Tag Archives | CalPERS

, Case-by-Case Fiduciary Counsel

Fiduciary Counsel Sought by CalPERS

Full-time fiduciary counsel sought by CalPERS to provide specialized fiduciary advice to the system’s board and staff. CalPERS announce that former(?)/current(?) fiduciary counsel Robert Klausner can bid for the same contract he’s being pushed out of… where he  quoted the lowest price per hour of the finalists. According to Pensions&Investments (CalPERS issues call for fiduciary counsel),  (more…)

Continue Reading ·
CalPERS Actuary Estimate re source of pensions

CalPERS Chief Actuary: Help Wanted

Chief Actuary position open at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Search underway for a new Chief Actuary to lead its Actuarial Office. Incumbent will provide independent counsel to CalPERS leadership and Board on actuarial valuations, assumptions and policies, rate structure, and funding of the CalPERS System and related funds. This search is being led […]

Continue Reading ·
CalPERS Election Rules

CalPERS Election Rules: Comments

CalPERS election rules, an obscure topic for most. Although the board of administration of CalPERS is very powerful, interest in CalPERS election rules is low. When proposed rules were discussed at a recent public meeting, I was the only one to provide any feedback. I expect that when there is a public hearing on the […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·
Reeds Delivered a Corrected Proxy for Christmas

Reeds Delivered a Corrected Proxy for Christmas

There it was under my tree, Reeds delivered a corrected proxy for Christmas! Santa has finally been good to Reeds (REED) shareholders. I’m tacking notification of the corrected proxy as a sign that Founder/CEO, Christopher Reed might be at the start of a new attitude toward  SEC rules and corporate governance, I changed my vote. […]

Continue Reading ·
CalPERS Discloses Proxy Votes

CalPERS Discloses Proxy Votes in Advance of Meetings

Investors and the public interested in how the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) casts its proxy votes on key decisions in corporate America can now find that information on the CalPERS website. CalPERS Discloses Proxy Votes CalPERS has expanded its online disclosure of proxy voting decisions to include those for all publicly held companies […]

Continue Reading ·
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 […]

Continue Reading ·
WDFC

WD-40 Company (WDFC): How I Voted – Proxy Score 100

WDFC develops and sells maintenance products, and homecare and cleaning products. WDFC is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on December 8, 2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the vote of one fund when I checked.  I voted with the Board’s recommendations 100% of the time. View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. What follows are my recommendations on how to vote the proxy in […]

Continue Reading ·
anti-fracking-march

Bay Area Workers/Unions Unwittingly Finance Fracking Boom

Bay Area workers and unions are increasingly joining the climate justice movement, but their pension funds have been quietly investing in the oil and natural gas boom. Deep in the heart of Texas, the oil industry is still going strong. Take Navitas Midstream, a private corporation that specializes in transporting fossil fuels. Navitas is currently […]

Continue Reading ·
proxy access

Replay the Glass Lewis Conference Call on Proxy Access

On Thursday March 5th proxy advisor Glass Lewis held a conference call to discuss proxy access, i.e. the right for shareholders to place their director nominees on company proxies, instead of having to pay for a separate proxy and solicitation. The New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer has taken the lead on proxy access this […]

Continue Reading ·
apple

Apple: The Case for Proxy Access

Update: Preliminary voting results indicate that our proxy access proposal got 39% of the vote. Yes, the proposal could have been worded to more closely conform to the Rule 14a-11 standards. Hopefully, Apple got the message and will propose a “best practices” revision of their articles and bylaws as needed for the 2016 annual meeting. […]

Continue Reading ·
the engagement pyramid

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 […]

Continue Reading ·
Matt Illian

How RIAs Can Take the Lead on Corporate Governance

In his 1914 collection of essays called Other People’s Money and How the Bankers Use It, Louis Brandeis argued that powerful men such as J.P. Morgan leveraged unbalanced control of the public’s assets to their own benefit. One hundred years later, not much has changed. If Brandeis were alive today, you can be sure that he […]

Continue Reading ·
Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Video Friday: Rise of Controlled Corporations

On January 12, 2015, Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance hosted a panel discussion called “The Rise of Controlled Corporations.” Unfortunately, this is one program at the Rock Center that I missed. With Alibaba’s recent IPO on NYSE (instead of Hong Kong or China), the “one-share, one-vote” corporate governance standard has once again been challenged. […]

Continue Reading ·
Norges Bank

Norges to Announce More Proxy Votes in Advance of AGMs

The Norges Bank Investment Management (Norges), the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, will publish its voting intentions prior to annual general stockholder meetings (AGMs) when it believes such action can help illustrate an important principle. (Norwegian oil fund to disclose voting intentions to illustrate ‘principle’) (more…)

Continue Reading ·
Global Tax Reform and Transparency Urged

Investors Back Global Tax Reform and Transparency

In a global first, a group of institutional asset owners and managers are jointly calling for comprehensive transparency and disclosure to be adopted as core principles in reform of the international taxation system to be put before the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane this weekend. The group including the £150B UK Local Authority Pension Fund […]

Continue Reading ·
Charles P. Valdes, CSEA President, 1979-83

Valdes Death Marks End to an Era of Corruption at CalPERS

Charles P. “Chuck” Valdes and I first met when he was the President of the California State Employees Association (CSEA) in 1979 or the early 1980s. California state employees had just won collective bargaining rights.  I was advocating that CSEA affiliate with SEIU to increase solidarity between state and private employees. I was struck by […]

