Reporting / Sustainability Reporting
Climate Scientist Joins Exxon Board (02/03)
The oil and gas giant responds to years of shareowner action by appointing atmospheric scientist Susan Avery to its board of directors.
Investors Challenge Mutual Funds on Proxy Voting (01/20)
Sustainable investment firms respond to update by Ceres by pressuring mutual funds on their proxy voting records relating to climate change. Second in a two-part series.
Many Large Mutual Funds Continue Failure to Address Climate Change (01/07)
Ceres updates its annual report on voting climate-related resolutions by mutual funds, noting that several PRI signatories failed to support a single resolution in 2016. First in a two-part series.
US Chamber Targeted Senate in 2016 Dark Money Spending (01/02)
Public Citizen reports that only the National Rifle Association spent more than the Chamber of Commerce’s $30 million during the 2016 federal election.
Companies Challenged to Adopt Science-Based Climate Goals (12/17)
Over 100 publicly traded companies have reported to CDP that they will adopt science-based emissions reduction plans, and letters from members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility intend to hold them to their promises.
Impact Measurement Can Drive Business Value (08/26)
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.
Financial Stability Board to Review Governance Principles (08/16)
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 (08/12)
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.
Major Pension Funds Still Funding Deforestation (07/29)
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.
Are Big Banks Ignoring Paris Climate Agreement? (07/07)
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 (06/24)
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.
SEC Backs Shareowner Challenge of Dominion Nuclear Plant (05/06)
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 (04/30)
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.
Investors Challenge Food Companies on Antibiotics (04/15)
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 (04/11)
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 (04/01)
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 (03/31)
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 (03/21)
In a webinar, Chief Impact Investment Officer David Sand emphasizes the importance the sustainable fixed income firm places on environmental and social impacts.
A Wealth of Insights in the 2016 Proxy Preview (03/11)
Report authors Heidi Welsh and Michael Passoff detail a total of 314 pending shareowner resolutions, the majority of which target environmental issues and corporate political activities.
After a Successful Proxy Season, Walden Asset Management Sets Sights on 2016 (01/27)
The sustainable investment firm reports on its shareowner action during the 2015 proxy season, and begins 2016 with resolutions addressing corporate climate change lobbying and emissions reporting.
In Wake of COP21, Shareowners Challenge Corporate Lobbying on Climate (01/16)
A shareowner initiative coordinated by Walden Asset Management requests that fossil fuel companies disclose lobbying activities and review public policy advocacy on energy policy and climate change. Second in a three-part series.
Sustainable Investors Respond to Climate Pact (01/15)
With COP21 Climate Conference in Paris ending with agreement intended to keep global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius, investors envision portfolios focused on renewable energy. First in a three-part series.
NGOs Urge Green Climate Fund to Deny Accreditation to Scandal-Plagued Banks (11/14)
HSBC and Crédit Agricole finance environmentally destructive projects and rank at the bottom of major banks in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Second in a two-part series.
Banks Still Failing to Incorporate Climate Risks in Lending (11/05)
A year after Boston Common Asset Management organized an investor initiative, major global banks continue to fail to account for greenhouse gas emissions in their lending and underwriting portfolios.
Investors Support Human Trafficking Legislation (09/25)
More than 100 institutional investors call for passage in Congress of The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.
Investors Call for Support of EPA Methane Regulations (09/22)
A coalition of investors organized by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility writes to 32 energy companies, requesting that they support new regulations on methane emissions.
Holy Land Principles Calls for Fair Employment in Palestine (09/09)
Modeled on the MacBride Principles of Northern Ireland, the eight Holy Land Principles call on US companies doing business in Israel and Palestine to practice fair employment.
Investors Call on Corporations to Oppose Chamber's Challenge to Clean Power Plan (09/04)
Fifty prominent members of the Chamber of Commerce receive letters from investors, requesting that they address contradictions between their public positions on climate change and their funding of the Chamber's opposition to the Clean Power Plan.
Rankings of 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Reports Are Published (07/24)
Baruch College's Weissman Center for International Business analyzes corporate social responsibility reporting from the largest US and international companies, and publishes an online ranking that allows investors and other stakeholders to review the quality of CSR reports.
Oil Industry Payments to Governments Still Lack Transparency (07/23)
Five years after passage of Dodd-Frank, a report by Oxfam America finds that payments by the US industry to developing nations lack the transparency to ensure that governments are using them for the benefit of citizens.
Investors Tell Corporations to Meet Burma Reporting Requirements (07/01)
Sustainable investment firms representing more than $40 billion in assets under management write to three corporations doing business in Burma, urging them to comply with the Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements.
Benchmarking Tool for Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products Launched (06/30)
The Chemical Footprint Project, backed by investors and corporations representing more than $1 trillion in investing and purchasing power, is the first tool for benchmarking corporate chemical use and management.
Shareowners Target Amazon on Human Rights and Climate (06/12)
Sustainable shareowners submitted four resolutions addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance issues at this week's annual general meeting, as pressure grows for the company to improve its sustainability performance.
Report Assesses Corporate Conflict Minerals Disclosures (05/30)
The Responsible Sourcing Network analyzes the quality of more that 1,000 conflict minerals disclosures by large cap corporations, and find that many fulfilled only minimal requirements.
Resolutions Request Emissions Reduction Goals by Exxon and Chevron (05/29)
A process for shareowners to declare their intention to vote in favor of emissions reduction resolutions at the annual meetings of the oil and gas giants does not appear to have led to substantial votes in favor, but signal that investors who choose engagement as a strategy will remain aggressive.
Carbon Tracker Offers Roadmap for Energy Transition (05/01)
Asserting that many executives in the oil and gas industry assume a business as usual approach in their planning, the NGO warns that unconventional exploration and price volatility will have negative impacts for investors.
Two Years after Rana Plaza Tragedy, Investors Still Seek Corporate Assurances (04/28)
A coalition of institutional investors asserts that the systemic changes needed to safeguard garment workers in Bangladesh remain insufficiently financed, even by signatories to the Fire and Safety Accord.
Investors Call on SEC to Require Effective Climate Risk Disclosure (04/18)
In a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, a coalition of investors organized by Ceres offers specific criticisms of disclosures by major oil and gas companies, and argues that climate risk is changing the economics of the industry.
Shareowners Continue Push for Fracking Disclosure (03/17)
Six companies are recipients of resolutions this proxy season, calling for greater disclosure of environmental and community risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.
Investors Back Reporting Framework for Human Rights (02/28)
The United Nations Guiding Principles Reporting Framework is launched to help corporations report effectively on human rights issues, and gains the support of a $4 trillion coalition of institutional investors organized by Boston Common Asset Management.
BP Calls for Price on Carbon (02/25)
Arguing that emissions are rising significantly more than scientists recommend, the oil and gas company states that a meaningful global price on carbon will incentivize participation in a low-carbon transition.
Board of Directors Endorses Climate Change Resolution at Shell (02/03)
By endorsing a shareowner resolution filed by members of the Aiming for A investor coalition, the oil giant agrees to report on several aspects of climate risk, including portfolio resilience in post-2035 scenarios.
Climate Resilient Supply Chains Remain a Work in Progress (01/29)
CDP's new report comparing corporate supply chains by countries finds that the response of US suppliers to climate risk exposure is insufficient, while China and India offer the best financial returns from emissions reduction activities in supply chains.
Over 50 Institutional Investors Call for Improved Annual Reporting from BP and Shell (01/26)
Invigorated shareowner engagement in the UK leads to resolutions requesting that the two companies with the largest carbon footprints in the FTSE 100 report on strategies to address climate change.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month (01/12)
While business increasingly acknowledges its responsibility to help eradicate human trafficking in all its forms, more robust efforts are needed to protect the world's most vulnerable people.
Vermont a Co-Filer of Resolution Requesting Emissions Reduction Targets from Exxon (01/08)
The state's Pension Investment Committee joins a coalition coordinated by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and Ceres in filing a shareowner resolution calling for greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
Report Calls for Climate Resilient Stock Exchanges (01/06)
Arguing that risks associated with climate change are increasingly likely to destroy value, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board calls on stock exchanges to mandate corporate reporting that includes climate risk assessments.
New Controls for Old Risks at JPMorgan Chase (01/02)
In response to shareowner pressure, the bank endorses the Shareholder-Director Exchange as a means of improving the quality of engagement between investors and board directors. Second of a two-part series.
JPMorgan Publishes Governance Report in Return for Resolution Withdrawal (12/30)
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility withdraw a key corporate governance resolution after the financial institution agrees to publish a report detailing its efforts at governance reform. First of a two-part series.
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Gains Government Support (12/24)
The benchmark, which will rank 500 major corporations in four industry sectors on their human rights performance, wins financial support from the UK government. Second of a two-part series.
Efforts Underway to Benchmark Companies on Human Rights (12/04)
A coalition launches project to rank companies on human rights as BankTrack reports that few financial institutions are making progress on the issue.
Investors Ratchet Up Engagement Over Stranded Assets (11/26)
Undeterred by ExxonMobil's plan to burn all fossil fuel reserves already on its books, As You Sow and Arjuna Capital file a shareowner resolution requesting that the company return capital to investors rather than embark on further exploration.
Record High Support for ESG Resolutions by Shareowners in 2014 (11/25)
More resolutions addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance issues were filed by shareowners in 2014 than ever before, and proxy voting results thus far indicate record support for them as well.
Generic Drug Prices and Clinical Trials Come Under Scrutiny (11/21)
A number of recent new reports call into question some commitments to corporate social responsibility by companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Second of a two-part series.
2014 Access to Medicine Index Published (11/20)
Sustainable investors note improvements by pharmaceutical companies in areas of access and affordability but call for more rigorous codes of conduct and transparency around when patents will expire. First of a two-part series.
Contrasting Views on the Financing of Coal (10/30)
Rainforest Action Network congratulates US investment banks for backing away from Australian coal export terminal, while BankTrack reports that $83 billion was provided by banks to finance coal mining and coal power projects.
Procter & Gamble Agrees to 90% Recyclable Packaging by 2020 (10/22)
But the personal products company inserts caveat into agreement by saying that it will either ensure that 90% of its packaging is recyclable or that “that programs are in place to recycle it" by then.
Fossil Fuel Companies Failing to Integrate Risk (10/18)
Research by the Carbon Tracker Initiative reveals that while most fossil fuel companies acknowledge climate change as a risk, very few are integrating climate risks into project and capital expenditure assessments.
Investors Call for Oil and Gas Methane Regulation (10/13)
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, investors with more than $300 billion in assets under management call for regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
Institutional Investors Pledge to Disclose Carbon Footprint of Portfolios (10/01)
Signatories to the Montreal Pledge, launched at last week's UN Climate Summit, will measure and disclose the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios on an annual basis.
Voluntary Corporate Disclosure of Political Spending Improves (09/27)
The fourth annual CPA-Zicklin Index, which tracks voluntary disclosures of political spending by major corporations, notes improved transparency in the absence of effective regulation.
White House Announces Anticorruption Agenda for Business (09/25)
The Obama administrations says it will develop a National Action Plan “to promote and incentivize responsible business conduct, including with respect to transparency and anticorruption.”
Bank of America Delisted from Leading Sustainability Index (09/13)
The bank, which had been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes despite its leading role in financing coal projects, is delisted in 2014, but questions remain over some of the Index's industry sector leaders and other constituents.
Carbon Tracker Analysis Refutes Exxon Claims (09/12)
The analysis reveals that unconventional oil and gas exploration has contributed to ExxonMobil underperforming the S&P 500 by eight percent over five years, and that the company has not adequately stress tested a future low carbon scenario.
Reporting by Equator Banks Lacks Transparency (09/10)
An academic paper published by the Center for International Governance Innovation concludes that only five percent of financial institutions reporting to the Equator Principles disclose all the information required of them.
Regulate Corporate Political Spending, One Million Say to SEC (09/06)
At a press conference organized by members of the Corporate Reform Coalition, sustainable investors and other corporate governance advocates call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to mandate political spending disclosure by corporations.
Instability in Middle East Dampens Investment (08/26)
A white paper from Business Monitor International analyzes foreign direct investment in the Middle East and North Africa and concludes that political instability has led to declines in several countries.
Heavy Construction Equipment and the Israeli Occupation (08/21)
Who Profits, a research organization based in Tel Aviv, issues a report analyzing the role of heavy equipment manufacturers in supporting Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
ConAgra Joins Movement to Eliminate Deforestation (08/16)
Green Century Capital Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund withdraw a shareowner resolution after the packaged food giant agrees to eliminate palm oil suppliers engaged in deforestation from its supply chain.
Corporate Reporting and Materiality (08/08)
A report by the Governance & Accountability Institute assesses the materiality of key indicators in reporting to the Global Reporting Initiative by more than 1,000 corporations in 2012.
Investors Call on Banks to Consider Climate Risks (08/07)
Boston Common Asset Management publishes a report on climate risks in the banking sector and invites investors to sign on to letter to be sent to major banks.
Colombian Securities Exchange Joins Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (08/01)
The stock exchange becomes the second in Latin America to join the United Nations' initiative, and commissions a report from Sustainalytics on the state of sustainable investment in the region.
General Mills to Report on Supply Chain Emissions (07/29)
The company agrees to report on and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain, joins Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, and becomes a signatory to the Climate Declaration.
Electric Utilities Ranked on Renewables and Energy Efficiency (07/28)
A report from Ceres and Clean Edge benchmarks the nation’s largest electric utilities on renewable energy sales, and cumulative and incremental energy efficiency savings.
Resolutions Target GMO Labeling and Extended Producer Responsibility at Safeway (07/25)
The annual general meeting of the supermarket chain was dominated by merger talks, but health and environmental resolutions filed by Green Century and As You Sow were considered as well.
World Bank Calls for Price on Carbon (07/24)
Stating that the debate over pricing carbon has shifted from whether to how, the World Bank invites stakeholders to become signatories to a statement calling on governments to take action.
Professional Institute for Sustainability Practitioners Launched in UK (07/22)
Members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group launch the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, a professional body for sustainability practitioners.
Investors Applaud Palm Oil Sourcing Policy Announced by Smucker's (07/18)
Clean Yield Asset Management and Green Century Capital Management withdraw shareowner resolution after company commits to environmental protection by sourcing only deforestation-free palm oil.
Ways to Assess Corporate Action on Climate Change (07/15)
The Carbon Tracker 200 list provides information on the unsustainable practices of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, and Ceres collaborates on a searchable database of climate change disclosures by US companies listed on the Russell 3000 index.
UK Clarifies Long Term Fiduciary Duty (07/03)
A report issued by the UK Law Commission determines that it is the duty of pension fund fiduciaries to consider environmental, social, and corporate governance factors when they could impact long-term investment.
PRI Assets Top $45 Trillion (06/19)
During the past year the Principles of Responsible Investment added more than 200 new signatories, bringing the current number of signatories to 1,265.
Shareowner Action on Fracking Disclosure Proves Strength of Proxy (06/18)
The Investor Environmental Health Network reports that of six shareowner resolutions filed this year with companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, four were withdrawn and two received substantial support.
