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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 and Simon Billenness to hundreds of organizations, investors and individuals active in challenging Chevron on its oil pollution crisis in Ecuador.

Your action is without precedent. Never before have shareowners faced such a legal challenge for merely communicating with each other. This is a brazen attack on shareholder rights. I urge you to reconsider your position and withdraw your subpoena.

I share the following from the Needmor Fund and Zevin Asset Management on behalf of everyone who is concerned with the rights of shareowners and the rights of people: Continue Reading →

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Shareowner Rights By Country

Shareowner Rights across the Markets: A Manual for Investors from the CFA Institute compares the rights of shareowners in 10 developed markets and 12 emerging markets in both brief tabular form and through detailed explanation. Each report summarizes current practices, recent developments, legal and regulatory frameworks by jurisdiction, as well as providing helpful references to local organizations and regulators for each country. Download the entire report or by individual country. We’ve also added a link to the International Corporate Governance portion of our Links page so that you can easily find this valuable resource at a later date.

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Lewis Gilbert's Dividends and Democracy Still Timely

If you know anything about Lewis D. Gilbert, you probably know that when he attended his first shareowner’s meeting, at New York City’s Consolidated Gas Company in 1932, he was ignored by the chairman when trying to ask a question. Gilbert felt he had been “publicly humiliated by one of my own employees.” He quit his job and established a new avocation, “devoting all my time to the cause of the public shareholder.” Shareowners of today owe Gilbert a debt of gratitude, since we benefit from his victories. However, we should also live by his admonition, “Rights are won by exercising them. Rights are lost by default when they are not used.” Continue Reading →

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