Author Archive | James McRitchie

BRT's Stakeholder Capitalism

BRT’s Stakeholder Capitalism

BRT’s Stakeholder Capitalism Exposed Lucian Bebchuk and Roberto Tallarita recently published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, ‘Stakeholder’ Capitalism Seems Mostly for Show. “If CEOs really intended to amend their companies’ purpose, they’d at least consult their boards first.” In an email with a link to the op-ed and the study upon which it is based, Bebchuk […]

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Electronic Arts 2020

Electronic Arts 2020: Vote FOR Written Consent

Electronic Arts 2020 annual meeting is 8/6/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Coleman, Hong, Huber, Ubinas, Simonson, Probst, Ueberroth, Pay and  Auditor. Vote FOR Written Consent. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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2020 Spring Proxy Season Results

Spring 2020 CorpGov.net Proxy Proposal Results

Spring 2020 CorpGov.net Proxy Proposal results are in.  Once again, rules proposed by the SEC would likely cost shareholders billions of dollars because of delayed good governance practices. Since the SEC has not yet finalized their costly rulemaking, I filed the following update on their proposed Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds under Exchange Act Rule […]

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Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism

Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism

Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism (U of Chicago) by Cathy Hwang and Yaron Nili argues the Business Roundtable Statement of the Purpose of a Corporation should be seen as another way to entrench management, instead of disarming greedy profit-driven shareholders. Analysis of data, drawn from companies in the S&P 1500, found shareholders, not management, “have been the driving force behind […]

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Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies

The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies

The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies, by Yaron Nili and Kobi Kastiel, (download at SSRN) is one of the more objective reviews of the recent influence of “gadflies” on corporate governance in America. It might have been even better if the authors had discussed their work with the subjects of their study – the gadflies. (Disclosure: […]

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Redesigning Corporations - Nicholas Benes 

Redesigning Corporations: Incentives Matter

Redesigning Corporations: Incentives Matter (link) by Nicholas Benes is undoubtedly one of the most important corporate governance articles of 2020. Benes goes straight to the heart of irresponsible capitalism by addressing the unintended consequences of limited liability. A small tax on each trade of each company, refundable in 5 years if the company doesn’t declare bankruptcy, […]

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25th Annual Moskowitz Prize

25th Annual Moskowitz Prize: Call for Papers

25th Annual Moskowitz Prize 25th Annual Moskowitz Prize for Outstanding Quantitative Research in Sustainable and Responsible Investing submission deadline is June 30, 2020. As interest in impact and sustainable investing grows, so too does the recognition that such strategies can outperform, mitigate risk and be resilient in a crisis. That puts a premium on the […]

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Henderson - Reimaging Capitalism in a World on Fire

Henderson – Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Rebecca Henderson, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire points to the real need for reform and offers several suggested improvements, primarily the need to focus on purpose. (link to Amazon) I review her book below and offer my own four cents of advice. Today (6/24/2020) Rethinking Capitalism: A fireside conversation with Rebecca Henderson and Ioannis Ioannou […]

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Racial Equity

Racial Equity: Investors in Solidarity

Racial equity is a serious issue. Investors, including Corporate Governance (CorpGov.net), must take action. The investor community has perpetuated and benefitted from systemic racism. We say it ends now. We’re proud to sign the Investor Solidarity Statement alongside 128 investors to end systemic racism in the sector.  Join us at #RacialJusticeInvesting. (more…)

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Pegasystems 2020

Pegasystems 2020: Simple Majority Vote

Pegasystems 2020 annual meeting is 6/23/2020 at 7AM Pacific virtually. They are using Computershare, so shareholders holding in street name have to get a legal proxy and submit it by June 18th. Since my broker sends those by snail mail, I would have had to initiate the process by about June 8. Pegasystems says that will […]

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Assembly Bio 2020

Assembly Bio 2020: Special Meetings

Assembly Bio 2020 annual meeting is 6/11/2020 at 8AM Pacific (update) virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Holubiak, Mahony and Ringo, Pay, Stock Plan, token Special Meeting 25%. Vote FOR real Special Meeting Right of 15%.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained […]

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Salesforce 2020

Salesforce 2020

Salesforce 2020 annual meeting is 6/11/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Benioff, Conway, Hassenfeld, Kroes, Robertson, Roos, and Webb, Equity Incentive Plan, Auditor, Executive Pay. Vote FOR Employee Stock Purchase Plan and Written Consent. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. […]

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Activision Blizzard 2020

Activision Blizzard 2020

Activision Blizzard 2020 (ATVI) annual meeting is 6/11/2020 at 9AM Pacific virtually. (which looks very difficult, since my web browsers tell me going there involves security risk). Vote online by 6/10. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Bowers, Corti, Kelly, Kotick and Morgado, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Political Disclosure.  See list of all virtual-only meetings […]

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Caterpillar 2020

Caterpillar 2020: Written Consent

Caterpillar 2020 annual meeting is 6/10/2020 at 6AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value: Vote AGAINST Dickinson, Rust, Osborn, White, Reed-Klages, Wilkins, Schwab, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Report Lobbying, Independent Board Chair and Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings […]

