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Shareholders Push for “Triple Bottom Line”

Shareholder expectations have evolved, and they’re not just focused on profits. According to an Ernst & Young report, in 2010 most shareholder proposals were resolutions focused on social and environmental issues. And shareholder support of these proposals has increased nine-fold since 2005.

Jennifer Pellet Boards of Directors , Corporate Reputation , Governance/Compliance August 2 2011
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Kill Economic Freedom; Kill Job Creation

After Boeing announced its plans to locate a Dreamliner production site in South Carolina, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stated its position that Boeing should restrict production to Washington state. The NLRB was against the airline manufacturer creating jobs in South Carolina (there were no plans to eliminate the jobs in Washington) where there are lower costs and business conditions are stable.

ChiefExecutive.net Governance/Compliance , Legal , Regulatory July 29 2011
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Making Litigation Management Work for You

Legal fees can be astronomical, and executives sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by legal actions they don’t understand. Some disputes can be resolved with a lot lower cost in legal fees, but more importantly than lowering fees, litigation management can help align legal strategy with business goals.

James Shields Governance/Compliance , Legal July 22 2011
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VIDEO: Ford’s Alan Mulally on Gov’t Regulations for Businesses

Chief Executive magazine’s CEO of the Year, Ford Motor’s Alan Mulally, serves on President Obama’s export council, specifically leading the manufacturing section. In this video, Mulally discusses Ford’s involvement in formulating government regulations, the importance of a business – government relationship, corporate tax rates, and how to bring America back to the top in manufacturing (something he knows more than a little about).

ChiefExecutive.net Governance , Governance/Compliance , Manufacturing , Operations , Regulatory , Videos July 18 2011

States and Tax Incentives — What You Need to Know

When deciding where to establish or relocate a business, tax rates, credits, and incentives are an important consideration. And as corporate and income tax rates vary by state, it’s crucial to know the landscape before entering a market. Here’s an in-depth guide and what you should focus on.

Dean Zerbe Governance/Compliance , Legal , Regulatory July 14 2011
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VIDEO: CEO of the Year Alan Mulally on Fair CEO Compensation

Chief Executive magazine’s CEO of the Year, Ford Motor Company’s Alan Mulally, weighs in on CEO compensation. This topic has grown controversial as many CEOs have taken home large bonuses while the rest of the economy remains fragile. Here Mulally gives his opinion on how to fairly compensate chief executives.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Compensation , CEO Compensation , CEO Life , Corporate Finance , Governance/Compliance , Videos July 5 2011
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How to Revitalize Our Innovation Engine

As the former CEO of Danger, a wireless company that was sold to Microsoft for $500 million, and Tessera, a $300 million company that makes semiconductor casings for companies like Intel, Henry (Hank) Nothhaft knows a thing or two about innovation. Nothhaft sees a direct correlation between innovation and creation of jobs, but also sees that US regulations are stifling the job creation we so desperately need.

JP Donlon CEO Interviews , Governance/Compliance , Regulatory July 5 2011
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Employer Tax Changes Triggered By Health Care Reform

Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won’t go into effect until 2014, but all business owners should sort our their employees’ benefits beforehand. There will be a burden on individuals to maintain “minimal essential coverage,” but if employers do not cover certain types of individuals, they will be fined.

Vishal S. Petigara Governance/Compliance , Health/Benefits , Talent Management June 22 2011
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Making the United States Less Competitive

The United States has the second-highest overall tax rate for companies in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Chief Executive magazine compares U.S. rates to the rest of the world.

Jennifer Pellet Global Business , Governance/Compliance , Regulatory June 15 2011

The Pension Pickle

In addition to budget crises and high unemployment rates, serious pension problems loom for the US. States now face a $3 trillion-plus shortfall in state pension plan funds. Unable to hire new employees, CEOs are increasingly reliant on contract workers; this just results in depressed employment and loss of payroll taxes for states that desperately need revenue.

ChiefExecutive.net Global Business , Governance/Compliance , North America June 13 2011

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