Tag Archives | ISS

Proxy Votes Leaked for Cash & Gifts

According to the New York Post (Advisory firm employee leaking shareholder voting data, whistleblower claims, a “whistle-blower” complaint has been lodged with the SEC against a midlevel employee in ISS’s Boston office who “has been (more…)

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Regulations for Proxy Advisory Firms Urged

Earlier today, the Shareholder Communications Coalition, composed of organizations not generally associated with shareholder advocates (Business Roundtable, National Investor Relations Institute, Securities Transfer Association, and The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals), sent a letter to the SEC with its suggestions for a proposed (more…)

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Stocking Up: ISS Analyzes Pay Since Crisis

Stocking Up: Post-Crisis Trends in U.S. Executive Pay is the title of a new white paper from ISS by Subodh Mishra. The paper explores how the executive pay package mix and overall total annual compensation levels have changed in the wake of the financial crisis and the role played by stock-based awards in fueling the spike […]

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Board Service: A Great Gig… Especially @ Apple

Looking for work-life balance? Work from home (at least part of the time). Set your own pay — $1,000 per hour and up. No threat of layoffs or workforce cutbacks. Part-time hours and multiple positions available. Excellent way to supplement your retirement income. No application necessary… The term “chemistry,” or your ability to work collegially with the other members, is […]

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ISS Webinars: Key Governance Issues

Webinars on U.S. and European policy perspectives will provide valuable insight into the key corporate governance issues facing investors and companies for 2012. European Policy Perspectives: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 2:30 PM GMT, 3:30 PM CET. Presented by ISS’ Jean-Nicolas Caprasse, Head of Business, Europe; Daniel Jarman, Head of U.K. Research; Thomas von Oehsen, Head of […]

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ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), the largest proxy advisory, released 2012 updates to its U.S., Canadian, European, and international benchmark proxy voting guidelines. The global updates are the result of an extensive consultation process that included outreach to and input from institutional investors and corporate issuers worldwide. ISS analysts will begin applying the updated policies to […]

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Two Opportunities to Shape the Future

First, the IRRC Deadline of November 18 for Research Entries approaches. This is your chance to change the predominant paradigm of Modern Portfolio Theory. Second, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) extended the comment period on their 2012 proxy voting policies until November 7th.  Institutional investors, individual investors, corporate issuers, and governance market participants are invited to provide feedback on ISS’ […]

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ISS Solicits Comments on 2012 Proxy Voting Policies

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) opened its comment period for their 2012 proxy voting policies.  Institutional investors, corporate issuers, and governance market participants are invited to provide feedback on ISS’ policy updates until October 31.  According to Martha Carter, ISS’ Head of Global Research, ISS firmly believes that incorporating multiple views on corporate governance issues is critical for effective policy formulation. The […]

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The Mind of an Institutional Investor

Great to see Jon Lukomnik, managing partner of Sinclair Capital, now blogging at The Mind of an Institutional Investor, and now added to our blogroll. Lukomnik’s first two topics are Debunking Myths About ISS and Irrational Short-Termism in Investing. One of Lukomnik’s arguments with regard to ISS is that they are as much a follower […]

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Don't Miss Chance to Shape ISS Policy

Many press reports attribute 20% of voting power at some companies to recommendations made by ISS. That makes them sound like one of the most powerful entities in the world. However, much of their “power” is based on their annual survey, which helps ISS shape its recommendations to meet the voting preferences of its customers. […]

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ISS Vote Results and Executive Pay

ISS released a summary of the vote results for shareholder proposals on leading governance, environmental and social topics. Investors overwhelmingly endorsed company pay programs, 91.2% support on average (based on “for” and “against” votes). Shareholders voted down management “say on pay” proposals at 36 companies, or just 1.7 percent of the almost 2,200 companies in the […]

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Power Struggles Over Pay

Gary Larkin’s recent post, 2011 CEO Succession Report: Dismissals Up, Outside Hires on the Rise, informs Conference Board readers that Institutional Shareholder Services has launched an executive compensation database service for its client subscribers. Say on Pay rules were the driving force behind the new service. The database includes historical CEO and NEO (named executive […]

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Video Friday: 2011 Proxy Season to Date

This Week in the Boardroom‘s TK Kerstetter and Scott Cutler were joined on May 26 by John Siemann, President of Phoenix Advisory Partners. (Watch the video.) Early proxy filings were tilted towards the triennial. Very quickly, that began to as proxy advisory services and larger institutions made it clear they wanted an annual vote. ISS […]

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Kinetic Concepts: Victory for Shareowners!

I was about to sit down this morning and write another scathing post on Kinetic Concepts when I learned of their press release announcing they will gradually declassify their board. They gave no reason as to why they took this action just ahead of their annual meeting. Perhaps they looked again at their guiding principles, We […]

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HP Nomination Committee Under Fire

I recently got this from an anonymous member (here are related thoughts from Cydney Posner and Marty Lipton): You may have seen the stories regarding ISS’ recommendation that shareholders withhold against the entire Hewlett-Packard nominating committee for the way new directors were selected. I haven’t seen the ISS report, but the news stories (eg. WSJ […]

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Increased Investor Engagement

The first comprehensive analysis of the engagement between investors and public U.S. corporate issuers finds a notably high and increasing trend of engagement.  Yet, there is a disconnect between investors and issuers in basic areas such as the time frame of engagement, the definition of a successful engagement and, by implication, what engagement itself means. “The State of Engagement […]

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"Say on Pay" to be Annual

I believe ISS/Risk Metrics created a policy on the Frequency of Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation (Management “Say on Pay”), a new proxy item required under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Their Recommendation: Vote FOR annual advisory votes on compensation, which provide the most consistent and clear communication channel for shareholder […]

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CorpGov Bites

ISS Issues 2011 Policy Updates – TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog, 11/22/2010. Broc Romanek provides highlights of ISS policy changes. Dan Harris provides readers with his recent speech on Emerging Market/China Outsourcing Issues, China Law Blog, 11/21/2010. Also interesting, The China Rich….Are Not Like Us?, 11/19/2010. Jones, Renee M., Will the SEC Survive Financial Regulatory Reform? (November 18, […]

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NoCal NACD and Others on 2010 Proxy Season

On June 29th the Northern California Chapter of the National Association for Corporate Directors held a low-cost high-quality lunch-time meeting at the headquarters of the California Chamber of Commerce. Now that we have wrapped up the 2010 Proxy Season with issues this year like executive compensation, risk management and high profile withhold campaigns for some […]

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Corporate Governance Archives: July 1999

Stephen Davis, of Davis Global Advisors, is assembling a long-range list of global corporate governance-related conferences/workshops/events for the World Bank website and Global Proxy Watch newsletter. Please pass on the date, city, title, sponsor, location, and contact information for any such events you may know about by e-mailing [email protected] Please cc me at [email protected] so that I can add a select […]

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Archives: October 1997

Stern Stewart’s EVA product got a boost when CalPERS adopted its use in creating their annual focus list. It should help CalPERS pinpoint their targets with better accuracy and may result in increasing the “CalPERS Effect.” In other CalPERS news, they voted 36% of the time against executive stock plans and 39% of the time against exec bonus plans […]

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