Walden Asset Management eValues, Summer 2014: TIPPING POINTS

TIPPING POINTS


Mad Men watchers surely flinched the first time the show’s protagonist, ad executive Don Draper, exhaled a plume of smoke in an airplane or a movie theater. Fortunately, smoking in enclosed public places reached a tipping point years ago and is now largely a thing of the past. Walden’s climate change campaign aspires to catalyze a similar break from the status quo…

 

DÉJÀ VU: SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK


Every once in a long while a group of companies, usually led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, launches a campaign to change the rules allowing investors to file shareholder resolutions. Welcome to the latest iteration…

 

BICEP: BUSINESS MUSCLE WHERE IT’S NEEDED MOST


Like most shareholder meetings led by Ceres, this one was chock-full of subject matter experts, investors, academics, NGOs, and senior Nike managers. All were zeroing in on a climate change action strategy for the iconic brand…

 

RESEARCH & ENGAGEMENT IN ACTION


At the April 30 annual meeting of shareholders of technology firm EMC, Walden offered strong words of praise for EMC’s robust goal to address greenhouse gas emissions…

 

WALDEN’S 2014 SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTIONS


Much of Walden’s success in advocating for greater corporate responsibility and transparency comes from constructive dialogues with companies over many years, outside of the shareholder resolution process. Yet sponsoring resolutions remains a primary tool for investors to influence company policies and practices…

 

ESTATE PLANNERS EYE STATE REQUIREMENTS


With the higher federal estate tax exemption now at $5.34 million for an individual and $10.68 million for married couples, much of the focus of estate planning has shifted to minimizing taxes at the state level…

 

CUTTING EDGE COMPANIES: CYBERONICS


Texas-based Cyberonics has developed a medical device utilizing vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy for the long-term treatment of epilepsy…

 

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