Archive | June, 2016

Positive Impact of SRI Investors

SRI InvestorsSustainable, responsible and impact, SRI investors, have influenced the investment industry, companies, governments and other actors to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges in four major areas, according to The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investmenta report released today by the US SIF Foundation.

Influence of SRI Investors

Drawing upon a range of data, surveys and examples, the report focuses on four significant impacts of sustainable, responsible and impact – SRI investors over the past 25 years.  SRI investors have:

  • changed the investment industry, leading to more SRI products and greater access to expert practitioners;
  • improved public companies by stepping up active shareholder ownership and engagement on ESG issues;
  • aided communities and individuals via community investing and other initiatives; and
  • influenced public policy and launched organizations to promote sustainable investment.

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Business Development: Governance Center

The Conference BoardBusiness DevelopmentThe objective of the Director for New Business Development is to promote and sell Governance Center memberships globally, in conjunction with the Governance Center staff and the Directors of Associate Service. Being a well-educated, entrepreneurial, articulate and consultative sales professional, the Director, New Business Development, Governance Center cultivates Global F1000 companies, institutional investment firms and corporate governance services providers, including law firms, that become members of The Conference Board Governance Center and is responsible for closing new Governance Center sales. Continue Reading →

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Medivation Inc – Vote Proxy Access

Medication IncMedivation Inc. (MDVN), a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of medical therapies to treat serious diseases in the United States. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 22, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two fund families when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, committee, stock plan; FOR proxy access. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 59% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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DaVita HealthCare – Written Consent

DaVita HealthCareDaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA), one of the companies in my portfolio, provides kidney dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure or end stage renal disease. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 20, 2016. I have a proposal on the proxy to allow shareholders to act by written consent.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, committee, and proxy access ‘lite’; FOR the right to act by written consent. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 53% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom.

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

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Facebook Inc: Equal Voting

Facebook IncFacebook Inc (NASD:FB), one of the companies in my portfoliobuilds products that enable people to connect and share through mobile devices and personal computers. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 20, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, pay committee, board; FOR all shareholder proposals. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 13% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of GlobalizationPeter Bloom, of the Department of People and Organisations at The Open University in the UK, takes on a very ambitious project in his recently published book, Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Globalization. In a strong critique of neoliberalism, Bloom argues that marketization does not inexorably lead to democratization, it more frequently leads to authoritarian capitalism.

Marketization and globalization incentivize governments to pursue coercive forms of politics favoring foreign investors and corporations at the expense of popular opinion and public welfare. Although he focuses on transitional economies such as Singapore, Mexico, China and Russia, I can see how his analysis fits nicely with the rise of Donald Trump in America. Continue Reading →

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Cognizant Technology – Written Consent

Cognizant TechnologyCognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) provides information technology (IT), consulting, and business process services worldwide. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 15, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, committee; FOR proposal to allow written consent. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 57% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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Marrone Bio Settles Class Action: Next?

Marrone Bio Settles Class Action

Marrone Bio Settles Class Action

Marrone Bio Settles Class Action: Announcement

 Marrone Bio settles class action; time to move on. Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:MBII, $MBII), a leading provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agriculture, turf and ornamental and water treatment markets, recently announced the Company and other defendants, including certain of the Company’s current and former officers and directors, have reached an agreement to settle the private securities class action litigation consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on February 13, 2015 as Special Situations Fund III QP, L.P. et al v. Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. et al, Case No 2:14-cv-02571-MCE-KJN.

The agreement is subject to review and approval by the court after notice and an opportunity to object are provided to the plaintiff class. The settlement agreement contains no admission or concession of wrongdoing or liability by the Company or any other defendant and includes a full release of claims. The agreement provides for a settlement payment to the class of $12,000,000, which will be paid by insurance carriers. Accordingly, the settlement of these lawsuits will have no adverse impact on the Company’s financial position or operations. Continue Reading →

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SciClone Pharmaceuticals – Proxy Access

SciClone PharmaceuticalsSciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASD:SCLN), whose product portfolio of therapies includes oncology, infectious diseases and cardiovascular disorders. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 9, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund family when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, committee chair; FOR proxy access proposal. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 70% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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Deal Professor: Haranguing

Haranguing

Haranguing

Haranguing – A speech addressed to a large public assembly; a popular oration; a loud address to a multitude; in a bad sense, a noisy or pompous speech; declamation; ranting. A speech before a multitude or on the hustings.

Once again, the Deal Professor blasts gadflies John Chevedden, James McRitchie and William Steiner – this time for haranguing directors at annual meetings. A couple of years ago, Deal Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon equated our activities with terrorism (Deal Professor Equates Filing Proxy Proposals with Terrorism). Last week he wrote that we “make a habit of haranguing directors at corporate meetings.” (Online Shareholder Meetings Lower Costs, but Also Interaction, NYTimes, 5/31/2016).

In an otherwise fairly balanced article on the positives and negatives of online shareholder meetings, Solomon writes, Continue Reading →

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Genomic Health Inc – Vote Proxy Access

Genomic Health IncGenomic Health Inc GHDX $GHDX, a healthcare company, provides actionable genomic information to personalize cancer treatment decisions in the United States and internationally. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 9, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund family when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, compensation committee, stock plan; FOR proxy access. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 45% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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Alphabet: Proxy Score 5

AlphabetAlphabet (GOOGL), one of the companies in my portfolio, is a holding company. The Company holds interests in Google Inc. (Google). The Company’s segments include Google and Other Bets. Google segment includes Internet products, such as Search, Ads, Commerce, Maps, YouTube, Apps, Cloud, Android, Chrome, Google Play, and hardware products, including Chromecast, Chromebooks and Nexus, which are sold by the Company. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 8, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked. Vote AGAINST the Board, Stock Plans, Articles; FOR auditor and all shareholder proposals. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 5% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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Netflix Inc: Proxy Score 0

Netflix Inc

Netflix Inc

Netflix Inc $NFLX., one of the stocks in my portfolio, an Internet television network, which engages in the Internet delivery of television (TV) shows and movies on various Internet-connected screens. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 9, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund family when I checked. Vote AGAINST directors, pay, auditor; FOR all shareholder proposals. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 0% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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Caterpillar Inc: Proxy Score 50

Caterpillar Inc

Caterpillar Inc

Caterpillar Inc $CAT is a manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Their annual meeting is coming up on June 8, 2016.

ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two fund families when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, committee, auditor; FOR all shareholder proposals – lobbying report, written consent, independent chairman. I voted with the Board’s recommendations 71% of the time. View Proxy Statement via iiWisdom. Continue Reading →

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