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Gender Quotas in California Boardrooms May Pave Way for Diversity

By August 31, 2018, California could become the first state in the nation with gender quotas to mandate publicly held companies that base their operations in the state to have women on their boards. The legislation—SB 826—will require public companies headquartered in California to have a minimum of one female on its board of directors […]

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NetApp Proposal 6 Shareholder Alert

Shareholder Alert – PX14A6G 1 g815180px14a6g.htm Voluntary submission by John Chevedden, Redondo Beach, CA. NetApp, Inc. shareholder since 2011 Vote Against Proposal 6 Proposal 6 asks shareholder to give management a pat on the back because management adopted a watered down version of a 2018 shareholder proposal on the right of 10% of shareholders to […]

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Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01

Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01: New Tone, Same ESG Analysis

Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01 Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01 issued by Trump administration. Recently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) within the Department of Labor (DoL) released Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01 (link) relating to ESG (environment, social and governance) and shareholder rights for ERISA governed benefit plans. I set out some brief high-level analysis on the guidance below. (more…)

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Benmefit Corporation vs B Corp

Benefit Corporation: Accountability Matters

Benefit corporation governance provides increased accountability. Most of our financial capital is allocated and stewarded through a system that has a primary goal of creating financial return. This goal directs the real economy, where shareholders treat corporations as accountable for financial results, but not for their economic, social or environmental impact. (more…)

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Real Impact Certified

Real Impact Tracker Goes Live

Real Impact Tracker Involves Everyday Investors in Creating Better Corporate Governance Everyday investors need to play a greater role in corporate governance. It’s dominated by institutions, where the least common denominator is profits Everyday investors should hold companies and funds accountable to their values Everyday investors can play a greater role in corporate governance The Real Impact […]

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Shared Ownership Can Address Unequal Economy

How Shared Ownership Reforms Can Address Popular Anger about an Unequal Economy In May 2017, U.S. Senators Sanders, Leahy, Gillibrand, and Hassan introduced legislation intended to help workers become owners. Their bill calls for a national employee ownership bank and helps states develop employee ownership centers. This comes after a dozen major cities and nearly […]

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Millennials Seek to Support Sustainability through 401k Plans

Millennials: Sustainability 401k Plans

As millennial-aged employees now represent the majority of the U.S. workforce, it is increasingly important that corporate management finds ways to engage them in the company. Creating 401k plans which connect to their core values — like solving human, social and environmental problems through their work and investments — can be a huge advantage to the company as a […]

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William Steiner, Shareholder Activist

William Steiner recently became the most experienced shareholder activist alive to win majority votes for shareholder proposals at public companies. A few months ago, he celebrated 40 years of shareholder activism with an overwhelming victory at Haemonetics Corporation (HAE). The following is based on an interview with Mr. Steiner by his son, Kenneth Steiner, who […]

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Engage Shareholders with Your Proxy Statement

With boards of directors under a microscope in today’s world, they must show how their work contributes to the success of the companies they oversee, and build trust with shareholders. For many of these shareholders, a company’s proxy statement is their only chance to look into the key aspects of the boardroom. So the goal […]

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Report from CII Winter Meeting: ESG

Even in Washington, the numbers are impressive. The Council of Institutional Investors, who met in Washington DC this week, represents 23 trillion (with a t) dollars, mostly made up of retirement and other savings of working families. Compare that to the entire budget of the US government, less than two trillion a year. Like most […]

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eSignatureGuarantee Facilitates Securities Transfer

For shareholders and investors, transferring securities just got a whole lot easier with the introduction of eSignatureGuarantee.com (link). In order to transfer securities – whether it’s stock, a 401K, an estate trust, whatever it may be – the transfer agent industry requires what is called a medallion signature guarantee, which essentially proves your identity and helps protect […]

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David R. Koenig, Founding Principal, The Governance Fund & Author of Moneyball Corporate Governance

Moneyball Corporate Governance

Moneyball Corporate Governance: making the best use of what limited capital is available – just like what the Oakland A’s had to do with their limited payroll. In the mid-1980s, New York Mets manager Davey Johnson was among the first in professional baseball to realize the advantage that could be gained by using computers and statistics […]

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Rich Ferlauto on Climate Competency

Climate Competency Needed in Boardrooms

Large institutional investors, concerned about portfolio risks stemming from the effects of global warming, are calling for climate-competent boards and directors as part of their fiduciary responsibility to preserve and enhance the long-term value of their investment assets. Despite the anticipated rollback of climate related governmental policies such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power […]

