Corporate / Technology
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.
Electronics Trade Association Prohibits Payments to Labor Brokers (04/10)
The amendment to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition's Code of Conduct follows engagement on the issue of payments to labor brokers by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Widespread Forced Labor in Malaysian Electronics Industry (09/19)
A study by Verite finds that nearly one-third of foreign migrant workers in the Malaysian electronics industry work under conditions of forced labor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Labor Conditions Improving at Chinese Supplier to Apple (08/27)
The Fair Labor Association reports that Foxconn Technology Group, Apple's largest supplier, is ahead of schedule in meeting commitments such as higher wages and less mandatory overtime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CalSTRS to Facebook: More Women on Board (02/08)
The pension fund's Director of Corporate Governance writes to Mark Zuckerberg, expressing disappointment in the lack of diversity on Facebook's board of directors.
Microsoft Says Worker Dispute at Foxconn Plant Resolved (01/12)
Suicide threats by protesting workers at Chinese manufacturing plant recalls 2010 deaths of workers at another Foxconn plant in China.
Greenpeace Ends Unfriend Coal Campaign Targeting Facebook (12/28)
The social media giant agrees to reduce its reliance on coal-powered electricity by siting its data centers where renewable energy sources are available.
Google Abandons Renewable Energy Initiative (11/30)
The IT giant says it will maintain its efforts to improve energy efficiency in its data centers and continue to invest in renewable energy.
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.
CDP Explains Benefits of Cloud Computing (09/15)
The Carbon Disclosure Project finds that the transition to cloud computing could lead to energy cost savings of $12.3 billion by 2020, and carbon reductions of 85.7 million metric tons.
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.
Cleantech Index Goes Global (07/09)
Cleantech rebalances its Index to include worldwide clean tech companies.
Joel Makower on the GreenBiz.com State of Green Business 2008 Report (02/01)
GreenBiz founder talks about the inaugural report, which surveys the top 10 green business stories of 2007 and introduces the GreenBiz Index.
Jolly Green Giant: Google Gives the Green Light to Alternative Energy (12/04)
Google promises millions of dollars to create inexpensive renewable energy.
Book Review: The Clean Tech Revolution (11/05)
A new book on investing in green technology looks at new and expected developments that hold out promise for big returns over the coming decades.
BP, John Deere, Goldman Sachs, and Allianz Among Renewable Energy Award Winners (09/27)
The third annual award ceremony, sponsored by Euromoney and Ernst and Young, took place during the Renewable Energy Finance Forum.
Evergreen Solar and Energy Conversion Devices Rated Outperformers in Piper Jaffray Solar Report (02/23)
The report continues a trend of mainstream equity research using socially responsible investing strategies, and SRI funds confirm this assessment through wide exposure to these two companies.
IT Company Collusion with Chinese Authorities to Repress Free Expression Shorts Shareowner Value (02/17)
Boston Common Asset Management submits testimony to congressional hearings asserting that protecting shareholder value and respecting human rights are not mutually exclusive mandates.
In the Year of the Oil Boom, Some SRI Funds Look Elsewhere for Strong Performance in 2005 (01/24)
The top-performing socially responsible investing funds compared to their category peers (SRI and non-SRI alike) drew strong performance from pharma, tech, and financials.
Are Electronic Components Producers Ready for Environmental Regulation? (10/20)
A Citizens Advisors study surveys 26 electronics components companies, and projects that many of them will be unprepared for European Union laws taking effect in 2006.
Vanguard Fund Generates Strong Returns by Replicating the Calvert Social Index (10/24)
The Vanguard Calvert Social Index Fund outperformed more than four-fifths of its peers in the overall US mutual fund universe with similar investment styles over the past year.
Sustainable Computer Producers Perform Better than Less Sustainable Counterparts (09/25)
Innovest adds social considerations to its environmental assessment in its recent computer industry report, and sustainability still outperforms business-as-usual.
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.
Climate Change Litigation Could Affect Companies’ Market Value (07/23)
In the near future companies could face the risk of being on the receiving end of climate change lawsuits, a development that stands to impact shareowner value.
Report Connects the Dots Between Corporate Governance and Climate Change Risk (07/10)
A report reveals the degree to which 20 major global companies use corporate governance to address climate change risks and opportunities.
Huh?!?: CEO Pay Goes Up in 2002 While the Stock Market Goes Down (06/25)
The Corporate Library's report shows how CEO pay increased in 2002 despite the fact that the stock market declined significantly, a trend that does not sit well with investors.
Rebuilding Iraq: Humanitarianism Versus Opportunism (04/04)
Socially responsible investing supports companies and nonprofit initiatives that advance humanitarian efforts to rebuild Iraq and avoids investment in profiteering companies.
CalPERS Says Xerox's Corporate Governance Not Worthy of Copying (03/27)
Pension fund giant names six companies that need to improve their corporate governance.
The Black and White and Gray Areas of Military and Weapons Screening (02/28)
Most social investors screen out companies that derive revenue from military-related products and services or weapons manufacturing. However, a zero tolerance screen is unusual.
Corporate Responsibility Ratings and SRI Screens Sometimes Differ (01/16)
A new report from Oekom Research criticizes IT network and component company performance based on the companies' own disclosure, while the Calvert Group's screens assess companies' actual practices.
Social Investors Spur Social and Environmental Upgrades at Intel (12/17)
Over the past five years, Intel Corporation's program of engagement with the social investment community has helped the company boost its competitive advantage.
Book Review: The Ecology of the New Economy (08/07)
A collection of essays identifies how the new digital economy both upgrades and downgrades the environment without predicting which trend will prevail.
