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Corporate Governance

Eleazar David Melendez

The 'Lindsay Lohan Of Banks' | 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 | 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 | 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.

5 Tips for Small Business From Hedge Fund and Private Equity Magnates

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 10.01.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

Advice from hedge fund and private equity managers can resonate with all market players, whether investors, institutions, large or mid-size companies and small business. Here are five tips that can be applied to small business

Why You Can't Talk About Impact Investment Without Corporate Governance

Mirjam Schöning | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Mirjam Schöning

Mention the term "impact investing" at a social enterprise gathering and eyes widen and enthusiastic words flow. Mention "corporate governance" and it's likely that those same eyes will glaze over. But good governance matters. It's what enables impact investments to work.

Can Russia Achieve Corporate Governance?

Georges Ugeux | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business
Georges Ugeux

While global standards have now been firmly established by the OECD for private companies, the undertaking to establish similar standards for state-owned enterprises is a work in progress.

Business Should Be About Green, Not Blue (Noses)

Marty Robins | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business
Marty Robins

Let's put the focus and accountability on whether CEOs are making good business decisions and not on their resumes and personal behavior.

Policies: Less Is More

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

Policies embody the essence of what a company stands for. For each policy there is a corporate commitment and a set of policy expectations. Everyone in the company, throughout the world, is expected to live by these. No exceptions.

Managers Don't Really Want to Innovate

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Companies, like 3M and Google, that allow employees to carve off a certain percentage of their paid time for innovation are rare. Most other firms want their people to stay focused on today's business -- and only work on innovation in their spare time.

Fixing Your Nonprofit Board: When Incremental Steps Aren't Enough

Alice Korngold | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

Assess and enhance your board's composition, practices, and structure based on the direction in which you are taking the organization. This is the path to building a better world.

Executive Compensation in the Nonprofit Sector: Getting It Right

Alice Korngold | Posted 06.22.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

What does it mean to get compensation right? And why does it matter so much? Getting it right is called "fair and reasonable" by the IRS. It's what the law requires, it's what any CEO wants, and it's what any donor and member of the public expects.

Google's Stock Split Irks Governance Experts, but Is the Right Move

Bill George | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Bill George

Ultimately, actions like Google's will make the U.S. more competitive as companies invest in people, research, and facilities to ensure their long-term success.

Will the SEC Push Back?

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Robert A.G. Monks

So why the hue and cry -- why the determination to slay a "beast" barely visible from the towering heights of the Shareholders Communication Coalition? No surprise, the answer is money.

'This Is Alice Korngold, She's an Activist'

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Alice Korngold

By sixteen I could have been the poster child for a crisis nursery, domestic violence shelter, and rape crisis center. On the positive side, however, I grew up in a neighborhood with friends from many countries, religions, and races.