Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Corporate boardrooms need policy ‘rules of the road’

Roll Call
ACCF and Bipartisan Policy Center: As the role of businesses in society evolves, a government rethink is critical

Corporate Governance’s Role in Public Policy

On February 7, the ACCF joined Bipartisan Policy Center for a panel discussion explore how private sector leaders are responding to the growing role of corporate governance in public policy.

Shareholder activism is on the rise, but companies are fighting back

CNN Business
"It can start with disclosure, and then goes to, why haven't you reached X?" says Tim Doyle, vice president for policy with the American Council for Capital Formation. "It's the beginning of a slippery slope when a shareholder recommendation turns into things that shareholders can ask for in the future."

SEC to Mull Stricter Shareholder Proposal Rules

Financial Times Agenda Week
The issue has recently been shoved back into the spotlight with the growth of ESG-focused investing, according to Tim Doyle, vice president of policy and general counsel at the American Council for Capital Formation, a nonprofit corporate advocate.

Washington down on proxy advisers

Pensions & Investments
Gary Retelny said ISS works ‘extremely hard’ to mitigate any potential conflicts of interest. Sally Montana Powerful institutions in Washington are taking a renewed look...

Activist Investing Today Podcast: Doyle Targets Proxy Advisers

Activist Investing Today
The general counsel of the corporate-backed American Council for Capital Formation, spoke to the Activist Investing Today podcast about two new studies the group...

New Report: Robo-Voting Confirmed

Numerous Asset Managers Voting in Lockstep with Proxy Advisor Recommendations

Influential advisers blindsiding corporate America on shareholder votes

Washington Examiner
Proxy-advisory firms, under scrutiny in Washington over the weight given to their corporate-policy guidance, aren't giving companies enough time to respond to voting recommendations...

Report Details Significant Problems With Shadowy Industry Used To Push Environmental...

Daily Caller
Investors are voting on expensive shareholder proposals designed to tackle global warming without understanding the negative effect such measures have on their investments, according...

ACCF Submits Comments to the SEC on the Proxy Process

Mr. Brent J. Fields Secretary U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Re: File Number 4-725; SEC Staff Roundtable on the Proxy Process Dear Mr. Fields: The American Council for Capital...

Shakeup at CalPERS board: Police officer unseats pension fund’s president

Sacramento Bee
CalPERS is considered underfunded because its assets are worth about 71 percent of what it owes in promised benefits to retirees and public employees. Some cities, including Corona, have complained that rising pension costs are inhibiting their ability to fund other services.

ACCF Applauds SEC Call for Roundtable on the Proxy Process

“The SEC’s rules governing the proxy process are at the center of investor participation in the corporate governance of public companies. The decision to hold a roundtable to gather stakeholder input is an strong signal that the commission is serious about ensuring the concerns of investors are appropriately represented,” said Tim Doyle, General Counsel and Vice President of Policy at the American Council for Capital Formation.

SEC Decision Begins Process of Reforming Corporate Governance

Real Clear Policy
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should be commended for its decision last week to rescind two previously issued guidance letters that had allowed third-party firms known as “proxy advisors” to wield undue influence over the shareholder proposal process.

Cracking the Proxy Racket: The SEC withdraws guidance that built a...

Wall Street Journal
A Wall Street Journal editorial examines recent SEC guidance efforts in the role of proxy advisors. BlackRock Vice Chairman Barbara Novice responds in a letter to the editor.

Corporate Lobbyists Notch Win in SEC Walk-Back on Proxy Advisers

Bloomberg Law
The withdrawal of the SEC letters could help the bill’s supporters achieve their goals without Congress. “It’s a great first step toward genuine reform of the way these proxy advisory firms have exerted their influence over corporate governance matters,” said Tim Doyle, vice president and general counsel of American Council for Capital Formation, which supports the bill.

Rating agencies using green criteria suffer from ‘inherent biases’

The Financial Times
Agencies that judge companies according to their environmental, social and governance metrics suffer from wildly diverging standards and “inherent biases”, according to a report by the American Council for Capital Formation.