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Board Evaluation Practices in India

Board Evaluation Practices in India

Board Evaluation Practices in India: Background CimplyFive Corporate Secretarial Services Pvt. Ltd. (CimplyFive), pioneer in offering research and technology based solutions for compliance with the Companies Act 2013, and InGovern Research Services Pvt. Ltd. (InGovern), India’s first proxy advisory and a premier corporate governance research and advisory company, released their report Board Evaluation Practices in […]

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Corporate Governance In India

What is corporate governance? It is a process set up for the firms based on certain systems and principles by which a company is governed. The guidelines provided ensure that the company is directed and controlled in a way so as to achieve the goals and objectives to add value to the company and also […]

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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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Organizational and Managerial Innovation

Review: Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Innovation

Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Innovation (Elgar Original Reference) edited by Tyrone S. Pitsis, Ace Simpson, and Erland Dehlin. Innovation is never free of its social context, its resistors, enablers, recalcitrants, champions and the like. Indeed, innovation can be thought of as the very stuff of social relations, as in the case of Hannah Arendt’s (1958) idea of innovation […]

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Video Friday: SEBI vs Companies Act, 2013

I don’t follow corporate governance in India as much as I would like but this video explains some recent reforms too important to ignore. To exhort listed companies and their top executives to follow ‘good business practices’, regulator Sebi cleared new corporate governance norms that require them to justify CEO salaries, put in place whistle-blower […]

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Video Friday: Brian Cheffins on Comparative Corporate Governance

In 2012 Cambridge University launched a Masters degree in Corporate Law (the MCL), which offers students the opportunity to engage in detailed study of the legal and regulatory framework within which companies are governed and financed. The MCL, a full-time nine-month program, is taught by the Cambridge Law Faculty’s team of corporate lawyers, widely recognized as […]

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ICGN 2013: Raw Notes From New York

These are some fairly raw notes from the June 2013 ICGN Annual Conference in New York City. I was unable to attend the second day but the first day was great. Don’t miss the 2014 ICGN Annual in Amsterdam, 16-18 June. Opening Remarks by Jon Feigelson, Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF and Roger […]

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New Proxy Advisor in Australia Doesn't Ignore Retail

KOLESNIKOFF Governance touts itself as “the only professional provider of independent proxy voting and governance research on ASX listed companies and capital markets which is accessible by all investors.” According to their website: We fill the void in professional corporate governance and proxy voting research available to Australia’s retail, self-funded and self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) investors, who have previously […]

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ICGN June Conference: Challenging the Accepted Orthodoxy

I look forward to seeing many of you at ICGN‘s forthcoming Annual Conference, hosted by TIAA-CREF and taking place from 26th-28th June at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.  A summary agenda is accessible via this link for more information. Please visit the ICGN website where you can register.  See my 2010 coverage. (more…)

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Firms in Emerging Economies Can Counter Country-Based Deficiencies

Governance scholars debate the relative importance of country characteristics and firm characteristics in understanding variations in corporate governance practices of firms in emerging economies. One of the main questions is whether weak or incomplete public institutions dictate the governance quality of firms located in these countries. Results of analysis in this paper provide evidence that […]

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Five Traits Characterize Effective Island Style Leadership

Guest post from Glenn Furuya, courtesy of Pacific Business News, 1/18/2013, page 31. The article caught my eye soon after returning from the funeral of my wife’s great aunt, Kay Kramer (98), who embodied the three cultures Furuya discusses below, both in the flesh and through her work and life.  Having read hundreds of publications and worked side-by-side with many […]

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Take Action: Write to Chevron to Protect Shareowner Rights

Chevron’s subpoena of e-mails in this case goes well beyond the individual players and is a threat to the communication rights of all shareowners. Action: Please take 60 seconds right now to send a message similar to the following to Chevron: I write to protest Chevron’s subpoena seeking emails and communications from Trillium Asset Management […]

