Archive | November, 2015

Guidewire Software, Inc. (GWRE): How I Voted – Proxy Score 40

Guidewire Software, Inc. provides software products for property and casualty (P&C) insurers. It offers a technology platform supports core insurance operations, including underwriting and policy administration, claim management, and billing. Guidewire is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on December 3, 2015. had collected the votes of two funds when I checked.  I voted […]

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): How I Voted – Proxy Score 62

Microsoft Corporation (MFST), a technology company, develops, licenses, and supports software products, services, and devices worldwide. Microsoft is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on December 2, 2015. had collected the votes of five funds when I checked.  I voted with the Board’s recommendations 62% of the time. View Proxy Statement. iiWisdom provides a nice interactive viewing platform […]

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Program on Corporate Governance Seeks Post-Doctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral fellows and senior associates in the fields of corporate governance and/or law and finance: applications from highly qualified candidates who are interested in working with the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance are now being accepted. Post-Doctoral Fellows Applicants for a position of a post-doctoral fellow should be interested in spending between one and three years […]

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Climate Risk Disclosure

Resolution: Report Public Policy on Climate Change

Recently, with the revelations about Exxon’s past support for climate denial organizations hitting the news, there has been a fresh interest in the ways oil companies have used their lobbying and contributions to oppose climate change solutions. For example most oil companies are members of the Chamber and American Petroleum Association, which recently sued the EPA […]

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1 woman for every 7 men in top leadership at California's largest firms

Small Gains by Women in California Companies

Women in California companies continue to make slight progress. More of California’s largest 400 public companies public companies than ever have women chief executive officers (CEOs), and fewer have no women in their C-suites and boardrooms. However, the annual University of California, Davis, study shows women still hold just one in eight of the senior […]

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Mutual Funds Hold Back Political Spending Transparency

Comment: “Materiality,” File Reference No. 2015-300

Take Action: Bartlett Naylor of Public Citizen sent me the following draft sign-on comment letter to FASB/SEC regarding their concept release to redefine “materiality” from information that “could” be important to investors to information that “would” be considered important. If you agree with us that regulators shouldn’t be reducing the volume information that “could” be […]

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Chris Hitchen

Challenges of Pension Fund Chiefs: #CIIFall2015

This session was a transition between #ICGN15 and #CIIFall2015 conferences in Boston. Deborah Goldberg, the Treasurer of Massachusetts, provided the opening remarks. She was followed by a panel discussing the priorities and challenges of pension fund chiefs. Please feel free to point out any corrections, counterpoints and additional points using the site’s comment feature. (more…)

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Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial Group: How I Voted – Proxy Score 64

Hain Celestial Group Inc (HAIN) manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Europe.  Hain Celestial is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on November 19, 2015. had collected the votes of two funds when I checked. I also checked CalSTRS, since their […]

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Josh Zinner

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Welcomes New CEO, Josh Zinner

ICCR’s Board of Directors announced that Josh Zinner will be assuming the role of ICCR’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 4th2016. Josh Zinner comes to ICCR with 20 years’ experience as a non-profit leader, coalition-builder and policy advocate. For the past eight years Josh has co-directed the New Economy Project, an organization that works with community groups […]

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Cisco Systems: How I Voted – Proxy Score 50

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking products and services related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. Cisco is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on November 19, 2015. had collected the votes of four funds when I checked. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 50% […]

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Clorox: How I Voted – Proxy Score 100

The Clorox Company (CLX) manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. The company operates through four segments: Cleaning, Household, Lifestyle, and International. Clorox is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on November 18, 2015. had collected the votes of two funds when I checked. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 100% of the […]

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ISS QuickScore

ISS QuickScore Verification Due November 13

Many readers refer to and rely on QuickScores issued by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). It is in our interest to have those scores calculated using the best available data. Issuers have until Friday, 11/13/2015, 8 pm ET to submit updates and corrections through the ISS verification process. New scores are expected to be released on […]

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Proxy Access & Advocacy

All In For Impact: Proxy Access and Advocacy to Thriveability

At the recent #AllInForImpact SRI Conference – on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing I presented a “Topic Table.” These are informal gatherings of up to 10 people during lunch. Topics are submitted prior to the conference by any registrant who wishes to lead a discussion on an issue related to sustainable, responsible, impact investing. Mine was on […]

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2015 CPA-Zicklin Index Expands to Cover S&P 500

More of America’s largest publicly traded companies are bringing sunlight to their corporate expenditures on politics, the 2015 CPA-Zicklin Index of Political Disclosure and Accountability shows on the eve of a blockbuster election year for political spending. For the first time, the 2015 CPA-Zicklin Index has been expanded to measure the transparency policies and practices of […]

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Appleseed Fund

Appleseed Fund: One of the All in For Impact Sponsors

The Appleseed Fund, a sponsor of the recent #AllinForImpact SRI Conference, leverages its role as a shareholder advocate to encourage boards and management teams to become more transparent and responsible with regard to ESG matters. They believe investors can have significant influence on the companies they own through informal engagement, proxy voting and submitting shareholder resolutions. (more…)

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Video Friday: ICCR 2015 Event – On Leadership

Leadership transitions are the ideal time to think about what it means to lead.  What is the role of leadership in building the “just and sustainable corporate world” the ICCR community envisions in its mission statement? During an interactive panel on Oct. 1, 2015, five dynamic leaders explored the role of corporate responsibility and the capital […]

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Register for 2015 Millstein Governance Forum

You are invited you to join us for the 2015 Millstein Governance Forum. This year’s Forum, the 10th annual hosted by the Millstein Center, will focus on The Board-Centric Model in the Array of Shareholders and will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Columbia University in New York. (more…)

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Parametric Announces Proprietary ESG Offering

Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC (“Parametric”), a majority owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE:EV) and a participant at the All In For Impact conference (#AllinForImpact) in Colorado Springs, announced the creation of two new proprietary responsible investing strategies, Parametric ESG Domestic and Parametric ESG International. (more…)

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Broadridge Financial Solutions

Broadridge Financial Solutions: My Vote – Proxy Score 64

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR) is a provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds and corporate issuers. They are one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on November 12, 2015. had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted. I voted with the Board’srecommendations 64% of […]

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