Archive | May, 2015

Google Inc.: Proxy Score 39

googleGoogle Inc. (GOOG), a technology company that builds products and provides services to organize the information, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/3/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the vote of one fund when I checked and voted on 5/28/2015.  I voted with management 39% of the time and assigned Google Inc. a proxy score of 39.

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

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LinkedIn Corporation: Proxy Score 17

LinkedIn CorporationLinkedIn Corporation (LNKD), together with its subsidiaries, operates an online professional network worldwide. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/3/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the vote of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/28/2015.  I voted with management 17% of the time and assigned LinkedIn Corporation a proxy score of 17.

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

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Twitter Inc: Proxy Score 50

TwitterTwitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), one of the stocks in my portfolio, operates as a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/3/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked on 5/19/2015. I voted with Board recommendations 50% of the time.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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McDonald’s Corporation (MCD): Proxy Access

McDonald'sI don’t own any McDonald’s stock, but the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust is sponsoring the proxy access proposal that I recommend shareholders vote for at the upcoming annual meeting on May 21, 2015.

Vote For Proposal No. 6 at McDonald’s

We believe the case for proxy access is particularly compelling at McDonald’s, where poor performance and insufficient board accountability create significant risks for shareholders. Continue Reading →

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NextEra Energy: Proxy Score 64

Nextera EnergyNextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), 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 management 64% of the time and assigned NextEra Energy a proxy score of 64.

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

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iRobot Corporation: Proxy Score 33

iRobotiRobot Corporation (NASD:IRBT), one of the stocks in my portfolio, offers consumer , defense and security products, remote presence products and handles contract research and development projects. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/20/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had no votes from funds when I checked and voted on 5/13/2015. I voted with the Board 33% of the time and assigned iRobot a proxy score of 33. Continue Reading →

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American Tower: Proxy Score 60

American TowerAmerican Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT), one of the stocks in my portfolio, operates and develops wireless and broadcast communications real estate with a portfolio of over 87,000 communications sites. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/20/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 5/13/2015. I voted with management 60% of the time and assigned American Tower a proxy score of 60. Continue Reading →

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ITC Holdings: Proxy Score 43

ITC HoldingsITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE:ITC), one of the stocks in my portfolio, is an online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/20/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 5/13/2015. I voted with management 43% of the time and assigned ITC Holdings a proxy score of 43. Continue Reading →

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Proto Labs: Proxy Score 100

proto labsProto Labs Inc (NYSE:PRLB), one of the stocks in my portfolio, is an online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/20/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 5/11/2015. I voted with management 100% of the time and assigned Proto Labs a proxy score of 100.

View Proxy Statement (It would have been nice to have links to index and headings). Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the Proto Labs 2015 proxy to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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United-Guardian: Proxy Score 22

United-GuardianUnited-Guardian Inc. (UG:NASDAQ) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. The Company researches, develops, manufactures, and markets cosmetic ingredients, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, medical lubricants, health care products, and specialty industrial products in the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, France, and internationally. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/19/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org doesn’t track United-Guardian. Therefore, this analysis will be brief, since I am without my usual assessment research tools. I voted with management 22% of the time and assigned United-Guardian a proxy score of 22.

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

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JPMorgan Chase (JPM): Proxy Voting Recommendations

JPMorgan I don’t hold shares of JPMorgan Chase (JPM) in my portfolio but the shareholder proposals that will be voted this year deal with crucial issues that will come up at many other companies this proxy season. I received the following letter from shareholders urging readers to vote for a proposal requesting a report on lobbying at JPMorgan Chase and thought it worth your attention, especially given that I had already blogged about a resolution seeking to end government service golden parachutes also to be voted at JPMorgan Chase, as well as voted collected by ProxyDemocracy.org. I would vote in favor of all the shareholder proposals, if I owned the stock. Continue Reading →

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3D Systems Corporation – Proxy Score 67

3D Systems3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. The Company is a provider of three-dimensional (3D) printing centric solutions. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/19/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of 0 funds when I checked and voted on 5/10/2015. I voted with management 67% of the time and assigned 3D Systems a proxy score of 67.

View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the 3D Systems 2015 proxy in order to enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Continue Reading →

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Beyond the Bottom Line With PRI

PRII used to believe that democratic power was exercised like the creation of an impressionist masterpiece — each individual offering an artistically placed paint stroke that blends into the whole as you step back. As I have matured, I now see that those who are able to influence others around them are most effective in shaping the spirit of the painting. Power isn’t wielded by isolated individuals but by networks of individuals who are bonded by trust and influence. Continue Reading →

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Corporate Governance In India

IiAS What is corporate governance? It is a process set up for the firms based on certain systems and principles by which a company is governed. The guidelines provided ensure that the company is directed and controlled in a way so as to achieve the goals and objectives to add value to the company and also benefit the stakeholders in the long term. Continue Reading →

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Waste Connections: Proxy Vote Score 25

Waste ConnectionsWaste Connections, Inc. (NYSE:WCN) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Waste Connections, Inc. is an integrated municipal solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services. It provides non-hazardous exploration and production, waste treatment, recovery and disposal services. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/15/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of 0 funds when I checked and voted on 5/10/2015. I voted with management 25% of the time and assigned Waste Connections a proxy score of 25.

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

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