Boards & Shareholders


Nailed It Failed It

Kudos to TikTok, tech brethren; Starbucks & Luckin have us soured on coffee cos.

2020-07-09T19:36:00+01:00By Compliance Week

In the inaugural edition of our weekly “Nailed It or Failed It?” feature, we give TikTok and other tech companies a pat on the back and shake our heads at the actions of Starbucks and Luckin Coffee.

Adidas

Adidas vows more ‘diverse and inclusive’ workplace after key exec departs

2020-07-06T21:26:00+01:00By

Footwear and apparel giant Adidas is focused on improving its diversity efforts after its head of global human resources stepped down following controversial remarks on race that angered employees.

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Lessons from Wirecard: Ignore unchallenged allegations at your peril

2020-06-24T14:34:00+01:00By

When a company does not rebut serious allegations of wrongdoing with litigation, the only response is to demand answers from the firm or take your business elsewhere, writes financial crime expert Martin Woods.

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Compliance has a role in eliminating corporate bullies

2020-06-05T16:07:00+01:00By

Anti-bullying should be at the top of your compliance agenda and should be supported by increased gender balance, writes financial crime expert Martin Woods. 

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Analysis: VW ‘deliberately immoral’ ruling pushes governance lessons

2020-05-29T18:13:00+01:00By

A look at a recent court case against car manufacturer Volkswagen once again places the company in the spotlight but, perhaps more importantly, offers some lessons in how to live up to shareholder expectations of good governance that protects their investment.

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Luckin Coffee fires CEO, COO over accounting scandal

2020-05-13T16:45:00+01:00By

Luckin Coffee, the China-based equivalent of Starbucks roiled by allegations of fabricating millions in 2019 sales, has fired its CEO and reshuffled top leadership as part of its ongoing internal probe.

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Elon Musk again tests SEC with 'stock price is too high' tweet

2020-05-04T18:49:00+01:00By

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is at it again on Twitter, this time with a comment he made about the electric car company’s stock price being too high.

Shareholder guidance

Glass Lewis and ISS issue new policy guidance on impacts of the coronavirus

2020-04-10T16:00:00+01:00By

Glass Lewis and Institutional Shareholder Services both issued new policy guidance this week on how they intend to approach a variety of matters around the coronavirus pandemic, including executive compensation.

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SEC promotes virtual board meetings amid coronavirus crisis

2020-03-16T17:11:00+00:00By

The SEC has shared guidance to assist public companies, investment companies, shareholders, and other market participants affected by the coronavirus pandemic with their upcoming annual shareholder meeting obligations.

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Coronavirus: Tips for risk management

2020-03-13T14:01:00+00:00By

As the coronavirus worldwide pandemic spreads, the ramifications for any business has gone from temporary disruption to a serious impediment. Here are 10 steps your company can take to mitigate its risks.

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Wells Fargo former board chairs hesitant to accept accountability

2020-03-11T20:17:00+00:00By

Elizabeth Duke and James Quigley remained unwavering about accepting any sort of accountability in their oversight roles as former board members of Wells Fargo at a tense Congressional hearing Wednesday.

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Two Wells Fargo board members resign ahead of congressional hearing

2020-03-09T15:39:00+00:00By

Two Wells Fargo board members who were scheduled to testify at a congressional hearing this week in the aftermath of the financial institution’s fake account scandal have resigned.

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ESG at the vanguard of company objectives in 2020

2020-02-28T14:46:00+00:00By

According to the latest research, 2020 may be the year when corporations finally embrace environmental, social, and governance initiatives.

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SeaWorld Entertainment to pay $65M in shareholder class action

2020-02-18T18:42:00+00:00By

SeaWorld Entertainment disclosed in a recent regulatory filing it has reached a $65 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit over allegations investors were misled about the impact of the 2013 documentary film Blackfish.

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Spirit AeroSystems faces class action over accounting woes

2020-02-12T21:07:00+00:00By

In the wake of an ongoing accounting probe and the resignation of two top finance executives, Spirit AeroSystems is facing a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders.

