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FedEx 2021 Require Independent Board Chair

FedEx 2021 Require Independent Board Chair

FedEx 2021 annual meeting is September 27, 10AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit here. You will also need your control number. Of course, I recommend voting in advance. Enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote AGAINST Griffith, Jackson, Martin, Ramo, Schwab, Steiner, Walshding, Pay and Auditor; FOR […]

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BlackRock 2021 Proxy Votes Public Benefit Corporation

BlackRock 2021 Proxy Votes

BlackRock 2021 annual meeting is May 26, 5 AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting, visit here with your control number. I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Ford, Einhorn, Johnson, Mills, Nixon, Domit, Pay, Auditor. Vote FOR Convert to Public Benefit Corporation.  (more…)

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Charles Schwab 2021

Charles Schwab 2021 Proxy

Charles Schwab 2021 annual meeting is May 13, 11:30 AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit here. You must register in advance to attend and vote at the meeting. What could go wrong? (sarcasm) Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Bettinger, […]

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S&P Global 2021

S&P Global 2021 Proxy Votes

S&P Global 2021 annual meeting is May 5, 8AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit www.meetingcenter.io/283714745. You will need your control number. Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST , the Auditor, and Pay. Vote FOR . With my broker (TD Ameritrade), the […]

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Edwards Lifescience 2021

Edwards Lifescience 2021 Proxy Votes

Edwards Lifescience 2021 annual meeting is May 4, 10 AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit www.proxydocs.com/EW. They do not make it easy. I had to put in my control number, which was not in the TDAmeritrade library where I vote proxies. I had to find the control number […]

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Woodward 2021 Shareholder Presentation

Woodward 2021 Shareholder Presentation 1/27

Woodward 2021 Shareholder Presentation: Background My proxy voting recommendations for the January 27, 2021 meeting can be found at Woodward 2021: Empower Workers. The meeting begins at 7 AM Pacific Time. View the Proxy Statement via SEC’s EDGAR system. This post is a draft of my presentation of Proposal #5. Registered shareholders will be sent a  link one hour prior […]

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Majority-Voting 2021

Majority Voting 2021: Corporate Petitions

Majority Voting 2021. Proxy proposals provide powerful tools to hold corporations accountable. YourStake.org is an online petition platform for financial advisors. The combined savings of many citizens make up the majority of investment into big companies. Companies already respond to big investors. Now they will respond to you if you let them know your concerns. Find a financial […]

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Election Fraud Attempt by Citigroup

Election Fraud Attempt by Citigroup

Election fraud attempt by Citigroup points to the need for more participation in decision-making by employees to ensure ethical conduct. Citigroup tries to cheat by telling us we need to meet SEC rules today for the 2021 AGM that don’t become effective until 2022. With a market cap of more than $82B, don’t tell me […]

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Costco ESG Momentum

Costco ESG Momentum: Right to Remove Directors

Costco ESG momentum has improved. I submitted a shareholder proposal to help keep it on that path. The proposal would eliminate a corporate governance anomaly Costco has by virtue of being incorporated in the state of Washington, which allows articles of incorporation to provide that directors cannot be removed without cause by shareholders. (more…)

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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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Netflix Approach to Governance

Netflix Approach to Governance: One-Sided

Netflix Approach to Governance: Genuine Transparency with the Board (download) by David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan takes a look at one aspect of corporate governance at Netflix and finds “a radically different approach to information sharing” by management with the Board. Shareholders are largely left out of the equation. Netflix Approach to Governance: Management Netflix Approach […]

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Tesla 2018 Underperforms by 24%

Tesla 2018 Proxy Decisions Crucial

Tesla 2018 annual meeting is June 5, 2018. Tesla, Inc. (TSLA) designs, develops, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles, and energy generation and storage systems in the United States and internationally. If Tesla is to survive and thrive, it needs a more independent board. The vote of shareholders will be crucial in deciding Tesla’s future. Most shareholders […]

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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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A Response to Yves Smith on CalPERS

Yes, The Twelve Days of CalPERS by Yves Smith at naked capitalism is very witty, but it plays into the hands of those who would like to see public pensions dismantled. I like some of the work Yves Smith has  have been reporting on CalPERS, which obviously needs not only watching but needs to be constantly reminded of its […]

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1 woman for every 7 men in top leadership at California's largest firms

Small Gains by Women in California Companies

Women in California companies continue to make slight progress. More of California’s largest 400 public companies public companies than ever have women chief executive officers (CEOs), and fewer have no women in their C-suites and boardrooms. However, the annual University of California, Davis, study shows women still hold just one in eight of the senior […]

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David Axelrod

Society 2015: Part 4 – Axelrod & Activists at Your Door

More of my notes from the Society’s 2015 National Conference in Chicago, 6/24-27. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Sorry to be posting so long after the event but I still find them useful… and going through my notes may help me remember some of the more interesting points. David Axelrod Believer: My Forty Years in Politics @davidaxelrod I’m not sure why David Axelrod […]

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Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom

Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom

Received for Review –  Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom: 10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies “ . . .a really important book about how to maximize the performance of companies and provides rare, clear common sense guidance for Boards of Directors that is worth its weight in gold.” –Hap Klopp, Founder and former CEO, The North […]

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LinkedIn Corporation

LinkedIn Corporation: Proxy Score 17

LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD), together with its subsidiaries, operates an online professional network worldwide. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/3/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the vote of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/28/2015.  I voted with management 17% of the time and assigned LinkedIn Corporation a proxy score of 17. […]

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Runaway Management Discussion

Runaway Management: SVDX/Rock Center Event

It was another great jointly sponsored event at Stanford Law on April 16, 2015 – this one on runaway management teams. As noted in the promo for the event: Board membership is difficult enough these days, even when the relationship between board and management functions well. But when faced with runaway management teams, the situation […]

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Norges Bank

Norges Bank Issues ‘Position Paper’ Supporting Proxy Access

Norges Bank, a long-time proponent and supporter of proxy access, issued Proxy Access at US Companies. Since it is very brief, I reproduce the text below. As reported by FT, Norway’s oil fund joins push for proxy access in US and others, Norges will also start publicizing its voting intentions before annual meetings. I hope others will follow […]

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Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company (DIS): Proxy Score 79

The Walt Disney Company $DIS, which operates as a worldwide entertainment company, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 3/12/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 3/8/2015.  I voted with management 79% of the time and assigned them a proxy score of 79. View Proxy […]

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Video Friday: Triple Feature on Shareholder Engagement

Engagement is, or should be, the common theme of our three videos. CalPERS argues it gives them a seat at the table. Professor Damodaran extols the importance of engagement as a possibility. As a shareholder, what avenues are open? In Davos, I think they looked through the wrong lens. Instead of engagement, they focused on an […]

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Costco Wholesale: Proxy Score 36

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), which operates membership warehouses, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 1/29/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org lists the votes of 6 funds from 5 fund families. You can also find votes from CalSTRS and OTPP.  I voted with management 36% of the time and assigned them a proxy score of 36. […]

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Last Day for Early Registration: Directors Forum 2015, San Diego

Sign up today for the 10th anniversary, Directors Forum: Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue, which brings together a unique blend of institutional investors, directors, management, regulators, consultants and contractors in an intimate setting designed for genuine access and interaction between speakers and attendees. January 25 – 27, 2015 in beautiful San Diego. I attend several […]

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Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial Group: Proxy Vote Score 14

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASD:HAIN), which manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 11/20/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked on 11/18/2014. Sorry for the late post. Today is the last day to vote online. I […]

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