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The Democratic Corporation Remains a Distant Dream

The Democratic Corporation Remains a Distant Dream

The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a series of measures designed to enhance the power small shareholders have in operation of a company. The reforms face stiff opposition from Wall Street and corporate boardrooms, who have long held that any democratic interference in the direct management of a firm threatens its bottom line.

October 24, 2007

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

In recent years, many people have become interested in Socially Responsible Investing, or SRI (also known as ethical investing). a growing field in which money managers buy and sell stocks based on a company's environmental and social record, labor relations and other issues. Over the past decade or so, the growth of ‘ethical funds’ has been substantial, from approximately 10 funds in the early to mid-1990s to over 50 different funds by 2005. Although the $36 billion invested in these mutual funds in 2005 was still less than 1 percent of the $5.6 trillion market, it was more than triple the level of such investment in 2000.

October 13, 2007

Divesting from Sudan

Divesting from Sudan

Since early 2000s, the situation in Sudan, where some people have estimated that over 200,000 people have been killed, has gained increasing attention around the world. A new strategy has emerged in the U.S. to attempt to force the repressive Sudanese government to stop the violence.  Divestment, a strategy used in the 1980s in opposition to the South African government’s apartheid policy, has been revived and is quickly spreading.  Intended to withdraw funds and money from the country, supporters of divestment hope it will force the Sudanese government to stop using money for its military regime.

October 13, 2007

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