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Poll: U.S. companies want to respond to proxy advisor voting recommendations

2020-01-15T20:20:00+00:00By

According to a Willis Towers Watson survey, the majority of U.S. publicly traded companies would not remain silent if given the opportunity by the SEC to respond to proxy advisor voting recommendations.

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BlackRock: Climate change ‘defining factor’ in companies’ futures

2020-01-14T20:30:00+00:00By

Fund manager BlackRock announced several new initiatives with a focus on sustainable investing, including holding companies and boards more accountable where they are not making enough progress on sustainability-related disclosure.

Board table

Argo Group agrees with Voce to overhaul board

2020-01-06T16:35:00+00:00By

Argo Group, a Bermuda-based insurance company, announced it has reached an agreement with activist fund Voce Capital Management to make changes to the composition of Argo’s board of directors.

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New York legislation requires ‘Women on Corporate Boards Study’

2019-12-31T14:43:00+00:00By

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring a study to be conducted on the number of women directors who serve on each board of directors of domestic and foreign companies authorized to do business in New York.

Tightrope

Top 10 risks to keep executives on their toes in 2020

2019-12-30T18:42:00+00:00By

A new study from Protiviti and North Carolina State University not only highlights those risks companies should keep an eye on in the coming year—it also prompts leadership to explore whether or not they’re taking enough risks.

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Troubled Boeing loses legal head to retirement

2019-12-30T18:20:00+00:00By

J. Michael Luttig, who has led Boeing’s legal matters associated with the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashes, will retire at year end.

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Apple, Walmart among compliance winners of 2019

2019-12-27T17:13:00+00:00By

Strong social stances, a dedication to doing what’s right, and leading by example highlight the qualities exemplified by our list of ethics and compliance winners of 2019.

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Study: Board diversity, gender pay, political contributions top shareholder agendas

2019-12-18T20:51:00+00:00By

A Conference Board analysis of trends in shareholder voting and activism in Russell 3000 corporations demonstrates more shareholder savvy and creativity in pursuing social and environmental issues.

PathForward

At rare open meeting, PCAOB says it’s on path to change

2019-11-22T16:01:00+00:00By

A recent PCAOB open meeting reviewed details about shareholder outreach and offered a view into its five-year strategic plan.

PointTheFinger

More companies pointing finger at proxy advisory firms

2019-11-22T15:53:00+00:00By

A new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Nasdaq says the number of companies identifying conflicts of interest at proxy advisory firms has almost doubled.

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House passes bill requiring disclosure of diversity on corporate boards

2019-11-20T20:55:00+00:00By

If enacted, legislation on corporate board diversity would require the SEC to work on strategies to increase gender, racial, and ethnic diversity on corporate boards.

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SEC’s Clayton pushes modernization at UPenn speech

2019-11-15T20:49:00+00:00By

Touting the SEC’s recent accomplishments, Chairman Jay Clayton maintains modernization helps advance the regulator’s “tripartite mission” and gives some hints about next year’s agenda.

Board

ISS unveils 2020 policy updates

2019-11-12T17:11:00+00:00By

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has released updates to its 2020 benchmark proxy voting policies. The updated policies will generally be applied for shareholder meetings on or after Feb. 1, 2020.

SEC

SEC champions proposals to amend outdated proxy solicitation rules

2019-11-06T18:55:00+00:00By DeAnn Orie

SEC Chair Jay Clayton and Commissioner Elad Roisman, among others, convened a roundtable to explore proposals to proxy voting rules calling for consistent regulation across the markets and better disclosure of conflicts to clients.

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Survey: Board governance issues expanding amid volatility

2019-11-04T19:51:00+00:00By

The role board directors of public companies play in providing oversight and governance around business strategy, investments, and policies—and their focus on emerging issues—has reached new heights, according to the findings of BDO’s 2019 board survey.

