Findings of the ISS Global Survey 2019

The findings of the annual ISS survey on investor priorities: Board Gender Diversity: Majorities of both investors (61 percent) and non-investors (55 percent) agreed with the view that board gender diversity is an essential attribute of effective board governance regardless of the company or its market. Approximately 27 percent of investors tended to favor a market-by-market…

Board independence revealed as key issue for investors in 2020

Two interesting things about this. First is the increased interest in independent board chairs in Europe. And the second is that for the umpteenth time we again see that ISS follows the customers at least as often as the other way around. The independence of company chairs in Europe could figure heavily in the deliberations…

Ex-Corporate Lawyer’s Idea: Rein In ‘Sociopaths’ in the Boardroom – The New York Times

We’re pleased that retired lawyer-turned novelist Jamie Gamble finally figured out that his corporate clients are “sociopaths” but believe he is creating a false dichotomy. Shareholder value does not require corporate officers and directors to ignore ethics and values; on the contrary. It is impossible to create long-term, sustainable shareholder value without scrupulous attention to…

A “Solution” That Will Make Things Worse

Professors Stephen M. Bainbridge and M. Todd Henderson acknowledge that boards of directors are not very effective, especially when the companies they are supposed to oversee are larger and more complex than any private organizations in history. But the solution they propose in their new book, Outsourcing the Board: How Board Service Providers Can Improve…

Billionaire Chairman’s Sons Are Cutting Deals With D.R. Horton – Bloomberg

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in an article about an insider transaction that raises some very significant conflict of interest concerns. Those are important details, said Nell Minow, the vice chairwoman of ValueEdge Advisors, which specializes in corporate governance. Before a public company approves a deal with fathers, sons or other related parties,…

Illinois Takes Steps Toward Adopting a California-Like Board Diversity Bill

Some of Illinois’ largest companies would have to take a critical look at who’s calling the shots in their boardrooms if a bill making its way through Springfield becomes reality. The legislation, which narrowly passed the House last month, would require any publicly traded company with an Illinois headquarters to have at least one woman…

Four Tesla directors to leave in governance overhaul | Financial Times

Tesla disclosed that four of its directors are to step down as part of a governance overhaul at the electric car maker, following criticism in recent months of the board’s failure to exert more control over chief executive Elon Musk. The shake-up was announced late on Friday, and came after the company’s new independent chairwoman,…