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Video: Did it Pass?

Did it Pass? The Complexities of Shareholder Voting by Keith Bishop – One of many speakers on the program at this years’s NASPP Conference to be held from November 1-4 in (more…)

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Webinar: Proxy Access Private Ordering under Rule 14a-8

Blank Rome LLP and Laurel Hill Advisory Group, LLC are hosting a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, at 12:00 pm EST to discuss how to prepare for the “private ordering” of proxy access under the amended provisions of Rule 14a-8. Full details can be found at the attached link. Numerous issues and questions […]

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Occupy Suburbia: 99% @ Rte 99

I live in Elk Grove, California, a suburban enclave of Sacramento… if not middle America, at least middle California. Its a town where most kids are driven to school and soccer in minivans or SUVs. Most are too busy with their daily lives and trying to hold on to underwater mortgages to join ‘occupy’ movements […]

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Shareholder Democracy Summit Coming to Toronto: Blank Vote Issue

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries announces the Shareholder Democracy Summit ─ a Canadian first. CSCS has invited key stakeholders to gather this coming fall on October 24 and 25 in Toronto for an important national summit on shareholder democracy. CSCS President Lynn Beauregard announced today that invitations to register for the Shareholder Democracy Summit […]

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Deadline for Golden Peacock Awards: September 14

If you know of good candidates for the Golden Peacock Awards, instituted by Institute of Directors in 1992, now is the time to get nominations in, since they are due September 14, 2011. Below are the categories: A.      Golden Peacock Global Awards Sustainability Excellence in Corporate Governance B.       Golden Peacock National Awards Climate Security Sustainability […]

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When the CEO Really Must Go

It is often said that “the most important function of a board is to hire and fire the CEO.” Yet the experience of many is that boards do a pretty good job on the hiring front and a not-so-good job on the “exit.” The Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors will hold a […]

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Sustainability Chat in Progress

The recent launch of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings seeks to bring some order, quality, and accountability to the diverse and booming growth industry of sustainability ratings and rankings—also a topic of the online “SustyChat3” among experts, occurring this week on the OpenEyeWorld platform. via The Sustainability Ratings Industrial Complex: Breaking the Hold | […]

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Yale Governance Forum

I’m packing today, heading out to Boston tomorrow for meetings there and in New York prior to the sixth annual Yale Governance Forum, June 16-17, which has attracted  more than 200 leaders from the global corporate governance community. The two-day event, hosted by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management, […]

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Video Friday: Democracy in the Workplace at WorldBlu

Traci Fenton is the Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, whose mission is championing the growth of democratically-run companies worldwide. Following are the organization’s 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy™ and a TEDx Talk by Fenton. Purpose and VisionA democratic organization is clear about why it exists (its purpose) and where it is headed and what it hopes to […]

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Starbucks tweets AGM: Holds Results

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) held its annual meeting in front of a 2000-strong crowd in its hometown Seattle yesterday – and if you weren’t able to be there in person you could tune in to a video webcast and live tweeting session to stay in the loop. via Starbucks tweets annual meeting, holds results | IR […]

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CalPERS & the Press

Self dealing. Conflicts of interest. Actions that are quite possibly criminal. These are the kinds of malfeasance a lawyer hired by the California Public Employee Retirement System has documented in a review that sheds new light on the bribery scandal that has rocked CalPERS. Some of the details have previously been reported by The Bee […]

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Securing Fund Assets: AM Sessions

Disclaimer: These are my notes from the conference of mostly California pension funds. I’m not a very quick note taker, so I have a tendency to fill in the “gaps” with relevant material from the Internet and with my own interpretation of what where I think the speaker was going. These notes are basically a […]

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Board Portal Security Offering by Directors & Boards

As we reported several days ago in Directors Desk Potentially Compromised, security of board documents and conversations has increased as a concern. Now Directors & Boards offers a free webinar open to public or private board member, senior corporate executive, corporate governance officer, corporate counsel, or board advisor interested in better understanding board portals and […]

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Responsible Investor: Manifest to Enter US Market; UN Global Compact Gets Tough

UK-based proxy voting and research firm Manifest Information Services, which numbers the Swedish AP buffer funds among its clients, is planning to enter US market. Manifest, whose US partner Proxy Governance International (PGI) withdrew from the market late last year, will begin marketing in the US shortly, said Chief Executive Sarah Wilson. Manifest’s move comes […]

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Directors Forum 2011: Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue

Don’t miss this great conference in San Diego. 1/23-25. The conference starts with a keynote from SEC Commissioner Kathleen Casey. Sessions include the following: “New Regulatory Developments – Good for Business or Not?” “Managing Risk: Real Assessment? Or Deniable Plausibility?” “Board/Shareholder Communications: Curing ‘The Cool Hand Luke Syndrome’” “The Roles of Management and the Board […]

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Reputation and the Board: Bridging the Gap

