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The Handbook of Board Governance

The Handbook of Board Governance: Part 1

This is the second post in my review of  The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private, and Not-for-Profit Board Member. see the introduction. I blabbed on for so long that I made my introduction a separate post. With the current post, I actually start reviewing Part 1 of the book. Yes, this will […]

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Rock Center Program for Journalists

Rock Center Program for Journalists

The Rock Center Program for Journalists: A Primer in Corporate Governance is a one-day program intended to educate journalists who cover these issues. The program is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at the New York Offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Applications are due May 20. (more…)

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Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor: Proxy Score 53

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F, $F) manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on May 12, 2016. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked. Vote AGAINST pay, compensation committee, poison pill; FOR shareholder proposals to transition out of dual class shares and to […]

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Norges Bank responsible-investment-2015

Norges Bank: Responsible Investment

Norges Bank published their second annual report on responsible investment of the Government Pension Fund Global. They clarified expectations towards companies in 2015 and are creating a model I hope many will follow The report provides a comprehensive review of work by Norges Bank on responsible investment in the management of the fund. Key areas […]

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Parametric Announces Proprietary ESG Offering

Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC (“Parametric”), a majority owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE:EV) and a participant at the All In For Impact conference (#AllinForImpact) in Colorado Springs, announced the creation of two new proprietary responsible investing strategies, Parametric ESG Domestic and Parametric ESG International. (more…)

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ICGN

ICGN Boston 2015, Part 3: Differential Voting Rights

This the third part of my coverage of this year’s ICGN event in Boston. These posts haven’t been checked for accuracy and I haven’t taken the time to edit the prose to make complete well-flowing sentences. Still, I hope you find them of some value. Morning keynote on Differential Voting Rights: Corporate governance and investor protection in […]

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Seal of SEC Rule 14a-8(i)(9)

“Directly Conflicts” Clarified by Staff Legal Bulletin

Never underestimate the ability of SEC staff to parse the rules in a creative way. Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H (CF) does not adhere completely to original intent, which staff determined was “to prevent shareholders from using Rule 14a-8 to circumvent the proxy rules governing solicitations.” However, it gets us where we need to be in defining the […]

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Replacing Board Members - Elephant In The Room

Video Friday: Replacing Board Members

As I reported in Replacing Board Members: The Elephant in the Room, SVDX and Stanford University’s Rock Center put on another great event last week that just about packed the house! These events are always top notch. A few nibbles and coffee or tea for breakfast, excellent company and a great program — what more could you want on third […]

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Video Friday: Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply

TK Kerstetter, of Boardroom Resources, LLC interviews Greg Sandfort, CEO of Tractor Supply Company  (TSCO). Sandfort is also a Board Member of WD-40 (WDFC). This session highlights one of America’s most productive companies, Tractor Supply, and focuses on how they create value for their shareholders. TK asks Greg Sandfort, Tractor Supply Co.’s CEO, how culture has contributed to […]

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Bernard S. Sharfman: Speaking Availability

Following publication of two out of three planed posts on recent research (part 1 and part 2), the following was received from Bernard S. Sharfman concerning his availability as a speaker, complete with a PowerPoint Presentation of his most recent paper. Since I believe his article and ideas deserve wide circulation, I reproduce his note below. […]

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The Materiality of Human Capital to Corporate Financial Performance

Corporate Human Resources & Investment Outcomes

Monday, May 11, 2015, 2 PM ET Connecting the Dots: Corporate Human Resources & Investment Outcomes Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute & Harvard Law Labor & Worklife Program Join the webinar on Monday, May 11th at 2:00 PM to review the findings of the latest research from the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi) and the Pensions […]

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eBAY Commits to Gender & Racial Diversity: Issues Remain

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Trillium Asset Management today announced that they have withdrawn the shareholder proposal they filed at eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) after the company agreed to revise its Governance Guidelines to include gender and racial diversity among the qualities its seeks in its board members. Several other issues remain on the […]

