Tag Archives | Corporate Governance

Fair Elections

Fair Elections Under Universal Proxy Rules

Fair elections have long been a major concern. When I started CorpGov.net in 1995, most directors were probably chosen by CEOs. Elections resembled those of North Korea. Vote for management’s slate or withhold your vote. Fair elections? I didn’t think so. My friends toiled mostly in socially responsible investments, focused on double bottom line impacts and […]

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ESG via UPC

ESG Via UPC – Amazon

ESG via UPC may be the next field of play for those interested in corporate governance reform. Corporate Accountability Forums will host a discussion with proxy advisor John Glenn Grau and activist investor Michael Levin on December 1, 2022, at noon Eastern time. How do new universal proxy card (UPC) rules make it easier for […]

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Ownership

Ownership: Rosen & Case

  Ownership: Reinventing companies, Capitalism, and Who Owns What by Corey Rosen and John Case should be read by every director on the board of public pension funds. I (James McRitchie) am planning to send a copy to all the board members of CalPERS once newly elected members take office next year. In celebration of […]

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Engaging Employee Shareholders

Employee Shareholders: GOTV

The following guest post originally appeared as a 2019 supplement to The Shareholder Service Optimizer. See Publishers Note at the bottom of this post for more details on how it was changed and how it is relevant to both issuers and employee shareholders. (more…)

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Meta Lawsuit - Beyond Director Feedbags

Meta Lawsuit: Beyond Director Feedbags

Meta Lawsuit: In Brief Many thanks to Rick Alexander and The Shareholder Commons for allowing me to play a small role in opening up a new legal battle. The Meta lawsuit contends that directors of Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook, must consider the effects of its commercial activities on the portfolios of Meta shareholders, not just Meta’s short-term […]

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CalPERS Investments

CalPERS Investments: Smart Beta Not Secret Private Equity

CalPERS investments underperform. CalPERS underperformed for a decade, investment chief says in pitch for more risk. The country’s largest public pension system earned an average of 7.7% per year on its investments over the last 10 years. That’s 1.2% less than a hypothetical peer should have expected to earn in the same time period. To remedy the […]

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Electronic Arts 2022: Require Approval of Golden Parachutes

Electronic Arts 2022: Require Termination Pay Vote

Electronic Arts 2022 annual meeting is on August 11, 2022, at 2:00 am Pacific. It is virtual, on the Broadridge platform. I (James McRitchie) recommend voting in advance. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Huber, Roche, Simonson, Ubiñas, Ueberroth, and Wilson, pay, auditor, and incentive plan. Vote FOR other Bruce, Gonzalez, lower special meeting […]

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Tesla 2022

Tesla 2022 Proxy Score 7

Tesla 2022 annual meeting is August 4, 2022, at 2:30 am Pacific. It is hybrid, both live and virtual, on the Computershare platform. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since they make it difficult to vote at the meeting and maybe even to enter. Enhance corporate governance and long-term value. Vote Against both directors, 2-year […]

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nCino 2022

nCino 2022 Proxy Score 23

nCino 2022 annual meeting is June 23, 2022, at 7 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. I recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Steven Collins, Spencer Lake, and pay. Vote FOR Majority […]

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Nanostring Technologies 2022

Nanostring Technologies 2022 Proxy Score 17

Nanostring Technologies 2022 annual meeting is June 17, 2022, at 9:00 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I (James McRitchie) recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Dana Rollison, William D. […]

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Redfin 2022

Redfin 2022 Proxy Score 63

Redfin 2022 annual meeting is June 14, 2022, at 10:00 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I (James McRitchie) recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Julie Bornstein, Selina Tobaccowala; […]

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Exact Sciences 2022

Exact Sciences 2022 Proxy Score 38

Exact Sciences 2022 annual meeting is June 9, 2022, at 8:00 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I (James McRitchie) recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Petrovic, Zanotti, Omnibus Stock Plan; […]

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Impinj 2022

Impinj 2022 Proxy Score 44

Impinj 2022 annual meeting is June 9, 2022, at 9:00 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Lumi platform, requiring street name shareholders to obtain a “legal proxy.” I doubt anyone will go through that bother. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have […]

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Caterpillar 2022 Proxy Score 50

Caterpillar 2022 Proxy Score 50

Caterpillar 2022 annual meeting is June 8, 2022, at 6 AM Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Compushare platform. Entry requires retail shareholders to obtain a legal proxy — a real hassle. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate […]

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2U 2022

2U 2022 Proxy Score 75

2U 2022 annual meeting is on June 8, 2022, at noon Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Coretha Rushing and Pay. Vote FOR […]

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Invitae 2022

Invitae 2022 Proxy Scorecard 40

Invitae 2022 annual meeting is June 6, 2022, at 4:00 pm Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Eric Aguiar, Sean E. George, Pay: […]

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Illumina 2022 Proxy Scorecard

Illumina 2022 Proxy Score 46

Illumina 2022 annual meeting is May 26, 2022, at 9:00 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since many companies cut off voting as soon as proposals have been presented. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Guthart, Dorsa, Epstein, #5 Illusionary Special […]

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Charles Schwab 2022 Proxy Access

Charles Schwab 2022 Proxy Access

Charles Schwab 2022 annual meeting is on May 17, 2022, at 11:30 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since they have made it very difficult to vote at the meeting and maybe even to enter the meeting. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Ellis, […]

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Johnson & Johnson 2022 Golden Parachutes

Johnson & Johnson 2022 Proxy Votes

Johnson & Johnson 2022 annual meeting is on April  28, 2022, at 7:00 am Pacific. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Broadridge platform. Of course, I recommend voting in advance, especially since they have made it very difficult to vote at the meeting and maybe even to enter the meeting. To enhance corporate governance and long-term […]

