Corporate Accountability Spring 2021: Restoring the Balance. Our online course repeats, again lead by shareholder advocate Jim McRitchie. The class is offered through the Renaissance Society, an extension program of California State University, Sacramento. The class is held on Zoom, so can be taken from anywhere with a good internet connection.
- Mondays, Feb. 8 to May 3 (12 weeks) Noon to 1:30 pm Pacific Time (or as determined).
Corporate Accountability Spring 2021: Why Take the Class?
Are you invested in stocks, but don’t want to destroy the planet? Corporations are the most powerful social invention for creating wealth. They can also ruin our environment and tear our social fabric.
This seminar/workshop is for those positioned between the “have nots” and the “have yachts.” Learn how even small shareholders can make corporations more accountable and sustainable, using the tools of democratic corporate governance. Come discuss strategies for shaping and influencing the proxy vote at public corporations, other tactics, and the steps you can take to make a difference. Maybe instead of three “corporate gadflies” filing proposals, we will eventually have thousands.
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Corporate Accountability Spring 2021: About Jim McRitchie
According to a New York Times columnist, Jim McRitchie is one of three shareholders holding corporations “hostage.” See Grappling With the Cost of Corporate Gadflies and my rebuttal, Deal Professor Equates Filing Proxy Proposals with Terrorism.
He has written dozens of laws and rules and has filed over 400 proxy proposals. During the 2019 and 2020 proxy seasons, Jim’s proposals averaged more than 50 percent support from shareholders, many at major corporations. Jim has testified before the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and other government bodies. Learn more about Jim by clicking the About tab above.
Yes, you can be something of a shareholder activist without a hedge fund or millions of dollars.
Corporate Accountability Spring 2021: Sign Up
The 2021 Spring Catalog is now available on the Renaissance website. There you will find two options: an online flipbook and a PDF version that you can download and print out. Corporate Accountability can be found on page 23. You can also sign up for other classes at no additional cost. Related classes:
- The Pandemic and the Economy
- The Economist (discussing the UK newspaper)
- What’s Behind the U.S. Economy and Markets
If you were a Renaissance Society member in Fall 2020 there is no additional cost. Sign in and register for as many classes as you want. There are also plenty of talks, forums, popups, etc. If you took Corporate Accountability in the Fall, the first three classes will be familiar. Subsequent classes will use a workshop format. Ask questions; we will try to answer.