Events James McRitchie will attend

James McRitchie, CorpGov.net Publisher

Events CorpGov.net publisher James McRitchie will attend:
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, 2015 National Conference, 6/24-27, Chicago, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. I’m on the “Responding to Shareholder Proposals” panel. Register.
2015 Public Funds Forum, Montage Resort, Laguna Beach, CA, 9/8-10. Register for the event.
ICGN Boston Event – 29-30 September, Westin Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.
CII’s 2015 fall conference. Event will take place from Wednesday, September 30 to Friday, October 2 at the Westin Copley Plaza in Boston, MA.
All in for Impact, 2015 SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing!, 11/3-5, the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs. Register for the event

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The Power of Shame Applied to CEOs and Corporations

FidoRobert A.G. Monks, concerned with shameful corporate behavior today blogged When a Child Rules the Parent: The Problem of Corporate Domicile in a Global World.

Corporations are creatures of the state but the social contracts that made them attractive in serving human interests are breaking down…

Either we need to reign corporate operations in within a state and country or laws must transcend those borders to oversee a corporations across the globe. Which will it be?

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Cognizant Technology Solutions: Proxy Score 33

Cognizant Technology SolutionsCognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASD:CTSH), one of the stocks in my portfolio, provides information technology (IT), consulting, and business process services worldwide. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/2/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of three funds when I checked on 5/19/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 33% of the time.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Cognizant Technology Solutions 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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Accepting Submissions: 4th Annual Investor Research Award

Investor Responsibility Research  Center Institute (IRRCi) AwardsThe Investor Responsibility Research  Center Institute (IRRCi)  is accepting submissions for its fourth annual Investor Research Award competition for research that examines the interaction between the real economy and investment theory. Practitioners and academics are invited to submit research papers by September 15, 2015, for consideration by a blue-ribbon panel of judges with deep finance and investment experience.

Two research papers – one academic and one practitioner – each will receive the 2015 IRRCi Research Award along with a $10,000 award. The winning papers also will be presented at the December 9, 2015, forum of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia University in New York, NY. Continue Reading →

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Participative Leadership: Information Sharing Crucial

Trust Participative Information SharingA supervisor solicits ideas and suggestions from workers, hears them out even when disagreeing with them, and uses suggestions from the group in making decisions. All well and good, but, given the natural human resistance to yield decision-making, how is the group likely to respond to such initiatives?

With little change at first, but, once past a certain threshold, with considerably improved performance, according to new research involving some 770 workers and 220 supervisors at three different companies. Continue Reading →

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Walgreens Boots Alliance: Proxy Score 54

Walgreens Boots AllianceWalgreens Boots Alliance Inc (NASD:WBA), one of the stocks in my portfolio, is a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise with three divisions: Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/28/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/19/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 54% of the time. Continue Reading →

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PDL BioPharma: Proxy Score 40

PDL BioPharmaPDL BioPharma Inc (NASD:PDLI), one of the stocks in my portfolio, manages a portfolio of patents and royalty assets in the United States and Europe. The company is involved in the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/28/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked on 5/19/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 40% of the time. Continue Reading →

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BlackRock: Proxy Score 65

BlackRockBlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), one of the stocks in my portfolio, provides investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/28/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked on 5/19/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 65% of the time.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the BlackRock 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and long-term value.  Continue Reading →

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Illumina: Proxy Score 37

IlluminaIllumina, Inc. (NASD:ILMN), one of the stocks in my portfolio, is a developer and manufacturer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function.  Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/27/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/18/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 37% of the time.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Illumina 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and Continue Reading →

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DigitalGlobe: Proxy Score 33

DigitalGlobeDigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE:DGI) one of the stocks in my portfolio, offers earth imagery products comprising imagery from its constellation of high-resolution satellites, as well as satellite and aerial imagery acquired from third party suppliers. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/26/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of two funds when I checked on 5/15/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 33% of the time. Continue Reading →

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Goldman Sachs Group: Proxy Score 42

Goldman Sachs GroupGoldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) one of the stocks in my portfolio, generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy in the United States and Canada. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/14/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 42% of the time and assigned the Goldman Sachs Group a proxy score of 42.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Goldman Sachs Group 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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Home Depot: Proxy Score 79

Home DepotHome Depot Inc (NYSE:HD), one of the stocks in my portfolio, sells a wide assortment of building materials, home improvement products and lawn and garden products and provides a number of services. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 5/14/2015. I voted with management 79% of the time and assigned Home Depot a proxy score of 79.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Home Depot 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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