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See related case examples of

Dell Inc.

investor rights to intrinsic value realization


Walgreen Co.

stock buyback policies

"Fair Access" Home Page

"Fair Access" Program Reference

For graphs of specific company and related industry returns, see

Returns on Corporate Capital

For graphs of specific company voting for the past 5 years, see

Shareholder Support Rankings





For a subsequently published summary of the benchmarking survey referenced below, see

For an updated review of Conference Board Task Force plans for reports expected to be published in January 2014, see


Forum Report: Fair Investor Access

Conference Board Resources for "Corporate Governance" Policies

For those of you concerned with "corporate governance" policies, The Conference Board has formally initiated its "Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement" to develop recommendations of board responsibility for investor communications. The Task Force plan includes opportunities for public review and comment on governance issues, complementing the Shareholder Forum's focus on the functional processes of corporate responses to investor information requirements.

The following introduction to the Task Force lists the people who will be guiding the project (including two members of the Forum's "Fair Investor Access" Program Panel, Barbara Blackford as its Reporter and Peggy Foran as a Member), and also provides a very useful history of institutional investor evolution over the past fifty years as a foundation for understanding the relationships of fiduciaries:

The Task Force's first public review will be conducted by its Advisory Board this Wednesday, February 27, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm ET, to "examine the current corporate/investor engagement paradigm and to identify the positive elements as well as potential areas to be addressed by the Task Force." Anyone wishing to participate, either in person in New York or online, is invited to register.

The Conference Board has also recently published two reports of definitive research relevant to the issues being addressed by the Task Force:

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for Forum support of the Conference Board's Task Force or other corporate governance projects.

GL – February 25, 2013

Gary Lutin

Chairman, The Shareholder Forum

575 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10022

Tel: 212-605-0335



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