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September 11th

We must never forget there was another September 11th, long before our own, when so many dreams were crushed. While our September 11, 2001 was imposed on us by Islamic terrorists, the leaders of our great nation imposed its own form of terrorism with the September 11, 1973 military coup against the democratically elected government […]

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GMI Ratings

GMI Ratings Offers Webinar on Emerging Market Ratings

GMI Ratings, the leading provider of research, data and analytics on environmental, social, governance (ESG) and forensic accounting risks affecting the performance of public companies, is introducing Accounting and Governance Risk (AGR®) ratings on over 9,000 companies in nearly 60 emerging market countries. GMI’s AGR ratings capture a variety of accounting irregularities and corporate governance […]

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Chevron

Chevron Enters Foxhole Contest

As reported by CSRwire, Under Fire from Critics, Chevron CEO Quietly Moves Annual Shareholder Meeting to Remote Town In Texas. We are still in the midst of our second Foxhole of the Year Award for the company that makes it the most difficult for shareowners turn up at their annual meeting. Last year’s winner was Peabody Energy for their choice of […]

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ILMN

Illumina (ILMN) Proxy Voting Recommendations

Illumina $ILMN is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/28/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 5/20/2014.  I voted with management 86% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below.  What follows are my proxy voting recommendations for ILMN. (more…)

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DigitalGlobe (DGI) Proxy Voting Recommendations

DigitalGlobe $DGI is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/28/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of no funds when I checked and voted on 5/19/2014.  I voted with management 80% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below.  What follows are my proxy voting recommendations for DGI. (more…)

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CalPERS

CalPERS Announces Board Candidates

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is conducting two elections this fall for the State and public agency representative seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Current terms for both positions end in January 2015. The election for the school board member representative seat will not be conducted because the incumbent, Rob Feckner, was unopposed. George […]

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FB

Facebook (FB): Proxy Voting Recommendations

Facebook $FB, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/22/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/19/2014.  I voted with management 0% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. (more…)

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SZYM

Solazyme (SZYM): Proxy Voting Recommendations

Solazyme $SZYM, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/22/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of no funds when I checked and voted on 5/15/2014.  I voted with management % of the time.  View Proxy Statement. I sure would have liked a Table of Contents with links to facilitate my review. Read Warnings below.  (more…)

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HD

The Home Depot (HD): Proxy Voting Recommendations

The Home Depot (HD), is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/22/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of no funds when I checked and voted on 5/15/2014.  I voted with management 47% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. (more…)

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NEE

NextEra Energy (NEE): Proxy Voting Recommendations

NextEra Energy (NEE), is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/22/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/15/2014.  I voted with management 79% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. (more…)

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McRitchie Celebrates with Selfie

CMG Shareowners Vote Down Pay & Supermajority Requirements

Just a brief post to thank shareowners at Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) for sending a strong message to the company’s board and management.  77% of shares were voted against the executive pay package and a majority supported our proposal to end supermajority voting requirements. CalSTRS, Florida SBA, AFSCME, Calvert, Domini, Trillium, CBIS, CtW and many […]

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FTSE

Excluding Fossil Fuels Gets Easier

FTSE Group (“FTSE”), the global index provider, announced the launch of the FTSE Developed ex Fossil Fuels Index Series, an innovative set of benchmark indices that excludes companies linked to exploration, ownership or extraction of (carbon reserves) fossil fuels. This ground-breaking launch is leading the way to implementation of a total exclusion model for fossil […]

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eBay (EBAY): How I Voted – Proxy Score 50

eBay $EBAY, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/13/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/7/2014.  I voted with management 50% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor […]

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Gilead Sciences (GILD): Report from the AGM

Gilead Sciences ($GILD) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. I previously blogged about how I voted. Last week, I attended their annual meeting on 5/10/2012 to present John Chevedden’s proposal #4 to allow shareowners to act by written consent. This is an important governance feature allowing shareowners to take action in times of emergency between […]

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