Posts Tagged ‘shareholder activism’

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility is a leading coalition of shareholder activists, with 300 organizational members, including faith-based institutions, socially responsible asset management companies, unions, pension funds and colleges and universities. ICCR members and staff engage with hundreds of multinational corporations each year to promote more sustainable and just practices, and their website is a great place to learn about the key issues being addressed by shareholders. Visit website.

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US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the trade association for the socially responsible investment industry. Its website includes primers on community investing, divestment, and SRI in general, as well as a steady stream of topical reports. Visit website.

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ESG Ratings for US Mutual Funds

Our company, Natural Investments, has been generating comprehensive ratings of SRI mutual funds since 1992 and has become the leading tool for investors to get a snapshot of SRI mutual funds’ environmental, social, and governance performance. Similar to the 5-star system used by Morningstar to rate financial performance, our “Heart Rating” (also known as the NI Social Rating) used 1-5 hearts to indicate where each mutual fund stands relative to its peers in its commitment to screening, shareholder advocacy, and community investing. See the current Heart Ratings.

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The Impact of Shareholder Activism

This late-2014 report by the Croatan Institute looks into the impact of investor engagement on environmental, social, and corporate governance practices of publicly traded companies. These finding have been integrated as part of a project to develop a standard method for documenting the impact of such activities. For the 2015 proxy season, ten institutional investors have committed to using the alpha version of the framework. See report.

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