On July 21 2016, the CEOs of thirteen high-profile public companies, asset managers and pension and mutual funds released the Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance. The signatories include some of the most respected names in American business and were headlined by Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Mary Barra of General Motors, Larry Fink of Blackrock, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, and Bill McNabb of Vanguard. Their open letter states that the purpose of the group was to reach consensus on what “good corporate governance” means in the real world, and that while they recognize that there is significant … Continue Reading
In a recent twist on activist investing, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) purchased shares in SeaWorld in an effort to address conduct it considers animal cruelty. According to PETA, it bought “the smallest number of shares necessary” to give it “the right to attend and speak at annual meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions asking for policy changes”.
SeaWorld is not the only corporation PETA has claimed ownership in. PETA is using this same strategy with companies such as General Electric, Schering-Plough and 3M, and with fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Although … Continue Reading