Town Hall Meetings on the Financial Choice Act

Town Hall Meetings: Financial CHOICE Act

Town Hall Meetings on the Financial Choice Act are right now the most urgent defense line to protect shareholder rights. As you are aware, the Financial CHOICE Act (which threatens to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Shareholder Proposal Rule) has been referred to the full House of Representatives for a vote as […]

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A More Cooperative Based Twitter

On or before May 22, shareowners of Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) have a chance to vote FOR proposal #4, requesting a report on converting the ownership structure of Twitter to a cooperative or other more democratic form of governance. Twitter has been critical to those involved in the struggle for democracy but could be even more […]

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Gilead Sciences Proxy Voting Guide by McRitchie

Gilead Sciences Proxy Voting Guide

Gilead Sciences Proxy Voting Guide by James McRitchie. Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines in the areas of unmet medical needs in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, India, and the Middle East. Gilead $GLD is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four […]

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Mutual Funds Hold Back Political Spending Transparency

Mutual Funds Hold Back Political Spending Transparency

A Public Citizen report shows mutual funds hold back political spending transparency through their proxy voting behavior. Fully 64% of political spending disclosure shareholder proposals would have passed with majority support if major mutual funds owning more than 5% had voted in favor of them in 2016. The report, released during a telephone press conference last week, […]

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Activism, Short-Termism and Corporate Governance

Activism, Short-Termism and Corporate Governance

Silicon Valley companies continue to be the leading target for “activism, short-termism and corporate governance.” Directors of some Silicon Valley companies believe these activists are too short-term focused, while some institutional investors believe the activists create value for all shareholders. One response to the growth of activism has been the adoption by some high-profile tech […]

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3M Proxy Voting Guide from CorpGov

3M Proxy Voting Guide

3M Proxy Voting Guide provided by Corporate Governance (CorpGov.net). 3M (MMM), 3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide and is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on May 9, 2017. I voted FOR lowering the special meeting […]

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Kansas City Southern Proxy Voting Guide

Kansas City Southern Proxy Voting Guide – KSU

Kansas City Southern Proxy Voting Guide by Corporate Governance (CorpGov.net). Kansas City Southern (KSU), through its subsidiaries, provides freight rail transportation services between Kansas City, Missouri, and various ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, as well as between Mexico City and Laredo. KSU is one of the stocks in my […]

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Proxy Voting Guide

Bristol-Myers Squibb Proxy Voting Guide

This is our Bristol-Myers Squibb Proxy Voting Guide for 2017. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, and distributes biopharmaceutical products worldwide. Bristol-Myers Squibb is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two fund families when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on May 2, 2017. I […]

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Proxy Voting Guide

American Express Proxy Voting Guide

American Express Proxy Voting Guide.  American Express Company (AXP), together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. It operates through four segments: U.S. Consumer Services, International Consumer and Network Services, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant Services. American Express is one of the stocks […]

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Kelloggs Proxy Voting Guide

Kelloggs manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods in the United States and internationally. The Kellogg Company is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two fund families when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on March 28, 2017 I voted FOR Proxy Access Amendments. See how and why […]

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Financial CHOICE Act Does Away with Shareholder Proposals

Financial CHOICE Act: From too big to fail, to too big to listen

Great article this morning on the proposed Financial CHOICE Act from Lauren Compere, Director of Shareholder Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management entitled Too Big To Listen? Dodd-Frank and Shareholder Rights! See also “Shut Up”: Not What Good Companies Tell Their Owners from Julie Fox Gorte, Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World. Below is a copy […]

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AT&T

AT&T Proxy Analysis

AT&T Inc. (T) provides telecommunications and digital entertainment services. The company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility, and International.  It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/27/2017. Sorry for the late post. […]

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NCR

NCR: Proxy Access & Pay Issues

NCR Corporation provides omni-channel technology solutions that enable businesses connect, interact, and transact with their customers worldwide. NCR is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of only one fund family when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. I voted FOR Proxy Access Amendments. […]

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Financial CHOICE Act Does Away with Shareholder Proposals

Financial CHOICE Act: Take Action

The draft Financial CHOICE Act, among other things, would take away a shareholder’s choice to file proxy proposals, their choice to refile similar proposals in subsequent years, their choice to use an agent to help them file and their right to choose from competing candidates unless they attend the meeting in person. The draft Financial […]

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Retailers Whole Foods

Retailers Break New Store Addiction: Video Friday

Wharton’s Marshall Fisher discusses how retailers can break their ‘addiction’ to top-line growth and adding new stores. Eventually, they run out of new territory and must refocus on building margins by improving same store sales. Fisher describes how 17 retailers did it and the common themes they used. There are lessons here for companies like […]

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Citi (C): Proxy Vote Score 48

Citigroup Inc. (Citi, NYSE: C), a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. Citi is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three fund families when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on April 25, 2017. I voted AGAINST […]