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NCR 2022

NCR 2022 Proxy Guide

NCR 2022 annual meeting is on May 2, 2022, at 9:00 am Pacific Time. It is a virtual-only meeting on the Mediant platform. I recommend voting in advance, especially since they have made it very difficult to vote at the meeting and maybe even to enter the meeting. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote AGAINST Begor, Farrington, […]

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Lantheus Holdings 2022 Proxy Votes

Lantheus Holdings 2022 Proxy Votes

Lantheus Holdings 2022 annual meeting is on April  28, 2022, at 7:00 am Pacific. To attend the meeting virtually on the Mediant platform you will need to register in advance using your proxy control number. Be prepared to provide broker name, number of shares held as of record date, etc. You also have the opportunity to ask questions. […]

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Six New Rules of Business With Judy Samuelson

Six New Rules of Business With Judy Samuelson

Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World (Berrett-Koehler, 2021) is Judy Samuelson’s latest book. Fresh off her testimony to Congress on shareholder primacy, discuss the issues with Judy on Corporate Accountability Forums, Monday 3/28/2022 at 2 pm Eastern – Register now to participate.  (more…)

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Leo Strine

Leo Strine: Corporate Accountability Forums 3/14/22

Leo Strine (Leo E. Strine, Jr.) is one of history’s most prolific legal scholars, especially on issues of corporate accountability. I have seen and heard him in many venues. Much like a rock star, he often comes out, blows our minds, and quickly exits the stage. On Monday (3/14/22), he will be our guest on […]

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4 March 2022 Site Maintenance

4 March 2022 Site Maintenance Notes

4 March 2022: Academic Definitions I added Bob Tricker’s new definition to a Library page on defining corporate governance. Corporate governance describes the way trust is shown, power exercised, and accountability achieved in corporate entities, for the benefit of their members, other stakeholders, and society. (Bob Tricker, The Future of Corporate Governance: A Personal Odyssey, 2022) […]

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Apple 2022 Annual Meeting

Apple 2022 Annual Meeting

Apple 2022 annual meeting is March 4, 9 AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit here. You will also need your voter control number. Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Gore, Jung, Levinson, Sugar, Auditor, Exec Pay, Stock […]

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ICCR Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide

ICCR Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide

ICCR Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide now includes all proposals filed so far for the 2022 season by Corporate Governance. I could not be more delighted, since this is the group that is most responsible for inspiring my own work! ICCR has published its Guide every year since 1974. The 2022 Guide discusses 436 resolutions filed by […]

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FactSet 2021

FactSet 2021 Real Proxy Access

FactSet 2021 annual meeting is December 16, noon Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit here. You will also need your 16-digit control number. Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote Against Zimmel, For all other items, including Shareholder Proxy Access. […]

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Meta Platforms & ownership culture

Meta Platforms: Address Inequality Through Ownership Culture

Meta Platforms should address inequality by helping to establish an ownership culture where all Americans are shareholders with a voice in corporate activity, especially at corporations where they are employed.  Voting in favor of the shareholder proposal outlined below will send a message not only to Mark Zuckerberg but to all those who currently control […]

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Tesla 2021

Tesla 2021: Elect Each Director Annually

Tesla 2021 annual meeting is October 7, 2:30 PM Pacific Time. To watch the Annual Meeting visit here. To actually participate, such as voting and/or asking questions, you will need to obtain a legal proxy (instructions). Then you can attend here. At my broker, that means nullifying any vote already cast and trusting all the […]

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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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Aerovironment 2021

Aerovironment 2021: Elect Directors by Majority Vote

Aerovironment 2021 annual meeting is September 24, 9AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit here. You will also need your 11-digit voter control number and password AVAV2021 (case sensitive). Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance corporate governance and long-term value, vote FOR all items, including Transition […]

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Corporate Accountability Fall 2021

Corporate Accountability Fall 2021 Online Forum

Corporate Accountability Fall 2021: Restoring the Balance. This is your chance to discuss the issues with Nell Minow, Michae O’Leary, Andy Behar, Josh Zinner, Doug Chia, Bruce F. Freed, Heidi Welsh, Jon Lukomnik, Tim Smith, Christina Sautter, Rick Alexander, Karen E. Woody, Sanford Lewis. Spring will include Leo Strine Jr, Brandon Rees, Jackie Cook, David […]

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Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism

Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism

Accountable may be an exception. Not many books on capitalism and corporate governance have the potential to spread like a meme. O’Leary and Valdamanis have a rare talent for using memorable terms like the Two-Buffett Paradox, Fiduciary Absolutism, and Milgram-Nixon Syndrome. Buy it on Amazon and I might get a few cents for the referral. I […]

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Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory

Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Reflections

Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Timeliness In the spirit of Kuhn, this book eviscerates modern portfolio theory, arguing for a more systemic approach centered around human values and intentionality. I had similar nascent thoughts in 1967 when I concluded economics, based on “rational” actor assumptions of homo economicus, was not grounded in science. Lukomnik and Hawley aptly […]

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Electronic Arts 2021, gaming investors

Electronic Arts 2021: Gaming Investors

Electronic Arts 2021 proxy claims my proposal for written consent is “unnecessary and moot,” given their proposal on the same topic. But their proposal is a Trojan Horse, meant to deceive investors. They are gaming their investors. This ethical lapse is troublesome, as discussed below. Electronic Arts 2021 annual meeting is August 12, 2021 (Thursday), 2:00 pm (Pacific). To […]

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