Danone board ousts ESG Advocate Emmanuel Faber as chief and chairman | Financial Times

Danone’s board of directors has decided to replace Emmanuel Faber as chief executive and chairman, bowing to pressure from activist investors and blowing up a two-week-old compromise designed to have him remain as chairman….Activist investors attacked Danone for what they cast as its chronic underperformance compared with larger rival Nestlé, and publicly called for Faber’s…

Co-Determinative Corporate Governance

A system of shared corporate governance between shareholders and workers, codetermination has been mostly ignored within the U.S. corporate governance literature. When it has made an appearance, it has largely served as a foil for shareholder primacy and an example of corporate deviance. However, over the last twenty years—and especially in the last five—empirical research…

Proposal With Caveat: A Purpose-Based Corporation

Shareholder value maximization has been severely criticized in recent years, but it is not clear what if anything is to take its place. In this paper we review three models of corporate value creation – shareholder value, stakeholder value and company purpose achievement – and their implications for corporate governance. We first discuss shareholder value and how…

The BRT’s Fake Stakeholder Promise: One Year In

A year from the Business Roundtable’s announcement that they were broadening their focus on stakeholders, what are the results? Unsurprisingly, the BRT gives itself an A. Executive Director Joshua Bolten writes in the Wall Street Journal: The CEOs who signed the new statement believe it better reflects their conviction that businesses can’t flourish over the…

‘Stakeholder’ Capitalism Seems Mostly for Show – WSJ

We said as soon as they accounted it that we did not believe the Business Roundtable’s new claims of commitment to stakeholders. Now Lucian Bebchuk and Roberto Tallarita confirm that we were right to be skeptical. By putting American workers through months of turmoil, the Covid-19 crisis has heightened expectations that large companies will serve…

Preparing for Post-Pandemic Corporate Activism

Pre-pandemic, activists found new acceptance among institutional investors as they focused on unlocking value, creating efficiencies, and operating in a global environment with a focus on corporate and social responsibility governance issues. In what might be seen as a direct response to this trend, in August 2019, a group of 181 chief executives signed a…

Investors Call on Corporate Managers to Adopt COVID-19 Policies

From the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: We are 195 long-term institutional investors representing over $4.7 trillion USD in assets under management with global exposure across capital markets. We recognize the long-term viability of the companies in which we invest is inextricably tied to the welfare of their stakeholders, including their employees, suppliers, customers and…