Panelists at Slow Living Summit Discuss Context Based Sustainability Metrics (06/17)
Corporate sustainability architect Bill Baue leads a conversation about the importance of placing sustainability reporting in the context of planetary boundaries. Second of a two-part series.
House Bill Calls for Corporate Disclosure of Human Trafficking Risks (06/12)
Investors issue statement in support of bill introduced this week that will require companies to disclose policies addressing human trafficking in their supply chains.
Coal Fired Power Consumption Slowing in China (06/09)
Carbon Tracker and the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia report that investors need to consider the implications of significant stranded assets in China's coal sector.
Sustainability Reporting by Large Corporations Up Sharply (06/04)
In its updated analysis of sustainability reporting by S&P 500 companies, the Governance & Accountability Institute finds that almost three-quarters now do so.
Activist Shareowners Make Their Way to Texas to Confront Chevron (05/31)
Simon Billenness of the Unitarian Universalist Association talks with SocialFunds.com about Chevron's ongoing legal quagmire in Ecuador and his efforts to have the oil and gas company appoint an independent Chair.
No Surprise: Climate Change the Biggest Issue for Sustainable Investors (05/29)
A survey of eleven sustainable investors by Monitor Global Outlook reveals that while more environmental and social shareowner resolutions have been filed in 2014 than ever before, the number of withdrawals has set a record too.
One Blog and Two News Briefs (05/28)
The author reflects upon personal responses to climate change, Trillium Asset Management withdraws resolution at Lowe's, and Sustainalytics research is now on Bloomberg.
Record Support for Stranded Assets Resolution at Anadarko Petroleum (05/27)
Resolution filed by As You Sow requesting that oil and gas company report on risk of stranded assets gains support of 30% of shareowners, the highest percentage for such a resolution thus far.
Investment Professionals Taking Stranded Assets Seriously (05/23)
In advance of the 25th annual SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, First Affirmative Financial Network surveys sustainable investment professionals and finds that a majority believes now is the time to assess investments in fossil fuel companies.
EIRIS Launches Investment Watch for Burma (05/21)
After President Obama issues an Executive Order continuing the national emergency in Burma, the EIRIS Conflict Risk Network establishes an Investment Watch for Burma to help investors determine the reporting transparency of companies doing business there.
Colgate-Palmolive Commits to Emissions Reductions (05/16)
Shareowner engagement by Walden Asset Management leads to agreement by the company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with standards recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Carbon Tracker Publishes First in Series on Stranded Assets (05/09)
The first of three reports analyzing the investment risks associated with stranded fossil fuel assets coincides with Stanford University's divestment of coal stocks from its $19 billion endowment.
Third National Climate Assessment Published (05/06)
In its new report, the US Global Change Research Program asserts that the effects of climate change have already become a present day concern, and announces the launch of a website to help Americans receive reliable scientific information.
Public Interest Groups Launch Campaign Targeting Non-Recyclable Packaging (05/05)
The Make It, Take It Campaign calls on Kraft Foods to take responsibility for its packaging waste and package Capri Sun and other products in reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging.
Corporations Lagging in Sustainability Efforts (05/02)
In a follow-up to their 2012 report on corporate sustainability, Ceres and Sustainalytics reiterate that major US corporations are failing to keep pace with urgent environmental and social challenges.
Sister Patricia Daly Honored for Shareowner Advocacy (05/01)
The Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment and longtime member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility receives the Joan Bavaria award from Ceres for advocacy on behalf of environmental justice.
Investors Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy (04/25)
A coalition of institutional investors organized by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issue a statement calling on apparel brands and retailers to ensure that the human rights of workers in supply chains are being honored.
Automated Financial Reporting for CDFIs Launched (04/24)
The CDFI Assessment and Ratings System developed by CARS allows community development financial institutions to share quarterly performance data with their investors.
Google Facing Several Resolutions on Corporate Governance (04/22)
The tech giant's 2014 proxy statement reads like a compendium of corporate governance issues. Second of a two-part series.
Resolution Calls for Transparency in Lobbying Expenditures by Google (04/21)
Filed by Walden Asset Management and other sustainable investment organizations, the resolution documents a 250% increase in lobbying expenditures by Google in the last five years. Part one of a two-part series.
ICCR Writes to Bank of America on Financing Fossil Fuels (04/19)
A letter signed by 50 institutional investors accompanies a shareowner resolution filed by an ICCR member, requesting that Bank of America report on its financing of greenhouse gas emissions.
Investors Call for Sustainability Reporting by Small-Cap Companies (04/04)
A shareowner resolution from Walden Asset Management, part of a sustainable investor initiative, wins significant support at the annual general meeting of CLARCOR.
Dare We Celebrate Exxon Agreeing to Report on Fracking Risks? (04/03)
As You Sow and the New York City Pension Funds withdraw resolution when Exxon agrees to increased transparency days after the oil and gas company issues disappointing report on stranded assets.
Stock Exchanges to Study Sustainability Reporting Standards (04/02)
The World Federation of Exchanges forms a sustainability working group to study environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) disclosure, and a coalition led by Ceres announces an initiative to engage global stock exchanges on the issue.
Disclosures by Fracking Companies Still Poor (04/01)
Research commissioned by the Principles for Responsible Investment reveals that oil and gas companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing fail to adequately disclose risks associated with the practice.
Another Win for Climate Change Mitigation (03/28)
As You Sow withdraws shareowner resolution at Southern Company after the utility agrees to report on integrating renewable energy into its business operations.
News Briefs for March 26th (03/26)
Trillium Asset Management withdraws shareowner proposal on political spending at Hess, and Calvert Investments wins Lipper Fund Award.
Tullow Oil Expands Disclosure of Payments to Governments (03/24)
The voluntary disclosure of payments on a project level is the first by an oil and gas company, and comes while the American Petroleum Institute seeks to weaken a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule on payments to governments.
ExxonMobil to Report on Stranded Assets (03/21)
A shareowner resolution is withdrawn by As You Sow after Exxon agrees to becomes the first oil and gas company to report on the impacts of unburnable carbon assets on its business model.
Trillium Withdraws Diversity Proposal at Wabtec (03/19)
The resolution, which called for a policy emphasizing board diversity at the locomotive and train car components manufacturer, is one of a number withdrawn by Trillium this proxy season.
More than 120 Companies Adopt Political Disclosure (02/28)
The Center for Political Accountability announces that 122 companies have adopted political transparency and accountability as a result of agreements with the organization and its investor partners.
US SIF Publishes Political Spending Guide for Investors (02/24)
Confronting Corporate Money in Politics focuses on using the proxy ballot to advocate for transparency in corporate political spending and lobbying expenditures.
JPMorgan Agrees to Report on Governance and Risk Management (02/22)
After engagement with the bank, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility withdraw resolutions addressing risk mitigation efforts and separating the positions of Board Chair and CEO.
Shareowners Continue Efforts to Limit Corporate Political Spending (02/21)
Sixty institutional investors file 48 shareowner resolutions calling on corporations to report on federal and state lobbying expenditures, including payments to trade associations.
ICCR Publishes 2014 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide (02/15)
The number of shareowner resolutions addressing environmental health filed by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility in 2014 increases sharply over 2013, reflecting the urgency of action on climate change.
SEC Action on Corporate Climate Disclosure Inadequate (02/13)
Four years after the Commission issued interpretive guidance on climate change disclosure, the quality of corporate reporting remains low, according to a report from Ceres.
Community Capital Management Publishes First Impact Report (02/11)
The Florida-based fixed-income investment adviser reports on its use of proceeds and the social programs financed by its investment activities.
Book Review: Trusting Harvard: The Cost of Unprincipled Investing, by Robert A.G. Monks and Marcy Murninghan (02/08)
Two notable advocates for the practice of sustainable investment—both graduates of Harvard themselves—address the discrepancies between the university's academic mission and the investment policies of its endowment.
Hershey Exceeds Target for Sourcing Sustainable Cocoa (02/07)
Shareowner engagement by members of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility helps the Hershey Company exceed its commitment to ensuring that 10% of its cocoa supply would be certified by 2013.
Investors Renew Efforts to Improve Fracking Accountability (02/06)
Ceres publishes a report on hydraulic fracturing in water-stressed regions, and five shareowner resolutions filed this year address water and other risks associated with fracking.
Investors Push Emerson Electric on Sustainability Reporting and Relationship with ALEC (02/04)
For the fifth consecutive year, Walden Asset Management requests that company report on sustainability while two more shareowner resolutions request transparency on political spending and lobbying.
ICCR Members Challenge Banks on Ethics and Emissions (01/25)
A perusal of shareowner resolutions filed by members thus far reveals requests that banks report on emissions in their lending portfolios and on how to ensure an end to unethical business activities.
No More Gestation Crates, Tyson Foods Tells Farmers (01/24)
Green Century Capital Management and co-filers withdraw shareowner resolution after world's largest meat processor asks contract farmers to improve housing standards for pigs.
How to Fund Clean Energy Investment (01/23)
A report released by Ceres at the recent Investor Summit on Climate Risk suggests that the responsibility for scaling up clean energy finance to the necessary level is shared by institutional investors, banks, and policymakers. Third in a three-part series.
Banks Announce Support for Green Bond Principles (01/14)
Thirteen investment banks indicate their support for a measure designed to ensure transparency, disclosure, and integrity in the development of a more robust green bond market.
Goldman Sachs Exits Coal Terminal Investment (01/13)
BankTrack and the Rainforest Action Network applaud the investment bank's decision to withdraw from funding a proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington.
Genocide-Free Proposal to Stay On Proxy Ballot at Franklin Templeton (01/11)
After the SEC rules against Franklin Templeton's request to have the resolution omitted, Investors Against Genocide will return to the mutual fund family's next annual meeting and renew call for a genocide-free investment policy.
Evaluate Public Policies on Climate, Investors Tell Energy Companies (01/09)
Building on its efforts to pressure corporations to report on greenhouse gas emissions strategies, the Raising the Bar investor initiative requests that energy companies review lobbying policies relating to climate legislation.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 3 (01/08)
Divest or engage? Sustainable investors have wrestled with arguments of divestment versus engagement, and many have concluded that engagement provides them with the better opportunity to pressure fossil fuel companies to change their behaviors. Meanwhile, sustainable investment firms such as Green Century Capital Management and Trillium Asset Management have been offering fossil free investment opportunities for years.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 2 (01/07)
Sustainable shareowners request that fossil fuel companies report on financial impacts of having to leave in ground a majority of reserves on their books if climate change is to be addressed.
Using Science to Set Emissions Targets (12/27)
Climate Counts and the Center for Sustainable Organizations rank 100 companies within the context of climate science and find that nearly half are rated as sustainable.
Volcker Rule Is Finalized (12/14)
After delays that gave rise to fears of gaming by banking industry lobbyists and led to a lawsuit by Occupy SEC, federal regulators finally issue final rules implementing the Volcker Rule.
More Environmental Risks for Fracking Operations (12/13)
A report by the Environmental Integrity Project warns that construction or expansion of more than 90 natural gas power plants could increase greenhouse gas emissions by 91 million tons.
At-Risk Industries Urged to Address Human Trafficking in Supply Chains (12/11)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility announces that members will engage with companies in the food-agricultural and hospitality sectors to ensure that human rights in supply chains are being met.
How Walmart Can Pay Employees a Living Wage (12/03)
Just in time for the holiday season, Demos explains that wage increases instead of stock buybacks can provide living wages for Walmart’s employees without resorting to price increases.
EIRIS to Create Sustainable Index for Turkish Stock Exchange (11/25)
The agreement with Borsa Istanbul follows the London-based sustainable investment research firm's finding that companies in emerging markets with sustainable stock exchanges outperform their peers.
Investors Call for Improved Disclosures by Operators of Wood-Burning Power Plants (11/22)
A report by the Partnership for Policy Integrity challenges claims of carbon neutrality by three companies with bioenergy operations, and 15 fifteen investors call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to review disclosures by the companies.
US Banks Rank Poorly on Indicators of Concern to Sustainable Investors (11/21)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainalytics rate seven major US banks on four key performance indicators relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility, finding significant room for improvement.
Shareowner Engagement yet to Convince Frackers to Disclose (11/11)
A group of sustainable institutional investors issues a report on the hydraulic fracturing industry that reveals companies are failing to disclose impacts on communities and the environment from their operations.
Banks to Receive Guidance on Reporting Emissions in Lending (11/07)
Only six percent of major financial institutions report on emissions associated with lending and investments, so guidance is being developed to help them do so.
Investors Call on Fossil Fuel Companies to Account for Stranded Assets (11/06)
Seventy institutional investors with more than $3 trillion in assets under management request that 45 companies report on unburnable fossil fuel assets in advance of 2014 proxy season. Third of a three-part series.
Latin American Sustainable Investment Forum Is Launched (11/02)
The Colombian Securities Exchange, Sustainalytics, and Deloitte drive the formation of the regional network which aims to increase collaboration and enhance knowledge relating to sustainable investment.
Resource Addresses Human Trafficking in Corporate Supply Chains (10/23)
The Know the Chain initiative, whose investor partners include the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and the Responsible Sourcing Network, seeks to document corporate compliance with California's new law governing human trafficking.
The State of Shareowner Engagement in Europe (10/04)
Eurosif reports on investor engagement with corporations in Europe and finds that engagement on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues is steadily increasing.
New Edition of Corporate Political Spending Index Published (10/02)
The third annual edition of the CPA-Zicklin Index of Political Accountability and Disclosure documents improvements in disclosure of political spending by corporation.
Sustainable Investors Applaud SEC Rules on Executive Compensation (09/24)
A proposed amendment to existing rule will require corporations to compare CEO pay with the average compensation of all other employees.
Mutual Fund Challenged over Proxy Voting on ESG Issues (09/23)
Zevin Asset Management files a shareowner resolution at Franklin Resources, requesting that the mutual fund company report on proxy voting policies relating to environmental and social issues.
South Africa a Global Leader in Sustainable Investment (09/19)
Investment research by SinCo informs a new report on global best practice guidebook on sustainable investment and the incorporation of ESG factors by pension funds.
Entrepreneurs to Advertise for Investment through Crowdfunding (09/17)
SocialFunds.com talks with Judd Hollas of EquityNet about the implications of a change in SEC rules that will allow small businesses to advertise to accredited investors for capital.
CDP Report on Global 500 Emissions Is Published (09/14)
The report finds that the average emissions of the 50 heaviest emitters among the world's largest companies have actually increased since 2009.
Corporate ESG Performance in Hong Kong and China Stagnant (09/09)
Asian research provider RepuTex-ESG analyzes the ESG performance of companies on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series and finds it basically unchanged from 2012.
Global Impact Investing Network Publishes Guide to ESG Metrics for Investors (09/05)
The Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) is a set of metrics designed to evaluate both a corporation's financial performance and its environmental, social, and governance impacts.
Alliance Trust Investments Measures Carbon Footprints of its Funds (08/29)
The UK investment firm’s analysis reveals that three of its sustainable equity funds emit less than half the carbon dioxide of their benchmarks.
