Facets of Risk Panel - Corporate Directors Forum

The Many Facets of Risk

Facets of Risk – my abbreviation for The Many Facets of Risk: Threats Posed by Internal Cultural Issues – the topic of a panel at the Corporate Directors Forum I attended in San Diego in January. This will be the last of my reports from that Forum. Like all Corporate Directors Forums, Facets of Risk operated under the Chatham […]

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AST

AST Launches Issuer Central

AST claims to have created the first industry platform with registered and street securities ownership information available together, providing a more comprehensive view of ownership. AST, a leading tech-enabled professional services firm with transfer agent roots, gave me a peek under the hood of their database. Issuer Central™ brings together many of the core services […]

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Measuring Effectiveness

Measuring Effectiveness: SDG Investing

A new measuring effectiveness roadmap helps investors ensure they are moving beyond generating environmental or social impact through individual market transactions and are better aligning with broader system-level goals (e.g., the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs). Group action along the same trajectory can better influence system-level change. The measuring effectiveness roadmap helps investors answer […]

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Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg: Give Up Facebook Control

Mark Zuckerberg, the social media titan, needs to embrace a new model of ownership and corporate governance. As Mark Zuckerberg comes to terms with his latest public-relations disaster, he has made some interesting admissions. One is that the Facebook CEO feels “fundamentally uncomfortable sitting here in California in an office making content policy decisions for people […]

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Transforming Capital Markets

Transforming Capital Markets

Transforming Capital Markets; that will be my abbreviation for Transformation of Our Capital Markets. the topic of a panel at the Corporate Directors Forum I attended in San Diego in January. Yes, I’m still digesting all the great conversations. Like all Corporate Directors Forums, this one operated under the Chatham House Rule, so you will not find any direct […]

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Talent Management panelists

Talent Management: #CorpDirForum2018

Culture: A Driving Force in Talent Management was the topic of a panel at the Corporate Directors Forums I attended in San Diego in January. Yes, I’m still digesting all the great conversations. Like all Corporate Directors Forums, this one operated under the Chatham House Rule, so you will not find any direct quotes below. These are […]

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Cultural Risks Panel

Cultural Risks: SVDX & Rock Center

Cultural Risks: As Advertised Cultural risks were the topic of a recent Rock Center / SVDX event. The spotlight often shines on cultural risks only after an organizational crisis or incident. But forward-looking leaders are shifting to a proactive approach to cultural risk management. Macro business issues—cost and regulatory pressures, digital disruption, cyber threats, talent shortages, […]

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lobbying disclosure

Lobbying Disclosure Sought @ 50 Companies

Lobbying disclosure remains a top shareholder concern for the 2018 season, as evidenced by proposals filed at 50 companies by 74 institutional and individual investors. A coalition is asking for lobbying reports that include federal and state lobbying payments, payments to trade associations used for lobbying, and payments to any tax-exempt organization that writes and endorses […]

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Starbucks Corp

Starbucks Corp Proxy Voting Recommendation

Starbucks Corp (SBUX), operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Most shareholders do not vote because reading through 70 pages of the proxy is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I tell you how I am voting and why. If you have read these posts […]

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Compensation #corpdirforum2018

Compensation: The Difference it Makes

Compensation:  The Difference it Makes Compensation. Most Americans think CEOs of the 500 largest publicly traded corporations are overpaid, even though they think CEOs made less than a tenth of what they actually earn. The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University conducted a nationwide survey of 1,202 individuals — representative by gender, race, […]

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Universal Background Checks FactSheet_graphic

Universal Background Checks: Take Action

Universal background checks; that would be a good first step. Gun violence may seem to some of my readers too far afield from corporate governance. However, I believe our investment decisions, including communications with companies and proxy votes made after AFTER buying stock should reflect all our values, not just greed. I am all for banning […]

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Culture Impact #corpdirforum2018

Culture Impact: Directors Forum 2018

The Culture Impact: Values, Attitudes & Strategic Directions Culture impact in corporate governance got a big boost with NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report Culture as a Corporate Asset. A brave panel tackled the topic, The Culture Impact: Values, Attitudes & Strategic Directions, at the Corporate Directors Forums I attended in San Diego. Like all Corporate Directors Forums, this […]

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Walt Disney Company

Disney Proxy Vote Recommendations

The Walt Disney Company (DIS), operates as an entertainment company worldwide. Most shareholders don’t vote because reading through 74 pages of the proxy AND many more pages of appendices is not worth the time for the small difference your vote will make. Below, I tell you how I am voting and why. If you have read […]

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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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Shareholder Hot Topics

Shareholder Hot Topics: Corporate Directors Forum 2018

Shareholder Hot Topics: Introductory Notes Most of the Corporate Directors Forums I have attended in San Diego start with “Shareholder Hot Topics.” There is widespread interest in the subject from directors, management, shareholders, consultants and academics. This year the Forum had an overall theme, “How Culture Impacts the Boardroom and Beyond.” Corporate culture is the […]