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Zillow Group 2020

Zillow Group 2020: Proxy Scorecard

Zillow Group 2020 annual meeting is 6/9/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s control number found on the proxy card. Meeting password: ZG2020. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Maffei, Hoag, and Incentive Plan. Vote FOR Elect Directors by Majority Vote. I would advise voting online by 6/8, since I have often […]

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Netflix 2020 Proxy Scorecard

Netflix 2020 Proxy Scorecard

Netflix 2020 annual meeting is 6/4/2020 at 3PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST all Directors, Auditor, Pay, Stock Plan, EEO Ideology Risk Report. Vote FOR Political Disclosure, Simple Majority Vote.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by […]

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Alphabet 2020

Alphabet 2020 Proxy Scorecard

Alphabet 2020 annual meeting is 6/3/2020 at 9AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST all directors and Board items. Vote FOR All Shareholder Proposals.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 6/2 or it will be too late, […]

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Alarm 2020

Alarm.com 2020 Declassify Board

Alarm.com 2020 annual meeting is 6/3/2020 at 6AM Pacific virtually. To enhance long-term value: Vote FOR both directors, Pay, Elect Each Director Annually, End Supermajority Requirements.  Vote AGAINST Auditor. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Be sure to vote by 6/2 to have your vote count. Voting at the meeting or even asking questions […]

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Chevron

Chevron: Newground at AGM with Alec Baldwin, Roger Waters, Jody Williams

Chevron faced actor Alec Baldwin, rock star Roger Waters and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams arguing in support of shareholder proposals by Newground Social Investment aimed at improving the oil giant’s envirionmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. This is one for the corporate governance history books. How Trillium Asset Management voted at the meeting is displayed above. […]

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Axon Enterprise 2020

Axon Enterprise 2020 Annual Director Election

Axon Enterprise 2020 annual meeting is 5/29/2020 at 10AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Kroll, Smith, Pay, Auditor. Vote FOR 4A&B Amendments, and Annual Election of Directors.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 5/28 online or […]

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Netgear 2020

Netgear 2020 Written Consent

Netgear 2020 annual meeting is 5/28/2020 at 10AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Lo, Graham, Roberts, Rossmann, Scherer, Auditor, Exec Comp, Equity Incentive Plan; FOR Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 5/27 to be […]

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Facebook 2020

Facebook 2020 Shareholders Request Equal Votes

Facebook 2020 annual meeting is 5/27/2020 at 10AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Andreessen, Thiel, Zuckerberg, Auditor, Director Compensation. Vote FOR all shareholder proposals, especially Change in Shareholder Voting.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. Vote by 5/26 […]

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Amazon 2020

Amazon 2020 Special Meetings & More

Amazon 2020 annual meeting is 5/27/2020 at 9AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Ryder. Auditor, Pay, 25% threshold, Viewpoint. Vote FOR all shareholder proposals except #12.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Illumina 2020 Political Disclosures

Illumina 2020 Political Disclosures

Illumina 2020 annual meeting is 5/27/2020 at 10AM Pacific, a virtual-only meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Dorsa and Epstin, Auditor and Executive Pay. Vote FOR Political Disclosures.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. To have your vote count, vote by 5/26 or at the meeting on 5/27. (more…)

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NextEra Energy 2020 Political Contributions

NextEra Energy 2020 Political Contributions & Written Consent

NextEra Energy 2020 annual meeting is 5/21/2020 at 6AM Pacific,  the in-person meeting will be webcast.  I am not sure if shareholders will be able to vote online during the meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST  Camaren, Dunn, Robo, Schupp, Swanson, Executive Pay. Vote FOR Political Contributions Report, Written Consent. See list of all […]

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american tower 2020

American Tower 2020 Political Contributions & Spcial Meetings

American Tower 2020 virtual annual meeting is 5/18/2020 at 9AM Pacific.  I am not sure if shareholders will be able to vote online during the meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Dolan, Sharbutt, Auditor and Executive Pay. Vote FOR Political Contributions Report, Special Meetings. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Kansas City Southern 2020

Kansas City Southern 2020 Written Consent

Kansas City Southern 2020 annual meeting is 5/21/2020 at 7AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Druten and McDonnell. Vote FOR Auditor, Pay, and Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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BlackRock 2020 Corporate Purpose

BlackRock 2020: Corporate Purpose

BlackRock 2020 annual meeting is 5/14/2020 at 5AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Einhorn, Ford, Gerber, Johnson, Mills, Nixon, Slim Domit, Auditor, & Pay. Vote FOR Report Corporate Purpose.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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Chipotle 2020 Shareholder & Worker Rights

Chipotle 2020: Shareholder & Worker Rights

Chipotle 2020 annual meeting is 5/19/2020 at 8AM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Baldocchi, Niccol and Flanzraich, Auditor, Pay. Vote FOR Retention of Shares, Independent Chair, Report on Arbitration and Written Consent.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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