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News From Indian Proxy Advisors

Importance of Proxy Advisory Firms in Indian Capital Markets Shriram Subramanian, the Founder and MD of InGovern Research Services, in a recent interview with “Report Insights” highlighted the importance of proxy advisory firms in Indian capital markets. The extracts of the interview can be read in InGovern’s monthly publication: Governance Watch – December 2012 Newsletter (more…)

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Video Friday: Corporate Governance in Singapore

Does Singapore have what it takes to be #1… in the world? The latest CG Watch Market Scores for corporate governance compiled by the Asian Corporate Governance Association revealed that Singapore tops the table in the region, with a score of 69. Hong Kong and Thailand round out the top three, with 66 and 58 […]

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Infosys (INFY) Tops Governance List: Honor or Scam?

I was delighted to see that one of the stocks in my portfolio, Infosys ($INFY), has been ranked #1 in corporate governance by IR Global Rankings (“IRGR”). (Infosys is number one for corporate governance practices: IR Global Rankings, The Economic Times, 12/13/2012) That sounds like quite an achievement. Unfortunately, when I tried to find more about […]

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Empty Voting: Empty Promises

Jay M. Hoffman and Melissa Ghislanzoni of Miller Thomson in Toronto recently posted Empty Voting – Waiting for a Regulatory Response. While focused on Canada, the post applies equally to the US. The recent Telus decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal “appears to signal a green light for the continuation of empty voting, at least until a […]

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Video Friday: Women on Boards & Glass Ceilings

A range of videos on the subject. The most recent EU proposal sets out a 40% “objective,” with unspecified sanctions against companies flouting the rules. The proposals would require companies to have clear, gender-neutral criteria for choosing non-executive directors and that if candidates are found to be equally qualified, then preference should be given to women. As […]

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Corporate Governance Guide for Journalists

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in conjunction with the International Center for Journalists, has produced  A Guide to Reporting on Corporate Governance designed for reporters and editors with experience covering business and finance. The goal is to help journalists develop stories that examine how companies are governed, and spot events that […]

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Call for Papers: Inside the Board Room

Since the Cadbury Report was published in 1992 in the UK, there has been increasing emphasis not just by UK regulators but also by regulators from other countries, including the USA and Continental Europe, of the role of boards of directors in corporate governance. However, 20 years down the line it is still uncertain whether […]

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Recent Research on SSRN

Abstracts from a few papers posted this month to the Social Science Research Newtork. Hall, Thomas W. and Jörgensen, Fredrik A., Ownership and Performance in Europe (2012). Forthcoming, Review of Business. The authors consider the relationship between performance and ownership concentration in a large number of publicly traded and privately held companies located in smaller […]

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Women in Europe’s Boardrooms

The European commission is threatening radical measures to increase the number of women in boardrooms. Under proposed legislation, publicly listed companies in Europe will be fined if fewer than 40% of their non-exec board positions are occupied by women come 2020. (more…)

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Finance Watch

The year old public interest association, Finance Watch, has  become a regular at Brussels regulatory events and was described recently as “influential” by the Financial Times. That’s a great start for their ambitious program with its mission to make finance serve society. Wouldn’t that be nice?  (more…)

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Emerging Markets ESG: Interviews & Database

The Global Unions’ Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC) is an international labor union network for dialogue and action on the responsible investment of workers’ capital. The CWC Secretariat is hosted at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a leader in responsible investment services for institutional investors.  In her capacity as International Program Director at SHARE, […]

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Indian Mutual Funds Need to Improve Proxy Voting Policies and Practices

India’s InGovern Research Services Pvt. Ltd. “assists financial institutions and investors that have financial, investment or reputational exposure to public-listed companies in India by providing our clients with corporate governance reports, proxy analysis and proxy voting solutions.”  Their recent report, Analysis of Mutual Funds Voting for 2011-12, finds little progress when it comes to mutual funds participating in […]

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