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2011

Sarasin Responsible Investment Seminar
Speech before the Sarasin Responsible Investment Seminar, London, October 6, 2011.  (Bob participated remotely from Maine).

Traveling Less & Zero Emissions Conferencing [DOCX]
Zero Emissions Conference Participation Robert Monks makes a move toward remote participation in national & international conferences.   October 6, 2011 Portland, Maine   Corporate Governance expert and shareholder activist Robert AG Monks has made a recent commitment to travel less while continuing to participate in the world of governance and political debate.  He says, “With today’s technology I can still talk to people all over the world without leaving Maine.  It works out – I get to enjoy my life here, lessen my environmental impact and still keep up with governance issues.” Monks is frequently asked to speak all over the world.  He recently returned from engagements in Paris and San Diego but also spoke remotely to conferences in Vancouver and The Netherlands, and spoke to a group in London today.  “More and more I see remote or recorded speeches at these conferences.  The experience is quite good as a viewer and I’ve had excellent experiences as a speaker. ” Robert Monks spoke today before the Sarasin & Partners Responsible Investment Conference in London.  Sarasin partnered with Cisco Systems for this event and is pleased to be using Cisco TelePresence which is designed to make remote participation feel as if you’re in the same room with the other speakers.  Speaking both individually and as part of a panel allowed Monks to experience the full range of remote technology.  “It was virtually flawless,” he said.   For more information on Robert Monks and his work see archives.ragm.com Contact Stephanie Philbrick: sphilbrick@ragm.com or (207) 400-0462.  

Bob Monks speech for UNPRI 2011
Robert Monks practice reading of speech for UNPRI, September 2011.  See the text for this speech here.

Responsible Ownership - CECL Conference
Robert AG Monks recorded speech for the Centre for European Company Law (CECL) Conference on Effective Ownership. The Netherlands, September 16, 2011.

Can Stewardship Help Prevent the Next Financial Crisis? [PDF]
Speech for PRI In Person - Principles of Responsible Investment conference, Paris, 2011.   See a practice reading of this speech here.

Robert Monks speech, GMI Public Funds Forum 2011
Practice read-through of 2011 speech for GMI's Public Funds Forum.  See the text of the speech here.

L'Appel - ICGN Paris [PDF]
Speech for International Corporate Governance Network Annual Conference (ICGN), Paris, 2011.  Titled L'Appel (The Call) and meant as a call to action for owners and fund managers. View a video excerpts of this speech here and here.

Public Funds Forum 2011 [PDF]
Opening remarks for The Future of Corporate Reform, GovernanceMetrics International's (GMI) 2011 Public Funds Forum.  See a practice reading of the speech here.

Activist Investors
Institutional investors must become activist owners if democratic capitalism is to survive.  Robert Monks reads from his September 2011 ICGN keynote speech.  The full text of the speech is available here.

The Call 2011 - Intro
Robert Monks issues a call to fund mangers to be responsible and active owners.  Introduction to L'Appell -- ICGN keynote speech September 2011.  This is a practice reading and not the actual speech. Read the text of the full speech here.

The Need for Global Corporate Laws
Corporate domicile laws and national regulation are inadequate to deal with multinational corporations.  Countries need to cooperatively create specific global laws to address them. July 26, 2011. archives.ragm.com

DC Circuit Court decision preserves CEO power
Regarding the DC Circuit Court on SEC Proxy rules:  a legal system that preserves the hegemony of the CEOs.  What does a board do that would be impossible to do with an outside director there?  July 26, 2011.

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