18 November at Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK) The John Madejski Centre for Reputation Conference 2010 Conference exames the relationship between governance and corporate reputation, specifically in the recent financial crisis, with key speakers from the Royal Mail, Unilever, UK Pension Protection Fund, Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, Financial Reporting Council, and […]

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SEC's Hearings on Municipal Securities Markets

The SEC will launch a series of field hearings to examine the municipal securities markets, starting in San Francisco on September 21. Topics will include disclosure and transparency, credit ratings, and internal controls. Among participants will be California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Washington State Treasurer James McIntire, and Stanley Keller, Independent Consultant and Monitor of […]

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Dodd-Frank Webinar

President Obama just signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Time/CNN coverage). The Act contains a number of governance-related provisions that will affect all U.S. public companies—and their boards, and is likely to increase the influence of shareowners in corporate governance matters almost immediately. The NACD and Weil, […]

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Proxy Plumbing in Three Parts

According to a post by Jeff Morgan of the National Investor Relations Institute (SEC Previews Proxy Mechanics Concept Release), tomorrow’s concept release from the SEC will consist of three parts (meeting to begin at 10 am EDT): Accuracy, transparency, and efficiency in the voting process: over-voting and under-voting, vote confirmation, voting and securities lending, proxy […]

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NoCal NACD and Others on 2010 Proxy Season

On June 29th the Northern California Chapter of the National Association for Corporate Directors held a low-cost high-quality lunch-time meeting at the headquarters of the California Chamber of Commerce. Now that we have wrapped up the 2010 Proxy Season with issues this year like executive compensation, risk management and high profile withhold campaigns for some […]

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Networking at ICGN 2010

ICGN conferences are a great place to network with others in the field of corporate governance from around the world. The 2010 conference in beautiful Toronto Canada was no exception. I’ve reported on day 1 and day 2 of the topical sessions. Now time to cut loose a little. The best example of that, within […]

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ICGN Day 2: CorpGov.net Coverage

ICGN 2010 Annual Conference, The Changing Global Balances: Toronto, Canada Publisher’s Disclaimer: Many of the speakers, especially those affiliated with governments, indicated their remarks represent their own personal views. Not being the  best note-taker, what follows are my cryptic recollections and personal comments. I’d say they are for entertainment purposes only, but that would lead […]

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ICGN in Toronto

As Canada gears up for the G20 summit, Toronto also gets ready to host the world’s largest investors at the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) annual global summit. The conference runs June 7 – 9 in Toronto, Canada and will gather institutional investors representing almost US$10 trillion in assets under management. If you’d like to […]

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SEC's IAC Meeting Agenda for May 17

The Securities and Exchange Commission has posted the agenda and schedule for the Investor Advisory Committee meeting in Washington, DC for this coming Monday, May 17. Webcast should be linked from here or here. Hat tip to Committee member Mark Latham and his VoterMedia Finance Blog for the reminder. Dan Ariely, an expert on behavioral […]

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Rock Center Proxy Access Forum

The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University is hosting a panel discussion on May 6th with SEC Commissioner Troy A. Paredes and relevant constituencies to discuss the SEC’s proxy access proposal and how it will play out. A summary of the SEC proposal, highlighting the principal controversies raised by various commentators and interest groups, and prepared […]

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Free Webinar: Director Elections 2010 – A Shareowner's Guide

Join The Corporate Library on April 28 for a free webinar with Chief Analyst and co-founder, Ric Marshall. New SEC proxy disclosure rules and changing director election standards have greatly expanded the ability of shareholders to influence election outcomes for individual corporate directors, but for many investors they have also increased the complexity and uncertainty […]

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ICGN – June in Toronto

The world’s foremost leaders in corporate governance will gather in Toronto from 7 – 9 June 2010 at the International Corporate Governance Network’s annual global summit to focus on the evolution within the global capital markets and its impacts on corporate governance. Full details of the program and side meetings can be found at www.icgn.org/conferences. […]

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CorpGov Bites

“Bank of America persuaded the SEC to drop “proxy access” provision as they negotiated a $150 million settlement of a lawsuit tied to the takeover of Merrill Lynch & Co… The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 3 million companies, has said “activist shareholders” would use proxy access to hijack elections to pursue […]

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FINRA: Compliance Considerations for Social Networking

FINRA offers a relatively low cost webinar covering compliance and regulatory considerations when using social networking sites to communicate firm business. February 3, 2010, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time / 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Pacific Time. With the advent of Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter, business use of social networking sites has […]

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Corporate Library's Free ESG Webinar

Ignites and FundFire are jointly hosting “Social Investing Opportunities And Challenges” a special 45-minute webinar on January 26th, 11:00 AM EDT, helping money managers, financial advisors and investment consultants address the increased interest in investments focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Sponsored by The Corporate Library, an independent corporate governance research firm, this […]

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