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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Where No One Has Gone Before...

Getting worldwide ownership to cooperate on an issue might seem like an effort in herding cats: everyone is going to do their own thing. The thing is, nobody is really doing their own thing. What we have is an uncoordinated body of ownership that blindly follows management.Yes, that’s right:… June 2, 2015 | stewardship , shareholder activism , accountability , ownership
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, 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
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

To my surprise!

Years ago I was interviewed for a documentary called The Corporation.  A new documentary has been made using some of that old footage and I thought I'd share it with you.  See what you think and look for me at about 12:35. December 19, 2012 | accountability , corporate social responsibility , corporate governance , social responsibility
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Serendipitous Week and a Renewed Hope for Stewardship

Since the financial crisis, I’ve made repeated calls for the Great and the Good to step become active and responsible owners (see this piece on the GMIRatings site). Actually, I started on this track before the crisis when I wrote a letter to Harvard – my alma mater –… November 13, 2012 | corporate governance , ethics , LIBOR , stewardship , United Kingdom , shareholder activism , accountability
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Corporate Character

GMI is trying to define the characteristics of a corporation and how management make decisions that affect shareholders.  October 11, 2012. October 17, 2012 | corporate governance , Corporate Power , management , shareholder rights , accountability
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Happy Monopoly - Ratings Agencies

Happy monopoly describes the ongoing status of the SEC approved rating companies (Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations – NRSRO).  Notwithstanding that the Financial Crisis Investigation Commission and Senator Carl Levin’s Subcommittee on Oversight confronted the CEOs of the big ratings firms whose crisis-related pay went up by a multiple… April 24, 2012 | proxy , SEC , CEO power , Corporate Power , accountability
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Corporate Governance 2011 -- Year End Reflections

1. The Elephant in the Living Room. The single best indicator of the state of corporate governance - a system of accountable power – is the capacity of senior management to increase their own compensation that has been going on for two decades. The metaphor of the elephant in… January 3, 2012 | accountability , corporate governance , CEO Pay , boards of directors , Dodd-Frank , lobbying , fiduciary duty
Thursday, November 17, 2011

National Debt and Government Capture

In this new video I address the U.S. national debt as a symptom of corporate power over government.  Everywhere I look these days there is evidence of government capture: lobbying, the revolving door in Washington, the dismantling of employee pension plans ...  As I said in my last post,… November 17, 2011 | Capture , accountability
Thursday, November 17, 2011

What is Government Capture?

As I have moved my attention to corporate power and government capture I was asked to explain what I mean by "capture."  Daniel Kaufmann has discussed been talking about it for some time and I encourage you to look at his blog.  Google searches will lead to all kinds… November 17, 2011 | CEO Pay , Capture , accountability , financial crisis
Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Sends A Powerful Message

  I continue to be impressed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. They are a daily, hourly reminder of the dysfunctionality of our political and economic system, and of the power appropriated by a small group of people in this country. People say their message is unclear but I say their… October 21, 2011 | CEO Pay , Corporate Power , capitalism , accountability
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