A conservative organization is continuing efforts to get more diversity on corporate boards.
Representatives of the Free Enterprise Project (FEP) at the National Center for Public Policy Research have been visiting shareholder meetings to push resolutions for boards to consider becoming ideologically diverse.
FEP Coordinator Scott Shepard presented the idea last week at John Deere's annual shareholder meeting in Moline, Illinois. Shareholders rejected the idea, but that is not stopping Shepard and the FEP.
"We have seven or eight major corporations that have already signed on with us to provide these protections and consider board diversity more explicitly," Shepard tells OneNewsNow. "We're hoping to get the public more aware of what's going on so that people on our side fight on Twitter and show up at these meetings and do everything that the left does to fight in our corner and for this cause."
One of the stated reasons from FEP for corporate board diversity is so that boards avoid groupthink -- something FEP thinks puts workers and shareholders at risk.
"If there is no one in the room asking a critical question, and we're all just lemmings, we're going to fall off the same ledge at the same day at the same time," says Justin Danhof, general counsel and director of the Free Enterprise Project.