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links to other websitesWe’ve scoured the Internet for sites on corporate governance and related subjects. While often the newest and most frequently visited links can be found on the blogroll, we have too many to list down that side of the page. Please recommend additional links (only those with substantial corporate governance content) and let us know if you find dead links listed below (contact: James McRitchie). If you’d like to add a link from your site to ours, please link-to-us.

Accounting/Auditing

Antitrust

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Audit Committees

Benefits/Compensation

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Blogs & Blog-Like

Boards and Officers

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Board and Compliance Software

Books

Business (General)

Career Advisors

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Compliance

Consulting & Search

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Corporate Governance Centers

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Corporate Governance Networks/Resources

Employee Ownership

Ethics

Financial Resources

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Glossary of Corporate Governance Terms

Government

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Individual Investors

Initial Public Offerings We’ve only found one model we can recommend:

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Institutional Investors

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Institutional Investor Advisors

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International Corporate Governance

Investigators

Investment Banks

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Investor Communications/Relations Proxy Solicitation Services

Labor

Law

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Legal Services

Links to Links – selected link pages from other corporate governance sites

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Mutual Funds

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Pensions

Professional Associations

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Proxy Voting/Monitoring

Public Interest Groups and Research Centers

Ratings (Corporate Governance)

Warning: Not all ratings firms are created equally, nor do they use the same criteria for rating companies. Fannie Mae, for example, got a gold star (nine out of ten) when rated by Standard & Poors in late 2002 but scored below average by GovernanceMetrics. International. Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) won’t even give them a score because, as a government sponsored entity, Fannie Mae isn’t required to abide by US securities laws. S&P takes a different approach from the other two since they rate at a company’s invitation only. While this provides them with access to nonpublic information, I believe they also agree not to release certain ratings without the company’s consent.

  • Audit Integrity, purchased by GMI. “Audit Integrity proprietary modeling effectively detects and measures fraud and transparency-related risks in over 8,500 publicly traded corporations.”
  • Board Analyst, purchased by GMI. “Research shows that companies identified as High Risk by Board Analyst are nearly twice as likely to encounter problems as companies identified as Low Risk.” Among factors considered are: Board Composition, CEO Compensation, Shareholder Responsiveness, Accounting, Strategic Decisionmaking, Litigation & Regulatory Problems and Takeover Defenses.
  • Deminor Rating helps to bridge the corporate governance expectation gap between investors and listed companies. First European corporate governance rating agency.
  • GovernanceMetrics International (GMIRatings). Bills itself as the “world’s first global corporate governance ratings agency.” Weighs more than 600 variables, including environmental, workplace safety, and earnings management.
  • RiskMetrics Group – ISS: Governance Analytics. ISS calculates CGQs for 6,000 companies. To generate a CGQ, ISS analysts gather data on more than 61 criteria in the following categories: board, charter/bylaws, compensation, state of incorporation, executive and director compensation, qualitative factors, stock ownership, and director education. Launched in June 2002, information is primarily gathered from SEC filings.
  • Moody’s Investors Servic is overhauling the corporate governance assessment in its existing ratings. The firm hired Kenneth Bertsch to serve as director of corporate governance, a position he held at TIAA-CREF.
  • Open Compliance and Ethics Group, a nonprofit focused on providing universal guidelines (benchmarks) for integrated compliance and ethics programs.
  • Standard & Poor’s: Governance Services offers a range of products and services to evaluate the corporate governance standards of individual companies around the world. The Corporate Governance Score assesses companies’ corporate governance performance for investors. The Corporate Governance Evaluation Service confidentially diagnoses corporate governance for companies. The Corporate Governance Customized Research tailors research for investors, companies, regulators, or other organizations.

Relational Investors

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Risk Assessment

Shareowner Action

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Socially Responsible Business/Investments

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Sociology

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Whistle Blowing

Women and Corporate Governance

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