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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Corporate Governance Fairy Tale

May 20, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015

The Kabuki Theater of Corporate Governance

 “In theatre traditions of Asia such as the … Japanese Kabuki, the actor is the show. The stories are well known myths and historical epics, so everyone knows the plot. The audience is there to see the performer’s mastery of stylized movements, traditional vocal patterns and their otherworldly appearance in… May 18, 2015 | trustees , CEO power , shareholder rights , fiduciary duty , institutional investors , shareholder activism
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Is proxy voting anything more than a rite of spring?

May 13, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Why Not Me?

As I read in the Crimson "Divest Harvard Plans Weeklong Blockade of Massachusetts Hall," I had to ask myself: why I am not participating? Why not me?So my wife and I drove down to Cambridge (Massachusetts) from Maine to – well, to see what would happen and to see… April 23, 2015 | accountability , Divest , shareholder activism , responsible ownership
Thursday, June 26, 2014

What is the true cost of coal?

June 26, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A True Tale About the True Cost of Coal

When was the last time that there was so much buzz about coal. First, there was news that Stanford, one of the major university endowments in the country, was divesting from coal. More recently, the EPA announced new regulations on coal emissions. Both are very big and very interesting… June 4, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014

Stranded Assets & Divestment

This is an important and interesting addition to the responsible investing - divestment discussion. The Smith School issued a report on stranded assets, that is investments that "have suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations or conversion to liabilities." This can occur for a number of reasons, but I… April 14, 2014 | Divest , fossil fuels , responsible ownership , endowment
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Restoring the Voice of the People

Four years after the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United, surveys and polls continue to show the American people believe the decision was wrong. Those polls also reflect a deep concern that big money contributions by corporations and wealthy donors have endangered fair access to the political process and… March 12, 2014 | Citizens United , Corporate Power , Money in Politics
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An Outsider's History of Harvard & Responsible Investment: 1970-2014

In an effort to make sense of Harvard's investment practices and (apparent) unwillingness to be a leader in responsible investing, I have spent the past weeks looking at the history.  This forty-some-odd year span correspondes with my work in corporate governace so it seemed a good and handy timeframe… February 18, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Citizens DisUnited

The kind folks at Free Speech for People interviewed me for a short video about my book, Citizens DisUnited which came just a year ago. Much of our work overlaps and I'm frequently in contact with FSFP - in particular, they are working on a constitutional amendment to address… February 11, 2014 | Citizens United , Corporate Power , CEO Pay , Government Capture
Monday, February 3, 2014

Shareholder Impact - passive, active or divesting

I've gone on record saying that I don't think divestment is the way to address our reliance on fossil fuels. Someone will buy up those divested stocks and they may not be as conscientious as the people who sold them. I just don't see how this brings about change.  Still,… February 3, 2014 | shareholder activism , fossil fuels , Divest , institutional investors
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