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ISS: Vote Against Directors Adopting Lite Proxy Access

ISS’s 2015-2016 global voting policy survey indicate investors are prepared to vote against directors at companies that ignore shareholders wishes and adopt proxy access mechanisms with overly burdensome ownership requirements. An overwhelming majority of investors said ISS should issue negative director recommendations if a shareholder proposal to provide proxy access receives majority support and a […]

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ICGN CII Combined Meeting 2015

I attended day one of the ICGN Boston Event and CII 2015 fall conference at the Westin Copley Plaza in Boston, MA. I will do at least a post or two on this wonderful combined meeting in future. However, I’m also negotiating with a couple of companies on proxy access and will be taking a much needed vacation […]

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CII - Proxy Access: Best Practices

Avoiding Proxy Access Lite: Revised Template

Last week I uploaded a revised template for proxy access proposals (see Avoiding Proxy Access Lite: QUALCOMM Proposal) to address some of the problems identified by the Council of Institutional Investors in their August 5th report, Proxy Access: Best Practices. Thanks to the quick response from several readers, I have already made a few improvments. Please use […]

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Fixing Proxy Access Lite

As I have mentioned in other posts (see especially Proxy Access Lite: Victories at Whole Foods, H&R Block), several companies have adopted proxy access ‘lite’ with provisions that make implementation excessively difficult and less effective than they would have been under the SEC’s universal proxy access Rule 14a-11. Although I withdrew proposals at several companies, based on the […]

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Avoiding Proxy Access Lite: QUALCOMM Proposal

As I have mentioned in several other posts (see especially Proxy Access Lite: Victories at Whole Foods, H&R Block), several companies have adopted proxy access ‘lite’ with provisions that make implementation excessively difficult and less effective than anticipated by the SEC’s vacated Rule 14a-11. At the beginning of last season I announced that proxy access was […]

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Clorox Adopts Proxy Access Lite

In response to a proxy access proposal I filed earlier this year, Clorox Co (NYSE:CLX), manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products, adopted proxy access (press release, amended bylaws). I am declaring another victory and withdrawing my proposal. While I filed a standard proxy access proposal seeking the ability of shareholders with 3% of shares held for […]

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Microsoft

Microsoft: Another Win for Proxy Access Lite

As you may have read by now Microsoft Makes It Easier for Shareholders to Nominate Candidates to Board, another company where we filed for proxy access has adopted proxy access lite. We were glad to play a role in negotiating the change on behalf of shareholders and withdrew our proxy access proposal contingent on the Board’s […]

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Marriott International

Marriott International Inc (MAR): Proxy Score 71

Marriott International Inc $MAR is one of the stocks in my portfolio. They operate and franchise of hotels, corporate housing properties, and timeshare properties under numerous brand names which includes Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Renaissance Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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CII

CII Requests Change to Whole Foods Proposal

The Counsel of Institutional Investors (CII) took a very strong stand yesterday, asking Whole Foods Market to amend its proxy access proposal to conform with the “3 percent for three years” standard applicable to groups. Whole Foods appears to have generated their proposal in direct response to mine in order to obtain a no-action letter from the […]

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ICGN

ICGN Strengthens Team with Appointments

24 November 2014 – The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) announced two senior appointments today as part of a strategic focus to increase regulatory engagement and expand governance education. George Dallas joins the ICGN team as Policy Director and Tom Rotherham-Winqvist has been contracted as Education Advisor. (more…)

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CII

CII Fall 2014 Conference: Part 2

This is first time I’ve attended a Council of Institutional Investors (CII) semi-annual conference. My report from first day events can be found at CII Fall 2014 Conference: Part 1. Okay, I’m getting more cryptic in my second day of notes. Sorry, I’m not willing to take the time to clean them up. Watch out for possible […]

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CII Fall 2014 Conference: Part 1

This is the first time I’ve attended a Council of Institutional Investors (CII) semi-annual conference. As at most conferences, the biggest draw is the ability to network, making new contacts and refreshing old ones. I was delighted to reconnect with Meredith Miller, chief corporate governance officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. I hadn’t seen Meredith since we were […]

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CII Issues “Best-in-Class” Board Evaluation Disclosure

This recently released CII report highlights two suggested alternative approaches to company disclosure of the board evaluation process. The suggestions are based on CII’s informal survey of its members for “best-in-class” disclosure from 2013 and 2014 proxy statements. CII acknowledges that most companies have a board self-evaluation process and disclose that fact in their proxy statements, but indicates that investors […]

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P&I Proxy Voters Cartoon re fiduciary duty

Research Design: Advance Proxy Vote Disclosers

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Council of Institutional Investors Fall 2014 Conference: Meeting Availability, I’m encouraging a research project looking into the impact that funds announcing their proxy votes in advance have or can have. I’ve joined with Pensions&Investments in arguing funds have a fiduciary duty to make such advance proxy vote disclosures when that could influence the outcome. […]

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CII

CII Meets With SEC

I thought this recent correspondence was noteworthy. I’m so happy CII exists. I wish there were a similar organization representing the interests of retail shareowners. Most footnotes are removed and the letter is slightly edited for formatting. Original. Via Hand Delivery May 22, 2014 Keith F. Higgins Director (more…)

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Fiduciary Duty to Announce Votes (Part 3): Take Action

Fiduciary Duty to Announce Votes (Part 3): Take Action

This is the last in a three part series. See also Fiduciary Duty to Announce Votes (Part 1): Editorial Calls For Advanced Disclosure and Fiduciary Duty to Announce Votes (Part 2): Historical Background. Take Action: Ask your mutual fund, pension fund, and/or endowment to: Send you a copy of their proxy voting policies and their proxy […]

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Tesla Motors (TSLA): Proxy Voting Recommendations

Tesla Motors (TSLA) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/3/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of one fund when I checked and voted on 5/25/2014.  I voted with management 17% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below.  What follows are my proxy voting recommendations for TSLA. (more…)

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The Coca-Cola Company (KO): How I Voted – Proxy Score 63 – Things Go Better With a Split CEO/Chair

The Coca-Cola Company $KO, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/23/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/15/2014.  I voted with management 63% of the time.  View Proxy Statement, which by the way is very nice and user friendly. See 18 Cool Things about the proxy. Warning: […]

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Directors Forum 2014: Morning Sessions

Below are some notes I took during the morning 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 […]

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Take Action: Support CII Rulemaking Petition for "Universal" Proxy

The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) filed a rulemaking petition with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asking that it amend its rules for contested elections so that “shareholders can vote for any combination of management and dissident nominees they wish to represent them.”  I hope readers will join with me in sending e-mails in support of […]

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Shareowners File Against Virtual Lockout Meetings

In the fall of 2013, the Boards of both PNC Financial Services Group ($PNC) and Bank of New York Mellon ($BK) amended their company’s bylaws allowing them to end in-person stockholder meetings and instead hold their annual meetings virtually in cyber space. (PNC and BNY Mellon amend bylaws to allow for ‘virtual’ shareholder meetings)  The Needmor […]

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Stanford Academics Focus on Wrong Problems at ISS

In a recent Stanford “Closer Look” publication (How ISS Dictates Equity Plan Design), Ian D. Gow (Harvard but graduated from Stanford), David F. Larcker, Allan l. Mccall, and Brian Tayan argue ISS dictates pay equity plans. ‘Nonsense,’ was my first reaction. ISS policies generally reflect the will of its customers. The authors have a point […]

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