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Best SRI Funds

Looking for Best SRI Funds? Start Here

After making the decision to apply the principles of SRI investing, many clients embark on the initial step of selecting a core stock fund. Traditional investors have literally hundreds of highly efficient core investment solutions. However, SRI investors aren’t so blessed—which is why I put together this core list of Best SRI Funds. Best SRI funds need […]

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SRI Movement

SRI Movement: Don’t Go Alone

Be Part of the SRI Movement A lack of affordable SRI investing solutions may incentivize some savvy investors to do their own research and purchase their own portfolio of individual stocks, but this is almost always a mistake. There is power in the SRI Movement. If you’re joining the SRI movement, it’s likely because you have a […]

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Douglas Park of Park and Dibadj Consultancy

Park and Dibadj Consultancy

Douglas Park and Reza Dibadj have launched their boutique business and legal consultancy, Park and Dibadj (P&D)—a unique firm that addresses unmet needs in corporate strategy and governance. We bring decades of successful experience as both lawyers and strategists in extraordinarily challenging environments. We believe that a siloed approach—law on the one hand, business on […]

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Governance and the Valeant Flea

Governance and the Valeant Flea: The Art of Not Living Dangerously “You may well say, that’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.” -William Shakespeare Valeant: Cautionary Tale There’s a good reason that no bestselling novels or blockbuster movies about corporate governance exist. It’s because doing corporate governance […]

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Lobbying Disclosure: Companies Respond

Shareholders have been urging companies to fully disclose the lobbying they do directly and through trade associations and third parties for six years now. This year 66 investors joined in filing resolutions with 50 companies seeking expanded lobbying transparency. Twinned with calls for disclosure of political spending aimed at affecting elections, this effort has had a […]

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Town Hall Style Annual Meeting – Prepared?

Town Hall Shareholder Meetings It’s a presidential campaign year here in the U.S., and though the election is still over 6 months away, we’ve already been enlightened (or depressed) by a large number of candidate debates and town halls. Whatever your political views, the candidates seem able to instantly recall policy, financial or data details […]

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Rein In Hedge Funds: Will Pension Funds Join Effort?

Senators seek to rein in hedge funds through legislation by narrowing the window in which hedge funds must file 13D disclosures with the SEC once they have taken a 5% stake in a company. Right now that window is 10 days. The bill would reduce that to two days. The bill also seeks to block activist “wolf […]

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John Mackey & Whole Foods in Spotlight

In the wake of a New York Times story by Mark Oppenheimer about Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey’s relationship with former rabbi and alleged sex offender Marc Gafni, the company has come under scrutiny. (A Spiritual Leader Gains Stature, Trailed by a Troubled Past) On December 25th, The Times story reported Gafni saying of one […]

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Fission Uranium

Why I’m voting WITHHOLD on Fission Uranium (FCU)

“Using the internet for shareowner proxy voting … will awaken the sleeping giant of corporate governance – individual investors.” My optimism was premature when I wrote that in 1999. But finally the giant has awakened and is starting to stir. Retail shareowners of Fission Uranium Corp (FCU) have joined forces via internet media, including their […]

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Gordon Gekko and Governing Small-Caps: Greed Works

Few who have seen it can forget the iconic scene from the movie Wall Street when Michael Douglas’s character Gordon Gekko stands up, microphone in hand, at Teldar Paper’s shareholder meeting and says: “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works.” Cinematic […]

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CEO Pay Problem

The CEO Pay Problem

Here in the first days of autumn, it seems that every day there is another article about the sorry extreme that executive compensation has become at so many companies. With the many tools now at the disposal of the proxy voter, one has to ask, how did we get here, and how do we fix […]

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Activist Assets 2014

Who Says Activist Investors Have Struck Out?

The passing US proxy season made lots of business headlines as the most turbulent ever (which I’ve found happens every year). But 2015 was still notable for the flood of activist initiatives targeting company boards of directors. Activists sought “no” votes on directors who set executive pay, or said no to stock buyback, dividend, or […]

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Bay Area Workers/Unions Unwittingly Finance Fracking Boom

Bay Area workers and unions are increasingly joining the climate justice movement, but their pension funds have been quietly investing in the oil and natural gas boom. Deep in the heart of Texas, the oil industry is still going strong. Take Navitas Midstream, a private corporation that specializes in transporting fossil fuels. Navitas is currently […]

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Governance, Disclosure and Share Price

Good corporate governance means quicker, more frequent disclosures to the stock market. Or does it? The evidence varies by country, and in our research we wanted to check the relationship. We used cross-country data from 23 OECD countries, firms with financial years ending between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2008. We looked at company […]

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