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Review: Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis

Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis: International Perspectives by William Sun, Jim Stewart, and David Pollard addresses the worldwide crisis that cost Americans an estimated average of $188,000 per household. We will be paying back that debt for decades… or perhaps more accurately, our children will be paying back that debt. Yes, we’ve passed the […]

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Sustainable Development Index Coming to Shanghai Stock Exchange

Last year, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) produced a report, the goal of which was to help the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) improve the quality of sustainability reporting by Chinese companies. While SSE was “one of the first stock exchanges to issue a directive for companies to publish a sustainability report,” IFC noted, “Existing frameworks […]

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DC Plans and Employee Input

The UK’s industry-led Investment Governance Group (IGG) recently published a best practice guidance for defined contribution (DC) pensions, which include six principles for DC schemes designed to encourage better investment governance and decision making by all stakeholders, including trustees, employers, advisers, providers, and members. As I glance at this guidance it makes me realize how […]

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Financial Sustainability: Restoring Market Stability, Corporate Value & Public Trust (ICGN Mid-Year 2010)

Disclaimer: Given Dodd-Frank, proxy plumbing and all those comments I want to provide the SEC, the report below doesn’t do the ICGN Mid-Year Conference justice.  I wrote this up more than a week later with poor notes and memory. Comments, corrections and substitute photos are solicited. Sharing Perspectives Across the Atlantic. Phil Angelides, Lord McFall […]

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Model CSR Reporting

The John Lewis Partnership’s 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, A shared passion, summarizes the business’s progress during 2009/10 at The report includes an update on the Partnership’s commitments to dealing fairly with suppliers, selling responsibly sourced quality products, making a positive difference to the communities in which it operates and reducing its impact on […]

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Risk, Sustainability & Responsibility

In the 21st century, corporate health and success are inextricably linked to the adequacy of security management. Poor security management can lead to operational disruptions and financial losses. For this reason, boards of directors need to take ownership of security in the same way they take ownership of other critical aspects of the business. To […]

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Sustainability Reporting

The Corporate Library has a new free report well worth downloading, Ten Myths About Sustainability Reporting. Kimberly Gladman explains how the UN’s GRI has become mainstream. According to SIRAN, almost all S&P 100 companies disclose some sustainability informaon either in reports or on their websites. UNI’s principle to “seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the […]

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Sustainability Report Proposal Wins 43%

A resolution submitted to St. Jude Medical requesting the company to publish a sustainability or corporate responsibility report around issues such as the environmental impact of its products and services as well as its workplace practices, such as diversity practices won almost 43% of share votes. Over 20 investors co-sponsored the resolution, among them the […]

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Fiduciary Duty for Sustainability

The nation’s largest private water utility company has joined a federal lawsuit that aims to force the manufacturer of atrazine, a widely-used herbicide, to pay for its removal from drinking water. The class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois alleging that Syngenta, Inc. made billions of dollars […]

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