Corporate governance

APG creates suggested compensation guidelines for portfolio companies

APG Asset Management has set guidelines on how much executives at publicly traded European companies in its global portfolio should be paid, the firm said in a statement.

September 22, 2014 | 03:41 pm
Investors seek political contribution disclosure, end to exec tax payment at FedEx

Investors seek political contribution disclosure, end to exec tax payment at FedEx

FedEx Corp. shareholders face separate proxy proposals from the New York City Retirement Systems and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Fund, calling for, respectively, disclosure of...

September 19, 2014 | 12:00 pm
CFA Institute urges SEC to revive its proxy access rule

CFA Institute urges SEC to revive its proxy access rule

The CFA Institute on Friday called for the Securities and Exchange Commission to revive its proxy access rule, contending it would increase U.S. market capitalization by as much as $140.3 billion.

September 19, 2014 | 04:28 pm
Why the Halliburton decision matters

Why the Halliburton decision matters

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Halliburton Co. et al. vs. Erica P. John Fund Inc. is a significant victory for institutional investors in pursing securities class-action lawsuits.

September 11, 2014 | 12:17 pm

CII calls for more board disclosure on self-evaluation processes

Council of Institutional Investors, Washington, is calling for more disclosure of the self-evaluation process carried out by corporate boards of directors.

September 05, 2014 | 12:48 pm
Large Australia pension funds go internal, become more vocal as active shareholders

Large Australia pension funds go internal, become more vocal as active shareholders

Two of Australia's biggest pension funds say the industry will become more vocal in holding public companies to account as assets are increasingly managed in-house, filling a void of shareholder...

September 03, 2014 | 04:11 pm
Shareholders deserve directors' attention to duties

Shareholders deserve directors' attention to duties

Institutional shareholders should demand Coca-Cola Co. ask Richard M. Daley to step down as director or explain why, in the face of a personal challenge, he should stay as a member of the company's...

August 18, 2014
New York State Common withdraws shareholder proposal at ConAgra

New York State Common withdraws shareholder proposal at ConAgra

New York State Common Retirement Fund withdrew a shareholder proposal at ConAgra Foods Inc. after the company agreed to commit to using only sustainably sourced palm oil, said a statement Thursday...

August 14, 2014 | 04:00 pm
Investors should address aggressive corporate tax planning

Investors should address aggressive corporate tax planning

Sustainable, well-run businesses should pay a fair level of tax, and avoid the reputational, legal and financial risks posed by aggressive tax planning.

August 12, 2014 | 03:30 pm
SEC eyes adopting CEO pay ratio rules

SEC eyes adopting CEO pay ratio rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is slated to adopt in October its final rules on implementing a proposed CEO pay ratio, said Laura D. Richman, counsel at Mayer Brown LLP, in a teleconference...

August 01, 2014 | 03:25 pm

Alliant shareholders reject firearms safety proposal filed by 2 pension funds

Alliant Technologies Inc. shareholders Wednesday rejected by a 92.3% vote a shareholder proposal on firearms safety filed jointly by the New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Connecticut...

July 30, 2014 | 03:28 pm

Chamber of Commerce wants simplified corporate disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission should simplify corporate disclosure to make filings more useful to investors, including doing away with a requirement to show the company’s stock...

July 29, 2014 | 03:33 pm
Public pension plans take shareholder litigation international

Public pension plans take shareholder litigation international

It was only a matter of time before the litigation portfolios of U.S. public pension funds started catching up with their investment portfolios and spending more time overseas.

July 21, 2014
SEC says FedEx can drop Redskins question from proxy

SEC says FedEx can drop Redskins question from proxy

FedEx Corp. has won approval from the SEC to remove a shareholder proposal from its annual proxy asking the company to “respond to reputational damage from its association” with the...

July 16, 2014 | 03:37 pm

GMI to expand its ratings to emerging markets

GMI Ratings will introduce a combined set of accounting and governance ratings on some 9,000 companies in nearly 60 emerging markets countries.

July 15, 2014 | 04:01 pm