Netflix Revolutionizes Board Meetings

Beyond PowerPoint — making meetings meaningful, and integrating the board with the company’s operations and executives at Netflix: At most companies, directors have a less complete understanding of the company than executives because of their limited exposure to day-to-day activities. The format of the information they receive does little to overcome this information deficit. The…

CEOs should disclose their real wages. The real pay gap is [even more] maddening.

This year’s first pay ratio disclosures are not entirely accurate, according to Ralph Nader and Steven Clifford in USA Today, because they omit the biggest category of CEO pay, stock and option grants. Apity reported that CEO Kevin P. Clark’s total compensation was $13,800,347. He also received $17,699,452 from exercising stock option, an amount not…

McKesson Board Can’t Dodge Opioid Shipment `Red Flags’ Suit – Bloomberg

Some McKesson Corp. directors must face an investor lawsuit accusing them of failing to honor promises to ensure internal systems for spotting suspicious opioid shipments functioned properly. Two shareholders of the San Francisco-based company can press claims the distributor’s board was asleep at the switch when it came to overseeing such shipments after a 2008…

Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs – BBC News

The UK firm Carillon has collapsed, declaring bankruptcy as its share price is just above zero. The “integrated support services business” held about 450 governmental contracts, from school meals to maintenance, construction, and traffic control. Last year, it issued three profit warnings in five months and wrote off more than £1 billion. In a damning…

Shareholders Bring Gun Safety Issues to the Boardroom

The post-Parkland move to bring the United States to the sensible gun safety rules adopted by other countries has now moved from protests and politics to where the money is, the corporate executives and directors who run the companies that manufacture and sell guns and determine the millions of dollars the NRA spends on political…

David Webber on Employee-Funded Capitalism: “Labor’s Last Best Weapon”

In the subtitle of his highly recommended new book, The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder, David Webber calls employee pension funds “Labor’s Last Best Weapon.” He says that working-class employees could be a powerful force for sustainable economic growth through their pension funds. In an interview, Webber talked about the opportunities and challenges in making the…

Amazon adopts ‘Rooney Rule’ proposal for diversity in reversal – Recode

Amazon said on Monday that it would adopt a policy whereby women and people of color are included in the pool of candidates for all board openings, essentially agreeing to a hotly debated shareholder proposal it had initially opposed. “The Amazon Board of Directors has adopted a policy that the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee…

FCA fines Barclays boss £640k over whistleblower failings – Citywire

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Relegation Authority (PRA) have fined the chief executive of Barclays £642,430 over his handling of a whistle blower.In a joint statement the two regulators announced the Barclays chief James Staley will be fined for his failure to ‘act with due skill, care and diligence in the way he acted…

Corporate Governance Principles – Investor Stewardship Group

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK FOR U.S. LISTED COMPANIES Principle 1: Boards are accountable to shareholders. Principle 2: Shareholders should be entitled to voting rights in proportion to their economic interest. Principle 3: Boards should be responsive to shareholders and be proactive in order to understand their perspectives. Principle 4: Boards should have a strong, independent leadership…