Category: The Transparency Journey

Following up on my blog about four bewildering things about plain English: A few years back, a study from Labrador and BVA extolled the benefits of “plain language” – as compared to “ordinary” language – based on surveying real people.…
We’re in the process of slugging through the five types of disclosure documents for the S&P 250, applying our transparency criteria to them to determine how companies are doing overall and who is doing it the best ahead of the…
I just wrapped up reading Matthew Sekol’s “ESG Mindset: Business Resilience and Sustainable Growth.” (You can also buy the book on Amazon – the other link takes you to the publisher’s site. Support Indie publishers!) It’s a “must read” for…
Recently, ISS-Corporate Solutions issued a report – entitled “Gender Pay Equity: Assessing Corporate Transparency and Performance” – that offers analysis and a trove of data about gender pay equity and pay gap disclosure practices drawn from disclosures made by over…
If you’re not scared of falling victim to one of the numerous scams out there in the digital world, then you haven’t been paying attention to the corporate compliance training that you’re forced to undertake every year. The scams are…
Recently, I talked to Michael Levin – of “The Activist Investor” fame – about his recent note entitled “Radical Board Transparency” that is an idea for a new type of shareholder engagement. If your role has been to serve as…
Before I blog about how the plain English movement is sort of a forebear for the transparency movement, I thought I would share these four bewildering things about plain English: The SEC’s Plain English Rulemaking Was Quasi-Controversial These concepts were…
This Wachtell Lipton memo from Marty Lipton, Zach Podolsky, Mark Stagliano and MacKenzie Thurman is worth reading: “In March 2024, the UK Investor Forum presented the results of its six-month assessment undertaken to identify, understand and evaluate the ways companies…
Larry Fink – the Chair and CEO of BlackRock – pens an annual letter to investors that is closely read, but has been even more under the microscope the past few years due to BlackRock’s unenviable position of being in…
Transparency for fund voting. I found this blog by Jim McRitchie – on his long-standing CorpGov.net – to be fascinating. Jim’s blog covers this new study entitled “Leading by Example: Can One Universal Shareholder’s Voting Pre-Disclosure Influence Voting Outcomes?” that…
A while back, I penned a blog making the business case for companies to be transparent in their disclosure – arguing that transparency builds trust, which in turn enhances a company’s reputation to build real value. At that time, I…
“Things are topsy-turvy in the office.” I can’t help but think of that famous line from the end of “The Americans” TV series. But when you stop and think about it, it’s not a surprise that the SEC’s new climate…
I guarantee you that no one knows more about universal proxy. In this 22-minute video, Michael Levin of TheActivistInvestor.com joins us to discuss: What’s the current state of play with universal proxy? How do you rate the overall level of…
Our guest – John Kostyack of Kostyack Strategies – helps NGOs and foundations with their climate change and clean energy policy programs and in this 8-minute video, we discuss: What is your background? How do you feel is the best…
Ah, it would be so much easier to draft the proxy if all you had to do was follow the rules. The SEC’s rules have been long familiar to many of us. While some of them change occasionally and new complexities are introduced,…

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