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Employee Ownership

Employee Ownership 2022 Proposals

Employee ownership looks to be my next focus. Support for proposals in 2020 and 2021 to encourage companies to add workers to the board has been weak. It is time to reassess. My conversations with CalPERS were especially interesting. Directors I interviewed who were elected by the members favored our proposals. Staff, those charged with […]

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2021 Morningstar Investment Conference

2021 Morningstar Investment Conference

2021 Morningstar Investment Conference moved deeply into ESG impact investing but remained relatively light on voting advice and education. At least one panel and one speaker did focus somewhat on voting. Below are a few brief notes. Unusually, the 2021 Morningstar Investment Conference was held on the same days as the Fall CII Conference. (more…)

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Corporate Accountability Fall 2021

Corporate Accountability Fall 2021 Online Forum

Corporate Accountability Fall 2021: Restoring the Balance. This is your chance to discuss the issues with Nell Minow, Michae O’Leary, Andy Behar, Josh Zinner, Doug Chia, Bruce F. Freed, Heidi Welsh, Jon Lukomnik, Tim Smith, Brandon Rees, Christina Sautter, Rick Alexander, and more. Facilitated by shareholder advocate Jim McRitchie. Three individuals filed almost 1/3 of […]

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Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism

Accountable: The Rise of Citizen Capitalism

Accountable may be an exception. Not many books on capitalism and corporate governance have the potential to spread like a meme. O’Leary and Valdamanis have a rare talent for using memorable terms like the Two-Buffett Paradox, Fiduciary Absolutism, and Milgram-Nixon Syndrome. Buy it on Amazon and I might get a few cents for the referral. I […]

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Restore Shareholder Proposal Rights

Restore Shareholder Proposal Rights

Restore shareholder proposal rights to the pre-Trump era level. That is the objective of the complaint (pdf 2021 06 15 ICCR Complaint) filed this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC’s) recent amendments to the rule governing the filing of shareholder proposals. The revised […]

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True Shareholder Democracy

True Shareholder Democracy: NYTimes

True Shareholder Democracy? Jeff Sommer at the New York Times thinks he’s glimpsed the future. (A Glimpse of a Future With True Shareholder Democracy) He is off the mark but focuses on a fundamental issue, John Coates’ The Problem of Twelve. Should twelve people control US public companies? True Shareholder Democracy? More important than INDEX’s […]

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Beat the CRA Clock – Can Shareholders Do It?

Beat the CRA Clock At the end of March, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and Congressman Michael San Nicolas (D-Guam), Vice-Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced (S.J. Res. 16; H.J. Res. 36) under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn recently adopted changes to the SEC’s shareholder proposal […]

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Shareholder Rights in 2021 graphic by Jackie Cook of Morningstar

Shareholder Rights in 2021

SEC to Protect Shareholder Rights in 2021 Shareholder rights in 2021 will strengthen if recent speculation is realized. U.S. Senate Democrats aim to undo Trump-era shareholder voting rights rule. Shareholder Rights in 2021: History As discussed elsewhere on CorpGov.net (Review: Carl Gershenson). After its founding, the SEC was largely a champion of shareholder rights, requiring companies […]

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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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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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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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SEC Trampled Shareholder Rights

SEC Trampled Shareholder Rights

SEC Trampled Rights. September 23 was a bad day for shareholders, society, and the environment. It was an action typical of the Trump Administration, where political appointees work counter to the missions of regulatory bodies. The only significant “support” for the amendments from shareholders came from a few fake letters, which Chairman Clayton read into […]

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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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Virtual Meeting Problems Highlighted by CII

Virtual Meeting Problems Highlighted by CII

Virtual meeting problems were highlighted in this excerpt from CII’s Weekly Governance Alert Vol 25, Issue 17 | April 30, 2020 by Rosemary Lally. I am reproducing below in order to ensure it gets wider distribution. Virtual meetings, in my experience, have been more problematic when hosted by Computershare than Broadridge but I have had […]

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Skadden Scheme exposed by Phil Goldstein

Skadden Scheme Exposed by Phil Goldstein

Skadden Scheme to Kill Shareholder Rights Skadden scheme exposed by Phil Goldstein, of Bulldog Investors, threatens to kill shareholder rights. While we were fighting COVID-19 and new rules proposed by the SEC to eviscerate shareholder rights Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has been plotting to effectively do away with the right of shareholders […]

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GPW Blowback

GPW Highlights SEC Blowback

GPW (Global Proxy Watch) discussed selected comments from investors to the SEC concerning two proposed rules in an article entitled Blowback, reproduced below with permission. GPW normally runs two pages, summarzing weekly developments on governance and stewardship from Stephen Davis and Aaron Bernstein. Blowback took almost a page. (more…)

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Defending Retail Shareholder Advocates

Defending Retail Shareholder Advocates

Defending Retail Shareholder Advocates: Another Day – Another Comment Letter to the SEC Help protect shareholder rights. See SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips. Read any good comment letters on SEC File No. S7-22-19 or S7-22-19? Please let me know in comment form below or by email. Defending retail shareholder advocates will require lot more than the […]

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File No. S7-23-19: By the Numbers - Source ISS

File No. S7-23-19 by the Questions

File No. S7-23-19 would set draconian requirements to submit and to resubmit shareholder proposals based on the desire of entrenched managements and boards to thwart accountability and to create democratic-free zones around corporate governance.

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Malek & other members of The Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund

MALEK: Working From Within

MALEK: Working from within, is an op-ed that appeared the Yale Daily News, on January 13, 2020. Gabriel Malek makes critically important points that need to be heard, especially by students but also by CorpGov.net readers who want to work with them. Malek’s key message: While students fight for divestment, also fight for shareholder engagement and […]

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Sock Puppets for Proxy Advisory Rule

Sock Puppets for Proxy Advisory Rule

Sock puppets are trying to generate another round of astro-turf comment letters to the SEC. Proxy advisors do NOT file shareholder proposals. Your money is NOT being stolen to pay for abortions. Shareholder proposals are nonbinding and do NOT give money to anyone. This YouTube video is full of lies made up by fake organizations […]

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SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips

SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips

SEC Rulemaking Comment Tips: Action Needed SEC rulemaking comment tips repeated here are primarily based on advice from the Council of Institutional Investors. However, I am also including tips from the Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing, conference I attended in Colorado Springs in November. (Search #SRI30 for other Conference tidbits at CorpGov.net and on Twitter.) […]

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Millennial Socialists

Millennial Socialists Bolstered by SEC

Millennial socialists have not been overtly embraced by the SEC, but the Commission’s recent proposals to disempower proxy advisors and shareholders below the level of multi-millionaire’s plays into the hands of those advocating a socialist economy. The Commission’s proposed rules would further concentrate the power of corporate elites and reduce their accountability to “Main Street” […]

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