Investigate

Argo launches review into ‘decrepit’ governance woes

2019-10-16T19:46:00+01:00By

Argo Group International Holdings recently announced the launch of a review into governance and executive compensation matters following an SEC subpoena and harsh criticism from an activist investor group.

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AT&T might be the next Wells Fargo (and doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it)

2019-10-15T14:12:00+01:00By

A federal securities lawsuit against AT&T and multiple executives of the company mirrors many of the same troubling ethics and compliance failures that plagued Wells Fargo. Inside, we take a deep dive into the allegations.

Walt Disney Company CFO joins P&G board

2019-10-09T14:04:00+01:00By Scuttlebutt

Procter & Gamble at its 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders elected Christine McCarthy, currently chief financial officer of The Walt Disney Company, to its board of directors, effective immediately.

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Study: Shareholder support down for board nominees

2019-10-08T17:19:00+01:00By

The number of board nominees who failed to receive majority shareholder support in the first six months of 2019 reached a five-year high, according to the latest ProxyPulse report.

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SEC modernizes rules on exchange-traded funds

2019-10-01T16:40:00+01:00By

Despite an effective date about a year out, regulated entities still need to make some decisions now about policies and procedures if they are relying on a new regulation applying to exchange-traded funds.

Canada

Understanding Canada’s new diversity disclosure requirements

2019-09-30T17:35:00+01:00By

Starting next year, Canadian companies will be required to disclose much more about their diversity efforts, including many who will have to do so for the very first time.

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Shareholder lawsuit alleges massive fraud at AT&T

2019-09-27T19:50:00+01:00By

A lawsuit filed on behalf of shareholders against AT&T and its executives and directors alleges widespread fraudulent sales and customer-manipulation tactics regarding the company’s DirecTV Now offering.

Board

CII urges companies to commit to long-term executive pay

2019-09-18T17:10:00+01:00By

The Council of Institutional Investors overhauled its policy on executive compensation, urging public companies to dial back the complexity of their plans and set longer periods for measuring performance for incentive pay.

Prudential

Prudential subsidiaries to pay $33M for misleading disclosures

2019-09-17T16:46:00+01:00By

The SEC has charged two subsidiaries of Prudential Financial with failing to disclose conflicts of interest and making misleading disclosures to the boards for 94 funds they advised.

Shareholders

EY analysis: Audit committees increasing their disclosures to shareholders

2019-09-12T17:42:00+01:00By

Audit committees continue to increase the amount of disclosures they are providing to shareholders across a wide variety of categories, according to a recent analysis conducted by EY.

Board table

New SEC guidance addresses proxy voting process

2019-08-28T19:09:00+01:00By

New SEC releases address the applicability of proxy rules to proxy voting advice and provide guidance to investment advisers in fulfilling their proxy voting responsibilities, particularly when they retain the services of a proxy advisory firm.

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Kudos to Business Roundtable for advancing ‘purpose of a corporation’

2019-08-22T18:49:00+01:00By

While some mock the true intent of the Business Roundtable’s newly revised “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation,” others are lauding the fact that it brings social responsibility into the limelight.

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Cathay Pacific execs quit due to Hong Kong protests

2019-08-20T15:19:00+01:00By

Amid pressure from Chinese authorities after initially not penalizing employees for taking part in the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests, two top Cathay Pacific executives have tendered their resignations.

Applied Materials appoints new board member

2019-08-02T15:17:00+01:00By Scuttlebutt

Applied Materials has appointed Yvonne McGill, currently chief financial officer and senior vice president of the Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell Technologies, to serve on its board of directors.

WallStreet

Warren’s next battleground: private equity firms

2019-07-19T15:49:00+01:00By

Under newly filed legislation, The Stop Wall Street Looting Act, firms would share responsibility for the liabilities of companies under their control, including debt, legal judgments, and pension obligations.

IIA announces global chair and board for 2019-20

2019-07-15T15:04:00+01:00By Scuttlebutt

The Institute of Internal Auditors announced the election of a newly structured global board of directors for 2019-20.