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Tractor Supply 2021 Proxy

Tractor Supply 2021 Proxy

Tractor Supply 2021 annual meeting is May 6, 8AM Pacific Time. To attend, visit http://www.meetingcenter.io/215031089. The password for the meeting is TSCO2021. You must submit a legal proxy reflecting your Tractor Supply Company holdings along with your name and email address to Computershare. Requests for registration must be labeled as “Legal Proxy” and be received […]

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Stryker Corporation 2021 Proxy Votes

Stryker Corporation 2021 Proxy Votes

Stryker Corporation 2021 annual meeting is May 5, 2021, at 11AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/SYK2021 and enter the 16-digit control number. With my broker (TD Ameritrade), the only place I can find that control number is in a “vote now!” email I received long ago. If you deleted […]

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Bristol-Myers Squibb 2021

Bristol-Myers Squibb 2021 Proxy Votes

Bristol-Myers Squibb 2021 annual meeting is May 4, 2021, at 7:00 AM Pacific. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/BMY2021 and enter your 16-digit control number. With my broker (TD Ameritrade), the only place I can find that control number is in a “vote now!” email I received long ago. If you […]

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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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Apple 2021

Apple 2021: Proxy Access Amendment Needed to Increase Value

Apple 2021 annual meeting is February 23, 9AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AAPL2021 and enter the 16-digit control number. Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Gore, Levinson, Sugar, the Auditor, and Pay. Vote FOR Proxy Access Amendment and Improve Executive […]

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Virtual Shareholder Meetings 2021

Virtual Shareholder Meetings 2021

Virtual Shareholder Meetings 2021. The Report of the 2020 Multi-Stakeholder Working Group on Practices for Virtual Shareholder Meetings came out about a month ago. I (James McRitchie) was happy to participate in the group, which did a good job of considering diverse views. Kudos to Amy Borrus, Darla Stuckey, and Doug Chia. My major contribution ensured […]

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Predatory Value Extraction

Predatory Value Extraction

Predatory Value Extraction: How the Looting of the Business Corporation Became the US Norm and How Sustainable Prosperity Can Be Restored (Kindle/Hardcover), by William Lazonick and Jang-Sup Shin, chronicles how agency theory and ‘maximizing shareholder value’ (MSV) led to looting of publicly traded companies. As many of us sit home waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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SB 826

SB 826: Sidley Austin LLP Update

SB 826 requires specified California-based public corporations to include women directors on their board. Sidley Austin LLP put out a bulletin on the topic. To ensure it receives widespread circulation, I am reproducing its main text below, with one minor change to break up an absurdly long sentence. (more…)

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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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Standing Voting Instructions Ban Suppresses Retail Vote

Standing Voting Instructions: Reviewed

Standing Voting Instructions: Empowering the Excluded Retail Investor by Jill E Fisch just could be the most important article on corporate governance this year… if it is widely read and acted on. Download at ecgi, Penn Law or SSRN. The above photo is from Small Investors Support the Boards. But Few of Them Vote, The New York […]

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3D Joins Equilar Diversity Network

3D Moves to Equilar – Diversity Benefits

3D Moves to Equilar. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced the Diverse Director DataSource (3D) will now be available through the Equilar Diversity Network. The new partnership marks an exciting milestone for the 3D, a database the two pension funds jointly developed in 2011. 3D […]

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Medtronic

Medtronic PLC: How I Voted – Proxy Score 44

Medtronic PLC ($MDT) manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. Medtronic is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on December 11, 2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked.  I voted with the Board’s recommendations 44% of the time. View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the proxy […]

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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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Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity

Where are Women? Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity

Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity: Strategies for Increasing Board Diversity – A Conversation with Aaron Dhir and Deborah Rhode. Sponsored by the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Women on Boards, and the Vision 2020 Project. Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:00 – 5:30pm Reception 5:30 – 6:30pm Presentation Stanford Law School, Room 190 (more…)

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Chelsea Clinton says Change the System

Change the System

In an unscripted moment at a Clinton Foundation event in Miami, Chelsea mentioned a study that shows there are more men named John, Robert, William or James on corporate boards than there are total women corporate directors. Upon hearing that statistic, Hillary, who was on stage with Chelsea, joked, “sounds like we need to change our names!” […]

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Animated Friday

Animated Friday: Corporate Governance

#CartoonSunday is so popular among my friends in corporate governance (#corpgov) on Twitter that I thought I’d jump the gun and do a post on Animated Friday and corporate governance. Yes, I know, the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon I posted to the right has little to do with corporate governance… but it sure is cute. The […]

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Mr. Peabodys WayBackMachine

Wayback: Five, Ten and Fifteen Years Ago in Corporate Governance

Mr. Peabody and Sherman prepare to go back in time to visit corpgov.net 5, 10 and 15 years ago. Five years ago in Corporate Governance In the year-end reflections two contributing factors deserve more attention. First, “prophetic warnings” from religious groups on the dangers of subprime loans via shareowner resolutions. Second, a call from Sanford […]

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Directors Responsibilities In Canada

Video Friday: Directors Responsibilities in Canada

Leaders from Osler and the Institute of Corporate Directors discuss the evolution of corporate governance and the release of Directors Responsibilities in Canada – a guide to understanding and fulfilling director responsibilities. Although written for Canada, it has general applicability worldwide. After the video, I suggest a couple of additional books. (more…)

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Women on Boards opinion by country

Women on Corporate Boards: Global Trends for Promoting Diversity

We last explored the topic of gender diversity on boards, in particular the underrepresentation of women on them, late in 2012, but much has happened globally on the subject since then. More companies have adopted regulation on the issue that range from “comply-or-explain” rules to quotas for the percentage of women on boards. A 2014 Grant Thornton […]

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Corporate Political Spending Poll

Corporate Political Spending Disclosure: Strategic Communications Plan

In the absence of mandatory disclosure, companies are increasingly, voluntarily adopting disclosure policies for their corporate political spending – largely in response to pressure from shareholders, investor advocates, the media, political groups and others. In this article, Chuck Nathan suggests that voluntary disclosure may or likely will become the norm – at least among larger companies – within […]

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outsourcing the board

Outsourcing the Board Isn’t Warranted or Remedial

Based on a proposal discussed in a recent issue of the Stanford Law Review, this recent Economist article promotes outsourcing corporate boards as a solution to corporate governance failures of the type we have experienced historically. As proposed, outsourcing would consist of replacing individual directors with a new category of professional firms – identified as BSPs or Board Service […]

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Des Hague and puppy about to be kicked

Should CEO Des Hague be Fired for Kicking Puppy?

Sports catering giant Centerplate fined and censured CEO Des Hague last week after an internal review of surveillance video showing him kicking and yanking his friend’s puppy by its leash in a Vancouver elevator.(ESPN) Should the board fire him? Maybe we need more videos of CEOs and board discussing global climate change, slave labor and […]

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Talk is Cheap: The Board's Role in an Ethical Culture

As Advertised: Board resolve can be critical to the development of an effective ethical culture — defined as the values that inform the behavior toward the organization’s stakeholders. Features of an ethical culture will be examined, along with its value to the bottom line, company brand and reputation. Examples of effective board involvement will also […]

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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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Guest Post: Meet… James McRitchie, CorpGov.Net

Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-Connect – an online research marketplace for professional institutional investors, analysts & companies interested in sustainable development.  He is keen to open up the site to corporate governance analysts & corporate governance research. Mike kindly gave permission to reproduce the interview on CorpGov.net.  (more…)

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