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'Green News Report' - June 2, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It's Donald Trump vs. reality in energy and water speeches in California;...

Investors Revolt Over Pay Hike For Oil CEO

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.14.2016 | Business

Shareholders of British oil company BP repudiated a 20 percent pay bump for Chief Executive Bob Dudley on Thursday, with about three in five votes obj...

Controlled Companies Built for Comfort, Not for Performance

Jon Lukomnik | Posted 04.06.2016 | Business
Jon Lukomnik

Controlled corporations - those US public companies where insiders get extra voting rights or the ability to elect the directors - claim that such special rights increase their returns for all investors. But the truth is that controlled companies are built for corporate comfort.

How Health Insurance Companies Punish Patients

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

And get out of our way. Stop punishing patients who educate themselves, take responsibility for their health and do so well that insurers don't even think they have an illness. Amen.

Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump.

Denmark Has Figured Out One Way To Foil Corporate Greed

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 02.04.2016 | Business

NEW YORK -- Denmark is not the socialist utopia celebrated by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the first Democratic presidential debate in October. Just ask...

Death of the Shareholder and the Rise of the CEO Paymachine

FIXCapitalism | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
FIXCapitalism

By Mark Blessington In Adam Smith's day, investment of personal savings into business drove economic growth. Most economic activity back then involv...

Cybersecurity and the Twenty-First Century Board of Directors

Alice Korngold | Posted 12.31.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Boards and their advisors must look ahead to the greatest challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century in building the best boards and focusing their agendas accordingly.

Carrots, Sticks or Evolution?

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 01.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I. Rimanoczy As a researcher of human behavioral change and transformation, particularly as it relates to the area of our planetary sustaina...

How Corporate Governance Affects Corporate Sustainability and Why It Matters

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Corporate governance is increasingly applied to an extended form of monitoring corporate activities that include the impact on society and the natural environment. This additional agenda can create tension and conflicting priorities among the traditional roles of shareholders.

The Top 10 Signs the CEO Is Rolling in Your Dough

Natalie Pace | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Natalie Pace

The majority of CEOs on Wall Street are hardworking, honest men and women, however bad apples can seed themselves in any company. CEOs can seduce investors with legal loopholes and sleight-of-hand tricks, even if they never technically cross the line of lying, cheating or stealing.

4 Questions to Ask Before Divorcing Your Co-Founders

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

This happens to be a common problem. Founder fatigue, differing visions, externalities -- these can all put stress on partnerships. That is why you should always pick your co-founders wisely, and not just because you know them and they are available at the time.

Is It Time To Extend The Say On Pay To The Employees?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
Judith Samuelson

We need a fresh look at the whole concept of "Pay for Performance." But maybe the problem isn't with the basic concept of Say on Pay -- it's that the wrong group is asked to weigh in.

Same Chevron Shareholder Circus? Look Closer!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 05.28.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

The circus of lies, denial and propaganda videos that has become the Chevron annual shareholder meeting took place at Chevron's San Ramon, California headquarters once again yesterday.

Can Southern Company Shareholders Persuade Its Board to Stop Supporting Climate Change Denial?

Nell Minow | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

On May 27, 2015, the shareholders of utility Southern Company will have the chance to tell the corporation's board that they want more independence, more transparency, and a stop to the company's support of climate change "research" that fails to meet academic standards for integrity.

How Corporate Responsibility is Returning Public Relations to Its Original Meaning

John Friedman | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
John Friedman

I have been a practitioner for corporate communications, including public relations for more than three decades. And I have been working in corporate responsibility for the last 15 as well. In that time I have come to the conclusion that the two professions are - or will become - one and the same.

Corporate Disclosure Benefits Both Businesses and Democracy

Steve Roth | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Steve Roth

Investors need information about political spending so that they can make informed decisions. Political activity creates risk for companies, as Target discovered in 2010 when it saw boycotts in response to political spending in favor of a gubernatorial candidate who opposed same-sex marriage.

The DuPont Proxy Contest Is a Battle for the Soul of American Capitalism

Bill George | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Bill George

The DuPont proxy vote is a part of a battle for the soul of corporate America. The venerable Martin Lipton, quoted in Nocera's column, has it right: this form of shareholder value is "a disaster for the country."

At Last: A Quota for German Supervisory Boards

Ellevate | Posted 05.07.2016 | Women
Ellevate

A 30% women's quota has come to German supervisory boards. I know there are many males who share the joy and hope to change the transparency in German administrative boards.

Delaware Seeks to Restore Balance Between Corporations and Shareholders

Nan Aron | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Nan Aron

More than half the nation's Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. So Delaware corporate law affects everyone. A recent case kicked off the need to recalibrate Delaware law. Here's what happened.

Why Is Whole Foods Afraid of Its Shareholders?

Nell Minow | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Nell Minow

Whole Foods is so terrified that shareholders might consider voting for someone other than the management-selected candidates for the board that they have taken the extreme and outrageous step of postponing their annual meeting.

Should Boards of Directors Communicate With Shareholders? Vanguard Says Yes. Many Directors Say No.

Lex Suvanto | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Lex Suvanto

Director-shareholder engagement may not advisable for every board for a number of legitimate reasons. But there is no question it is an emerging practice. Those who have engaged say it is worthwhile and can be a powerful strategy to strengthen shareholder relationships in an age of increasing investor activism.

Shahien Nasiripour

AFL-CIO Targets Navient As Scrutiny Over Student Loan Servicing Mounts

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

The nation’s largest labor federation is taking aim at Navient Corp. for alleged mistreatment of borrowers, adding to the student loan specialist's ...

A Delaware Court Decision Threatens Effective Enforcement of Our Nation's Securities Laws, While the SEC Stands Idly By

Micah Hauptman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Micah Hauptman

Delaware courts often set standards for what corporations are permitted to do. In May, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a corporation's board of directors can unilaterally amend the company's bylaws to include a "loser pays" provision that shifts all litigation expenses to a plaintiff who sues the company for intra-corporate wrongdoing.

The Secret to Winning the Race for Talent: Purpose Is So Much More Than a Paycheck

Karin Volo | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Karin Volo

You've probably heard the term "war on talent." People in human resources have been talking about it for a decade. Well, that time is really here now. However, I'd like to challenge us to change the vocabulary around this. War has such a negative connotation.