Tag Archives | James McRitchie

Kellogg 2021

Kellogg 2021 Proxy Votes

Kellogg 2021 annual meeting is April 30, 10 Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/K2021 and enter the 16-digit control number. I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Zack Gund and Don Knauss, Pay, and Auditor. Vote FOR Reduce Supermajority Requirements and Shareholder Right to Call […]

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Starbucks 2021 AGM

Starbucks 2021 AGM: Worker Voice

Starbucks 2021 annual meeting is March 17, 10AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting link and enter your control number. I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Allison, Dillon, Nadella, Ramo, Shih, Teruel, Pay, Auditor. Vote FOR #4 Increase Diversity of Director Nominees / Employee Board Representation.  (more…)

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Disney 2021

Disney 2021 Shareholders to Empower Workers?

Disney 2021 annual meeting is March 9, 10 AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting, visit virtualshareholdermeeting.com/DIS2021 and enter your control number. I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Iger, Barra, Lagomasio, Parker, the Auditor, and Pay. Vote FOR Lobbying Disclosure and Increase Diversity of Director […]

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What Does it Profit?

What Does It Profit Podcast

What Does It Profit is a relatively new podcast series and more hosted by Dr. Dawn Carpenter. Of course, the name of her podcast derives from the Biblical reference (Mark 8:36): What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Carpenter argues we can’t put our price tag on what […]

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SHARE Summit 2021

SHARE Summit 2021: Quick Takes

SHARE Summit 2021 was a virtual event this year. I missed the sidebar conversations so important at most conferences. Additionally, since I was home and had plenty of work to do, I attended fewer sessions than I would have in Vancouver. Still, even when virtual, this annual conference is among the best. I cannot think […]

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Apple 2021

Apple 2021: Proxy Access Amendment Needed to Increase Value

Apple 2021 annual meeting is February 23, 9AM Pacific Time. To attend, vote, and submit questions during the Annual Meeting visit virtualshareholdermeeting.com/AAPL2021 and enter the 16-digit control number. Of course, I recommend voting in advance. To enhance long-term value. Vote AGAINST Gore, Levinson, Sugar, the Auditor, and Pay. Vote FOR Proxy Access Amendment and Improve Executive […]

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Reform No-Action Process

Reform No-Action Process

Reform No-Action Process Reform no-action process. That was the call of a recent letter by the Shareholder Rights Group to John Coates in his new role as Acting Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. The letter is posted below. Some formatting changes were made and I added links to put our request to reform […]

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Halt Corporate Political Spending

Halt Corporate Political Spending

Halt Corporate Political Spending. That is the recommendation of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of investors representing over $US 2 trillion in assets under management. ICCR released a statement to the CEO members of the Business Roundtable (BRT) urging them to refrain from political spending. Take a six-month break and assess inherent […]

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Professor Gensler: Unsolicited Advice

Professor Gensler: Unsolicited Advice

Professor Gensler Congratulations. When confirmed to chair the SEC, you can take a major role in reconstructing our financial and economic systems. Below, I offer the unsolicited advice of a real “Main Street” investor. Central to a recovery that helps America address its many issues (institutional racism, inequality, climate change, anomie, etc.) is a system […]

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Gary Gensler SEC Chairman?

Gary Gensler SEC Chairman: Predictions and Advice

Gary Gensler, a former financial regulator, and Goldman Sachs banker, now at MIT, is rumored Biden’s choice to head the SEC. As head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), he helped uncover interest-rate rigging on Libor, which underpins $300T in loans. Banks had to cough up $9B in fines. He pushed for transparency around derivative trading and […]

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Woodward 2021

Woodward 2021: Empower Workers

Woodward 2021 annual meeting is January 27th, 8AM Mountain Standard Time. Shareholders need to register in advance (by 3PM MST on 1/25/21) to attend the virtual meeting. Register at the bottom of this page. You cannot cut and paste your 12 or 16 digit control number.  You must enter it twice, along with some other […]

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Virtual Shareholder Meetings 2021

Virtual Shareholder Meetings 2021

Virtual Shareholder Meetings 2021. The Report of the 2020 Multi-Stakeholder Working Group on Practices for Virtual Shareholder Meetings came out about a month ago. I (James McRitchie) was happy to participate in the group, which did a good job of considering diverse views. Kudos to Amy Borrus, Darla Stuckey, and Doug Chia. My major contribution ensured […]

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WD-40 2020

WD-40 2020: Employee Voice

WD-40 2020, where employee voice and empowerment is on the ballot. The WD-40 2020 annual meeting is Tuesday, December 8th. To enhance long-term value, vote AGAINST the auditor and FOR all other items, including #4. $WDFC (more…)

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N-PX Data Tagging

N-PX Data Tagging: Critical to Our Future

N-PX Data Tagging? Yes, that might be the most important rulemaking the SEC could undertake to move our economy in a positive direction. SEC Commissioner Allison Herron Lee gives voice to this small change that could have a dramatic impact on how America invests (about 7 minutes into the video below). Read the text.  Structuring […]

