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Daniel Boxer, Co-Chair of a University of Maine School of Law Governance and Ethics Symposium Series, generously provided a write-up of the first event in their series held on March 19th in Portland, Maine. Their program handout includes an excellent general resource guide.
The Global Financial Tsunami brought a wake up call to many boards. The good ones are able to admit they failed to recognize the dynamics of risks, that they have been too complacent and assumed what were fatal risks. The bad ones are still at a loss. Boards must do a stress test on themselves. They must quickly find ways to relink and extend their information network to their customers, suppliers, and staff if they are to survive this storm. Download Corporate governance insights from the global financial crisis by Dr. Gregg Li, the Principal of Corporate Governance at Aon Global.
'Long Term Responsible Investing' (LTRI): A Factor in Manager Sales and Evaluations by Brian Connolly, Sales Director, GovernanceMetrics International. Contact: 212-949-1313 x320, firstname.lastname@example.org (2/28/08)
Investigative Services: Two Common Uses in Corporate Governance by Olivia Robinson, President of Background Intelligence, Inc. (1/30/08)
Enhancing Decision-Making Symmetry by Endorsing All Powers to the Full Board. Condensation of a paper by Dr. Darlene M. Andert CMC CFM, 6th International Conference on Corporate Governance (ICCG), 2005 (5/2005)
Corporate Governance: History of Management Thought Series, Edited by R. I. Tricker. We have reproduced the introduction here with permission of the author. Corporate Governance - a subject whose time has come
Making Corporate Governance Decisions That Work for Whom? presented by James McRitchie at the 6th International Conference on Corporate Governance (ICCG), 2005 (5/2005)
Running business like government. Bryane Michael and Randy Gross argue that listed companies could learn plenty about transparency and accountability from the reform of public sector institutions, like local government.
Comments on SEC release S7-10-03, Possible Changes to Proxy Rules (5/26/03) filed by James McRitchie, Editor, CorpGov.Net.
SEC Petitioned to Strengthen Environmental Disclosure (8/21/02) Led by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, foundations with more than $3 billion in aggregate invested assets petitioned the SEC to improve requirements for accurate and consistent disclosure of environmental risks.
Press Release: Petition for Democracy in Corporate Elections. Petition to the SEC for a rulemaking to allow shareholders to nominate and elect directors using the corporate proxy. Text of language. (Greenberg and McRitchie, 8/1/02)
From the June 2002 edition of Corporate Strategy Today we've uploaded a table of "CEO Takeaways," by Steve Percy, former CEO of BP America. In addition, we included Lessons from Enron - Examining the Parallels to Environmental Governance by Richard MacLean, President of Competitive Environment, Inc. and the Director of the Center for Environmentla Innovation, Inc. (7/24/02)
Four Ideas for Reforming Corporate Governance After Enron. Reprinted with permission from the author, Marjorie Kelly, Editor and Publisher, Business Ethics magazine. (Kelly, 5/27/02)
The First Principles of Corporate Governance for Public Enterprise (Dr. Y.R.K. Reddy Chairman, Yaga Consulting Pvt. Ltd., India. Posted 12/11/01) This report presents Mr. Reddy's approach and first principles for improving the conditions for good corporate governance in public enterprises in India.
Mutual Funds Should Disclose Votes (McRitchie, 12/2001) On December 19, 2000 the AFL-CIO petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to require mutual funds to disclose how they are voting their shares.
Tribute to Bob Tricker (McRitchie, 12/2001) Bob Tricker, editor of Corporate Governance: An International Review since its 1993 debut, has passed the markup pen and role of editor to Christine Mallin.
Vote Reform (McRitchie, 2/2001) Ever since George W. Bush won Florida by one vote cast by a Supreme Court judge, many have come to believe that reforms are needed to ensure election winners reflect the wishes of the voters.
Innovation Often Unwelcome (McRitchie, 11/2000) Critics call outside advice for shareholders "radical" and "self-serving."
SEC Should Allow Cure (McRitchie, 11/2000) Shareholder activist John Chevedden detects a trend this year (2000) for the SEC to uphold company exclusions of shareholder resolutions on corporate governance matters on narrow grounds.
Fair Disclosure (McRitchie, 10/2000) The Security and Exchange Commissions fair disclosure rule, which take effect October 23, 2000 and mandates material information disclosed to analysts but be disclosed to the public as well, is still coming under fire from trade associations.
Legal Foundation of Ethical Investments (McRitchie, 9/2000) In Look Who Demands Profits Above All (Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2000) former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, argues that CalPERS and TIAA-CREF are only doing their job, maximizing the value of their investors' portfolios, when they refuse to consider ethics in their investments.
Good Governance Should't Depend on Health (McRitchie, 9/2000) Governance concerns take a backseat at healthy firms.
Lawndale Board Independence Proposal (Andrew E. Shapiro) Presentation to the Council of Institutional Investors Fall Conference, Tuesday, September 26, 2000. I believe it is the most groundbreaking and comprehensive shareholder proposal that has met with repeated success. (Please excuse the lack of formatting in uploading Mr. Shapiro's letter to the site. J. McRitchie)
A Corporate Governance Perspective (McRitchie, 7/30/00) Presentation to the California Coalition for Investor Responsibility
Corporate Governance in the Internet Age (McRitchie, 5/19/00) Part of a program to encourage foreign direct investment (FDI), sponsored by the State Department at the Tokyo American Center
COMPAQ: Management Failure or Boardroom Success? (Ward, 5/1/99)
Universal Elements And Democratic Governance (McRitchie, 11/23/98)
Private Sector Accounting Standard Setting At Risk-Again (Edmund Jenkins, Chairman, FASB)
Corporate Ethics and Accountability (Entine)
Corporate Governance Mutual Fund (McRitchie)
Ethical Investing (Entine)
Fiduciary Responsibilities For Proxy Voting (McRitchie)
A Whistle-Blowing Senate for Companies (Turnbull)
Why All the Fuss About Stockholders? (Kelly; updated 2/18/97)
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