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General Motors

General Motors: Proxy Score 62

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) designs, builds, and sells cars, crossovers, trucks, and automobile parts worldwide. It is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/9/2015. ProxyDemocracy.org had the vote of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/3/2015.  I voted with management 62% of the time and assigned General Motors a proxy score […]

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eBAY Commits to Gender & Racial Diversity: Issues Remain

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Trillium Asset Management today announced that they have withdrawn the shareholder proposal they filed at eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) after the company agreed to revise its Governance Guidelines to include gender and racial diversity among the qualities its seeks in its board members. Several other issues remain on the […]

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SEC Reverses No-Actions Under Rule 14a-8(i)(9) On Request

Just a quick note to other shareholders who have filed proxy proposals this season. If the company you filed with requested and obtained a no-action letter from the SEC under Rule 14a-8(i)(9), you might obtain a reversal of that sanctioned exclusion. However, as far as I know, you need to ask for reconsideration. I don’t think […]

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Public Opinion equates Wall Street with Greed

Will Corporate Elites Attack Public Opinion Next?

Entrenched corporate elites may need to up their public opinion game. Robert Monks and Nell Minow are near the top of their attack list. (Shareholder crusaders Monks and Minow speak out) Having been sued several times for having the audacity to make recommendations to boards via shareowner proposals, I’m on there too. (see EMC v. […]

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United Natural Foods Inc

United Natural Foods (UNFI) Moves on Special Meeting Proposal

The Manhattan Institute‘s Proxy Monitor Project would call it another failure by gadfly shareholders, since United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) filed and was granted a no-action request by the SEC to exclude our proposal to allow shareowners with 15% of the outstanding UNFI shares to call a special meeting. Since the proposal cannot receive a majority vote from shareowners, the […]

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Deal Professor Envisions Corporate Gadfly

Deal Professor Equates Filing Proxy Proposals with Terrorism

Most people don’t like their behavior criticized. CEOs and boards almost always fight my proxy proposals aimed at improving corporate governance. Likewise, I wasn’t happy with the Deal Professor’s criticisms of my shareowner activism in his August 19th NYTimes article, Grappling With the Cost of Corporate Gadflies, which also criticizes John Chevedden and William Steiner. I stewed […]

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Mr. Peabodys WayBackMachine

Corporate Governance WABAC Machine

Corporate Governance Publisher’s Note: Yes, you’ll find many broken links in the material referenced below. After 5, 10 and 15 years, the internet moves on. Many of the organization’s linked have since gone under. We’re just glad to still be here, offering our readers a sense of the history we have shared. More about the WABAC […]

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Timothy Smith

Déjà vu: Shareholder Rights Under Attack

The following on shareholder rights by Timothy Smith, Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement at Walden Asset Management, originally appeared in the Summer 2014 Edition of Walden’s Values Newsletter, which included the usual disclaimer at the bottom. I’ve added the links and have tacked on some additional reformatted comments from Timothy Smith regarding the role of individual investors in prompting reform.  […]

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McRitchie Celebrates with Selfie

CMG Shareowners Vote Down Pay & Supermajority Requirements

Just a brief post to thank shareowners at Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) for sending a strong message to the company’s board and management.  77% of shares were voted against the executive pay package and a majority supported our proposal to end supermajority voting requirements. CalSTRS, Florida SBA, AFSCME, Calvert, Domini, Trillium, CBIS, CtW and many […]

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Google (GOOGL): How I Voted – Proxy Score 41

Google Inc, $GOOGL, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/14/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked and voted on 5/8/2014. As I post this, I see they now have voting for five funds. I voted with management 41% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote […]

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Heidi Soumerai’s Remarks at EMC Annual Meeting

Here’s an example of classy questioning at an AGM.  Thanks to Ms. Soumerai for allowing me to reprint here. Good morning Mr. Tucci, members of the board, and fellow shareholders. My name is Heidi Soumerai and I am the Director of ESG Research at Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management […]

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Ford

Ford Motor Company (F): How I Voted – Proxy Score 52

Ford Motor Company $F is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is on 5/8/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 5/4/2014.  I voted with management 52% of the time.  View Ford’s Proxy Statement, which is user friendly. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any […]

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Gilead Sciences (GILD): How I Voted – Proxy Score 43

Gilead Sciences $GILD is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/7/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of two funds when I checked and voted on 4/28/2014.  I voted with management 43% of the time.  View GILD’s Proxy Statement, which has a linked Table of Contents. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the […]

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International Business Machines Corp. (IBM): How I Voted – Proxy Score 75

International Business Machines Corp. $IBM, is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 4/29/2014. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked and voted on 4/22/2014.  I voted with management 75% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank […]

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Guest Post: Meet… James McRitchie, CorpGov.Net

Mike Tyrrell is Editor of SRI-Connect – an online research marketplace for professional institutional investors, analysts & companies interested in sustainable development.  He is keen to open up the site to corporate governance analysts & corporate governance research. Mike kindly gave permission to reproduce the interview on CorpGov.net.  (more…)

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EMC v. John Chevedden and James McRitchie: Case Dismissed

The chilling effect of companies bypassing the SEC’s inexpensive ‘no-action’ process may be coming to an end. Apache, Waste Connections and a growing number of companies have been successful in US district courts in Texas. Finally, we won a landmark case in U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. The law can prevail, even against the weight […]

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Take Action: Join Nader's Penny Brigade

Some have argued that Ralph Nader started socially responsible shareholder activism with Campaign GM, when the group filed shareholder proposals to expand GM’s board to include consumer advocates and empower shareholders to place their board nominees on GM’s proxy ballot (proxy access).  According to a recent article in the WSJ, the longtime consumer advocate is now putting […]

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Cognizant Technology Solutions $CTSH – Proxy Score 75

Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 6/4/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of three funds when I checked on 5/23/2013.  I voted with management 75% of the time.  View Proxy Statement.  Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in […]

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How I Voted: Ford (F) – Proxy Score 64%

Ford ($F) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 5/9/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I checked on 5/3/2013.  I voted with management 64% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank are voted in favor of management’s […]

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Contest: Foxhole of the Year Award

Corporate Governance was founded in 1995 and we have never run a contest… until now. Announcing the Foxhole of the Year Award for the company that makes it the most difficult for shareowners turn up at their annual meeting. Our first nomination came from John Chevedden for FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE). According to the $17 billion company: […]

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Walgreens (WAG): How I Voted – Proxy Score 24

Walgreens ($WAG) is one of the stocks in my portfolio. Their annual meeting is coming up on 1/9/2013. ProxyDemocracy.org had collected the votes of four funds when I voted on 1/1/2012.  I voted with management only 24% of the time.  View Proxy Statement. Warning: Be sure to vote each item on the proxy. Any items left blank will be voted in […]

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UNFI Vote: Have We Turned the Corner on Annual Elections?

My proposal to declassify the board at United Natural Foods, Inc. ($UNFI) passed by an overwhelming margin of 87.89%: 38,086,048 for 5,248,963 against See their 8-K filing. Text (pdf) of proposal and opposition. Of course, the margin would have been even higher without insider holdings and blank votes going to management. Have we turned the corner on declassification measures […]

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Proxy Access Moves Forward: Forest Labs, Medtronic & H&R Block

The cartoon at left accompanied an article entitled Where are the funds? (Pensions & Investments, 3/5/2012) P&I lamented, “instead of sitting on the sidelines, activist investors should take advantage of the opportunity to file access proposals… proxy access proponents must be adventurous.” We are going to use the key; adventure is on the way. As I […]

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