Retail Shareowners – Facilitating Votes and Activism: Part 1

Engaging Retail Inestors

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Retail shareowners own about 1/3 of shares traded in the United States but vote only about 1/3 of the shares we own. As Nell Minow once quipped, “you can lead a shareholder to a lot of dense material, but you can’t make them read it.” (Video Friday: SEC Proxy Voting Roundtable) Our voting influence is much smaller than it could be. If more retail shareowners not only voted but participated in discussions on corporate governance and in filing shareholder proposals, that might lead to greater accountability of managers and boards. Continue Reading →

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CivicSpark Recruiting For 2015-16 Service Year

CivicSparkCivicSpark, a partnership of California’s Local Government Commission and the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research is an AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity in local governments to address climate change. They are now recruiting team members for the 2015-16 service year. Follow on Facebook and Twitter @LGC_media.

CivicSpark San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Regional Teams

CivicSpark San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento Regional Teams

CivicSpark: Climate Leaders

If you are interested in joining the next generation of climate leaders, building your already considerable skills and creating a meaningful and lasting impact, now is the time to start the application process.

CivicSpark members work on projects that provide local governments with the support they need in their climate and sustainability initiatives. (Local governments can also propose projects at this time and volunteer support is welcome.) Continue Reading →

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Video Friday: Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply

Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply

Greg Sandfort, Tractor Supply

TK Kerstetter, of Boardroom Resources, LLC interviews Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply Company  (TSCO). Sandfort is also a Board Member of WD-40 (WDFC).

This session highlights one of America’s most productive companies, Tractor Supply, and focuses on how they create value for their shareholders. TK asks Greg Sandfort, Tractor Supply Co.’s CEO, how culture has contributed to their excellent performance. Tractor Supply is an example of a company grooming their next CEO. Continue Reading →

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The Investment Association Statement of Principles

The Investment AssociationThe UK’s Investment Association’s Statement of Principles has now been signed by 25 firms with £1.8 trillion in assets. Does it represent substantial progress or is it simply an attempt to console the investing public? In principle, it all sounds good. I like their pledge:

As signatories to these principles we do our utmost to:

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ValueEdge Advisors Blog

ValueEdge AdvisorsIn case you haven’t tuned in lately, Nell Minow and the crew at ValueEdge Advisors continue to crank out some interesting posts. Yesterday a brief comment on the SEC Chair on Board Diversity and a few days ago Koch Brothers’-backed ALEC wants dark money image makeover.

Frequently, they are posting more extensive original material, such as Phil Gramm’s Views on CEO Pay Are Ignorant and Insulting. Continue Reading →

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Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking & Slavery Act

ICCRThe Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of 300 investors with assets under management of over $100 billion, Calvert Investments and Christian Brothers Investment Services, commend Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for her introduction of The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking & Slavery Act of 2015 in the House of Representatives.

The bill was introduced following publication of the State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons report, which called on governments to “set clear expectations for businesses on human rights issues and adopt policies that promote greater transparency and better reporting on anti-trafficking efforts in supply chains.” Continue Reading →

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July 2010, 2005, 2000 in Corporate Governance History

Mr. Peabodys WayBackMachineI don’t think we’ve gone back in time all year… too busy with proxy season. Join us as Mr. Peabody and Sherman prepare to go back in time to visit corpgov.net 5, 10 and 15 years ago. Yes, many links are broken. The world and the internet move on… still, it is worth a few minutes to reflect on where we’ve been.

Five years ago in Corporate Governance

What Would Proxy Access Look Like if Done Right?

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US SIF: Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment 

US SIFThe US SIF Foundation’s Center for Sustainable Investment Education will provide a training on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment. The classroom training will be held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, November 3 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM followed by lunch from 1:00 – 1:30 PM. This training will be held immediately before the SRI Conference. Continue Reading →

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Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom

Received for Review –  Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom: 10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies

Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom

“ . . .a really important book about how to maximize the performance of companies and provides rare, clear common sense guidance for Boards of Directors that is worth its weight in gold.” –Hap Klopp, Founder and former CEO, The North Face, author, lecturer, serial entrepreneur 

Nothing should be more important than building exceptional, sustainable leadership teams, effective governance platforms, and a strategy to make them work well together.  According to her publisher, forward-thinking board members, C-suite executives, family business owners, and investors who are committed to excellence and continuous improvement in governance will be well served by embracing the framework that advisor Nancy Falls outlines in her new book Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom: 10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies. Continue Reading →

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Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals: Part 1

Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals

What a mouthfull. The 2015 National Conference in Chicago, 6/24-27, was my first time attending one of their events. Even though I’ve been blogging about corporate governance for almost 20 years, I didn’t know what they call themselves?  SCSGP? Even that is a mouthful; without vowels how would I pronounce it? Maybe “Corporate Secretaries?” It turned out to be just the “Society.” Like Modonna, Yanni, Sher, Twiggy, Enya, Charo, Bono and Voltaire, only one name is needed.  All those other societies will have to come up with other options to avoid confusion.  Continue Reading →

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Position: Greenpeace Sustainable Finance Campaigner – Beijing

GreenpeaceAn opportunity – Calvin Quek is looking to hire a Sustainable Finance Campaigner for the Beijing office of Greenpeace.  Let’s help him find the best candidate for this opportunity by passing the word on to people in our networks.

The role: This person will be responsible for engaging the investment and financial communities towards helping China achieve a more environmental sustainable future. They will be working closely with Calvin, leveraging the extensive contacts Greenpeace already has in the community. Continue Reading →

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Petmed Express: How I Voted – Proxy Score 78

Petmed ExpressPetmed Express Inc (NASD:PETS), a promising pet pharmacy doing business as 1-800-PetMeds, is one of the stocks in my portfolio added earlier this year. Their next annual meeting is June 27, 2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 7/20/2014. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 78% of the time and assigned them a proxy score of 78. View Proxy Statement. Would it bust their budget to add a hyperlinked table of contents?

Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the MDVN proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value.   Continue Reading →

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