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To Exert Meaningful Influence, Shareholders Must Have More Than The Right to ‘Withhold’ Votes in the Election of Directors

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, published this opinion piece by Garfield Emerson on February 10, 2016. It advocates that shareholders need the right to vote “against” the election of directors in uncontested elections, and to be granted meaningful “proxy access” to nominate individuals for election as directors.

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Executive Compensation and the Right of Shareholders to Vote ‘Against’ the Election of Directors

‘Majority voting policies” and “say on pay” non-binding votes are ineffective means for shareholders to express and voice their concerns on board decisions on executive compensation. To exert their relevant influence as owners, shareholders need the right to vote “Against” the election of directors, not simply to “Withhold” a vote, and to be granted more practical “proxy access” to nominate individuals for election as directors’.

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‘Broken Windows’ and Corporate Corruption

The social science theory of ‘broken windows’ is generally associated with an analysis of criminology and underlying contextual circumstances that influence criminal and disorderly behaviour.

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The Accepting Majority: Wealth and Income Inequalities

President Obama made his pitch for ‘middle-class economics’ in his January 20th State of the Union speech. Delivered before the Republican controlled Congress, his political message was addressed to the nation at large, with an eye to future historians of his presidency. President Obama declared that the shadow of the ‘Great Recession’ has been overpowered by the sunlight of economic recovery and heralded a bright future for the United States.

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Canadian Public Accountability Board’s Inspection Findings Should Be Disclosed to Audit Committees

The critical roles of audit committees in overseeing the external auditor and in contributing to audit quality and integrity of financial reporting have been restrained by the failure of the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) to permit the disclosure of its inspection findings of external auditors to audit committees. Audit committees should have the legal right to receive CPAB’s inspection findings from their external audit firms in order effectively to oversee their external auditors and to evaluate the quality of the audit of their financial statements.

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