FALL 2012 LUNCH SEMINAR SERIES
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Monday, January 28, 2013
FALL 2010 LUNCH SEMINAR SERIES
The Corporation 20/20 Fall 2010 lunch seminar series marked the fifth anniversary of the release of the Corporation 20/20 six Principles of Corporate Design.
Below are the brief descriptions of the first three seminars which took place at the Tellus Institute in Boston.
Thursday, September 23.
What is the “proper” purpose of the corporation? A transnational comparison
Roy Shapira, Doctoral Student, Harvard Law School and Lecturer, Department of Economics, Harvard University. Former Associate at an Israeli law firm specializing in corporate litigation; Lecturer, Property Law at the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel)
Summary: Corporation 20/20 Principle 1 defines the purpose of the corporation as harnessing private interests to serve the public interest. The question of corporate purpose is seldom asked yet lies at the heart of societal expectations, contemporary corporate conduct, and prospects for innovative corporate designs in the coming decades. New research reveals different answers across countries and over time. Each definition affects the scope of managerial fiduciary duties, regulating takeovers, mandating employee representation, disclosure requirements, and the requirements and revocation mechanisms for granting incorporation charters. The common wisdom that used to divide the world into the Anglo-Saxon shareholder-oriented approach and the Continental Europe stakeholder-oriented approach is overly simplistic and should not be accepted at face value. New developments in US state charter law open new possibilities for repurposing the corporation.
Wednesday, October 13
What is an accountable corporation in the 21st century?
Alan Willis, Advisor to Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), author of background papers for Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy Task Force on Capital Markets and Sustainability, and co-author of a CICA report on the business and climate change (http://www.camagazine.com/archives/print-edition/2009/dec/features/camagazine31688.aspx); and Discussant James Post, John F. Smith Professor of Management, Boston University, Co-Author, Redefining the Corporation.
Summary: Corporation 20/20 Principle 5 calls for corporations to be governed in a manner that is participatory, transparent, ethical, and accountable. Accountability is a dynamic concept, evolving as societal expectations of business change in response to 21st century needs and expectations. It is manifested in governance, stakeholder relations, and the organization’s commitment to transparency and ethical conduct. In the coming years, to what norms of accountability should corporations be held, and what are the leading examples of organizations whose practices provide a glimpse of the frontier in corporate accountability?
Thursday, October 21
What is a “fair” return to investors?
Corporations in a Great Transition
Video Interview with Allen White at Yale Univ.
Redesigning Finance: Pathway To A Resilient Future
2nd Summit Resources
1st Summit Resources