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Broadridge 2020 Dark Money

Broadridge 2020: Dark Money

Broadridge 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 9:00 AM Eastern. Attend meeting online, vote your shares, and submit questions during the meeting by visiting www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/BR20. You need the Control Number provided to you (usually by your broker or bank) to join the meeting. To enhance long-term value: […]

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Marrone Bio Last Chance to Vote 2020

Marrone Bio Last Chance to Vote

Marrone Bio Last Chance to Vote Marrone Bio Innovation’s AGM is tomorrow, October 29th at 9 AM Pacific. Unless you attend the meeting and vote quickly, today is your last chance. See my voting recommendations. I (James McRitchie) will present my proposal. It appears on the proxy as follows: #5 “To Consider a stockholder proposal […]

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Tesla 2020 Shareholder-Meeting

Tesla 2020 Simple Majority Vote

Tesla 2020 annual meeting is 9/22/2020 at 1:30PM Pacific in Mountain View. It will be a hybrid meeting. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Denholm, Pay, Auditor, Paid Ads. Vote FOR Simple Majority Vote, and reports on Arbitration, and Human Rights.  See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. View Tesla Investor Briefing.  (more…)

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Tesla Investor Briefing 2020 AGM

Tesla Investor Briefing 2020 AGM

Tesla Investor Briefing 2020 AGM. Join Investor Advocates for Social Justice, CorpGov.net, Nia Impact Capital, and Whistle Stop Capital. When: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12 EST/9am PST.  Investor briefing for Tesla shareholders and media in advance of the upcoming Tesla AGM (September 22nd). The webinar will provide an overview of three of the shareholder […]

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Chat Rooms

Chat Rooms Missing at Shareholder Meetings

Chat Rooms are the key missing ingredient at virtual shareholder meetings. Virtual-only shareholder meetings increased dramatically (from 286 in 2019 to 2,200 so far in 2020) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Chat rooms before and after meetings would allow shareholders to interact informally with each other and with corporate representatives, as they do at in-person […]

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Virtual Shareholder Meetings

Virtual Shareholder Meetings: Zoom Seminar

How Shifting from In-Person to Virtual Shareholder Meetings Affects Shareholders’ Voice, Miriam Schwartz-Ziv‘s new paper recently posted on SSRN will be the subject of a virtual seminar held on Wednesday, Sept 2nd, from 11 AM-noon EDT. See the link below. (more…)

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ESG Rulemaking by DOL opposed

ESG Rulemaking by DOL

ESG Rulemaking by DOL – comments are in. Several investor organizations and financial industry firms released an analysis of the more than 8,700 public comments on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rulemaking on the consideration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in ERISA-governed retirement plans. There is overwhelming opposition to the “Financial Factors […]

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The Gadfly with Gabriel Malek

The Gadfly with Gabriel Malek (podcast)

The Gadfly With Gabriel Malek (click to listen) This is my current favorite of the #corpgov #ESG podcasts. I am partial to the name gadfly, since I am often called one myself. Likewise, Malek is trying to talk with the same audience I am hoping to reach. Sure, we both want environmental, social, and governance […]

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Electronic Arts 2020

Electronic Arts 2020: Vote FOR Written Consent

Electronic Arts 2020 annual meeting is 8/6/2020 at 2PM Pacific virtually by entering the eligible shareholder’s 16-digit control number found on the proxy card. To enhance long-term value: Vote AGAINST Coleman, Hong, Huber, Ubinas, Simonson, Probst, Ueberroth, Pay and  Auditor. Vote FOR Written Consent. See list of all virtual-only meetings maintained by ISS. (more…)

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2020 Spring Proxy Season Results

Spring 2020 CorpGov.net Proxy Proposal Results

Spring 2020 CorpGov.net Proxy Proposal results are in.  Once again, rules proposed by the SEC would likely cost shareholders billions of dollars because of delayed good governance practices. Since the SEC has not yet finalized their costly rulemaking, I filed the following update on their proposed Procedural Requirements and Resubmission Thresholds under Exchange Act Rule […]

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Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism

Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism

Shareholder-Driven Stakeholderism (U of Chicago) by Cathy Hwang and Yaron Nili argues the Business Roundtable Statement of the Purpose of a Corporation should be seen as another way to entrench management, instead of disarming greedy profit-driven shareholders. Analysis of data, drawn from companies in the S&P 1500, found shareholders, not management, “have been the driving force behind […]

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Pegasystems 2020

Pegasystems 2020: Simple Majority Vote

Pegasystems 2020 annual meeting is 6/23/2020 at 7AM Pacific virtually. They are using Computershare, so shareholders holding in street name have to get a legal proxy and submit it by June 18th. Since my broker sends those by snail mail, I would have had to initiate the process by about June 8. Pegasystems says that will […]

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