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“Since 1995 the Corporate Governance site at has facilitated the ability of institutional and individual shareowners to better govern corporations, enhancing both corporate accountability and the creation of wealth. News, links, commentary, corporate governance definiitons and advocacy geared to the active investor. Browse our small reference library, join our NETwork, subscribe to the publications of our stakeholders.”

GovernanceMetrics International

“GMI was formed in April 2000 by a small group of people who recognized the need for a new, easy-to-use tool to monitor corporate governance.

Our ratings system has been developed following extensive research in multiple markets and consultations with institutional investors, corporate officers and directors and governance specialists. We conducted an in-depth test of our research methodology in nine countries. Our scoring algorithm has … [ Read more ]

As You Sow Corporate Social Responsibility Program

The Corporate Social Responsibility Program promotes corporate responsibility by engaging publicly held companies to adopt more progressive social and environmental policies – using the power of ownership to promote positive change. We engage in dialogue with selected companies, file shareholder resolutions, build coalitions, and conduct shareholder solicitation and media initiatives to raise awareness and promote more responsible corporate behavior.

Corporate Monitoring Project

Since 1996, former U.C. Berkeley finance professor and Wall Street trader Mark Latham has offered the Vancouver-based Corporate Monitoring Project as a kind of Internet samizdat at which he posts dissident shareholder resolutions excluded from proxy material sent to investors.


This site, put together by the Insights and Ideas Group at Burson-Marsteller, offers quite a bit of useful information for and about the chief executive officer position. For example, you can find listings of new CEO placements and departures, take a “test your CEO skills” quiz, find CEO stats (basic, demographic, geographic), read about CEO failure and success, read about CEO reputation, and much … [ Read more ]

Global Province

Bill Dunk reads annual reports, some 600 to 700 each year. He pores over each “Letter From the CEO” and looks for clues about the future prospects and direction of the corporate world. Then he issues his own annual report about the year’s annual reports.

ERI Economic Research Institute – Executive Compensation and Salary Planning Data

ERI provides management, boards of directors and consultants with executive compensation data to limit liability and assist management with executive salary planning. Also available is the free use of ERI’s quick search calculator to review competitors’ executive compensation and financial data.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Ira Millstein of this law firm is a leading source on international governance issues. Examples of useful material include an Overview of Corporate Governance Guidelines & Codes of Best Practice In Developing & Emerging Markets by Holly Gregory. Also, on the site is a comparison of EU governance codes. Click on What’s New and scroll down for a comparison on the codes.

The Stakeholder Alliance

The primary object of this organization is to make corporations accountable “to all stakeholders, instead of only to stockholders” through public disclosure. Find research, reports, and statements, mostly written by founder Ralph Estes, plus The Sunshine Standards for reporting. Sometimes combative in attitude, this site stresses the importance of pleasing one’s employees and stockholders, as well as the general public.

Corporate Governance, Leadership & Values (HBS)

Harvard Business School recently launched two Web sites dedicated to the topic of corporate governance. This one combines research and other resources and is tied to an ongoing HBS workshop on the topic. It is a comprehensive guide to the full range of new and ongoing activities and resources related to this important subject across the School. It includes links to the workshop series; background … [ Read more ]

HBS Corporate Governance Initiative

Harvard Business School recently launched two Web sites dedicated to the topic of corporate governance. This one is the online presence of the School’s five-year-old program devoted to better understanding how corporate governance systems function. Its research agenda has focused on how those systems can be improved to ensure the long-term growth and stability of national economies and of the global economy as a whole.

The … [ Read more ]

Power and Accountability

“Corporations determine far more than any other institution the air we breathe, the quality of the water we drink, even where we live. Yet they are not accountable to anyone.”

Here is a free online book by the people behind the excellent corporate governance website, The Corporate Library.

They Rule

They Rule aims to make some of the relationships of the elite of the US ruling class visible. It allows users to browse through the interlocking directories of some of the most powerful American companies (namely the board members of those companies). You can easily see the other corporate affiliations and political donations of that individual as well as find URLs with information … [ Read more ]

Questions at Stockholders’ Meetings (.pdf)

Many factors have played a role in shifting business operations dramatically over the past decade. Access to real-time, enterprise-wide information, expanded globalization, and changing financial and social priorities are creating new and diversified challenges for management. In this environment, corporate officers and directors must continue to build trust and confirm stockholders’ belief in the wisdom of their investments. Clearly articulating the company’s plans and … [ Read more ]

The Corporate Library

This excellent site is intended to serve as a central repository for research, study and critical thinking about the nature of the modern global corporation, with a special focus on corporate governance and the relationship between company management, their boards and their shareowners.

Encyclopedia of Corporate Governance

Encyclopedia of Corporate Governance, or encycogov for short, is created and maintained by Henrik Mathiesen, a PhD candidate at the Department of International Economics and Management at the Copenhagen Business School. Content on the site is divided into two sections: Specific Topics and General Topics. Topics in both sections begin with a paragraph explaining the overarching definition of the principle, and link to a variety … [ Read more ]

Ecomp Executive Compensation Database

The Ecomp Executive Compensation Database allows users to research the compensation and net-worth of executives. Users may search the database by company name or ticker symbol, as well as by state, sector, and industry pull-down menus. Search returns list compensation summaries for the top executives, including salary, bonus, and total compensation. Clicking on the executive’s name will give a more detailed summary, including restricted stock, … [ Read more ]

Executive PayWatch

This AFL-CIO site bills itself as a working families’ guide to monitoring and curtailing the excessive salaries, bonuses and perks in CEO compensation packages. Obviously this is a biased site, but still interesting – especially the CEO Pay Database – find out how much various CEOs are making.