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Proxy Statement - Our Board Independent

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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International Business Machines Corporation

International Business Machines Corporation Proxy

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.  IBM is one of the stocks in my portfolio. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two fund families when I checked and voted. Their annual meeting is coming up on April 25, 2017. I voted FOR Proxy Access, Special Meeting amendments and report on lobbying. See how and […]

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#BuyThisPlatform

BuyThisPlatform: Twitter Explores Co-op Capitalism

Twitter has been an important tool to promote democracy – think #ArabSpring, #BackLivesMatter, #OccupyWallStreet, #WomenOnBoards, etc. Now, through #BuyTwitter @ BuyThisPlatform, Twitter is being called on to explore its own form of corporate governance – how the company itself can be more democratic and inclusive. The results could have implications for the future of capitalism. Take Action: On May 22 […]

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AFL-CIO Key Votes 2017 Announced

The preliminary list of AFL-CIO Key Votes 2017  is now available for download. The list can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file by clicking on the following link: AFL-CIO Key Votes – 2017 Proxy Season and is reproduced below for CorpGov.net readers. The AFL-CIO Key Votes 2017 is designed to help pension fund trustees fulfill their […]

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CorpGov Research Assistant

CorpGov Research Assistant Opening in India

Research Assistant Vacancy for a Project on Corporate Governance  Applications for the post of research assistants are invited from the students who are passionate about contemporary issues in corporate governance. Work is remunerated with provision for performance based bonus and other referral opportunities at the end of the tenure. Assignment will begin from 17th April & will […]

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Virtual-Only Meeting Growth

Virtual-Only Meetings: The Nuclear Option

Virtual-Only Meetings are quickly being adopted by entrenched boards who fear both adverse publicity and any attempt by shareholders, especially retail shareholders, to hold them accountable. Broadridge Financial Solutions ($BR) has a direct financial incentive to push companies toward virtual-only meetings. Although many funds and organizations oppose such meetings, no one in the opposition has a […]

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Diversity Forum 2017

CalPERS & CalSTRS Diversity Forum 2017

Registration is Now Open. Join CalPERS & CalSTRS at this year’s Diversity Forum 2017, an all-day event on May 10, 2017 in Sacramento. About the CalPERS & CalSTRS Diversity Forum 2017 The goal of Diversity Forum 2017 is to bring together investment and corporate executives to discuss how to better capitalize on the abilities of the diverse modern […]

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Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

Scale: Corporate Governance Perspective

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies is about big data and takes a big time commitment to read. Scale is neither poetry or a novel. It is primarily information and speculation. 450 pages could have been distilled to 45. That said, this slog […]

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Human Right to Water

Human Right to Water Affirmed

After engagement with shareholders, two California-based water utilities, California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) and American States Water (NYSE: AWR), have adopted policies confirming a commitment to support the human right to water. Sparked by shareholder proposals filed last fall by Boston-based socially responsible investment firm NorthStar Asset Management, Inc., these two human right to water policies are the first at […]

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LGBT Proposal Denied at CATO

LGBT Proposal Denied at CATO

A proposal seeking protections for LGBT employees at The CATO Corporation (CATO), a women’s clothing retailer headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, will not appear on the corporate proxy thanks to what I believe are misleading statements from the company and acquiescence from SEC staff. Sometimes a no-action win can end up as a loss for […]

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Clean Power Plan Infographic

Clean Power Roll Back Generates March for Science

Trump’s clean power roll back could lead to millions of deaths around the world if the US abrogates its leadership and all such efforts to address climate change. Investors, businesses and scientists express their dismay. The executive order drew a rebuke from the European Union. “Now, it remains to be seen by which other means the […]

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Franchisees Democracy

Board Seats for Franchisees: Democratic Paradigm

McDonald’s shareholders will vote on a proposal to give franchisees a seat on its corporate board of directors at their annual meeting in May. See ‘McD’s must let investors vote on proposal to give franchisees a board seat.’ (Crain’s) Could similar, more inclusive, proposals use preferred shares to create new forms of stakeholder democracy? A report at […]

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Global Sustainable Investment Review

Global Sustainable Investment Up 25%

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) released its biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2016, showing that global sustainable investment assets reached $22.89 trillion at the start of 2016, a 25% increase from 2014. Sustainable investment encompasses the following activities and strategies: Negative/exclusionary screening, Positive/best-in-class screening, Norms-based screening, Integration of ESG factors, Sustainability themed investing, Impact/community investing, and […]

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#WeAreTwitter

#WeAreTwitter Record Date Approaches

#WeAreTwitter Record Date Approximately March 30, 2017 Thousands have been part of a #WeAreTwitter, #BuyTwitter, #platformcoop campaign to ensure Twitter remains and advances as “the people’s news network.” At the annual meeting in May, Twitter shareholders will get to vote on a proposal to study different corporate governance structures to give greater voice to Twitter […]

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