Weekly Highlights August 1, 2012

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Sarbanes-Oxley 10 Years Later: Boards Are Still the Problem
(Tuesday - July 31, 2012)
Source: Forbes - There will be no cake, balloons, or formal ceremony on July 30, 2012, but it’s an important anniversary in corporate America. It is the tenth anniversary of the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley, the landmark legislation intended to...

ESG / Sustainability

GE Chief: Nuclear's hard to justify - CNN
(Monday - July 30, 2012) Associated Profiles : Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Source: CNN - Nuclear power is so expensive compared with other forms of energy that it has become "really hard" to justify, according to the chief executive of General Electric, one of the world's largest suppliers of atomic equipment.

Report shows drought in middle of US rapidly intensifying, with little relief in sight
(Friday - July 27, 2012)
Source: Washington Post - The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating, a new report warned Thursday, as state officials urged conservation and more ranchers considered selling cattle.

Weill Says Banks Should Be Broken Up
(Thursday - July 26, 2012)
Source: Business Week - Sanford “Sandy” Weill, whose creation of Citigroup Inc. (C) (C) ushered in the era of U.S. banking conglomerates a decade before the financial crisis, said it’s time to dismantle the nation’s largest lenders. “What we should...


How to Sell Sustainability Within Corporate America
(Friday - July 27, 2012)
Source: Triple Pundit - Sustainability within corporate America has become mainstream. Once relegated to the basement office as far as possible from the C-suite just a decade ago, companies from Nike to Ford Motor to yes, Walmart, are taking...


Proxy season results show dramatic shift in company-shareholder engagement
(Friday - July 27, 2012)
Source: MarketWatch - A new Ernst & Young LLP report - Four key trends of the 2012 proxy season - reveals four emerging governance trends: the impact of say-on-pay (SOP) goes beyond compensation; shareholder proposal topics shift and...

Sovereign Wealth Funds

GIC sees challenging investment outlook for medium term
(Tuesday - July 31, 2012) Associated Profiles : Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC)
Source: Channel News Asia - The Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) sees a challenging investment outlook for the medium term. In its annual report, GIC says investment returns are likely to be low until the global economy...

Italy court unfreezes Libya's Eni stake
(Monday - July 30, 2012) Associated Profiles : Libyan Investment Authority
Source: Yahoo - An Italian court has unfrozen shares in Italian oil and gas group Eni held by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) on behalf of the family of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, judicial sources said on Monday...

China Foreign Deals Must Obey Market Principles, Regulator Says
(Thursday - July 26, 2012) Associated Profiles : State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) Investment Company (China)
Source: BusinessWeek - With China facing a window of opportunity to venture overseas, businesses must bear in mind return on investment, costs and cash flow, Yi Gang, head of the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, said yesterday at a forum held...

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