- The US Congress has voted to give shareholders an annual vote on executive pay, although this will be a non-binding vote
- Shareholders may get the right to nominate candidates to the board- and to remove non-performing directors. These have been management's prerogative so far
- Redesign of executive compensation with less liberal stock options for people at the top.
- An improvement in the composition of corporate boards- board members will need to demonstrate better expertise than playing golf.
The world over, democracy has gained ground at the level of nations. But the corporate world remains the last bastion of dictatorship. Greater diffusion of powers and more participative decision-making are what companies lack - and which is why they are prone to disaster. Serious reform is making these things happen.