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When it comes to long-term viability and performance, corporate governance is one of the most decisive issues companies face. Corporate fraud, accounting scandals, insider trading, excessive compensation and other perceived organizational failures are typically attributed to poor governance and a lack of devices that would align the interests of managers, shareholders, and other organizational stakeholders. … Continue reading

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … Continue reading

A Target For No Reason?

A Target For No Reason?

According to Proxy Monitor, Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) was the most frequently targeted company by activist shareholders in 2012. In fact, when both social policy and corporate governance resolutions are taken together, by November 2012 the company received 83 resolutions by various types of filers and for a plethora of issues. In terms of popularity as … Continue reading

How Loyal Are Your Employees?

How Loyal Are Your Employees?

Employee stock ownership enjoys great popularity among its advocates. According to a more recent study by Tower Watson, 72% of the 50 largest publicly listed European companies have introduced employee stock ownership plans (ESOP). Even though the numbers vary a lot across European countries the European Federation of Employee Ownership (EFES) reports that in Europe … Continue reading