In my opinion, there is no way a lambda individual can have any chance to influence a big (or even medium sized) company.
To even have a vote requires an investment of several hundred dollars -- if not thousands. And then you need considerably more than that. Think millions.
I see the whole subject of corporate governance, with respect to small shareholders, as a joke. Big players will always control big companies. All small shareholders can hope for is a couple dividends here and there. And many are ready to throw ethics to the wind to reap those meager benefits.
[ObNationalRant] Besides, when I see what kind of "ethical" companies get into the Swiss WWF Ethos Fund, it really looks like a joke: Nestlé (advertises powder milk to third-world countries, despite having promised not to do so after several babies' deaths), Novartis (pharma group, also active in genetically-modified organisms), ABB (participates in the Three Gorges Dam in China), UBS (Swiss bank -- 'nuff said)...
Corporate governance? Thanks, but no thanks. At least, in democracy, every one has a one and only one vote.
Stéphane "Alias" Gallay -- Damn! My .sig is too lon