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The NYC Comptroller and Pension Funds Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0

Board composition is increasingly at the forefront of governance activists’ focus and initiatives. A recent, high-profile example of this comes from New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension...more

Blog: Results of ISS global survey reveal strong opinions on board gender diversity and mixed views on multi-class capital...

by Cooley LLP on

ISS recently released the results of its 2017-2018 global policy survey. The respondents, mostly from the U.S., included 131 investors, 382 corporate issuers, 46 consultants/advisors, 28 corporate directors and 13...more

Employment Law This Week®: Extended Leave Not Covered Under ADA, Wellness Program Regulations, Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations,...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

Client Interview – Jennifer F. Nelson, Senior Associate General Counsel, Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc.

by Baker Donelson on

Can you tell us about the various leadership positions you have held throughout your career and the basics of how you achieved those positions? I've been serving on the Small Law Department Management Committee Board of...more

NYC Pension Funds Set Their Sights on Board Diversity

by Jones Day on

The Background: The NYC Pension Funds, which led the largely successful campaign to implement proxy access rights across corporate America, have launched a new crusade to improve the diversity of corporate boards....more

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

Mandatory Disclosure: Belgium Requires Large Companies to Provide Certain Non-Financial Information

by Jones Day on

The Background: On September 3, 2017, Belgium adopted a law implementing EC Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. - The Result: Under...more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 17

by DLA Piper on

The juxtaposition of items in the financial news is always fascinating. Earlier this week, an article appearing in the Wall Street Journal stated that state legislatures are moving to bolster investor protections due to...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

Blog: SEC Committee On Small And Emerging Companies Completes Final Report And Recommendations

by Cooley LLP on

At the final meeting yesterday of the SEC Committee on Small and Emerging Companies (apparently soon to morph into the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee), the Committee finalized the discussion draft of its...more

Blog: Studies Show Hedge Fund Activists Have Adverse Impact On Board Diversity And Target More Firms With Women CEOs

by Cooley LLP on

While more and more institutional holders and asset managers are noisily promoting board diversity among their portfolio companies—including, most recently, the NYC Comptroller and the NYC pension funds—hedge fund activists...more

NYC Comptroller Launches “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0”: Pushing for More Diversity, Independence and Climate Expertise

by Locke Lord LLP on

On September 8, 2017, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds announced the launch of the “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0.” The goal of Project 2.0 is to make the boards of 151...more

Blog: Will Board Diversity Be The New Proxy Access?

by Cooley LLP on

In 2014, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, who oversees the NYC pension funds, submitted proxy access proposals to 75 companies—and ignited the push for proxy access at public companies across the U.S. The form of proxy access...more

New York City Comptroller Launches Campaign for Corporate Board Diversity, Independence, and Climate Expertise

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds launched the “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0.” The campaign seeks to make corporate boards more diverse, independent, and...more

Blog: Why Have Institutional Investors Become So Outspoken On Corporate Governance Issues At Their Portfolio Companies?

by Cooley LLP on

The substantial increase in activism on corporate governance issues by large institutional shareholders and asset managers qua investors has been hard to miss. Now, joining the ranks of these other enormous asset managers and...more

Google and Charlottesville Events Raise Questions for Companies Regarding Employee Political Views

Two recent major news stories again involve the intersection of politics with employment law. In the first matter, Google fired a programmer after he posted an internal document criticizing the company’s diversity...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa Electrification scheme in focus, says Eskom With 90% of South Africa now having access to electricity, the utility will now put special focus on the three provinces that are...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Startups Should Look for Opportunity Between the Coasts - Startups might consider an extended pit stop in the “flyover” states, where smaller cities are...more

What Can You Say in the Workplace? Whatever Your Employer Allows You to Say...

The recent controversy involving the Google employee fired for challenging his employer’s diversity policies highlights some misconceptions concerning free speech rights in the workplace....more

How to Launch an Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Diversity or Affirmative Action Initiative on a Global Scale

by Littler on

Equal employment opportunity initiatives—human resources policies, handbook and code of conduct provisions, compliance standards, training modules and dispute resolution procedures that address discrimination, harassment and...more

Is Misogyny Protected Activity?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The blogs and networks have been buzzing over the past few days with news that a senior software engineer at Google – James Damore – had taken it upon himself to write and post on an internal Google mailing list a ten page...more

Blog: Asset Managers Support Shareholder Proposals For Board Diversity—Will It Make A Difference?

by Cooley LLP on

There’s been chatter about board gender diversity for a long time and, while there has been some modest progress, we have yet to see any dramatic breakthroughs. Now some of the largest asset managers are not just talking the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

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