Computer Sector's Social and Environmental Performance Needs Upgrade (07/31)
A recent report from Oekom Research identifies shortcomings in the corporate responsibility performance of IT and computer companies, particularly concerning social issues.
Business Ethics' 100 Best Corporate Citizens Outperform S&P 500 (04/29)
An academic study concluded that Business Ethics' list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens generated better returns than the remaining companies on the S&P 500.
Corporate Sustainability Reporting Is Here to Stay (04/05)
The Global Reporting Initiative, an organization working to make corporate performance more transparent, was formally inaugurated as an independent institution yesterday.
First Nasdaq-based Social Index Unveiled (02/12)
KLD and Nasdaq create the KLD-Nasdaq Social Index, the first index to screen Nasdaq companies for social and environmental criteria.
Consulting Firm Promotes Online Reporting of Triple Bottom Line (12/31)
SustainAbility, a British research and consultancy firm, recently released a report on how companies, their stakeholders and customers use the Internet to communicate about sustainable development.
SBI Promotes Responsible Business Practices Alongside Profits (12/27)
The Sustainable Business Institute is working to spread its vision of sustainability to business leaders and the public.
E-Waste Not, Calvert Says to Computer Companies (12/20)
The Calvert Group has filed shareowner resolutions with the major U.S. computer producers, urging them to investigate ways to counteract electronic waste.
GEMI Elevates Environmental Consciousness from the Bottom to the Top Line (12/03)
The Global Environmental Management Initiative releases a new report promoting environment-friendly methods of enhancing corporate performance.
Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative Creates Global Emissions Standards (11/07)
An international consortium of government agencies, NGOs, and businesses creates its own set of standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in advance of the Kyoto Protocol.
EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance (11/02)
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.
Companies Get Help Building Green (10/29)
The U.S. Green Building Council makes it easier for companies to be more energy efficient and friendlier to the environment by helping them construct "green" buildings.
Scandinavian Companies Work toward Sustainable Business Model (10/03)
A group of large Nordic companies are participating in an unusual partnership to create their view of a future sustainable company.
Book Review: The Civil Corporation (09/28)
The New Economy brings increased competition, faster dissemination of information and the rise of corporate citizenship.
EPA Partners with Businesses to Promote Green Power (09/27)
Voluntary program has enlisted companies, cities, universities and others with the aim of boosting the market for renewable energy.
High-tech Industry Helps Power California Energy Efficiency Success (09/07)
New report assesses California's effective energy efficiency program and high-tech industry's role in sparking innovative conservation efforts.
Companies Cut Pollution Through E-commuting (08/28)
A federal government pilot program will give participating companies pollution credits based on the emission reductions achieved by telecommuting employees.
Benchmarking Corporate Environmental and Social Reporting (07/12)
Recent survey examines the environmental and social reporting practices of the 100 largest global firms.
Labor Standards Resolutions Garner Support in 2001 Proxy Season (07/11)
Ten international labor and human rights proposals that came to vote this year received 10 percent or more support from shareowners.
Americans Increasingly Interested in Corporate Citizenship (07/10)
Survey indicates that Americans are looking for good corporate citizens, but are having difficulty finding them.
Companies Using NAFTA to Undermine Legitimate Regulations (06/12)
New report explains how the U.S., Canadian and Mexican governments' ability to regulate in the public interest is being eroded by NAFTA's Chapter 11.
Better Corporate Governance Pays Off for Large Companies in Emerging Markets (06/04)
Recent study across global emerging markets finds large companies with good corporate governance yield better bottom lines.
Getting Boards to Address the Triple Bottom Line (05/15)
New report proposes a set of principles and actions to assist corporate boards in addressing the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental performance.
Business Group Supports Sustainability Via the Market Economy (04/24)
New report identifies seven factors companies must address in order to realize sustainable practices.
Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting (04/19)
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.
Environmental Groups Endorse Shareholder Resolutions (04/12)
Environmental advocates ask for support for pro-environmental resolutions at a wide range of companies.
Thirty-one Companies to Test Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (04/06)
Structured feedback will help shape the next generation of Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.
Shopping for Responsibility (04/02)
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.
Worker Files Shareholder Resolution with United Technologies (03/29)
Shareholders will be asked to support the linking of executive pay with employee satisfaction.
Procter & Gamble Heads List of 100 Best Corporate Citizens (03/28)
Business Ethics magazine recently published their annual rankings of the companies that best serve a diverse group of stakeholders.
Shareholder Resolution Vote Nudges Emerson on Equality (03/07)
Support from shareholders at annual meeting pushes electronic manufacturer to reconsider implementing a sexual orientation non-discrimination policy.
New International Society Marries Technology and Ecology (02/23)
Representatives of AT&T and Motorola join researchers, policy makers and environmental advocates to launch the International Society of Industrial Ecology.
Microsoft Resolution Spotlights Shareholder Concern Over Soft Money (11/13)
A resolution calling for Microsoft to report its political contributions highlights increasing shareholder attention to the corporate influence of elected officials.
Citizens Funds Makes Gains on Board Diversity (05/23)
Three shareholder resolutions meet with success, highlighting Citizens efforts to create fairer representation in corporate boardrooms.
Pax World Funds Brings Computer Trash Out of the Closet (04/27)
A leading socially responsible fund family makes computer recycling a high-profile issue for social investors.
GE Shareholders Want Disclosure on Political Spending (04/26)
Both inside and outside the annual meeting of General Electric, shareholders and protestors lean hard on soft money and several other social issues.
IBM Tops List of 100 Best Corporate Citizens (04/18)
In a survey by Business Ethics magazine, some corporations shine in their commitment to diverse stakeholders.