German Stock Exchange 100th Business to Join Integrated Reporting Pilot (08/22)
The International Integrated Reporting Council announces that Deutsche Börse Group is the first stock exchange to join its pilot program in integrated reporting.
Record Number of Sustainability Resolutions in 2013 (08/21)
In its overview of the 2013 proxy season, Ceres reports that 40% of all resolutions filed address environmental and social issues, and that 40 of the 110 such resolutions were withdrawn.
Tyson Shareowners Call for Humane Treatment of Animals (08/19)
Green Century Capital Management is co-filer of a resolution requesting that meat processing company report on risks associated with the use of gestation crates for pigs.
Shareowner Support for Environmental and Social Resolutions at a Ten-Year High (08/16)
Jackie Cook of Fund Votes summarizes the 2013 proxy season and notes strong support for shareowner resolutions across the environmental, social, and corporate governance spectrum.
Another Majority Vote for Political Spending Disclosure (08/13)
A 65% vote by shareowners in favor of increased transparency on lobbying expenditures by Alliant Techsystems follows an even higher vote for a similar proposal at CF Industries.
Ceres, ICCR Offer Guidance for Sustainable Investing (07/02)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility provides insights for investors on climate change, and Ceres issues a blueprint for investors seeking to incorporate sustainability into their decision making. First of two parts.
Major Cities Adapting to Climate Change (06/28)
A report by the Carbon Disclosure Project and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group reveals that many of the world’s largest cities have launched energy efficiency and other initiatives to lessen the effects of climate change.
In China, Worsening Pollution or Sustainable Development? (06/10)
The 2013 report by the China Greentech Initiative warns that despite increasing investment in cleantech, China continues to be plagued by severe environmental problems.
Gulf Persists Between Corporate Sustainability Claims and Performance (06/07)
Sixty percent of corporate respondents to an oekom research survey suggest that rating agencies and sustainable investors influence strategy.
Revised Equator Principles Fall Short, BankTrack Says (06/05)
The third version of the Equator Principles fails to adequately safeguard community rights while continuing to allow signatory banks to fund high impact sectors such as coal and tar sands.
Coalition of Investors Voices Support for Conflict Minerals Rule (06/03)
Expressing their disagreement with a lawsuit filed by the US Chamber of Commerce and industry trade groups, the group states that improved disclosure and reporting on social risk factors will protect investors.
Investors Square Off with Chevron CEO at Shareowner Meeting (06/01)
Shareowner advocate Simon Billenness cites the company's $19 billion legal quagmire in Ecuador in requesting a lower threshold for calling special meetings while Atossa Soltani of Amazon Watch is ejected from meeting at request of CEO John Watson.
How Not to Endear Yourself to Shareowners (05/25)
Range Resources attacks Trillium Asset Management for requesting that it report on fugitive methane emissions, and Urban Outfitters seeks to address diversity concerns by appointing the wife of the CEO to the board.
Investors Call on Corporations to Ensure Worker Safety in Bangladesh (05/18)
Two coalitions of investors pressure clothing retailers to join the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, whose 40 signatories include only two companies headquartered in the US.
First Carbon Bubble Resolution Wins Strong Support at CONSOL Energy (05/16)
Twenty percent of shareowners support an As You Sow request that the company report on the financial risks associated with having to leave most of its coal reserves in the ground.
Emerging Markets to be Focus of Socially Responsible Investing 3.0 (05/14)
A new report argues that evolving climate finance mechanisms will be among the drivers to increase the practice of sustainable investment in emerging market nations.
Biggest Corporate Political Spenders Face Resolutions (05/09)
Bank of America, Chevron, ExxonMobil and 3M all face shareowner resolutions requesting that they refrain from using corporate treasuries for political donations.
Resolution Calls on CONSOL Energy to Report on Stranded Assets (05/08)
Up to 80% of known fossil fuel reserves will have to stay in the ground if climate change is to be addressed, and As You Sow requests that the coal producer report on the risks of stranded reserve and infrastructure assets.
Loopholes in Commitments to Human Rights by US Businesses, UN finds (05/06)
While the US Government has committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Working Group on business and human rights finds that US companies fall short of standards.
US Banks Continue to Finance Coal (05/01)
Despite the coal industry's leading impact on climate change and the bankruptcies of several operators of coal-fired power plants, US banks continue to finance mountaintop removal and the construction of new plants.
Cisco, Google Share Top Spot on Cool IT Leaderboard (04/29)
The sixth edition of the Greenpeace ranking of companies in the information technology sector focuses on political advocacy for effective climate change legislation.
Price Externalities, Report Tells Companies and Investors (04/26)
A new analysis from Trucost estimates that unpriced externalities cost the global economy at least $7.3 trillion per year, and finds that no companies in high impact sectors would be profitable if they had to account for environmental costs.
Investors Want Baby Formula Free of GMOs (04/25)
As the use of genetically modified organisms in food products becomes increasingly controversial in the US, As You Sow introduces a shareowner resolution requesting that Abbott Laboratories remove GMOs from infant formula.
INCR Propose Listing Standards for Stock Exchanges (04/19)
Drawing upon dialogues with NASDAQ and other stock exchanges, INCR produces a consultation paper recommending the integration of sustainability disclosure requirements into listing rules.
Climate Principles Issues Best Practices for Hydraulic Fracturing (04/13)
Guidelines for financiers of hydraulic fracturing published by the European Climate Principles add to calls for greater transparency by companies engaged in the practice.
EU Mandates Disclosure of Payments to Governments (04/09)
Transparency International says that with the European mandate joining rules enacted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, 90% of companies in the extractives industries will be required to disclose payments to governments.
From Divestment to a Sustainable Investment Strategy (04/08)
The authors of Crossing Thresholds: From Fossil Fuel Divestment to Sustainable Investment argue for the inclusion of environmental and social thresholds in investment decision-making and corporate management.
On Divestment and a Portfolio Free of Fossil Fuels (04/05)
The debate over the investment implications of divestment continues, but the Green Century Balanced Fund has a carbon footprint less than half that of the S&P 500 without sacrificing financial returns.
Investors Want Better Disclosure from Municipal Water Utilities (04/02)
Basing their requests on a framework developed by Ceres, 12 investors write to the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, asking for improved disclosure to ensure that all material information is provided.
Investors Support Launch of Access to Nutrition Index (03/27)
Representing $2.6 trillion in assets under management, 39 investors call for widespread support of the Access to Nutrition Index, which ranks the performance of food and beverage companies in the areas of obesity and undernutrition.
After Double-Checking the Definition of Plutonic (03/25)
Encouraged by a morning's reading of recent posts in Peter Kinder's excellent blog The Bell, a writer meditates upon the uncertain finish to the race between sustainability and overconsumption of resources.
Insurers Still Unequipped to Deal with Climate Change (03/18)
In a survey of 184 disclosures by insurance companies, Ceres finds that only 23 have climate change strategies, and few have policies in place to help prepare for the effects of climate change.
Law Professor Anticipates Future of Climate Adaptation Law (03/16)
In an academic paper, J.B. Ruhl of the Vanderbilt University Law School summarizes the piecemeal efforts undertaken thus far to address climate adaptation from a legal standpoint, and outlines legal issues that are likely to emerge.
15 Million Shares Vote for Genocide-Free Investing Proposal at Mutual Fund (03/15)
Investors Against Genocide calls on Franklin Templeton to adopt a policy against investing in companies whose operations contribute to genocide.
Report Says Carbon Bubble Poses Risk to Financial Stability (03/13)
Originally published in 2011, Carbon Tracker's report Unburnable Carbon wins a Farsight Award from UK-based Long Finance for its assessment of the financial implications of fossil fuel reserves.
First-Time Shareowner Resolutions Address Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets (03/11)
As You Sow and the Unitarian Universalist Association have filed shareowner resolutions with two large coal companies, requesting that they report on material impact of reserves that must remain in the ground if climate change is to be addressed.
As You Sow Publishes 2013 Proxy Preview (03/09)
Political spending resolutions account for one-third of those filed this year's, while two first-time resolutions request that companies in the fossil fuel industries report on the financial impact of stranded assets.
Calvert Updates Report on Corporate Gender Diversity (03/08)
The updated Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling report finds modest gains in gender diversity among S&P 100 companies but persistent underrepresentation of women in senior management positions.
What Is the Real Financial Impact of Sustainable Investment? (03/06)
Cary Krosinsky of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets produces a white paper that argues the actual amount of assets devoted to sustainable investment strategies is considerably lower than reported by the world's largest sustainable investment forums.
Investors Highlight Human Rights in Corporate Engagement (03/05)
A new report builds upon the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to provide investors with tools for assessing the human rights performance of companies.
Shareowners Call for Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards (03/01)
Institutional members of the Thirty Percent Coalition file shareowner resolutions with 20 companies, requesting that they support diversity by including women and minority candidates on their boards.
Get Real about Climate Change, Shareowners Tell Utilities (02/28)
With trillions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades looming for electric utilities, investors call on five companies to emphasize a transition to renewables, improve energy efficiency, and manage water risks.
Investors Question Payday Lending by Banks (02/27)
The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau contemplates regulations to protect against consumer debt traps, while ICCR members call on major banks to address their own risky lending products.
Fracking on Proxy Ballots at Chevron and Exxon (02/25)
Described as laggards for their failure to address investor concerns, the oil and gas giants face shareowner resolutions addressing environmental and social risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.
Lawsuit Dropped after Chip Maker Updates Political Spending Policy (02/23)
After the New York State Comptroller filed suit in Delaware, Qualcomm updates its policy on political spending to include disclosure of payments to trade associations and social welfare organizations.
Shareowners Pressure Companies on Use of Renewables (02/20)
Most of the 13 resolutions target energy use in the information technology and real estate industry sectors, requesting improved reporting and commitments to increased renewable energy sourcing.
Senators Boxer and Sanders Propose Climate Change Legislation (02/19)
Among the highlights of the proposed bill are a fee on carbon pollution and increased oversight of hydraulic fracturing.
Natural Capital and Integrated Reporting Among Trends for 2013 (02/18)
With the help of environmental research from Trucost, GreenBiz publishes the sixth annual edition of its State of Green Business Report, assessing major trends as well as the environmental performance of 500 US companies.
SEC Allows Climate Change Proposal at PNC Financial Services (02/15)
The bank had sought to exclude a proposal by Boston Common Asset Management requesting that it report on climate change risks in its lending portfolio.
AFSCME Files 25 Shareowner Resolutions (02/14)
The resolutions filed by the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan address sustainability issues including board diversity, human rights policies, separation of Chair and CEO, and lobbying expenditures.
Ceres Ranks Among World's Top NGOs (02/13)
The annual Global Journal ranking of the world's most effective nongovernmental organizations places the environmental investor network sixth among 450 NGOs from 27 countries.
Shareowners Call for Sustainability Reporting by Emerson Electric (02/12)
For the fourth year in a row, a resolution filed by Walden Asset Management wins increased support from shareowners who want the company to improve its reporting on its ESG performance.
Statoil Breaks with Trade Association over Lawsuit (02/11)
Calvert Investments commends Statoil for explicitly distancing itself from lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute that contests SEC regulation governing payments to governments.
ICCR Publishes 2013 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide (02/07)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility reports that its members have filed 180 shareowner resolutions and engaged in 225 corporate dialogues this proxy season.
Shareowners Press on with Fracking Campaign (02/05)
Nine oil and gas companies face shareowner resolutions this proxy season requesting quantitative reporting of risks associated with hydraulic fracturing and the management of fugitive methane emissions.
Corporations Agree to Disclose Political Spending (02/02)
The Center for Political Accountability announces that engagement has led to six corporations agreeing to adopt political disclosure and accountability, while a shareowner resolution at Visa gains significant support.
Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule (02/01)
A report from the Responsible Sourcing Network finds that leading companies in the information and communications industry have undertaken initiatives to ensure that their supply chains are free of conflict minerals, but few other industry sectors have done so.
Sustainable Investment Forums Form International Alliance (01/29)
The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, consisting of seven major sustainable membership organizations, publishes a survey of global trends in sustainable investment.
Corporate Knights Publishes Global 100 List of Leading Sustainable Corporations (01/28)
The Belgian metal recycling company Umicore tops the ninth annual list of sustainable large cap corporations, but the list also includes Enbridge, the Canadian operator of pipelines carrying oil from the controversial tar sands.
Sustainable Investors Pressure Visa on Lobbying Expenditures (01/26)
A shareowner resolution co-filed by Boston Common Asset Management and the Unitarian Universalist Association, calling on Visa to fully disclose all payments used for lobbying purposes, will be voted on at the company's annual general meeting on January 30th.
Briefs Supporting SEC Filed in Lawsuit Challenging Transparency Rules for Extractives (01/18)
Oxfam America and members of Congress argue that a rule mandating disclosure of payments to governments will contribute to stability and help investors make informed decisions.
Ceres Awarded with Zayed Future Energy Prize (01/16)
The investor network wins the $1.5 million prize in the nongovernmental organization category for its work on behalf of addressing climate change.
ICCR Challenges Companies on Climate Change (01/15)
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility have filed 28 shareowner resolutions thus far that address climate change related issues such as climate risk and sustainability reporting.
Shareowner Resolution Challenges Chevron for Attacking Investors (01/12)
The Needmor Fund and Zevin Asset Management file a shareowner resolution requesting that Chevron explain the rationale behind issuing subpoenas to force investors to share confidential communications.
Shareowner Urges End to Natural Gas Flaring (01/10)
Mercy Investment Services files a shareowner resolution with Continental Resources, requesting that the oil company reduce or eliminate the environmentally destructive practice of natural gas flaring in its operations.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 3 (01/02)
For some institutional investors, shareowner tactics evolve from resolutions to engagement, and proposals addressing hydraulic fracturing focus concerns on community impacts.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 1 (12/26)
Assets allocated to sustainable investment continue to rise, with increasing amounts focusing on positive screening strategies; however, mainstream mutual funds continue to lag in supporting shareowner resolutions addressing climate change and corporate political spending.
Corporate Laggards: Your Competitors are now Reporting (12/18)
A report from the Governance & Accountability Institute finds that more than half of S&P 500 companies now produce sustainability reports, and most that do use the Global Reporting Initiative framework.
Largest Companies Setting Emissions Reduction Targets (12/17)
A new report finds that most companies in the Fortune 100 and Global 100 now have greenhouse gas reduction goals, and more are committing to renewable energy use.
Mutual Funds Slow to Engage on Political Spending (12/11)
Despite growing attention to the risks for corporations, support by mutual funds for resolutions addressing political spending decreased in 2012.
FairPensions Calls on UK Ethical Funds to Adopt Positive Screening and Increase Corporate Engagement (12/10)
A survey of nineteen UK-based ethical funds finds that most continue to rely on negative screening of sin stocks, and few have committed to shareowner engagement with corporations.
Institutional Investors Unprepared for Climate Change Impacts in South Africa (12/06)
A report from WWF South Africa and SinCo outlines impacts that are expected to be worse in South Africa than elsewhere, and warns that the portfolios of institutional investors are failing to account for climate change and the impacts of an upcoming carbon tax.
Growing Pressure on SEC to Regulate Corporate Political Spending (11/30)
After a petition calling for rules mandating disclosure attracts unprecedented support, officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission acknowledge they are considering the issue.
Pharmaceutical Firms are Improving Access of World's Poor to Medicine (11/29)
The 2012 Access to Medicine Index finds that the pharmaceutical industry has improved its performance in delivering products to developing nations, but needs to improve lobbying transparency and oversight of clinical trials.
SEC Chairman Schapiro to Step Down (11/27)
As Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission since early 2009, Mary Schapiro dealt with the aftermath of the financial crisis and the implementation of new regulations mandated by Dodd-Frank.
Stakeholder Group Speaks Out on Challenge to Conflict Mineral Legislation (11/19)
The multi-stakeholder group, comprised of corporations, sustainable investors, and nongovernmental organizations, pledges to work to eliminate human rights abuses from the conflict minerals trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Investors Urge Citigroup Board to Consider Breakup of Too Big to Fail Bank (11/16)
Trillium Asset Management and AFSCME Employees Pension Plan file a shareowner resolution with Citigroup asking its board to explore a separation of one or more of its business units.
Assets of PRI Signatories Exceed $32 Trillion (11/15)
With 254 new signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, the number now exceeds 1,100, even as 61 former signatories are delisted.
Quality Standard for ESG Research Launched (11/13)
The Association for Responsible Investment Services re-launches the Responsible Investment Research Standard as ARISTA to increase awareness of the standard and to meet a growing demand for comparability among sustainable investment research firms.
SEC Refuses to Delay Extractives Transparency Rule (11/10)
The Commission tells industry trade association that rule governing disclosure of payments to governments will be implemented as scheduled, despite pending lawsuit challenging its validity.
Climate Change Action in Obama's Second Term? (11/09)
After an election campaign during which climate change was barely mentioned, sustainable investors and other advocates hold out hope for effective action in the next four years.
Calvert Launches Emerging Markets Fund (11/07)
The Calvert Emerging Markets Equity Fund uses the firm's environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria in determining the components of a portfolio investing in the fastest-growing segment of the global economy.
A Different Take on CSR Disclosure and Political Spending (11/06)
A report from two University of California professors determines that political contributions by corporate managers, when viewed through the lens of corporate social responsibility disclosures, can lead to excess stock returns, especially in states that vote Democratic.
For Sustainable Investors, Obama or Romney? (11/05)
The candidates differ markedly on climate change, financial reform, and health care, issues on which sustainable investors have engaged with corporations for many years.
US Banks Persist in Financing Climate Change (11/01)
A report from BankTrack and the Rainforest Action Network urges financial institutions to measure and report on financed emissions, and recommends that they support expanded disclosure requirements being developed by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
Initiative Will Help Quantify Corporate Reporting on Sustainability Issues (10/31)
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board will develop industry-specific key performance indicators for inclusion by companies in their annual financial reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Food and Agriculture Industry Lags in Assuring Worker Equity (10/29)
A report by Sustainalytics and Tellus Institute describes workers' rights as less of a priority for companies in the sector than consumer health, environmental impact, and animal welfare.
CDP Water Disclosure Issues 2012 Report on Corporate Water Use (10/26)
For the first time, the initiative publishes a separate report focusing on water management by US companies, as the number of institutional investors requesting corporate disclosures on water increases to 470.
Oil Sands Producers Urged to Adopt Environmental and Social Performance Goals (10/24)
A coalition of 49 investors with $2 trillion in assets call on newly formed association of producers to set specific goals for improving environmental and social performance.
2012 Newsweek Green Rankings Published (10/22)
With research provided by Sustainalytics and Trucost, this year's Green Rankings note a 20% improvement in companies disclosing environmental information.
Investors in UK Celebrate National Ethical Investment Week (10/17)
A survey conducted for the occasion reveals that almost half of adults with investments want large pension plans to sign onto the UK Stewardship Code, and research from EIRIS finds $18 billion invested in green and ethical retail funds.
Project Promoting ESG Disclosure in Emerging Markets Issues Final Report (10/16)
The Emerging Markets Disclosure Project notes that considerable improvements in ESG reporting have been driven by regulatory regimes such as sustainable stock exchanges, but calls for reliance upon standardized reporting to increase attractiveness of emerging markets for investors.
BankTrack not Satisfied with new Draft of Equator Principles (10/12)
While acknowledging that the new draft is an improvement, the Netherlands-based NGO finds insufficient commitments by signatory banks to transparency, human rights, and climate change mitigation.
Assets Committed to Emerging Markets on the Increase (10/11)
A new survey by EIRIS suggests that while sustainable stock exchanges increase investor confidence in emerging markets investment, poor corporate attention to environmental, social, and corporate governance issues remains a barrier.
Investors Report on Campaign to Address Human Trafficking at London Olympics (10/08)
A coalition of investors led by Christian Brothers Investment Services report that all but one of 33 corporations responded to its letter on the issue, and a number have taken concrete steps to address human trafficking.
Growth of Sustainable Investment in Europe Continues to Outpace the Overall Market (10/06)
In its fifth biennial survey of sustainable investment in Europe, Eurosif identifies norms-based screening as the fastest-growing strategy, and urges improved communications to encourage greater uptake of sustainable investment by retail investors.
2012 Moskowitz Prize Awarded to Paper Linking Improved Corporate Performance with Successful Shareowner Engagement (10/05)
Entitled Active Ownership, this year's winning paper analyzed shareowner engagements on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, and found that successful engagement led to abnormal positive returns of 4.4%.
Bank of America Settles Shareowner Lawsuit for $2.43 billion (10/03)
The bank's 2008 acquisition of Merrill Lynch $20 billion preceded disclosure of $27.6 billion in losses, and led to lawsuit by pension funds charging the bank with making false or misleading statements.
Chevron Wants Access to Emails of Critics (10/02)
The oil company's latest effort to avoid paying a $19 billion judgment for extensive environmental damage in Ecuador involves trying to gain access to the private email accounts of 101 people who have worked on the case.
GMI Licenses Research for Corporate Governance Indexes (10/01)
The firm's agreement with the Global Index Group, which will create the first indexes focusing on corporate governance performance, is commended by governance advocate James McRitchie as a very important development for investors.
As Burma Sanctions Ease, Human Rights Advocates Urge Caution (09/28)
Shareowner advocate Simon Billenness is preparing a draft of guidelines for corporations seeking to do business in Burma, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urges corporate transparency to ensure that human rights are honored.
Extractives Commitment to Human Rights Improving (09/27)
But research from Oxfam America indicates that policies supporting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent must include a transition from resource extraction to development partnerships.
Index of Corporate Political Spending Updated (09/26)
The Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center update their Index of Corporate Political Accountability and Disclosure, finding that voluntary disclosure of corporate political spending is becoming a mainstream practice.
Insurers Unequipped to Deal with Climate Change (09/20)
A report from Ceres warns that as payouts for extreme weather events increase to record levels, the insurance sector is falling behind other industries in returns on investment.
US Solar Installations Set Records Despite Insufficient Government Action (09/17)
The Solar Energy Industries Association reports that solar installations in the US totaled 742 megawatts in the second quarter of 2012, but Ernst & Young warns that policy gridlock prevents lawmakers from making the necessary long-term investment decisions.
SAM Updates Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (09/14)
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are added to the DJSI World, but no US-based companies are included among the Index's 19 supersector leaders.
CDP Releases Annual Reports on Corporate Carbon Management (09/13)
Responding to more than half of the world's invested capital, large companies increasingly view climate change as a current business concern, but too little is being done at present to avert a climate crisis.
GMI and Trucost Form Partnership (09/10)
The strategic partnership provides for environmental research by Trucost to be incorporated into GMI's analysis of the corporate governance performance of companies.
Is Corporate Reporting Sufficient to Meet Sustainability Goals? (09/08)
Mark McElroy of the Center for Sustainable Organizations argues that the absence of context for corporate sustainability measurements increases the likelihood that meaningful goals will not be met.
Opinions Differ on the Future of Sustainable Investing (09/07)
Industry veterans weigh in on likely developments over the next twenty years, and their opinions range from optimism to concern.
Muhammad Yunus, Father of Microcredit and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, to Address SRI Conference (09/05)
The founder of the Grameen Bank will be the keynote speaker at October's SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, which will also feature author Deepak Chopra and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Second of a two-part series.
PRI Signatories Prioritize ESG Issues for Engagement (09/04)
A survey of frequent users of the PRI Clearinghouse indicates that executive compensation, climate change, and labor standards in corporate supply chains will be the top areas of engagement for institutional investors during the coming year.
SEC Issues Rules on Conflict Minerals and Payments to Governments (08/24)
Responses by sustainable investors and other stakeholders to payments to governments in resource-rich countries is generally positive, but concerns are voiced over provisions in the conflict minerals regulation. Second of a two-part series.
SEC to Vote Today on Disclosure of Conflict Minerals (08/22)
The Enough Project reports that reforms are underway as a result of Dodd-Frank legislation, but warns that further steps must be taken to prevent conflict minerals in the Congo from subsidizing armed conflict. First of a two-part series.
Sustainability Management by Oil Firms Lacking (08/21)
A report from oekom, a German research firm, analyzes the sustainability performance of oil and gas companies, finding that as technological demands increase the management of risk is failing to keep up.
A Strategy for the Commons that Includes Business and Government (08/20)
As national governments persist in pursuing narrow agendas rather than global action on climate change and sustainable development, other key stakeholders are recognizing that they must pressure corporations and governments into dialogue on the issues.
Emerging Markets ESG Updates Database of Contacts (08/18)
SocialFunds.com talks with Geoffrey Mazullo, whose twenty years of involvement with environmental, social, and corporate governance issues in emerging markets have provided him with a wealth of data and contacts compiled in a unique resource.
Mercer to Incorporate ESG in Mainstream Client Reports (08/13)
Citing a growing interest in environmental, social, and corporate governance from institutional investors, the consulting firm will include ESG factors in reports relating to fund manager search and performance.
News Networks Ignore a Major Banking Scandal (08/11)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility writes to ABC and NBC, asserting that the networks have failed to cover the LIBOR rate-fixing scandal and its severe impacts on the poor and most vulnerable.
Investors Take on Corporate Payments to Pharmaceutical Trade Association (08/10)
Four major pharmaceutical companies may be undermining their profitability by membership in and payments to an industry trade association that contributed to candidates opposed to birth control.
Certified Coffee to be on Menu at Smucker's (08/08)
A resolution from Calvert Investments and Trillium Asset Management, supported by 30% of shareowners in 2011, is withdrawn after Smucker's agrees to targets for purchases of certified coffee.
Facebook Publishes Carbon Footprint (08/06)
For the first time, the social networking company has disclosed its greenhouse gas emissions, and announces a goal of using renewable energy sources for 25% of its power.
Despite SEC Guidance, Disclosures by Oil and Gas Companies Are Insufficient (08/02)
A report from Ceres finds that ten of the largest companies in the oil and gas sector are failing to provide sufficient disclosures on climate change and deepwater drilling.
Companies Challenged over Membership in ALEC and Heartland Institute (07/31)
Walden Asset Management spearheads a letter-writing campaign by shareowners urging corporations tor review their memberships in the controversial organizations.
Eurosif Supports Sustainability Disclosures for Retail Investors (07/30)
The European Commission proposes legislation that would require investment funds and other packaged retail investment products to disclose in key information documents whether they target sustainable outcomes.
Concerns Voiced over Easing Burma Investment (07/25)
An executive order lifting ban on investment in Burma allows US companies to enter the country's energy sector, raising concerns over lack of transparency and ties to the military.
Institutional Investors: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? (07/24)
Authors Ben Heineman and Stephen Davis argue in a working paper that many institutional investors lag behind corporations in transparency, and call for a national database on the behavior of institutions. Second of a two-part series.
Apple Reverses Plan to Dump Green Registry (07/17)
The computer giant reverses its decision to leave the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry, calling it a mistake after consumer backlash.
Sustainable Large Caps Outperform MSCI World Index (07/16)
An analysis by oekom research finds that investment in corporations designated by it as Prime Portfolio Large Caps can yield returns more than double that of those listed on the MSCI World benchmark.
ICCR and the Business Case for Sustainability (07/14)
For the first time, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility engage in corporate dialogues more often than submit shareowner resolutions, reflecting the growing awareness of the business case for corporate sustainability measures. Second of a two-part series.
NASDAQ to Promote Sustainability Disclosure (07/13)
At Rio+20, the US-based stock exchange joins four counterparts in encouraging corporations to disclose environmental, social, and governance risks and opportunities.
Investors Call for a Meaningful Arms Treaty (07/10)
A coalition of 39 institutional signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment issues a statement arguing that the absence of an Arms Trade Treaty affects investment by negatively impacting both the global economy and companies.
Congressional Friends of GMOs Sneak Rider into Appropriations Bill (07/09)
The rider will require that a permit for planting genetically engineered crops be issued even if a federal court orders that the planting be halted.
Genetic Engineers Debunk GMO Claims (07/07)
A report by Earth Open Source reveals that the claims of product safety and sufficient regulation made by producers of genetically modified organisms are false.
Shareowners Await Support from Legislators and Regulators in Addressing Corporate Political Spending (07/03)
As support for resolutions requesting disclosure of corporate political spending increases, efforts to address the issue on a macro level are stirring but are unlikely to affect 2012 elections.
Book Review: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, by Steve Coll (06/25)
In a well-researched investigation into the inner workings of one of the world's largest and most powerful corporations, author Steve Coll details ExxonMobil's efforts to discredit climate science and extract resources in countries ruled by autocrats.
Rio+20 Ends without Binding Agreements (06/23)
Sustainable investors who consider regulatory action to be essential are likely to be disappointed by the absence of agreements addressing climate change and corporate reporting.
A Giant Leap Forward, or Unsustainable Business as Usual? (06/22)
The Natural Capital Declaration, launched at Rio+20, aspires to properly value the environment in financial transactions, but at least one nongovernmental organization argues that the pricing of environmental assets is a fatally flawed solution.
UK Mandates Emissions Reporting for Public Companies (06/20)
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is expected to announce at Rio+20 today that all 1,800 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market will be required to report on greenhouse gas emissions.
Corporate Disclosure of Water Risks Should Include Quantitative Data (06/18)
Ceres follows up on a 2010 study of corporate reporting on water risk with a new report that notes improvements, but says also that quantitative data and supply chain information is lacking.
Shareowners Vote on Resolution Asking Target to Refrain from Political Spending (06/15)
Filed in the aftermath of a 2010 consumer boycott over a political donation by the retailer, the resolution wins enough support to reappear on next year's proxy ballot.
Investors Call for Improved Management of Methane Emissions from Fracking (06/15)
An international coalition of institutional investment organizations with more than $20 trillion in assets warn of the impacts of methane emissions on global warming, and issue a draft framework for improved corporate disclosure.
Behind the Scenes, Corporations Undermine Science-Based Climate Policy (06/11)
The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that many US-based corporations engage in greenwashing by maintaining a public image of climate consciousness while secretly undermining climate science and policy.
Proxy Voting on Climate Change by Mutual Funds Fails to Account for Materiality (06/09)
An analysis by Ceres and Fund Votes of 2011 proxy voting reveals that the three largest mutual funds failed to vote in favor of a single climate-related resolution.
Shareowners to Vote on Lobbying by Energy Companies (06/05)
Resolutions submitted by Walden Asset Management at Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy call for disclosure of corporate lobbying expenditures.
Investors Urge Corporations to Consider Physical Impacts of Climate Change (06/02)
A new report notes improved corporate reporting on greenhouse gas emissions emerging from SEC guidance, but calls for improved management and disclosure of extreme weather events and other physical risks.
Shareowners Voice Support for Environmental and Governance Resolutions at Chevron (06/01)
A call for the separation of the positions of CEO and Board Chair gains more than 38% of shareowner support, while 27% vote in favor of improved disclosure of risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.
Add Corporate Social Responsibility to Rio+20, Stakeholders Say (05/31)
The Dialogue on a Convention on Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability proposes a global policy framework requiring companies to embed sustainability into their operations and report on their efforts.
Investors Write to Chevron Again (05/29)
Led by the New York State Common Retirement Fund, a coalition of 40 institutional investors with $580 billion in assets under management calls on Chevron to end its legal wrangling over an $18 billion judgment against it for environmental damage in Ecuador.
Investors Warned to Question Shell's Plans for Arctic (05/24)
Citing the likelihood that control of a spill in ice-covered waters will fail, and outlining Shell's poor track record in the Russian Far East, Greenpeace advises investors to ask hard questions about the risks to the company's financial health.
A Trillion Dollar Call for Best Practices in Fracking Operations (05/23)
Fifty-five institutional investment organizations representing $1 trillion in assets under management call for adoption of best practices by oil and gas companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing.
Concerns Grow over Slow Pace of Sustainable Development (05/22)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development publishes a report in advance of next month's Rio+20 Conference, warning that a radical adaptation in the use of natural capital is required.
Political Spending Proposal at CVS Caremark Goes to Vote Tomorrow (05/09)
For the sixth year, shareowners will vote on a proposal from Green Century Capital Management, requesting disclosure of direct and indirect political spending by the company.
Investors Call for Steps to Eliminate Sex Trafficking at London Olympics (05/08)
ICCR members and other investors write to airlines, hotel chains, and corporate sponsors of the Games, and launch website to encourage public involvement in ending human sex trafficking.
Chesapeake Energy Agrees to Separation of Chair and CEO (05/07)
The controversial oil and gas company agrees to a key corporate governance reform after widespread criticism of an arrangement allowing CEO Aubrey McClendon to borrow more than a billion dollars from its treasury.
Shareowner Group Details Occupational Health and Safety Issues for Investors (05/05)
The Shareholder Association for Research and Education issues investor guidance for assessing the health and safety policies and practices of Canadian corporations.
EIRIS Reports on Sustainability Practices of Largest Global Companies (05/03)
Companies in the US and Asia lag behind their peers in Europe, while significant differences persist among corporate approaches to sustainability.
Clock Is Ticking While Corporate Sustainability Lags (05/02)
A report from Ceres and Sustainalytics identifies a small number of US corporations leading sustainability efforts, but more decisive action is required to embed sustainability by 2020. First of a two-part series.
US Banks Receive Failing Grades for Financing Coal (05/01)
While most of the nation's largest banks have publicly stated commitments addressing mountaintop removal coal mining and coal-fired power generation, the financing of such projects continues.
UKSIF Endorses Key Investor Initiatives for Rio+20 (04/30)
The Natural Capital Declaration commits financial institutions to integrating environmental considerations into their products and services, while the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition seeks a convention on corporate reporting.
Corporate Political Spending: Why Do they Do It? (04/28)
With six months to go before election, corporations can still spend freely and in relative secrecy, and do so, despite numerous studies associating political spending with lower returns.
Retail Investors Invited to Discussion on Fracking (04/26)
Moxy Vote provides a forum for individual investors to vote their proxies, and invites them to weigh in on hydraulic fracturing resolutions at Chevron and Exxon Mobil.
EPA Finalizes Rules on Emissions from Fracking (04/23)
Drillers of new wells that use hydraulic fracturing to access natural gas resources have until 2015 to employ green completions to capture methane and other chemicals before they are released into the environment.
Investors Take on ALEC in Aftermath of Trayvon Martin Killing (04/16)
Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management writes to investors, stating that corporations associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council face reputational risks and should review their funding of the controversial organization.
JPMorgan Chase Faces Investing in Genocide Resolution (04/13)
For the second year, Investors Against Genocide submits shareowner proposal addressing JPMorgan Chase's extensive holdings in PetroChina, a corporate contributor to genocide in Sudan.
Companies Advised to Address Risks in Supply Chains (04/12)
A Procurement Report from Eurosif establishes the business case for addressing environmental and social risks in corporate supply chains, and recommends that investors assess the exposure of companies in their portfolios.
SEC Reconvenes Investor Advisory Committee (04/11)
The Committee, which was formed in 2009 and terminated after passage of the Dodd-Frank bill, again includes representatives of the sustainable investment industry.
Solar Industry Maturing Despite Lack of Subsidies (04/10)
A report from As You Sow details examples of best practice in environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations by solar companies, and provides a benchmark for investors to track sustainable developments in the industry.
Regulatory Path Cleared for Fracking Resolution at Exxon (04/07)
The Securities and Exchange Commission overrules challenge by ExxonMobil to hydraulic fracturing resolution submitted by As You Sow.
Listen to Investors, Ernst & Young Tells Corporate Boards (04/06)
A white paper from the consulting firm anticipates that shareowner support for environmental and social resolutions will continue to grow, and that boards should take concrete steps to ensure that the perspectives of investors are considered.
Academics Propose Agency to Regulate Financial Products (04/05)
Eric Posner and Glen Weyl of the University of Chicago state that a Financial Products Administration would be the Food and Drug Administration of financial derivatives.
Shareowner Resolution Calls for Independent Board Chair at News Corporation (04/04)
Christian Brothers Investment Services resubmits proposal introduced at the media giant's annual meeting last October, citing the company's inaction in implementing reforms in the wake of phone hacking scandal.
Green Jobs Topped Three Million in 2010 (04/03)
In its first-ever tally of green jobs, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics counts 3.1 million jobs in businesses that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.
Sustainable Investment Forums to Produce Global Trends Report (04/02)
The report, scheduled for December, will be the first to assess environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investment strategies across jurisdictions; a global website is also planned.
Monsanto Is Green America's Biggest Corporate Fool (04/01)
The agribusiness giant triumphs over the US Chamber of Commerce and Chevron for manufacturing genetically modified organisms and a corporate legacy that includes Agent Orange and DDT.
Apple Moves from Laggard to Sector Leader on Transparency (03/30)
The computer giant agrees to implement remedial action recommended by the Fair Labor Association's investigation of working conditions at Foxconn factories in China.
EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants (03/29)
The standard, which will be the first to limit emissions from the largest individual sources of carbon pollution in the US, will not be applied to existing plants or those to be built in the next 12 months.
$1 Million Grant to Automate Reporting by Community Development Financial Institutions (03/28)
The grant from Citi Foundation will help the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System automate its financial performance data collection system for community development financial institutions.
Private Equity Increases Sustainability Focus (03/27)
Programs encouraging the uptake of environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations by private equity firms include the Environmental Defense Fund's Green Returns initiative.
Shell Heads for the Arctic (03/26)
While the company contends with activist nongovernmental organizations such as Greenpeace, it remains unclear if sustainable investors are engaging with it on the potential cost of an oil spill cleanup.
Corporate Governance Advocates Take on Political Spending and Contracts with Managers (03/23)
The International Corporate Governance Network publishes a statement on corporate political spending and a model mandate for contracts between asset owners and managers.
Investors Observe World Water Day 2012 with Focus on Land Grabs (03/22)
The focus of this year's World Water Day is on water and food security, and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility launches a campaign to educate institutional investors on the impacts of large acquisitions of farmland in the global South.
Ethisphere Awards 145 Companies for Ethical Performance (03/20)
The annual World's Most Ethical Companies Rankings include 23 companies that have been honored in each of the six years of the award.
PRI Signatories Challenge 29 Corporations to Meet Their Obligations to Report (03/17)
The companies are members of the UN Global Compact but have failed to submit an annual Communication on Progress as required.
Occupy Movement Focuses on Volcker Rule (03/14)
Financial professionals form the Occupy the SEC movement and submit a 325-page comment letter to the SEC, calling for effective regulation of proprietary trading by banks.
Momentum Grows for Integrated Reporting (03/13)
With the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development three months away, numerous voices speak out on the need for governments to mandate sustainability reporting by large companies.
Business is Encouraged to Uphold Children's Rights (03/12)
The Children's Rights and Business Principles call on companies to expand their commitment beyond child labor and develop policies and due diligence to actively ensure that the rights of children are respected.
Investors Continue Pressure for Fracking Disclosure (03/09)
Two guides for investors and companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing have been published in recent months, and four of ten shareowner resolutions calling for increased disclosure of risks have been withdrawn.
Representation of Women on Boards Tops Ten Percent for First Time (03/08)
GovernanceMetrics International's annual report on gender diversity on corporate boards finds incremental improvements, but also that marked disparities persist between industrialized and emerging economies.
EPA and Partners Announce Recipients of First Climate Leadership Awards (03/03)
Companies are recognized for greenhouse gas management through goal setting and achievement, supply chain leadership, and overall organizational leadership.
On a Bumpy Road Toward the Sustainable World (03/01)
A morning's reading ranges from Davos to ESG metrics, and the prevailing message is that improved collaboration among all stakeholders is necessary to rescue the world from an unsustainable future.
As You Sow Publishes Proxy Preview (02/29)
The report notes an exponential increase in resolutions addressing the various forms of corporate political spending, while the community impacts of hydraulic fracturing and financial risks associated with coal lead environmental resolutions.
Zevin Asset Management Grows into a Corporate Engagement Powerhouse (02/28)
The Boston-based investment manager, with $335 million in assets under management, has co-filed 14 shareowner resolutions for the 2012 proxy season.
Investors Write to Chevron on Country Selection (02/27)
Following an unproductive meeting with Chevron on its operations in Burma, shareowners make public a letter in which they request transparency in the company's country selection criteria.
Lydenberg's Argument for Reasonable Investment Wins IRRC Award (02/25)
Steven Lydenberg, Chief Investment Officer of Domini Social Investments, wins the first Post-Modern Portfolio Theory award from the IRRC Institute for his paper espousing reasonable, rather than merely rational, investment.
Investors Urge Large Corporations to Move Beyond Reporting and Take Carbon Action (02/23)
The Carbon Action initiative of the Carbon Disclosure Project, launched last year on behalf of 34 institutional investors, now has 92 signatories with more than $10 trillion in assets under management.
Generation Investment Management Calls for Sustainable Capitalism by 2020 (02/22)
The firm expands upon a manifesto written by co-founders Al Gore and David Blood and calls for mandatory integrated reporting and the pricing of externalities, an end to quarterly earnings guidance, and loyalty-drive securities for long-term investors.
Resolutions or Engagement? Ceres Prepares for Proxy Season by Using Proxy Ballot to Encourage Change (02/21)
SocialFunds.com talks with Rob Berridge of Ceres about the organization's past success and its plans for driving change in the stewardship of the environment through shareowner resolutions.
Only 9% of Fund Managers Incorporate ESG Factors (02/15)
Mercer's evaluation of environmental, social, and corporate governance uptake by fund managers reveals that there is considerable room for improvement in how they communicate ESG integration to investors.
ICCR Focuses on Dialogues More than Resolutions in Corporate Engagement (02/14)
SocialFunds.com talks with Laura Berry about the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility's shift in emphasis from filing shareowner resolutions to corporate engagement through dialogues.
Corporate Disclosure of Forest Footprints Is Improving (02/13)
The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project publishes its third annual survey of voluntary corporate disclosure of risks and opportunities associated with forest risk commodities.
Shareowners Continue Campaign for Disclosure of Risks Associated with Fracking (02/10)
Ten shareowner resolutions addressing hydraulic fracturing have been filed thus far for the 2012 proxy season, and proponents for improved disclosure look to improve upon last year's 40% vote in support.
Google Tops Greenpeace International's Cool IT Leaderboard (02/09)
The Internet giant is cited in Greenpeace's fifth ranking of information technology companies for its commitment to renewable energy and its public advocacy for clean energy policies.
ICCR Publishes 2012 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide (02/07)
The Guide reveals a focus by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility on social issues and corporate engagement.
States Require Insurers to Respond to Climate Risk Survey (02/02)
California joins New York and Washington in requiring insurers that that write in excess of $300 million in premiums to respond to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Climate Risk Survey.
Book Review: Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought Leadership (01/28)
Trucost executive Cary Krosinsky edits a book of essays demonstrating that sustainable investment in an era of growing resource scarcity yields significant opportunities for portfolio outperformance.
Shareowners File 40 Resolutions on Lobbying Expenditures by Corporations (01/27)
Walden Asset Management leads a coalition of investors calling on companies to disclose both direct lobbying expenditures and indirect funding of lobbying through trade associations.
GRI Publishes Sustainability Guidance for Event Organizers (01/26)
Site selection and community impact are among the key issues for which reporting can enhance the accountability of event organizers, the Global Reporting Initiative says.
Corporate Knights Publishes Eighth Annual Ranking of Sustainable Companies (01/25)
Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk tops the 2012 Global 100 and the United Kingdom leads countries with 16 companies on list.
Ceres Aqua Gauge Helps Investors and Companies Manage Water Risk (01/24)
As population growth and climate change make water risk management an issue for investors and companies to address without delay, the Ceres Aqua Gauge provides a framework for evaluating corporate strategies.
Harrington Investments Requests that Monsanto Report on GMOs (01/23)
The chemical giant refuses to allow a proxy to speak on behalf of the shareowner resolution at tomorrow's annual general meeting, and Harrington joins in call for demonstrations.
On Second Anniversary of Citizens United, Coalition Calls on SEC to Mandate Disclosure (01/20)
The Corporate Reform Coalition holds a press conference in which members express support for a petition requesting that the Securities and Exchange Commission establish rules mandating that public corporations disclose their political spending activities.
Shareowners to Corporations: Say No to Political Expenditures (01/18)
Trillium Asset Management and Green Century Capital Management file resolutions with Bank of America, 3M, and Target, requesting that they refrain from making political donations.
Investors Vow to Address Climate Change even as Congress Fails to Act (01/16)
At the Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions, hosted by Ceres, institutional investors note progress in managing climate change in their portfolios, but warn that further action must be taken now.
Emerging Markets Investors Advised to Factor for Cost of Carbon (01/13)
SinCo and Trucost produce a report that identifies risks of a carbon tax to high-emitting companies, while analyzing the carbon footprints of South African equity funds.
EPA Launches Database of High Emitters (01/13)
2010 greenhouse gas emissions data reveals that power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct emissions, with 96 of them among the 100 facilities reporting the highest levels of emissions.
Brazilian Stock Exchange Recommends that Companies Report or Explain (01/07)
BM&FBOVESPA, the Brazilian Stock Exchange, adopts report-or-explain position to encourage sustainability reporting by listing companies in advance of the Rio+20 conference in July.
States, Cities Call for End of Corporate Personhood (01/05)
California joins Vermont in calling for a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United, and the New York City Council joins Los Angeles in unanimously supporting an amendment.
Ban on Corporate Political Spending Upheld in Montana (01/04)
The Montana Supreme Court rules in favor of reinstating the state's century-old ban on direct political spending by corporations.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2011 (12/31)
Many sustainable investors see affinities between their concerns and those of the Occupy Movement, and global emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in 2010 were the highest in human history.
Shareowner Engagement Leads to Adoption of Human Rights Policy at OM Group (12/29)
The company operates a cobalt smelter in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where a 2007 workplace accident at a joint venture partner killed three children.
Shareowners Press Chevron to Acknowledge Environmental Liabilities in Ecuador (12/27)
Even as Chevron's liability for a November oil spill in Brazil reaches billions of dollars, the company still refuses to disclose to shareowners the risks associated with an $18 billion court judgment against it in Ecuador. Second of a two-part series.
Shareowner Activists Pressure Chevron for Transparency Over Payments to Burmese Regime (12/23)
Amid news of a possible normalization of relations between the US and Burma, sustainable investors and other activists argue that most of Chevron's payments line the pockets of the military. First of a two-part series.
Mutual Fund Support for Political Spending Disclosure Inches Upward (12/22)
An analysis prepared for the Center for Political Accountability by Jackie Cook of Fund Votes reveals that mutual fund support for corporate political spending disclosure increased in 2011 for eighth year in a row.
Investors Provide Guidance for Companies Engaged in Hydraulic Fracturing (12/15)
SocialFunds.com talks with Richard Liroff of the Investor Environmental Health Network about a collaborative effort with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility to minimize risks associated with fracking through key performance indicators and best practices.
EPA Finds Drinking Water Tainted by Fracking (12/13)
An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency finds that hydraulic fracturing is responsible for polluting the drinking water in Pavilion, Wyoming.
Mexican Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Index (12/08)
Bolsa Mexicana de Valores selects EIRIS and Ecovalores to develop framework for an Index assessing the environmental, social, and corporate governance performance of Mexican companies.
Unilever Tops Scorecard of Companies Addressing Climate Change (12/07)
In the fifth annual Scorecard produced by Climate Counts, Unilever supplants Nike for the first time as the leader in corporate emissions reduction, public policy, and reporting.
Largest South African Companies are Responding to Climate Change but Need to do More (12/06)
With the COP17 climate change conference occurring in South Africa, EIRIS analyzes the climate change performance of the 40 largest companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Grassroots Support Grows for Constitutional Amendment on Corporate Personhood (11/29)
The founders of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream help launch Business for Democracy, and Move to Amend supports a constitutional amendment ending "legal fiction" of corporate personhood.
Wall Street Journal Op-ed Attacks Corporate Disclosure of Political Spending (11/22)
Bruce Freed of the Center for Political Accountability talks with SocialFunds.com about the mischaracterizations in the Journal's op-ed piece, and describes the widespread support for greater disclosure.
Investors Provide Guidance for Compliance with California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (11/18)
Companies are encouraged to go beyond compliance with law and enact policies that commit them to addressing human trafficking in their supply chains.
Praxis Targets Cell Service Providers in Conflict Minerals Campaign (11/17)
SocialFunds.com talks with Mark Regier of Praxis Mutual Funds about the launch of campaign to bring cell service providers into the conversation about conflict minerals.
Support by Mutual Funds for Sustainability Proposals Increases, but is it Happening Quickly Enough? (11/16)
SocialFunds.com talks with Jackie Cook of Fund Votes about the results of voting by mutual funds on shareowner proposals in 2011 relating to sustainability.
Corporate Political Spending: More Disclosure but a Billion Dollars Spent in 2010 (11/14)
The IRRC Institute confirms that more boards oversee political expenditures but that more money is being spent as well.
CR Reporting on Upswing, but Improvements in Implementation and Assurance are Needed (11/09)
KPMG surveys the state of Corporate Responsibility reporting among the world's largest companies, and helps the Global Reporting Initiative produce a database of corporate sustainability disclosures.
Investors Call on SEC to Regulate Corporate Political Spending (11/03)
SocialFunds.com talks with Adam Kanzer of Domini Social Investments about the investor effort to persuade the Securities and Exchange Commission to consider regulation of corporate political spending. Second of a two-part series.
Democrats Seek to Limit Corporate Political Spending (11/02)
A group of Senators introduces a constitutional amendment that would authorize Congress to regulate political spending and allow states to do so. First of a two-part series.
ISS Seeks Investor Input for Revised Proxy Voting Policies (11/01)
Institutional Shareholder Services says the comment period for the 2012 update of its proxy voting policies will run through November 7th.
Will California Law Help Eradicate Human Trafficking? (10/29)
A white paper from Verite argues that companies need to go beyond compliance with the law to effectively address forced labor and human trafficking throughout their supply chains.
Time to Improve the Equator Principles, BankTrack Says (10/24)
As the Equator Principles Association prepares a draft of new principles, BankTrack calls for increased transparency and more attention to climate change and human rights.
Why the Newsweek Green Rankings are Important (10/18)
SocialFunds.com talks with Cary Krosinsky of Trucost about the methodology and the significance of the findings of this year's results.
Munich Re and IBM Lead Companies in Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings (10/17)
IBM moves up from third place finish last year to first in US, and HP ranks second for second year in row; Dell drops from first to fifth, and Munich Re tops list of global companies.
News Corp, Nine Other Firms Singled out for Poor Governance (10/14)
GMI Risk List highlights ten companies with poor governance issues and other ESG-related concerns.
Greenhouse Gas Protocol Sets Standards for Scope 3 Reporting (10/13)
A new report provides guidance to companies for reporting on indirect emissions in their supply chains.
GRI Proposes Reporting Guidelines for Ecosystem Impacts (10/12)
With health of global ecosystems at risk, the Global Reporting Initiative proposes reporting on ecosystems impacts that go beyond general environmental reporting.
SRI in the Rockies: Moskowitz Prize Winner Presents Paper (10/11)
Co-author Sadok El Ghoul explains how corporate social responsibility lowers cost of equity.
SRI in the Rockies: Public Policy as a Strategic Tool for Sustainable Investment (10/08)
Leading voices for shareowner action discuss public policy engagement at this year's SRI in the Rockies conference.
Mainstream Support for Environmental Resolutions Grows (10/07)
A resolution calling for a report on social and environmental risks to Smuckers coffee business, filed by sustainable investors, gains wide support from mainstream shareholders as well.
Asian Companies Show Improvement in ESG Reporting (10/06)
As sustainable investors increasingly turn their attention to emerging markets, EIRIS finds that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance by Asian companies needs improvement.
Almost 500 Firms Asked to Disclose Political Spending (10/04)
Citing the risks posed to corporations by Citizens United, the Center for Political Accountability asks companies to adopt disclosure on political spending in advance of 2012 proxy season.
Winner of 2011 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing is Announced (10/03)
The winning paper, announced tonight at SRI in the Rockies, finds that cost of equity capital is lowered for companies with good corporate social responsibility practices.
Investors Call for Mandatory Integrated Reporting (09/27)
The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition, led by Aviva Investors, urges United Nations member states to require companies to include sustainability issues in annual financial reporting.
Sysco Agrees to Report to CDP Water (09/26)
CalSTRS withdraws shareowner resolution after foodservice giant agrees to transparent sustainability management strategies.
US Companies Don't Wait for Regulation, Address Climate Change to Compete (09/21)
The Carbon Disclosure Project's survey of S&P 500 companies finds that the number integrating climate change into business strategies nearly doubles.
Trillium Wraps Up 2011 Proxy Season (09/19)
Asset management firm's resolutions led to successful engagement on environmental reporting, political spending, and Internet privacy.
More Large Companies Have Climate Change Strategies (09/16)
In its most recent annual report, the Carbon Disclosure Project finds that for the first time a majority of Global 500 companies integrate climate change into business strategies.
International Integrated Reporting Committee Proposes Integrated Reporting Framework (09/15)
With input from investors and other key stakeholders, the IIRC publishes a discussion paper for the convergence of financial and sustainability reporting.
Google Finally Comes Clean on Energy Usage (09/12)
The IT giant's energy consumption continues to grow, but with the help of renewable energy sources and the purchase of carbon offset credits the company claims to have been carbon neutral since 2007.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Completes Annual Update (09/10)
Medtronic and Goldman Sachs are added, while Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft are dropped.
PRI Issues 2011 Report on Progress (09/09)
While integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance factors remains limited as a proportion of the global market, the report indicates that such integration is growing across asset classes.
Sustainable Initiatives Supported by Fixed Income Investing (09/08)
A white paper from Community Capital Management describes five categories of fixed income investments that can support environmental and social goals while providing competitive returns.
PRI Launches Farmland Initiative (09/06)
Eight institutional investors join to develop the Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland, to ensure that investment in farmland is sustainable and transparent.
Real Estate Industry Demonstrates Benefits of Energy Efficiency (09/03)
The findings of a report by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Foundation suggest that real estate funds and companies have improved their environmental performance since 2009.
Insurers Unprepared for Climate Change (09/02)
A report from Ceres analyzes responses from insurance companies to a survey by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and calls for mandatory disclosure to correct failures of risk management.
Investors Support Call for SEC Rulemaking on Political Spending (09/01)
The International Corporate Governance Network writes to the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of petition from academics calling for regulation of corporate political spending.
SEC Considering Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing (08/31)
As investor concerns over the risks of hydraulic fracturing increase, news reports indicate that the Commission is asking companies for information relating to chemicals used in the practice.
Increased Support for Shareowner Proposals in 2011 (08/27)
Reports on 2011 proxy season by ISS and Ernst & Young reveal that shareowner support for social and environmental proposals continues to grow.
Disclosure by Extractive Industries Could Help US Taxpayers (08/22)
The Office of Natural Resource Revenue writes to the Securities and Exchange Commission in favor of rules requiring disclosure of payments to governments, stating that they could help ensure that energy companies are reimbursing US taxpayers.
Shareowners Pressure Smucker's on Climate Change (08/16)
Noting insufficient attention to the impact of climate change in the company's sustainability report, Calvert Investments and Trillium Asset Management call for a report on social and environmental risks to its coffee business.
Sustainable Investors Respond to European Corporate Governance Report (08/10)
Eurosif and UKSIF submit responses to the European Commission's green paper of corporate governance, calling for measures to improve board oversight, corporate reporting, and shareowner engagement.
New Research Supports Outperformance of ESG Portfolios (08/08)
A white paper by RCM studies data compiled by MSCI ESG Research and finds that a portfolio comprised of best-in-class companies outperforms benchmark over five years.
Corporate Political Spending Will be a Major Issue in 2012 (08/04)
In the wake of successful shareowner votes during the 2011 proxy season, the Center for Political Accountability and The Conference Board collaborate on initiatives to increase transparency and board oversight of the practice.
Is the Carbon Bubble About to Burst? (07/28)
The Carbon Tracker Initiative finds that if global warming is to be contained, 80% of fossil fuels must remain unburned, leaving asset owners with holdings in the fossil fuels industries at risk.
EIRIS Notes Some Progress in ESG Performance of Vedanta Resources (07/22)
One year after finding that the mining company had breached international norms in its Indian operations, the sustainable investment researcher sees signs of progress on some fronts but insufficient attention paid to risk management.
Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa Is Growing (07/21)
A report by IFC finds that private equity and sustainability initiatives undertaken in South Africa have led to $125 billion in sustainable investment in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Governance & Accountability Institute Chosen as Global Reporting Initiative Data Partner (07/16)
The Institute is the GRI's only US-based Data Partner, and will monitor and collect the sustainability reports of US-based corporations.
ICCR Launches Initiative to Improve Social Sustainability Measures (07/14)
The Social Sustainability Resource Guide argues for a focus on long-term impacts of corporate activities in communities, and emphasizes a multi-stakeholder approach in addressing social issues.
As You Sow Reports on Investment Risks Associated with Coal (07/06)
As shareowner support grows for resolutions addressing risks of reliance on coal and coal ash, a white paper details the decline of the industry's profitability.
UK to Review Long-Term Performance of Equity Markets (07/04)
The review will seek to determine how to establish an equity investment regime that provides accountability and supports the long-term interests of companies and investors.
Shareowner Support for Environmental Resolutions Continues to Grow (06/28)
Tracking by Ceres of this year's environmental resolutions reveals that the average support for hydraulic fracturing proposals increased to 40% in 2011, up from 30% in 2010.
ICCR Leads Investor Effort to Address Human Trafficking in Corporate Supply Chains (06/27)
A coalition of over 90 investors calls on 27 companies in six high-risk industry sectors to join in multi-stakeholder initiatives to combat a practice that currently enslaves tens of millions of men, women, and children.
PRI to Revamp Reporting Framework (06/25)
The Principles for Responsible Investment will introduce in 2013 a new reporting framework for signatories that is aimed to improve transparency and produce key performance indicators.
Don't Believe in Climate Change? Then Adapt for Competitive Reasons. (06/24)
SocialFunds.com talks with Hunter Lovins, author of Climate Capitalism and President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, about the business opportunities presented by adaptation to climate change.
MSCI Launches MSCI ESG Manager (06/23)
The MSCI ESG Manager, designed to help asset managers and owners manage ESG research, analysis, and compliance, includes on a single platform all of MSCI's research and analysis of companies listed on the MSCI World index.
UN Human Rights Council Endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (06/22)
Authored by Special Representative John Ruggie, the Principles state that business enterprises are responsible for remediation of human rights violations in which they are involved.
Report Recommends Private Sector Adaptation to Climate Change (06/21)
While corporate signatories to the Caring for Climate initiative understand the risks and opportunities presented by climate change, few are taking concrete steps to formulate adaptive strategies.
Risk Management in Water-Intensive Sectors Insufficient (06/18)
EIRIS reports on corporate responses to water scarcity, finding that most demonstrate limited or no evidence of taking action to mitigate water risks.
Layne Christensen Publishes First Sustainability Report (06/17)
Despite rebuffing efforts by Walden Asset Management to engage on the issue, the company recommended a vote in favor of a resolution calling for sustainability reporting, and publishes a first report that is informed by Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.
Is Corporate Social Responsibility a Distraction? (06/16)
A paper by consultants at Dalberg Global Development Advisors argue for the return of a focus on the single bottom line of corporate profitability, but calls for a long-term horizon that coincides with the interests of sustainable investors.
Report Surveys Climate Change Strategies of Global Investors (06/15)
Three investor networks collaborate on a new report that details the different approaches to climate change among investors in North America, Europe, and Australasia.
Initiative Aims to Standardize Ratings of Corporate Social Responsibility (06/14)
Ceres and Tellus Institute announce the launch of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings, which aims to provide a single standard for rating the sustainability performance of companies.
Study Compares Perception and Reality of Corporate ESG Risk Management (06/13)
A report from Brandlogic and CRD Analytics warns that companies whose reputations exceed actual performance risk loss of value due to inaccurate assumptions by key stakeholders.
Report Describes Ten Years of the FTSE4Good Index Series (06/09)
The groundbreaking index series, launched by FTSE and EIRIS in 2001, has led to improved ESG performance of companies through evolving standards and corporate engagement.
Investors Call on Russell 1000 Companies to Address Sustainability (06/08)
Led by Ceres, a coalition of investors representing more than $1 trillion in assets under management writes to the CEOs of Russell 1000 companies, urging them to increase corporate attention to sustainability issues.
GRI Calls for Input into New Sustainability Guidelines (06/06)
The Global Reporting Initiative announces that it will publish the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines in 2013, and invites public input into their formation.
Shadow Banking Scrutinized for Role in Financial Crisis (05/30)
A report from Standard & Poor's details the effect of unregulated financial institutions on the financial crisis, and calls for regulatory oversight based on function rather than institutional charter.
Overall CEO Pay Saw Marginal Decline in 2009 (11/19)
The latest in a series of annual reports by The Corporate Library on executive compensation finds the greatest decrease in tax gross-ups, or payment by companies of taxes on compensation packages.
As You Sow Reports on Supply Chain Compliance Programs of Apparel Companies (11/17)
The report surveys the supply chain compliance programs of 15 US-based apparel companies, and finds that most have codes of conduct and audit their suppliers, but few hold senior executives responsible for improved compliance.
Investors Want More Disclosure of Climate Risk Data from Corporations (03/10)
CDP survey of signatory investors finds that integration of climate risk considerations into investment decisions is growing.
Investors Call on Auto Industry to Improve Disclosure on Emissions (03/09)
The risks and opportunities for carbon reduction strategies for the automobile industry are considerable and warrant particular attention from investors.
Role of Corporate Boards in Sustainability Issues Is Growing (03/04)
Survey of board directors finds that as shareowner resolutions increase, more boards of directors are addressing the risks and opportunities of sustainability issues.
Riskmetrics to Acquire Innovest (02/20)
RiskMetrics cites expansion of research on environmental, social, and strategic governance issues as major reason for purchase.
ESG Criteria Creeping Slowly into Mainstream Investing (08/28)
New report lays out the five hurdles ESG investing has to clear before it can be incorporated on a large scale.
The Assurance Industry Grows in League with ESG Reporting (08/21)
With more companies publishing sustainability reports, more third parties are stepping in to validate the information in CSR reports.
Half of S&P 100 Companies Published Sustainability Reports in 2007 (08/05)
More leading US companies are publishing their sustainability work and embracing the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.
Large UK Companies Put Their Best Foot Forward (05/28)
New study of the FTSE 100 finds most companies, but not all, are improving their performance on environmental, social and governance issues.
More Companies in Emerging Markets Create Corporate Governance Websites (05/12)
A growing number of large companies in Central and Eastern Europe are publishing environmental, social and governance reports on-line in English, but the area still lags behind other emerging markets’ disclosure rates.
Measuring Companies with a Ruler of Responsibility (03/02)
With 21 return businesses from the 2007 list, CRO's 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2008 ranks large-cap companies' corporate responsibility.
Two New Indexes of SRI Interest (02/05)
Standards & Poor's launches ESG-screened index of Indian companies and FTSE introduces its environment technology index.
Yearbook Presents Sustainability Trends and Leaders (02/05)
SAM and PricewaterhouseCoopers offer insights into the sustainability efforts of cutting-edge companies.
Vast Majority of Emerging Market Companies Disclose Their Sustainability Efforts (01/31)
New SIRAN/KLD report upbeat about sustainability reporting, but improvements still need to be made.
100 Most Sustainable Global Corporations Published (01/29)
Corporate Knights and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors announced their fourth annual list of sustainable corporations.
Are Banks Getting Caught With Their Umbrellas Down? (01/14)
A new report from the RiskMetrics Group ranks 40 of the world's largest banks responses to climate change risks and possibilities.
Sustainability Issues All Over the Map at Large Cap Companies (11/30)
An extensive study from RiskMetrics shows sustainability governance among companies varies widely from country to country, and from sector to sector.
Wal-Mart's First Sustainability Report: Just a Gesture or a Just Account? (11/19)
Many call the biggest retailer's sustainability report a good first step on a long road.
Leave Only Footprints: Measuring and Managing Corporate Carbon Emissions (09/04)
Corporate carbon footprinting is on the rise, but so too is the number of footprint methodologies, challenging companies and investors to discern the best options. Part two of a two-part article.
Many Sustainability Reports Upbeat, Ignoring Climate Change Risks (08/02)
A new study from GRI and KPMG on sustainability reports notes that companies highlight new business opportunities created by climate change and shy away from risks associated with climate change.
SustainAbility Predicts How Sustainable Development Will Play Out Over Next Two Decades (06/15)
Part two of this two-part article looks at a recent report from SustainAbility that projects four scenarios of potential developments in sustainability over the next 20 years.
Grading Sustainability Reports: Creating the Curve (05/04)
As more and more companies publish sustainability reports, awards and studies of these reports help raise reporting standards.
If You Tag It, It Will Be Used: Sustainability Reporting in XBRL (04/16)
Weeks after the latest SEC roundtable on interactive data, the Global Reporting Initiative releases a draft taxonomy of XBRL tags mapped to G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
S&P 500 Lags on Climate Disclosure, Electric Utilities Burning Economic Value Into Carbon (02/05)
Two recent reports use findings of the 2006 Carbon Disclosure Project to assess limits of transparency on climate risks and opportunities and drag on value creation at electric utilities.
Global 100 List Raises the Profile of Sustainability at the World Economic Forum (and Beyond) (01/25)
Competition to make the third annual list of the 100 most sustainable companies--based on ratings by Innovest--continues to spur strong corporate social and environmental performance.
The Problem with Voluntary Corporate Initiatives Is -- Well, They Are Voluntary (01/16)
A Harvard study identifies the voluntary nature of such corporate social and environmental initiatives as their pitfall, limiting the ability to gauge their effectiveness.
Costs of Carbon and Coal: Examining Emissions Trading Scheme Impact on Shareowner Value (12/22)
WWF and SAM Group collaborate on a study modeling impacts of rising costs of carbon dioxide emissions on the valuation of German utility RWE, the biggest private carbon emitter in Europe.
Corporate Accountability Improves, Progressing on Stakeholder Engagement But Not Assurance (11/29)
Vodafone, BP, and Shell top the annual Global Accountability Rating by AccountAbility and CSRnetwork, with Home Depot rising 10 percentage points and Chevron falling 20.
Merrill Lynch and World Resources Institute Issue Second Auto Sector Climate Change Report (11/15)
The report again balances stock picking and investment analysis with in-depth discussion of regulatory and market developments in response to global warming and energy security concerns.
Sustainability Reporting Improving, But Not Necessarily Contributing to True Sustainability (11/13)
The biennial survey of global reporters by SustainAbility assesses disclosure on sustainability performance, but refrains from directly assessing corporate sustainability performance.
As Climate Debate Matures, Companies Strategize Solutions and Investors Push for Disclosure (11/03)
Companies are taking tangible actions to minimize risks and seize opportunities related to climate change, while investors promote more robust climate-related disclosure.
Global Compact Aligns with GRI and the Practical Side of the Change Agenda (10/12)
In part two of this two-part interview, SocialFunds.com speaks with Georg Kell about new alliances facilitating Communication on Progress reporting as well as broader issues facing the Global Compact.
Global Compact Puts 335 Companies in Deep Freezer Until They Communicate on Progress (10/11)
In part one of this two-part interview, SocialFunds.com speaks with Georg Kell about the de-listing of 335 companies from the Global Compact for failing to issue Communication on Progress reports.
Investors Call on S&P 500 Companies to Use New Global Reporting Initiative G3 Guidelines (10/05)
Only 13 percent of the S&P 500 issues GRI reports--those that do see the move as insulating them against the possibility of future mandated disclosure on issues such as climate risk.
FTSE4Good Deletes Nine Companies on Environmental and Supply Chain Labor Standards (10/04)
FTSE4Good criteria promote incremental progress in corporate social responsibility performance, and climate change is the latest topic covered in newly proposed standards.
Mainstreaming of SRI Boosts Assets in Europe Over One Trillion Euros (09/25)
The latest report by Eurosif on socially responsible investing in Europe notes the distinction between core SRI, which is steady, and broad SRI, which is fueling the growth.
Canadian Social Investment Organization Recommends Mandating Global Reporting Initiative (09/20)
In a submission to the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility, SIO advocates for amending the Canada Business Corporations Act to mandate annual GRI reporting.
Carbon Disclosure Project Finds Tipping Point in Awareness But Not Action on Climate Risks (09/19)
CDP4 reveals almost three quarters of FT500 tracking their greenhouse gas emissions, but less than half of those who think climate change poses risks are reducing GHG emissions.
DJSI Takes Holistic Approach to Assessing and Promoting Corporate Sustainability (09/11)
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes assesses overall sustainability performance, driving constant improvement through the competitiveness to attain best-in-class status.
Trucost Joins Yale Professor to Devise Tool to Gauge Financial Cost of Environmental Impacts (08/25)
Professor Robert Repetto and Trucost Researcher Dan Dias apply the TRUEVA methodology for measuring externalities in financial terms to the US electric sector, which scores terribly.
Benchmarking Corporate Climate Change Mitigation to Scientific Targets (08/15)
The Center for Sustainable Innovation launches a new tool for measuring corporate sustainability using emissions reductions goals set by science, not business or politics.
Shareowners Push TimeWarner on Movies Depicting Smoking, Recycled Paper, and Pay Disparity (08/09)
Part two of this two-part article documents steps forward made by TimeWarner, as well as areas where shareowner activists continue to press for progress.
Shareowner Activists See Progress at TimeWarner, and Room for Improvement (08/08)
In part one of this two-part article, activists applaud the company on its first corporate social responsibility report while continuing to push on environmental, social, and governance issues.
ADVANCE Converts Corporate Environmental Metrics Into Monetary Terms (08/03)
The transparent methodology stands to advance corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing, but it remains to be seen if it measures true sustainability.
BP, Suncor, and Shell Top Oil Sector Sustainability Rating; Chevron and ExxonMobil Rank Low (08/01)
The report by Jantzi Research examines 23 oil companies worldwide on environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions as well as human rights and other social issues.
UN Advances Business Case for Materiality of SRI, Leaving Skeptics Little Wiggle Room (07/18)
A new UNEP FI report assesses how investment banks are integrating environmental, social, and governance factors and linking them to financial performance in their research.
Book Review--The Triple Bottom Line: How Today's Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success--And How You Can Too (07/13)
The book lays out a framework for companies to follow on the path toward integrating the triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Some Applaud Rise in Sustainability Reporting, Others Say It Masks Corporate Un-sustainability (07/11)
A new study documents the increase in sustainability reporting, but a paper by St. Andrews researchers considers corporate sustainability an unrealistic goal under current economic system.
World Resources Institute and Citigroup Team Up to Report on Solutions to Climate Change (06/15)
The report recommends a dozen companies poised to profit from a carbon-constrained future, including Archer Daniels Midland, Caterpillar, Cypress Semiconductor, GE, Itron, Johnson Controls, Monsanto, and Waste Management
Book Review--Managing the Business Case for Sustainability: The Integration of Social, Environmental, and Economic Performance (06/07)
The book presents a wide breadth of academic and practitioner perspectives on corporate social and environmental sustainability.
Applying an Ant Colony Mentality to Extra-Financial Factors and Enhanced Analytics (05/30)
A report from the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a member of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, calls for diverse, community-wide advocacy of factoring extra-financials into research.
United Nations Endorses SRI Strategies in Launching Principles for Responsible Investment (05/02)
Some 50 institutional investors globally representing $4 trillion in assets have signed on to the Principles, which promote the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors.
Social Footprint Introduces Simple Elegance in Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance (03/30)
The method conceived by the Center for Sustainable Innovation for quantifying corporate social and environmental impacts uses quotients to compare company action to sustainability goals.
Shareowner Resolutions Overcome Obstacles to Promote Sustainability Reporting (03/29)
A campaign advocating for sustainability reporting refines its strategies, shifting from requiring adherence to recommending Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.
US Banks Sink to the Bottom of the Barrel on Latest Sustainability Ratings from Oekom (03/14)
Most US banks fail to disclose enough information on their social and environmental performance to qualify for analysis, and only four of 21 analyzed earned above D-level grades.
Wells Fargo Issues Alternative Energy Report to Join Ranks of Banks Advancing SRI Research (03/08)
The report provides an overview of the alternative energy market as well as the pros and cons of investment opportunities in wind, solar, hydroelectric, hydrogen, biomass, and even nuclear.
SRI Community Adding Its Two Cents to Comments on GRI G3 Guidelines (03/02)
The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking public comments on its new sustainability reporting guidelines by March 31st.
Financial Wonks Meet Treehuggers: New Tool Places Valuation on Corporate Sustainability (02/14)
The sdEffect analytical framework takes the next step in establishing metrics to translate sustainable development into valuation.
How to Determine the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (01/28)
Innovest Strategic Value Advisors and Corporate Knights announce the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies at the World Economic Forum, documenting financial outpeformance.
Top Five Socially Responsible Investing News Stories of 2005 (01/05)
Socially responsible investing, corporate social responsibility, and microfinance embraced by the mainstream; shareowner advocates withdraw several climate change resolutions as companies agree to report; and exchange traded funds apply SRI strategies.
UK Kills Operating and Financial Review of Environmental and Social Information (12/08)
The move, which was seen as capitulation to the business community, leads to legal challenges.
A Light Bulb Turns On: Goldman Sachs First Investment Bank to Adopt Environmental Policy (11/30)
The policy matches the robustness of other such policies recently adopted by global financial institutions, but the status of Goldman Sachs as an investment bank brings added significance.
Citigroup Smith Barney Report Seeks to Bridge Divide Between SRI and Traditional Analysis (11/21)
The report seeks to cross the metaphorical river dividing socially responsible investing analysts, who assess sustainability, from traditional analysts, who examine financial fundamentals.
One Year On: Global Compact Maps Progress on Mainstreaming ESG Considerations (11/10)
Two recent reports paint a vivid picture of developments over the past year on integrating environmental, social, and governance considerations into traditional financial analysis.
Fiduciary Duty Redefined to Allow (and Sometimes Require) Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations (11/03)
A report commissioned by UNEP FI and prepared by Freshfields attorneys dispels the persistent myth that laws prevent fiduciaries from considering environmental, social, and governance issues.
Insurers at the Crossroads: Intersection Between Insurance and Sustainability is a Busy Corner (11/02)
Swiss Re exemplifies global sustainability leadership, as the chair of its US arm gives the keynote address at a summit on climate change and insurance in Connecticut.
SRI Research from UBS Strikes Balance Between Ethics and Economics (10/28)
The new socially responsible investing team at UBS quantifies the costs of corporate social and environmental impacts as a means of effecting ethical and economic rectification.
Institutional Investors Drive Research on Mainstreaming of SRI by Investment Managers (10/21)
A new line of research at Mercer Investment Consulting rates proxy voting, shareholder engagement, and analysis of environmental, social, and governance issues by mainstream investment managers.
Business Roundtable May Be Seeing the Light with New Initiative (10/11)
The SEE Change program hints at a tipping point for US business community engagement of social, environmental, and economic issues, but the program's success may depend on how critics view its performance.
Lighthouse G3: Third Generation GRI Guidelines Shine a Beacon for Sustainability Reporters (09/30)
The Global Reporting Initiative dubbed its guidelines overhaul and update "G3," in which it is defining metrics for the Indicators and integrating the Principles with the Indicators.
Insurers Behind the Curve on Addressing and Disclosing Risks of Climate Change (09/29)
Two reports, one from Ceres and one from Friends of the Earth, concur that climate change is catching insurance companies, which are particularly impacted by global warming, unawares.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Launch United States and North America Indexes (09/23)
The new indexes apply a best-in-class approach that differs from the approach of US socially responsible investing indexes currently available, which focus on exclusionary screening.
Third Carbon Disclosure Project Survey Finds Increasing Action on Climate Change (09/21)
CDP3, now sponsored by 155 institutional investors with more than $21 trillion in assets, also reveals some significant footdragging by the Financial Times 500 companies.
AccountAbility Cooks Up a New Recipe with Stakeholder Engagement Standards (09/16)
An exposure draft of new AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standards to be released next week may prove useful to the socially responsible investment community of shareholder activists.
Taking Account of Corporate Social Responsibility Reports (09/15)
A Pleon survey of CSR reporting finds differing opinions on best practice for report assurance and verification amongst respondents as well as professional experts.
Banks and Financial Service Providers Figure Prominently in FTSE4Good Attrition, DJSI Matriculation (09/08)
Corporate social responsibility plays an important role at banks and financial service companies, which are not only recipients but also increasingly purveyors of socially responsible investment.
Arthur D Little Study Identifies Trends in Sustainability Innovation (08/10)
The report finds increasing corporate commitment to sustainability innovation, though it demonstrates room for more growth.
Ethical Investment Research Service Follows Socially Responsible Investing Growth around the Globe (07/26)
Spawned by the anti-apartheid movement seeking information on companies operating in South Africa, EIRIS has since grown astride with the expansion of SRI.
The Lowdown from Corporate Governance and Proxy Advisory Experts on ISS-IRRC Merger (07/19)
Implications of the buyout of the Investor Responsibility Research Center by Institutional Shareholder Services on social research and competition in proxy advisory services.
Gap and Nike Engage Stakeholders For Assurance Statements on Sustainability Reports (07/14)
Sustainability reports, whose credibility is enhanced by such stakeholder engagement and assurance statements, are gaining in significance, as KLD indexes add Nike due in part to its report.
Vigeo-Ethibel Merger Forms New European Socially Responsible Investment Research Firm (07/07)
The Vigeo Group becomes the largest corporate social responsibility rating agency in Europe, with global operations that the newly-created company plans to expand.
KPMG Finds More Than Half of Fortune 250 Issuing Standalone Sustainability Reports (06/22)
Surveying the top 250 companies in the Fortune 500, the percentage rises to almost two thirds when considering annual financial reports that address corporate responsibility.
Merrill Lynch and World Resources Institute Analyze Climate Change Investment Opportunities (06/21)
The jointly-produced report, the first such collaboration between a mainstream US investment bank and a environmentalist nonprofit, breaks new ground by issuing stock recommendations.
Business for Social Responsibility Suggests Improvements to the Global Reporting Initiative (06/15)
A BSR report surveys 19 member companies on their experience and opinions of sustainability reporting according to GRI guidelines, identifying both strengths and weaknesses.
Canadian Corporate Sustainability Reporting In Its Infancy, Shows Signs of Growth (06/08)
A lengthy report released yesterday by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada provides a primer on sustainability reporting as well as a statistical snapshot.
The Value of Local Expertise in SRI Research: Jantzi Research Knows Canada (05/25)
Jantzi Research conducts socially responsible investment research and corporate social responsibility rating and ranking focused on the Canadian market primarily for institutional investors.
Report Ranks Best German Corporate Sustainability Reports (05/17)
Henkel, adidas-Salomon, Volkswagen, BMW, and Deutsche Telekom rank in the top 10 of the 150 German companies surveyed.
Institutional Investors Call on SEC, Wall Street, and Companies to Address Climate Risk (05/11)
The second Investor Summit on Climate Risk focused on information, from the perspectives of disclosure, data generation, and analysis, as a key to transforming climate risk into opportunity.
Pharma and Biotech Companies Just Starting to Pass the Transparency Litmus Test (04/27)
oekom research rates the social and environmental sustainability performance of 27 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and finds disclosure lacking across the board.
Not Just for Corporations: Six Microfinance Banks on Three Continents Use GRI Guidelines (03/16)
Microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, and South America are issuing sustainability reports using Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, as are other non-corporate entities such as GRI itself.
Tale of Two Reports: Sustainability Yearbook Compares Extra-Financial to Financial Reporting (02/24)
Published jointly by Sustainable Asset Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the yearbook shows how adding extra-financial data to a financial report increases buy recommendations.
Web Design, Lobbying Disclosure Fuel Co-Operative Bank Win of UK Sustainability Reporting Awards (02/23)
The award judges distinguished between sustainability and corporate social responsibility reporting, noting that many reports identifying themselves as the former (which are more rigorous) were actually the latter.
Latin American Forest Products Company Illustrates Best Practice Sustainability Reporting (01/04)
Terranova issues its second Global Reporting Initiative-based sustainability report, exhibiting many exemplary practices such as stakeholder engagement and external verification.
Calvert First SRI Firm to Issue Global Reporting Initiative-Based Sustainability Report (12/30)
While many small-to-medium-sized enterprises consider sustainability reporting prohibitive, Calvert finds value in doing what it asks publicly traded companies to do.
Report Finds Bank Sector Assessment of Impact on Disadvantaged Communities Lacking (12/29)
AccountAbility and Business for Social Responsibility to apply their new assessment methodology to the pharmaceutical, agricultural, and extractive sectors next.
UNEP Report Takes First Steps Toward Understanding Slow Consumer Uptake of Sustainability (12/17)
While advancing interesting findings, the report is marred by lack of adequate documentation.
Rating Corporate Sustainability: Behind the Scenes at Oekom Research (11/22)
SocialFunds.com visits Oekom Research to get a more in-depth look at corporate social and environmental sustainability research.
Sustainability Reporting Improves, But Falls Short on Linking to Financial Performance (11/05)
A new benchmarking survey correlates the top 50 corporate non-financial reports to credit ratings, but reports themselves fail to link financial and sustainability performance.
European Utilities Top Oekom Sustainability Rankings, US Utilities Crowd the Bottom (10/28)
Corporate sustainability rating firm Oekom Research rewards climate change mitigation and enhancing energy accessibility for the economically disadvantaged in its latest report.
Shell and BP Top Innovest CSR Ratings of Integrated Oil and Gas Companies (10/13)
Marathon and several companies operating in emerging markets sink to the bottom of the rankings of corporate social responsibility performers.
Memo From: SRI Analysts To: Companies--Use GRI Sustainability Reporting Platform! (10/07)
A coalition of 17 socially responsible investment firms recommends that companies disclose social and environmental data using the Global Reporting Initiative.
EHS Auditors Slow to Take Up GRI (09/22)
Part two of this two-part article addresses changes Environmental, Health & Safety auditors are making in response to the Global Reporting Initiative.
Sarbanes-Oxley Moves EHS Auditing From the Backroom to Boardroom (09/21)
Part one of this two-part article addresses changes Environmental, Health & Safety auditors are making in response to Sarbanes-Oxley; part two addresses changes prompted by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Report Advocates Breaking Down Barriers to Global Corporate Sustainability Reporting (09/16)
An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and CorporateRegister.com report tracking sustainability reporting worldwide finds its growth hampered by obstacles.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Add General Electric and Drop Electrolux (09/03)
The annual change in the DJSI is based on recent assessment of corporate economic, environmental and social performance.
Stakeholder Engagement, Verification, and Transparency in ISO Social Responsibility Standards: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General (08/03)
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses these issues and more in the final installment of this three-part interview article.
ISO and Social Responsibility--A Closer Fit Than You Might Think: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General (07/30)
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses divergences and convergences of ISO technical standards with social responsibility guidelines (part two of a three-part article).
Answering the Market Call for Social Responsibility Standards: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General (07/29)
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses the history and implications of ISO's new social responsibility standards (part one of a three-part article).
Trends in Sustainability Reporting (07/06)
Part two in this two-part article looks at how the present trends in sustainability reporting project into the future.
A Brief History of Sustainability Reporting (07/02)
Part one of this two-part article outlines the history of sustainability reporting up to the present; part two projects trends in sustainability reporting into the future.
Auditing Sustainability Reporting (06/21)
As sustainability reporting increases in significance, so too does the auditing of it.
UK Prepares To Mandate Environmental and Social Reporting (05/28)
Proposed guidelines for Operating and Financial Review reports require British company directors to discuss the effects of social and environmental issues on business.
Carbon Disclosure Project Report and Greenhouse Gas Protocol Release Second Editions (05/19)
Climate change initiatives get a significant boost this month with the release of two revised editions of a report and a protocol for addressing global warming.
Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Renault Lead Movement Toward Sustainable Mobility (05/13)
Two Japanese carmakers rank highest on the environmental rating of Innovest's latest sector report, while two European companies rank highest on the social rating.
Number of US Retail Firms That Oekom Recommends for Sustainable Investment: Zero (05/06)
Oekom Research finds 15 US-based retail companies insufficiently transparent to recommend for sustainable investment, while five of the top six firms recommended hail from the UK.
Oekom Revamps Its Rating System, Dividing Companies According to Transparency (05/05)
Oekom Research now provides Outside Ratings for companies with insufficient transparency to qualify for the more robust Inside Ratings.
Sustainability Report Awards Reward Disclosure on Environmental, Social Performance (04/28)
Canada-based Suncor and Dofasco, Texas-based Dell and Kinko's, and Michigan-based Ford win sustainability reporting awards from CERES and ACCA.
Oekom Rates Food and Beverages Industry Average in Sustainability Performance (04/15)
The example of Starbucks illustrates how Oekom Research rates food and beverage companies as average performers in social and environmental sustainability.
Wisconsin Energy Reaps External and Internal Benefits from Social and Environmental Reporting (03/31)
Wisconsin Energy won accolades for its Global Reporting Initiative-based report, which also raised internal awareness of social and environmental performance.
Report on SRI Research Organizations Characterized as Valuable But Also Controversial (03/09)
A recent report from SustainAbility, onValues, and Mistra provides valuable insight on SRI research organization methodologies but lacks some needed transparency.
Welcome to the Jungle: CSR Questionnaire Incompatibility Hampers Applicability (03/05)
A Nordic Partnership report finds wide variance in questions posed in corporate social responsibility surveys, calling into question their comparability and applicability.
Book Review--The Corporate Responsibility Code Book (01/22)
This book is no thriller, but it is indispensable for anyone seeking to grasp the complex landscape of the multitudinous tools that measure corporate social responsibility.
The Rashomon Effect: Why Do Innovest and Oekom Rate Toyota's Environmental Performance So Differently? (01/20)
A Japanese film may help investors understand the discrepancy between the environmental ratings of Toyota by Innovest and Oekom.
Film Depicts Environmental and Social Reporting Disappearing in SEC Black Hole (01/07)
A documentary film by environmental attorney Sanford Lewis reveals the SEC's failure to enforce its rules requiring companies to disclose environmental and social liabilities.
Underreporting of Material Environmental Liabilities Persists (12/23)
Despite clear documentation of the problem, multiple solutions proposed, and petitioning to enhance enforcement, corporate underreporting of material environmental liabilities continues.
Survey Says: NGOs Believe Corporate Social Responsibility Reports That Reveal Faults (11/14)
In a recent survey, nongovernmental organizations say they believe CSR reports that disclose noncompliance, poor social or environmental performance, and big challenges.
Corporate Governance Ratings Take Different Approaches to Produce Similar Results (08/19)
GovernanceMetrics International rates corporate governance in relation to other companies, while Institutional Shareholder Services rates in relation to market indexes.
Members of Congress Consider Social and Environmental Disclosure in SEC Filings (07/11)
A group of Senators and Representatives summoned a symposium on the need for social and environmental disclosure by companies in their SEC filings.
AccountAbility Launches Assurance Standard for Corporate Responsibility Reporting (03/26)
Investors and other stakeholders stand to benefit from the standardized verification of corporate reporting on social, environmental, and economic performance.
Corporate Social Responsibility Rating Agencies Balance Standardization and Differentiation (02/12)
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating agencies are struggling to balance the need to standardize CSR ratings with the need to differentiate their ratings from competitors'.
SRI Ratings Need Greater Independence and Standardization, Says New Dutch Guide (10/15)
A new guide from Holland profiles 28 SRI rating agencies from around the world and recommends greater independence, standardization, and transparency in SRI research.
SEC Urged to Strengthen Rules Governing Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Risks (08/21)
The Rose Foundation is petitioning the SEC to require more comprehensive disclosure of environmental liabilities, allowing investors to assess the potential effect on shareowner value.
Companies Skirt Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities (04/08)
New study echoes social investors' call for the SEC to strengthen its rules regarding corporate disclosure of environmental liabilities.
New French Law Mandates Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting (03/14)
French social and environmental rating agency offered both kudos and criticism for a new law requiring French companies to disclose social and environmental performance.
Swedish Foundation Reports on Socially Responsible Asset Management and Research (02/06)
MISTRA, a Swedish environmental research foundation, recently released a report that assesses asset managers and research firms as its first step toward adopting socially responsible investing principles.
Benchmarking Corporate Environmental and Social Reporting (07/12)
Recent survey examines the environmental and social reporting practices of the 100 largest global firms.
Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting (04/19)
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.
SEC Asked to Enforce Its Environmental Disclosure Rules (02/01)
Socially responsible financial firm and international think-tank believe shareholders need more information about their companies' environmental risks.
Wal-Mart’s First Sustainability Report: Just a Gesture or a Just Account? (00/00)
Many call the biggest retailer’s sustainability report a good first step on a long road.
Wal-Mart’s First Sustainability Report: Just a Gesture or a Just Account? (00/00)
Many call the biggest retailer’s sustainability report a good first step on a long road.