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Conservative TV and Corporate Social Responsibility

Conservative TV and Corporate Social Responsibility. Again, public opinion is the driver. A 2017 Pew Research Center study found that 37% of Americans get their news from local television news. Only 28% get their news from cable TV, while 26% tune into network news. Sinclair Broadcasting expands by acquiring those trusted local TV stations and […]

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Political Disclosure Up

Political Disclosure Up

Political disclosure up at large publicly held U.S. companies. That’s the conclusion of The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) and The Wharton School’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research.  Adoption of sound transparency and oversight practices for their political spending is part of an accelerating trend,  according to a new scorecard. Investors want to hold […]

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Climate Risk Hypocrites

Climate Risk Hypocrites

Climate Risk Hypocrites exposed by Morningstar’s Jackie Cook and Tom Lauricella. The authors found support for climate-related proposals rose at Fidelity, State Street Global Advisors, and Vanguard. Support fell at American Funds and BlackRock. (Top Fund Companies’ Climate Change Votes: A Very Mixed Picture) (more…)

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BlackRock 8-K

BlackRock 8-K Positive CorpGov

BlackRock 8-K of October 6th contains good news for shareholders.  I frequently complain about BlackRock because their actions, especially proxy voting, are out of sync with their positive ESG statements. (see BlackRock Action Update) However, it is also appropriate to give their board credit for proposing important corporate governance reforms to be voted at the […]

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Illegal Marrone Bio Ghost of former COO

Illegal Marrone Bio Vote Suppression

Illegal Marrone Bio proxy threatens not only their own shareholders but those of all companies. If Marrone Bio gets away with it, so can others. What can we do when a company violates the law and the SEC fails to act? We could go to court but that’s expensive. Instead, let’s mobilize. If enough cry foul, […]

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Faking It SEC

Faking It

Faking It. Remember those allegedly fake letters from retail investors supporting the US SEC’s controversial proxy advisor rule? [And the rules to “modernize” shareholder proposals, SEC Trampled Shareholder Rights.] Global Proxy Watch [GPW] remembers. They published the following yesterday [reproduced below with a little reformatting and my two cents in brackets]: (more…)

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SEC Trampled Shareholder Rights

SEC Trampled Shareholder Rights

SEC Trampled Rights. September 23 was a bad day for shareholders, society, and the environment. It was an action typical of the Trump Administration, where political appointees work counter to the missions of regulatory bodies. The only significant “support” for the amendments from shareholders came from a few fake letters, which Chairman Clayton read into […]

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Form 13F Reporting

Form 13F Reporting: Comment on Proposed SEC Rules

Form 13F reporting is another obscure SEC requirement. Most investors know nothing about it. However, following the money is important. Add your voice to thousands sounding the alarm about proposed changes. Form 13F is how funds report to the SEC what they have invested in. Like many rules proposed during the Trump Administration, these are […]

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political party of funds

Political Party of Funds

Political Party of Funds No, you can’t find that information on CorpGov.net. But, you can at YourStake. Go there now to find out how much money the companies in your mutual fund donate to Democratic and Republican candidates. (more…)

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#MICUS 2020 Comparing Sustainable Funds

#MICUS 2020 Comparing Sustainable Funds

#MICUS 2020, the Morningstar conference, had so much to write about during day 1 that it may take me a month or so to go through it. Register for day 2 if you missed the first day. I just heard Larry Fink, of BlackRock. For someone heading the largest pile of investment money in the […]

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Tesla 2020 Shareholder-Meeting

Tesla 2020 Simple Majority Vote

Tesla 2020 annual meeting is 9/22/2020 at 1:30PM Pacific in Mountain View. It will be a hybrid meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Denholm, Pay, Auditor, Paid Ads. Vote FOR Simple Majority Vote, and reports on Arbitration, and Human Rights.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. View Tesla Investor Briefing.  (more…)

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FedEx 2020

FedEx 2020 Written Consent Needed

FedEx 2020 annual meeting is 9/21/2020 at 10:00AM Pacific. To attend the annual meeting of stockholders at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/FDX2020, you must enter the control number on your proxy card, voting instruction form or Notice of Internet Availability. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Jackson, Schwab, Steiner, Walsh, Griffith, Pay, Auditor. Vote FOR all shareholder proposals.  See list of all […]

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Tesla Investor Briefing 2020 AGM

Tesla Investor Briefing 2020 AGM

Tesla Investor Briefing 2020 AGM. Join Investor Advocates for Social Justice, CorpGov.net, Nia Impact Capital, and Whistle Stop Capital. When: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12 EST/9am PST.  Investor briefing for Tesla shareholders and media in advance of the upcoming Tesla AGM (September 22nd). The webinar will provide an overview of three of the shareholder […]

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Recovery AND Broader Ownership

Recovery AND Broader Ownership: Build Back Better

Recovery AND Broader Ownership: Take Action Economic recovery AND broader ownership can be ours. We need a nation of employees who more fully share and participate in a healthy recovery through ownership. Support legislation introduced by Republicans and Democrats: S 4236, [Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)] inject working capital into American […]

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Chat Rooms

Chat Rooms Missing at Shareholder Meetings

Chat Rooms are the key missing ingredient at virtual shareholder meetings. Virtual-only shareholder meetings increased dramatically (from 286 in 2019 to 2,200 so far in 2020) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Chat rooms before and after meetings would allow shareholders to interact informally with each other and with corporate representatives, as they do at in-person […]

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ESG Rulemaking by DOL opposed

ESG Rulemaking by DOL

ESG Rulemaking by DOL – comments are in. Several investor organizations and financial industry firms released an analysis of the more than 8,700 public comments on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rulemaking on the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in ERISA-governed retirement plans. There is overwhelming opposition to the “Financial Factors […]

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The Gadfly with Gabriel Malek

The Gadfly with Gabriel Malek (podcast)

The Gadfly With Gabriel Malek (click to listen) This is my current favorite of the #corpgov #ESG podcasts. I am partial to the name gadfly, since I am often called one myself. Likewise, Malek is trying to talk with the same audience I am hoping to reach. Sure, we both want environmental, social, and governance […]

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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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