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EMC Corporation (EMC): How I Voted – Proxy Score 13

EMC Corporation $EMC is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/30/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/22/2014.  I voted with management 13% of the time.  View EMC’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly. (more…)

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Many Boards Moving Ahead on Environmental and Social Issues

Corporate boards are  exceeding legal oversight requirements on environmental and social issues, with more than half of S&P 500 companies providing board level oversight of environmental and/or social issues above and beyond that required by law. Board Oversight of Sustainability Issues finds that many industries subject to scrutiny – paper, forestry, healthcare, utility companies – are among the most  […]

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Apple Inc. (AAPL): How I Voted – Proxy Score 89

Apple Inc. (NASD:AAPL) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 2/28/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org was down for maintenance when I checked and voted on 2/19/2014, so no voting advice there. I checked a few other sources such as CalPERS, Florida SBA and OTPP but none had disclosed their votes on their sites as of yesterday. I voted […]

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Directors Forum 2014: Afternoon Sessions

Below are notes I took during the afternoon sessions at the Corporate Directors Forum 2014, held on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego, January 26-28, 2014. This year, I was only able to attend on January 27th. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so there will be little in the way of attribution below […]

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Proxy Access is Needed at Apple

Despite the Apple Board’s best effort to obtain a “no-action” letter to exclude my proxy access proposal, it is included among the items to be voted on at or before the annual meeting to be held on February 28 at our Company’s principal executive offices in Cupertino, CA.  See Apple’s proxy, Proxy Proposal 11, ‘Proxy Access for […]

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Quick Bites on CorpGov

Don’t miss the following great reads: Eleanor Bloxham, CEO of The Value Alliance Activist shareholders’ top priorities for 2014. A must read for directors and shareowners alike. Here’s the first paragraph. Many of us free ride on actions taken by active, long-term shareholders. These unsung heroes goad managers and boards to reach better decisions, make available […]

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Stock Buybacks: Smart or Foolish?

Should boards reexamine stock buybacks? That was the subject addressed by a distinguished panel during a recent SVDX program hosted at Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance. What follows is the SVDX meeting pitch, with issues and brief bios, followed by a few of my observations at the event. Watch the video wrap-up (below) from WMS media […]

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Proxy Advisor Competition at Cisco OK'd by SEC

Mark Latham came up with a brilliant idea in the late 1980s: Shareowners should use their corporation’s funds to pay for external evaluations of governance and performance of the board and management. Shareowners would vote to choose among competing organizations to provide this service. It was a simple concept but SEC rules made subsequent proposals […]

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Employees in Governance Seminar

I wish I could be in the UK for this seminar. I’d love to hear from anyone attending as to papers delivered, opinions expressed, etc. The role of employees in corporate governance will be the subject of a forthcoming PIRC seminar taking place on 13th June. (more…)

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Bank of America (BAC) Faces Proxy Access on May 8th

John Harrington, of Harrington Investments, will present his proposal on proxy access at the upcoming Bank of America (BAC) meeting on May 8th in Charlotte, North Carolina. It will be the first time language modified to provide a floor for retail nominators of at least 1/2% will be voted on. That modification was made in an attempt […]

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Guns and Divestment

The California Constitution provides that the Legislature may, by statute, prohibit retirement board investments if in the public interest and providing the prohibition satisfies specified fiduciary standards. Current law prohibits the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS from investing public employee retirement funds in a company with active business operations in Sudan and Iran, as specified. AB […]

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Ground-Breaking Proxy Proposals Headed to Shareowner Vote

Climate Change Portfolio Exposure Boston Common Asset Management has a proposal that will appear on the proxy of PNC Financial Services ($PNC) requesting that it report to shareowners on the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from its lending portfolio and its exposure to climate change risk in its lending, investing, and financing activities. Watch for your proxy. The […]

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Corporate Directors Forum – Day 2

This is the last in my series on the Corporate Directors Forum 2013. See materials, slideshow, Corporate Directors Forum 2013: Bonus Session, and Corporate Directors Forum 2013 – Day 1, Part 1, and Corporate Directors Forum: Day 1, Part 2. The program was subject to the Chatham House Rule, so there will be little in the way of attribution below but I hope to provide […]

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Will Dell Shareowners Get Fair Value?

(Reuters/PRNewswire) Southeastern Asset Management, Inc. the largest outside shareholder of Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: $DELL), today announced that it has sent a letter to the Board of Directors of Dell noting that it believes Dell’s proposed go-private transaction grossly undervalues the Company, and will not vote in favor of the transaction as currently structured.  Southeastern intends […]

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Video Friday: Replace the Goldman Sachs Muppets

Goldman Sachs has come under fire for placing its interests above those of clients, lack of transparency and insensitivity  regarding its compensation practices. Goldman has been the target of numerous investigations, enforcement actions and private litigation. Key governance flaws include executive compensation and business practices that create financial and reputational risks. (more…)

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Netflix: A Candidate for Proxy Access

Netflix Inc. (NFLX),  which has lost half its value in the last two years, adopted an antitakeover plan (poison pill) intended to block activist investor Carl Icahn from expanding his nearly 10% stake. They did so without seeking shareowner approval and the pill may make it harder to find a buyer. Writing for the WSJ, Miriam Gottfried notes, Netflix […]

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Risky Music and Investment Managers

Economic theorists have suggested the possibility that preferences are dynamic and vary with environmental conditions. Are Risk-Preferences Dynamic? Within-Subject Variation in Risk-Taking as a Function of Background Music investigates such preference interactions as a possible explanation to why risk preferences can change. (more…)

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Huge Win at Chesapeake

(Reuters) Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK) agreed to replace four current board members with new directors chosen by two of its largest shareholders, bowing to shareholder calls to improve corporate governance, just days shy of its annual meeting. (more…)

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EMC: How I Voted

EMC Corporation (EMC) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/1/2012. Voting ends 4/30 on Moxy Vote’s proxy voting platform, which listed six “good causes,” including two consolidations, when I checked and voted on 4/27. ProxyDemocracy.org had three funds voting. (more…)

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Apple: My "Say on Director Pay" Proposal & How I'm Voting

Apple (AAPL) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on February 23, 2012 (Thursday). This is one meeting I’ll be attending in person, both to vote and to move my motion to provide shareowners with a “say on directors pay.” When I last looked, MoxyVote.com had recommendations from twelve […]

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Video Friday: Risk and the Board

Interview with: Andrea Zulberti, Member of the Board of Directors, Prologis and SYNNEX Corporation. Hosted by: Don Keller, Partner Corporate Governance Practice, PwC. What elements of corporate risk are not receiving adequate Board oversight: (1) strategic, (2) financial, (3) compliance, (4) operational, (5) technology and/or (6) unknown? Is it Management’s or the Board’s responsibility to […]

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Board Portal Security Offering by Directors & Boards

As we reported several days ago in Directors Desk Potentially Compromised, security of board documents and conversations has increased as a concern. Now Directors & Boards offers a free webinar open to public or private board member, senior corporate executive, corporate governance officer, corporate counsel, or board advisor interested in better understanding board portals and […]

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