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Center for Corporate Governance
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire USA
October 8 - 9, 2007




Host: Center for Corporate Governance at Tuck

Co-host: Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), Oslo, Norway

October 8-9, 2007

Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. Hanover, NH 03755, USA

Participation (by invitation only):
Heads of corporate governance of major North American and European institutional investors meet and debate with each other and prominent academics in the field.

Program at a glance:
The first day (and the beginning of day 2) will be devoted to fundamental questions of shareholder rights – and strategies for exercising those rights – both in North America and in the European Union. The second day will be devoted primarily to the integration of social and environmental issues in corporate engagement. Please note that the program is preliminary in that some session titles may change slightly.

Sunday, October 7:


07:00 PM — 09:00 PM

  Cocktail and Conference Registration at the Hanover Inn, Dartmouth campus

Monday, October 8:


07:30 AM — 08:30 AM

  Breakfast buffet and registration at Tuck

08:30 AM — 08:45 AM

  Welcome and Introduction

08:45 AM — 09:15 AM

  B. Espen Eckbo (Tuck): “The Minority Report”

09:15 AM — 10:00 AM

  John C. Wilcox (TIAA-CREF): “Trends in Shareholder Engagement Principles and Approaches”

10:00 AM — 10:30 AM

  Open debate on engagement

10:30 AM — 10:45 AM

  Coffee break

10:45 AM — 11:45 AM

  Michael C. Jensen (Harvard-Emeritus): “Executive Compensation: Ethics, Markets, and Politics”

11:45 AM — 12:15 PM

  Open debate on “say on pay”

12:15 PM — 01:45 PM


01:45 PM — 02:45 PM

  Andrei Shleifer (Harvard): “Regulation of Self-Dealing Around the World”

02:45 PM — 03:15 PM

  Open debate on self-dealing

03:15 PM — 03:30 PM

  Coffee break

03:30 PM — 04:30 PM

  Lucian A. Bebchuk (Harvard): “Reforming Corporate Governance”

04:30 PM — 05:00 PM

  Open debate on governance reform

05:00 PM — 06:45 PM


06:45 PM — 09:00 PM

  Conference dinner
Keynote Speaker - Raj Thamotheram (AXA IM): “Addressing Social, Ethical and Environmental Issues: Are we still way behind where we should be?”
Tuesday, October 9:

07:45 AM — 08:30 AM

  Breakfast buffet at Tuck

08:30 AM — 09:00 AM

  Runa Urheim (NBIM) and Giulia Paone (Tuck): “Crossborder Voting”

09:00 AM — 09:30 AM

  Open debate on crossborder voting

09:30 AM — 09:45 AM

  Henrik P. Syse (NBIM): “Introduction: Engaging Outside the Box"

09:45 AM — 10:15 AM

  Paul Munn (Hermes): “ESG Engagement in Practice”

10:15 AM — 10:45 AM

  Claude Lamoureux (OTPP): "Governance Engagement in Canada: A Success Story?"

10:45 AM — 11:00 AM

  Coffee break

11:00 AM — 11:30 AM

  Henrik P. Syse (NBIM): “Engagement: The Case of Child Labor and Children’s Rights”

11:30 AM — 12:00 PM

  Robert C. Pozen (MFS IM): “Corporate Response to Engagement: The Case of Wal-Mart”

12:00 PM — 12:45 PM

  Open debate on engagement on social, ethical and environmental issues

12:45 PM — 01:00 PM

  B. Espen Eckbo (Tuck): Concluding remarks

01:00 PM — 03:00 PM

  NBIM will host an informal box lunch for institutional investors, to discuss further avenues for cooperation and engagement. A separate box lunch will be offered to participants who do not take part in the NBIM lunch.


  The Workshop coincides with the foliage season, when the forests of New England are exploding with colors. The Workshop will therefore organize a short bus-ride into the forests—with a short (one to two hour) mountain hike—for those who want to spend the late afternoon following the end of the formal workshop program.