Continue Reading ·
Annies $BNNY

Annies (BNNY): Proxy Score 66

Annies Inc $BNNY, which produces, markets, and distributes natural and fantastic organic food products, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. I bought into the company not only because of their products but also because Annies has more women executives and directors than most. I am hoping that helps them connect with their customers. Unfortunately, they apparently have […]

Continue Reading ·
Mr. Peabodys WayBackMachine

August: 5, 10 & 15 Years Ago in Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance Publisher’s Note: Yes, you’ll find many broken links in the material referenced below. After 5, 10 and 15 years, the internet moves on. Many of the organization’s linked have since gone under. We’re just glad to still be here, offering our readers a sense of the history we have shared. More about the WABAC machine.  […]

Continue Reading ·
CalHR Savings Plus

Savings Plus: Transparent Proxy Voting Needed

I’ve previously written two posts on California’s Savings Plus program and how one major contractor, Northern Trust has voted. (Part I & Part II) Below, I compare the votes of Northern Trust on proxy proposals with those recommended by the AFL-CIO. A similar exercise could be performed at any deferred compensation plan.  Shareholders have voting rights, […]

Continue Reading ·

CalPERS Candidate Forum: September 16, 2014

Please attend the upcoming CalPERS Candidate Forum. Sorry, I haven’t been keeping this site up but have concentrated on Corporate Governance. However, another election cycle is coming up at CalPERS. State and local government employees will each elect a candidate. Retirees can’t vote for any of the candidates running in the current election cycle. However, […]

Continue Reading ·
CalHR Savings Plus

California’s Savings Plus: Better Proxy Voting Disclosure Needed, Part I

Most California State employees and retirees have their retirement funds invested largely through two vehicles. CalPERS is the nation’s largest public pension, with almost $300B in assets. Many employees also have smaller amounts invested in CalHR‘s Savings Plus program, with assets of $10B. Both vehicles invest a large proportion of their funds in corporate stock, […]

Continue Reading ·
Proxy Insight

Help Wanted: Jobs in Corporate Governance

Proxy Insight, a brand new service providing the most comprehensive information on the actual voting behaviour of key global shareholders, is currently recruiting for a number of positions as outlined below. If you are interested in applying please send your CV and covering letter to careers@proxyinsight.com: (more…)

Continue Reading ·
Federico Buenrostro

Federico Buenrostro Pleads Guilty

It is good to see former CalPERS CEO Federico R. Buenrostro finally pleading guilty, with “sources” telling Pensions & Investments that “his admissions could result in expanded criminal charges for his codefendant… Alfred Villalobos,” as well as possible “indictments against two former CalPERS board members, Kurato Shimada and Charles Valdes.” (Guilty plea opens new chapter […]

Continue Reading ·

July 2014: 5, 10 & 15 Years Ago in Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance Publisher’s Note: Yes, you’ll find many broken links in the material referenced below. After 5, 10 and 15 years, the internet moves on. Many of the organization’s linked have since gone under. We’re just glad to still be here, offering our readers a sense of the history we have shared. More about the WABAC […]

Continue Reading ·
Mr. Peabodys WayBackMachine

Corporate Governance WABAC Machine

Corporate Governance Publisher’s Note: Yes, you’ll find many broken links in the material referenced below. After 5, 10 and 15 years, the internet moves on. Many of the organization’s linked have since gone under. We’re just glad to still be here, offering our readers a sense of the history we have shared. More about the WABAC […]

Continue Reading ·
Shareholders holding up companies

Announcing Proxy Votes Improves Corporate Governance

Yesterday, I posted a recent letter to the editor of Pensions & Investments praising their editorial, Winning Over Proxy Voters, which argues that institutional investors have a fiduciary duty to announce their proxy votes in advance of annual meetings, if doing so is likely to influence voters. If institutional investors heed their call, it will speed […]

Continue Reading ·
CalPERS

Video Friday: Simpson Discusses CalPERS ESG Issues

CalPERS Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Global Governance, Anne Simpson, discusses how environmental, social, and governance behaviors impact corporate performance and highlights recent Board policy statements concerning three forms of capital: financial, physical and human. Read the transcript on the CalPERS site. (more…)

Continue Reading ·
CalPERS

CalPERS Makes History @ Nabors

CalPERS today announced that the System’s shareowner proposal at Nabors Industries $NBR recommending that the company change its proxy voting methodologies passed with the support of a majority of shares voted. CalPERS sought the changes to ensure equality and fairness in the manner in which Nabors counts votes cast on proxy proposals at its annual […]

Continue Reading ·
CalPERS

CalPERS Announces Board Candidates

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is conducting two elections this fall for the State and public agency representative seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Current terms for both positions end in January 2015. The election for the school board member representative seat will not be conducted because the incumbent, Rob Feckner, was unopposed. George […]

Continue Reading ·
NBR

CalPERS Urges Nabors to Exclude Broker Non-Votes

CalPERS filed a notice of exempt solicitation (PX14A6G) and urged shareholders to vote for a proposal asking the company to amend their bylaws to exclude broker non-votes when tabulating proxy votes at the 2014 AGM of Nabors Industries (NBR). I don’t personally own stock in NBR but the issue is an important one, so it […]

Continue Reading ·

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes