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Impact Measurement Can Drive Business Value

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The Global Impact Investing Network surveys impact investors and learns that in addition to environmental and social benefits, measuring their investments can improve financial performance.



Human Rights Most Important Issue in Corporate Supply Chains

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Ethical Corporation reports on the results of its survey of corporations and other stakeholders, addressing risk and opportunity in corporate supply chains.



Financial Stability Board to Review Governance Principles

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The international body, formed to promote financial stability following the global financial crisis, seeks to determine how its member jurisdictions have implemented the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance.



SEC Urged to Strengthen ESG Reporting Requirements

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Ceres organizes an investor coalition calling for regulations to strengthen corporate climate reporting, while US SIF and ICCR issue a joint press release urging mandatory sustainability reporting.



After the Conventions

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. While it seems implausible that investors concerned with environmental and social justice will vote for Donald Trump, some of the positions take by Hillary Clinton during her years of public service merit scrutiny.



Major Pension Funds Still Funding Deforestation

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Friends of the Earth and As You Sow create a free online database to help educate individual investors about which retirement funds continue to invest in companies engaged in deforestation for palm oil production.



Banking Lags on Human Rights

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. A report by the NGO BankTrack reveals that most major global banks are failing to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in their financing.



Are Big Banks Ignoring Paris Climate Agreement?

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The seventh edition of the Fossil Fuel Finance Report Card reveals that while some progress has been made in exiting the financing of coal mining, global financial institutions are lagging badly in other extreme fossil fuels and human rights.



$5 Trillion Investor Coalition Supports Human Rights Benchmark

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The coalition, coordinated by Boston Common Asset Management, hopes that the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark will help improve corporate human rights disclosures and aid investors in their engagement with companies.



Pepsi Challenged on Palm Oil Worker Exploitation

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. A report from three NGOs reveals that violations of workers' rights on the palm oil plantations of PepsiCo's joint venture partner in Indonesia includes child labor.



BlackRock Shareowners Vote on CEO Pay

Thu, 26 May 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The Stephen M. Silberstein Revocable Trust files a shareowner resolution with the mutual funds giant, requesting that its proxy voting practices reflect a link between executive compensation and corporate performance.



SEC Backs Shareowner Challenge of Dominion Nuclear Plant

Fri, 06 May 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The utility's effort to exclude the resolution calling for analysis of the financial risks associated with a nuclear reactor which could cost over $19 billion is turned down by the Securities and Exchange Commission.



Second Benchmark of Corporate Human Rights Performance Launches

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. KnowTheChain, founded in 2013 to address California's Supply Chain Transparency Act, will initially benchmark the human rights performance of 20 companies in the information and communications technology industry sector.



Institutional Investors Support Increase in Solar Deployment

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition, launched during the COP21 negotiations, now counts over $60 trillion in assets under management supporting a trillion dollar investment in solar.



Despite Climate Commitments, World Bank Still Funding Fossil Fuels

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Oil Change International reports that the World Bank Group's investments in fossil fuel exploration actually increased in 2015, to $313 million.



Investors Challenge Food Companies on Antibiotics

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. The collaborative investor network Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return writes to ten of the largest restaurant chains, requesting policies addressing overuse of medically necessary antibiotics.



Walden Updates Shareowner Action on Lobbying

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management posts update on the 50 shareowner proposal addressing corporate lobbying expenditures filed this proxy season.



Investors Win Battles for Shareowner Votes on Climate at Exxon

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Resolutions addressing the moral imperative of limiting climate change and the manner in which the company reports oil reserves replacement will appear on proxy ballot following SEC decision.



Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Launched

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. Members of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark complete methodology based in part on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and plan to publish the first benchmark of corporate human rights performance in November.



Community Capital Management Publishes Annual Impact Report

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:00:00 EST

By Robert Kropp. In a webinar, Chief Impact Investment Officer David Sand emphasizes the importance the sustainable fixed income firm places on environmental and social impacts.