Archive | April, 2014

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY): How I Voted – Proxy Score 43

Bristol-Myers Squibb $BMY is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/6/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/28/2014.  I voted with management 43% of the time.  View BMY’s Proxy Statement, which at least has a linked Table of Contents.  (more…)

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Fluor Corporation (FLR): How I Voted – Proxy Score 13

Fluor Corporation $FLR is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/1/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/28/2014.  I voted with management 13% of the time.  View FLR’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any […]

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Video Friday: What the 0.1% Don’t Want You to Know

From Moyers & Company The median pay for the top 100 highest-paid CEOs at America’s publicly traded companies was a handsome $13.9 million in 2013. That’s a 9 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new Equilar pay study for The New York Times. Will the rise of a new oligarchy mean the […]

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Guest Post: Relieve the Pain of Voting Season

Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-Connect – an online research marketplace for professional institutional investors, analysts & companies interested in sustainable development.  He is keen to open up the site to corporate governance analysts & corporate governance research. I’ve heard so many complaints over the years about the work overload that occurs in ‘voting season’ and […]

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Kansas City Southern (KSU): How I Voted – Proxy Score 100

Kansas City Southern $KSU, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/1/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/23/2014.  I voted with management 100% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are […]

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Talk is Cheap: The Board's Role in an Ethical Culture

As Advertised: Board resolve can be critical to the development of an effective ethical culture — defined as the values that inform the behavior toward the organization’s stakeholders. Features of an ethical culture will be examined, along with its value to the bottom line, company brand and reputation. Examples of effective board involvement will also […]

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EMC Corporation (EMC): How I Voted – Proxy Score 13

EMC Corporation $EMC is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/30/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/22/2014.  I voted with management 13% of the time.  View EMC’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly. (more…)

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Many Boards Moving Ahead on Environmental and Social Issues

Corporate boards are  exceeding legal oversight requirements on environmental and social issues, with more than half of S&P 500 companies providing board level oversight of environmental and/or social issues above and beyond that required by law. Board Oversight of Sustainability Issues finds that many industries subject to scrutiny – paper, forestry, healthcare, utility companies – are among the most  […]

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International Business Machines Corp. (IBM): How I Voted – Proxy Score 75

International Business Machines Corp. $IBM, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/29/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/22/2014.  I voted with management 75% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank […]

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Kellogg Company (K): How I Voted – Proxy Score 78

Kellogg Company $K, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/25/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked and voted on 4/21/2014.  I voted with management 78% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted […]

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NCR Corporation (NCR): How I Voted – Proxy Score 40

The NCR Corporations $NCR, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/23/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/18/2014.  I voted with management 40% of the time. View Proxy Statement. Why no index with no links? That seems so basic. Perhaps NCR doesn’t want to make reading […]

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Contest: Foxhole of the Year Award

Announcing the second Foxhole of the Year Award for the company that makes it the most difficult for shareowners turn up at their annual meeting. Last year’s winner was Peabody Energy for their choice of Gillette, Wyoming, a town with less than 30,000 residents.  Nominations are now being accepted for 2014. Yuanzhi Li and David Yermack studied the location […]

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The Coca-Cola Company (KO): How I Voted – Proxy Score 63 – Things Go Better With a Split CEO/Chair

The Coca-Cola Company $KO, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/23/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/15/2014.  I voted with management 63% of the time.  View Proxy Statement, which by the way is very nice and user friendly. See 18 Cool Things about the proxy. Warning: […]

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Citigroup Inc (C): How I Voted – Proxy Score 33

Citigroup Inc $C, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/22/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of no funds when I checked and voted on 4/15/2014.  I voted with management 33% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Why an index with no links? That seems so basic. Perhaps Citi doesn’t want to make reading […]

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Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO): How I Voted – Proxy Score 20

Bio-Rad Laboratories, $BIO, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/22/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 4/14/2014.  I voted with management 20% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. It is hard to believe but BIO not only doesn’t include a linked index, they don’t include an […]

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Video Friday: Join the Movement for Fair Equity Trading

IEX is the first equity trading venue owned exclusively by a consortium of buy-side investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, and family offices. Dedicated to institutionalizing fairness in the markets, IEX will provide a more balanced marketplace via simplified market structure design and cutting-edge technology. IEX offers a fair-access platform to any qualified broker dealer. […]

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Walden Seeks Review of Proxy Voting Policy at Oxy

The inveterate Timothy Smith, Director of Environmental Social and Governance Shareowner Engagement at Walden Asset Management recently wrote (download pdf) to Margaret (Peggy) Foran who chairs the Board Governance Committee at Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy), asking them to review their vote counting bylaws and practices prior to their May 2nd AGM. (more…)

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Take Action: Vote Proxy Access at Citigroup (C)

The deadline for voting online is April 21st. My proposal, #8 on Citi’s proxy (page 97), would bring proxy access (page 40) to our company by allowing shareowners to place board nominees on Citi’s proxy. Don’t be fooled by Citi’s opposition statement, which calls the ownership thresholds “low.” In reality, 1% of Citi is huge; about $1.4B. The […]

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Guest Post: Stay Informed with Jurify’s Free Corporate Governance Database

Guest Post by Nicole Jasso Lopez, corporate lawyer and President at Jurify.com, discussing how Jurify presents corporate governance resources and keeps you up-to-date on developments.  Jurify’s mission is to make sense of the law at a time when much information is free but navigating it is becoming increasingly difficult and time-consuming.  And corporate governance is […]

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SEC Seeks Comment on IAC Recommendation on Target Date Funds: IAC to Meet April 10th

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking comment on a recommendation by its Investor Advisory Committee (IAC) regarding disclosure by target date mutual funds. Additionally, the IAC has announced an agenda for their next meeting on April 10th beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST), which includes remarks from Commissioners, the new Investor Advocate and a recommendation from […]

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Guest Post: Meet… James McRitchie, CorpGov.Net

Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-Connect – an online research marketplace for professional institutional investors, analysts & companies interested in sustainable development.  He is keen to open up the site to corporate governance analysts & corporate governance research. Mike kindly gave permission to reproduce the interview on CorpGov.net.  (more…)

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