introduction: Bob spoke in late June 2009 at the World Economic Forum fellowship graduation in Geneva. This is a 3-year masters program that is developing the next generation of world leaders; well-rounded professionals who feel...[more]

July 1, 2009 Tomorrow's Problems and Yesterday's Solutions

Source: Robert A. G. Monks

I do not know sometimes whether I am particularly paranoid or whether others are stupid or, perhaps a bit of both. Either choice is unpleasant. And yet, most of the suggestions by “corporate governance reformers” are either so...[more]

June 15, 2009 My Last ExxonMobil Annual Meeting,”

Source: Bob Monks

As many Accountability Central readers know, governance activist Bob Monks recently attended the ExxonMobil annual meeting. He presented six proposals, but put particular effort into the binding resolution to separate the CEO...[more]

May 25, 2009 Governance Activist Robert Monks and ExxonMobil’s AGM May 27th Proxy Content – Separating Chair and CEO

Source: Bob Monks

Recently Bob Monks submitted a proxy resolution to split the CEO and chairman positions as ExxonMobil. Bob is pleased to announce that U.S. mutual fund shareholders who are concerned that Exxon Mobil has not done enough to...[more]

March 17, 2009 Shareholder Responsibility - Bob Monks (audio)

Source: Speaking in Maine - The Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Speaking in Maine features a talk by shareholder activist and author Robert Monks. He is a pioneering shareholder activist and one of the founders of the field of corporate governance. A respected and successful businessman,...[more]

October 30, 2008 Commentary - A Third Way

Source: Bob Monks

At this election time, there is a great deal of anger in the country. Reelected congressman and senators will return with senses attuned to the outrage of their electorate that homes and mortgages are in jeopardy while the...[more]

October 27, 2008 Corpocracy - Failures of Trust

Source: Bob Monks

These are most interesting times in the United States as many tectonic plates are moving simultaneously -- if not in coordinated patterns. The hegemony of the CEO in the United States, which I have chronicled most recently in my...[more]

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