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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
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Board Oversight of Sustainability

There's a lot of talk about sustainability in the business world these days but what does that mean and who makes decisions about sustainability?  I have a new piece in the Corporate Governance Bulletin on just this issue.  We found that, "relatively few firms indicate that directors are asked… January 21, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Frankel Fiduciary Prize Speech

Last month I was honored at the Frankel Fiduciary Symposium in Washington.  It was a wonderful day of speeches about the evolution of fiduciary duty with much discussion about how we can (and must) recapture the original undertanding.  Over the last fifty years, we've seen a steady erosion of… January 15, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The new book -- Trusting Harvard

Announcing.... Trusting Harvard: The Cost of Unprincipled Investing * New from Robert A.G. Monks and Marcy Murninghan, a book that addresses the gap between scholarhsip and university investing. For decades, Robert Monks has promoted a simple idea: that property owners—even if the property is a share of corporate equity,… January 14, 2014
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Frankel Fiduciary Prize Symposium - December 10

NEWS RELEASE                                Wednesday, December 4, 2013    Frankel Fiduciary Prize Symposium  Honors Robert A. G. Monks December 10 in Washington   Program Features Phyllis Borzi, John C. Bogle, Ralph Nader; Panel to Discuss Status of Fiduciary in Federal Rulemaking     Washington DC – December 4,… December 4, 2013 | fiduciary duty
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Obamacare -- the question we really should be asking

I remember how difficult it was to pass Medicare back in the sixties (see also). Now many consider this a basic government service meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of citizens. The fact that Obama got any kind of healthcare billed passed when Lyndon Johnson couldn’t, Jack Kennedy… November 21, 2013 | Corporate Power , Government Capture
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Who picks up the tab when a corporation is fined?

I can’t think of anybody who was satisfied with the way in which the consequences of the financial crisis of 2008 have been handled. There have been some indictments but always against very minor figures, and no prosecutions have been directed toward the major players in any of the large… October 10, 2013 | accountability , fiduciary duty , CEO Pay , financial crisis , Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission , BP , shareholder rights
Friday, October 4, 2013

Government Shutdown as Protest

Does the government shutdown, as a form of protest, resemble Occupy Wall Street? The current state of government dominated by business has caused protest on both ends of the political spectrum in the U.S. – and cries out for public recognition that something is very, very wrong.   In chapter… October 4, 2013 | Corporate Power , Occupy Wall Street , Government Capture , Military Industrial Complex , Wall Street
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