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UK Law Commission

Video Friday: UK Law Commission Clarifies Fiduciary Duty?

The UK Law Commission’s final 2014 report and guidance on fiduciary duty: The Review identified widespread concern about how fiduciary duties were interpreted in the context of investment.  In particular, some stakeholders felt: it was not clear who in the investment chain was subject to fiduciary duties and what those duties were; their fiduciary duties […]

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Cairn India Limited: Corporate Governance Alert

Cairn India is an oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Gurgaon, India. It is a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources. Cairn India is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in India. InGovern, India’s first independent proxy advisory and corporate governance research firm. reports that Cairn is giving loan of […]

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ITC Holdings (ITC): Proxy Voting Recommendations

ITC Holdings $ITC, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/21/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of no funds when I checked and voted on 5/15/2014.  I voted with management 50% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Read Warnings below. My proxy voting recommendations follow. (more…)

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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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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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CalPERS Governance: Election Reforms

Testimony of James McRitchie Finance & Administration Committee, Agenda Item 6b, February 18, 2014 (Staff Report) As the Harold Stassen of CalPERS, having run for the Board more times unsuccessfully than anyone else, I have some experience with the governing rules and favor the actions recommended by staff but with additional improvements to recommendation 2, CEO […]

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Review: Whistleblower Laws

In The Successes and Failures of Whistleblower Laws, Robert G. Vaughn puts his life-long interest in perspective. A background with Nader’s Raiders studying federal agencies, work as an attorney representing whistleblowers, academic research and insights gained through study abroad facilitate Vaughn’s ability to evaluate the laws through theory and practice, stories and themes. From Stanley Milgram […]

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100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior

CHESTER, NEW JERSEY, January 14, 2013. Trust Across America, global leaders in information, standards and data, and Who’s Who in trustworthy business has selected 2013’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior. These people collectively represent a group that can genuinely transform the way organizations do business. Consider following us on Twitter. According to […]

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Video Friday: Tipping Off the SEC

Watch the What Happens to Tips (in wmv format) by the SEC’s Sean McKessy, Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower, and/or read the transcript below. As Broc Romanek noted, “for the most part, it provides comfort to the potential whistleblower – until you get to this phrase near the end of the video: “SEC […]

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Book Review: Owning Our Future

Marjorie Kelly is the rarest of authors, discussing some of the most difficult problems we face but doing so through an easily understood narrative of her own search for answers that is bound to draw in readers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Her analysis is insightful and the recommendations contained in Owning Our Future: […]

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SEC’s Authority at Risk?

The United States Constitution was written on 4 pages in 1787. Now there are  over 80,000 pages of regulations in the Federal Registry. In a time mired by fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption, in both the public and private sectors, an article by the Business Integrity Alliance argues that corporate directors who set (more…)

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ProxyVote.com Encourages Zombie Voting

Proxyvote.com encourages voting by retail shareholders by allowing them to, with one click, set all votes “for” a corporate board’s recommendations, from electing directors and approving executive pay to adopting anti-takeover defenses. Are they just facilitating voting by a group, “whose participation in corporate elections has been in decline of late,” as Broadridge claims, or […]

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Where's the Boss? And What Counts as "Work"?

Last week the Wall Street Journal printed an article describing how CEOs around the world spend their time.  The article drew on data from a larger study, the Executive Time Use Project, and relied on reports of time use by CEO’s personal assistants.  The article indicates that assistants only tracked activities that lasted (more…)

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Video Friday: Report Securities Fraud

The FBI announced a new public service announcement featuring Michael Douglas, soliciting tips and information on securities fraud and insider trading. This is part of the continued push—and focus on a top FBI priority—to root out criminal (more…)

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Trillium & Green Century Mark Citizens United Anniversary With Resolutions Urging Halt to Political Donations

On the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, two investment firms announce that they have filed shareholder resolutions at three companies, Bank of America, 3M & Target Corporation, urging them to refrain from making political donations in the future. This is the first time institutional shareholders have (more…)

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