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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
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, September 24, 2013

Not Fade Away: We Must Revive Fiduciary Duty

A few years ago we recorded this post about fiduciary duty.  I still had the misguided hope that President Obama would address corporate capture, conflict of interest and fiduciary duty.  While it's clear that these issues are not on his agenda, they are still very much essential for corporate… September 24, 2013 | fiduciary duty , Government Capture , Capture
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Conversation: Bob Monks & Steve Viederman

Earlier this month Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and The Sustainable Investment Professional Certification hosted a webinar featuring my new book.  It was hosted by Steve Viederman and we talked about topics in the books, as well as solutions and the current state of corporate governance.  And, there was… June 26, 2013 | responsible ownership , CEO Pay , Corporate Drones , corporate governance , corporate social responsibility , capitalism
Friday, June 14, 2013

The Political is Commercial: Washington's Revolving Door

The political is commercial -- it's a play on the seventies slogan, "the personal is political."  But it's true and it came to mind recently as I read Eleanor Bloxham's article about SEC Chair Mary Jo White and Washington's "revolving door." To put it simply: government jobs are worth… June 14, 2013 | SEC , Corporate Power , Government Capture
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ric Marshall: Quantifying what is qualitative in ESG

Years ago I founded a small research company called The Corporate Library in Portland, Maine.  The idea was to rate companies based on governance with the premise that good governance increases value.  Today, TCL is GMIRatings a leading risk metrics company with staff in Maine, New York and London. … May 7, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Celebrating a Hero: Lance Lindblom wins an award

Last month, Lance Lindblom was awarded Common Cause New York's Democracy In Action award.  He's one of the few true leaders in responsible ownership.  In 2012 he retired after more than a decade at the Nathan Cummings Foundation.  Before that, while at the Ford Foundation, he focused on democratic… April 11, 2013
Friday, December 21, 2012

Themes from the new book: Corporate Competitiveness

I'm writing a new book that I expect to come out in early 2013.  It focuses on corporate power -- not only in business and finance, but power in our government and even over the public dialog about what is best for our country.  My expertise is in governance… December 21, 2012
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
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, October 2, 2012

In the Boardroom: US lags behind UK on reform - Bob Monks

I had the chance to talk with Lucy Marcus of Reuters today about the difficulty of getting corporate boards to listen to shareholders, and the differences in shareholder activism in the U.S. and U.K.  It was a very good discussion with a very good interviewer.  Have a listen. … October 2, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dual Class Ownership

A couple of years ago I posted a video proposing multiple-class stock as a way to empower owners and hold management to account. Now seems like a good time to discuss the downside of dual-class or multiple-class stock because there have been some recent high profile offerings that bring… June 20, 2012 | ownership , corporate governance , shareholder rights , proxy
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