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Spending Against Change

Spending Against Change Heightens Climate Risk

Spending Against Change, a new report from the 50/50 Climate Project, finds that twenty-one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S. that have spent at least $670 million over six years to influence elections, regulators and lawmakers have limited board oversight of climate risk and political spending, and lack climate competent board members. These corporations face the highest exposure […]

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AI Robotics panel

AI: Boards Embracing Technology

Robotics and AI: How will Boards Embrace Tomorrow’s Technologies? As advertized: AI and Robotics are coming. There is no question that disruptive technologies are going to dominate not only what is introduced into the marketplace but also how our businesses are operated internally. Two evolving, and already disruptive forces, are robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).  […]

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valuation of dual-class firms

Dual-Class Should Sunset Says Rob Jackson

US stock exchanges should require sunset provisions for dual-class shares, SEC commissioner Rob Jackson said in his first speech since taking office last month.  In the speech at UC Berkeley School of Law, he likened dual-class shares that do not sunset to “corporate royalty” and said such structures were “antithetical to our values as Americans.” […]

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Kara Stein on Mutualism

Mutualism: Kara M. Stein

Mutualism, the subjects of Kara Stein’s recent talk at Stanford Law, has been a subject that has fascinated me since the 1980’s when I  was awarded an NIMH Fellowship to study what types of corporate governance structures (including mutualism) might be most beneficial to employees, shareholders, and society. I applied many lessons learned in heading […]

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Transparent Political Spending Favored

Transparent Political Spending: Ford Lost No-Action

The Ford Motor Company ($F) challenged my resolution on Transparent Political Spending and lost. I created a new posting category, “SEC no-action letters.” Posts under this category will include what I believe are precedent setting decisions. By including them on CorpGov.net I will be creating a searchable database going forward of significant decisions for ready […]

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Earning It - Lublin

Earning It: Lublin @ Corporate Directors Forum

Earning It: Introductory Notes Joann Lublin gave the opening keynote at the recent  Corporate Directors Forum 2018 in San Diego. She spoke largely about her new book, Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. This year the Forum had an overall theme, “How Culture Impacts the Boardroom and Beyond.” Corporate […]

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FACT Coalition Financial Secrecy Index top 10

FACT Coalition: US 2nd Largest Tax Haven

The United States has become the second largest tax haven in the world. That’s according to a new report published Tuesday by the Tax Justice Network (TJN), partnering with the FACT Coalition.  TJN’s 2018 Financial Secrecy Index (FSI) finds the U.S. has surpassed the Cayman Islands. Now we are the second largest secrecy jurisdiction, next […]

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CES NACD Northern California Chapter

2018 CES: Northern California NACD Insights

The 2018 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and its impact on boards was the subject of a January 31 meeting of the NACD’s Northern California Chapter. We met at the offices of WilmerHale in Palo Alto. We heard primarily from Maureen Conners, Fashion Incubator San Francisco board director and former director of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK); […]

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Apple CorpGovnet Proxy Vote

Apple: CorpGov.net Proxy Vote

Apple Inc. (AAPL) designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, and personal computers to consumers, and small and mid-sized businesses; and education, enterprise, and government customers worldwide. The company also sells related software, services, accessories, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The annual meeting is coming up on February 13, 2018 […]

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AES logo

AES “Games” SEC: CII Seeks Correction

CII sent an important letter to the SEC on a recent no-action issued to the AES Corporation (AES) (not yet posted). A similar no-action had been granted in 2016 to Illumina (ILMN) on a proposal I (James McRitchie) had submitted. ISS referenced both. From the facts regarding AES, it appears John Chevedden submitted a proposal […]

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marrone

Marrone Bio’s Problematic Behavior

I will not bother taking Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII) to court. The company is young and inexperienced in dealing with SEC rules and shareholder advocates, such as myself. However, I cannot give them a complete pass. Below is a draft of my remarks to be delivered to those attending the January 31 Annual Meeting. Today […]

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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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Marrone Bio

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.: Proxy Vote

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. provides bio-based pest management and plant health products primarily for agricultural and water markets in the United States and internationally. Without changes, Marrone Bio is likely to continue to lag the Nasdaq, as it has done for the last one, two and five year time periods. While the Nasdaq has gone […]

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Lead Director - Non-Executive Chair

Lead Director – Non-Executive Chair: Evolving

Today’s lead director and non-executive chair face a seemingly never-ending set of risks, governance decisions and strategic initiatives as a result of investors’ growing emphasis on board transparency, accountability, and independence. This insightful panel focused on the evolving roles of board leaders, specifically, the independent chair and lead director. Drive higher-performing boards through improved processes, […]

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$COST

$COST (Costco): Proxy Vote Recommendations

$COST, Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. $COST has supermajority vote requirements (66.67%) to amend certain charter provisions, a classified board with staggered terms, and no written consent unless unanimous by all shareholders. In short, reasonable shareholder rights are missing. […]

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