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Corporate Governance

For Corporate Directors: How Human Rights and the Environment Tie to Profits

Alice Korngold | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

Not only do companies have much to lose by violating human rights and devastating the environment, but also they have a great deal to gain by advancing global sustainability. Increasingly these issues matter to investors.

Why Bill Ackman's Failure with JC Penney Is a Lesson in Leadership

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Ackman's long-standing acrimony with JCP's board has not only distracted the company from concentrating on its business, but also damaged the market's confidence in JCP.

Setting the Tone for Transparency

Badr Jafar | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Badr Jafar

Until we develop a culturally-relevant and widely accepted concept of what constitutes poor corporate practice in a specific country or region, we cannot develop mechanisms that effectively promote good governance and stamp out corruption in that location.

How Big Finance Crushes Innovation and Holds Back Our Economy

Lynn Parramore | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Whatever happened to innovation in America? President Obama told us that our future depends on it. Across the political spectrum, everyone pretty much agrees that innovation is vital to prosperity. So why aren't we getting the job done?

Corporate Boards: The False Dichotomy of 'Increased Diversity Comes at the Expense of Executive Experience'

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

With three billion additional new consumers in emerging markets rising into the middle class, it should be evident that boards comprised of women and men with a variety of experiences and expertise, from multiple nationalities, will be in the best position to maximize corporate profits.

Are S&P 500 Boards Equipped for the New Challenges of the Global Marketplace?

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

It can't possibly be in the interests of shareholders, companies, efficient markets, or a better world for board members to hang on for years and years, especially people who have little or no experience or expertise in the most vital challenges facing today's global marketplace.

Annual Elections for Corporate Boards: For or Against?

Alice Korngold | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

Annual board elections are a progressive approach and best practice to board governance.

How Good Corporate Governance Can Help Save Middle Eastern Economies In Crisis

John Sullivan | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact
John Sullivan

As the Middle East seeks to stabilize its markets after years of upheaval, a good corporate governance strategy can help create a strong and stable private sector that provides jobs, income, and wealth creation for its populations.

Using Our Wallets to Open Corporate Boards to Women

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

Corporate boards and CEOs may not always understand the need for diversity and the advantages of having more women within their ranks, but they do understand the importance of profits, investors and keeping customers happy.

J.P. Morgan Post-game Analysis

Richard Leblanc | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Richard Leblanc

What are we to take from this, from a governance and accountability perspective? First, the directors who received less than 60 percent should all be replaced.

Bowlers for Bankers? Don't Import Failed UK Governance Cliches

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon is just the lastest to be ensnarled by the annual "separate the roles" campaign -- independent of lack of evidence these arrangements improve governance.

Eleazar David Melendez

The 'Lindsay Lohan Of Banks'

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business

Two years ago, when CtW Investment Group began asking JPMorgan Chase & Co. to drop several members from its corporate board, Michael Pryce-Jones, a se...

Bad to Worse: Why Shareholder Activism Hurts Shareholders

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

One of the ways (theoretically) in which businesses are held accountable by the public, or at least those with stock portfolios, is through shareholder activism. However, in practice, shareholder activism can actually be a case of a disease being used to cure an illness.

Everyone's Business: Why the Private Sector should be Accountable to the Public

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The private sector should be held to the same standard of scrutiny that the government itself receives from the people, and corporate governance should be as much a matter of public debate and law as political governance.

Eleazar David Melendez

Activist Shareholders Take Aim At Sneaky Corporate Boardroom Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 04.25.2013 | Business

Last year, after being voted out of office by the shareholders who technically pay their salaries, 55 directors at publicly-traded American companies ...

Corporate Governance and CEO Pay: The Cesspool at the Top

Dean Baker | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The high pay for those at the top does not come out of the air; it comes from everyone else's paycheck. There is no single policy that would reverse this enormous upward redistribution of income, but reining in CEO pay has to be an important part of the story.

American Banks Should Split the Chair and CEO Roles

Richard Leblanc | Posted 06.16.2013 | Business
Richard Leblanc

The roles of a lead director and board chair are different. More and more American corporations are moving towards effective, non-executive chairs. Banks should not be dragging their feet.

Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom

Susan Bloch | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business
Susan Bloch

Whatever the reasons, it remains difficult for many talented women to get a seat at the top table. It's now time to move from the "why" to the "how" and shift gears if we want to prosper and continue to grow.

Save the World With Collaborative Leadership

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We still have a lot to learn about how to create long-lasting, cross-cutting, highly effective collaborations. New models are being devised and tested every day. But there's no doubt that collaboration will be key to the future survival and success of humankind.

Eleazar David Melendez

Billionaire Drama Over Dell As Corporate Raider Carl Icahn Threatens Company's Management

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business

Until Wednesday, troubled computer maker Dell Inc. seemed headed for a buyout that would have allowed a corporate restructuring. The deal would have g...

'Fiscal Drift' and the Need for a Rising 'C-Level'

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 03.09.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

It is time we un-blurred the lines between government and business. If human rights and the ideal of equality and justice for all is the chief mandate of good government, it cannot allow the influence of industrial chiefs to favor their economic interests.

Cerberus Divestment Is a Loss, Not a Win

Christine Bader | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Christine Bader

Cerberus Capital's decision to sell its stake in the Freedom Group, maker of the gun used in the Newtown shootings, is being widely applauded. But divestment is exactly the wrong outcome: Running away from the problem doesn't solve it.

How to Stop Fraud and Corruption in Your Organization

Richard Leblanc | Posted 01.20.2013 | Business
Richard Leblanc

The fraud and corruption continues to grow. What should boards do? Six things.

Cowboys vs. Conveners: Catalyzing Gender Equality

Valerie Keller | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business
Valerie Keller

If we do not have a dearth of female talent, why the pervasive gross under-representation in workplace leadership worldwide?

What Are Boards Thinking About as They Go Back to the Boardroom?

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 11.10.2012 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

I worked with a number of boards and board chairs over the summer, and here are the things on their minds and the things they'll be grappling with this autumn, above and beyond the usual business of the year.