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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.

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.

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.

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.

Dangerous Mishaps Plague Shell's Arctic Exploration (01/09)
The Department of the Interior launches an expedited review of Shell's drilling program after a drill rig runs aground in the Gulf of Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Advisory Warns Investors of Risks of Proposed Copper and Gold Mine in Alaska (02/24)
Citing community opposition, unprecedented infrastructure requirements, and environmental risks, Earthworks questions whether the mine, located in the Bristol Bay area, will ever be built.

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.

Ecuadorian Court Upholds $18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron (01/06)
In addition to upholding the judgment for environmental damages in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, the court also criticized Chevron's efforts to undermine the trial.

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.

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.

New SJF Ventures Fund Is Designated a SBIC Impact Fund (11/04)
The North Carolina-based venture capital partnership receives green light to capitalize a $75 million fund that will invest in cleantech startups in low-to-middle income communities.

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.

Investors Call on Oil Companies to Consider Halting Operations in Syria (08/21)
Institutional investors that are members of the Conflict Risk Network, referring to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ask oil companies to condemn the harsh crackdown on demonstrations by the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.

Can Shell Be Trusted with Drilling in Arctic? (08/20)
The company's permit from the Interior Department to drill in the Arctic precedes by days an oil spill in the North Sea, and follows a UN report critical of its acceptance of responsibility for oil spills in Nigeria.

Media Company Launches Carbon Offsets Portal (08/15)
REDDcarbonCredits seeks to inform sustainable investors about carbon offsets to decrease deforestation, which is responsible for 20% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

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.

Resolutions Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing Continue to Attract Shareowner Support (06/03)
At annual meeting of Ultra Petroleum, the company refuses to permit shareowners to present their proposal, but votes in favor double that of 2010.

World Resources Institute Launches Project to Measure Water Risk (06/02)
The Aqueduct project compiles locally specific data on water risks to provide companies and investors with information to manage and reduce exposure.

Global Emissions Reach Record High in 2010 (06/01)
The International Energy Agency finds that, following a decline in global emissions in 2009, they increased by five percent over the previous record year, adding to the challenge of meeting reduction goals established at Cancun last year.

As Violence Erupts Again in Sudan, Investors Call for Engagement (05/27)
An Investor Statement by the Sudan Engagement Group of the Principles for Responsible Investment, issued before this week's occupation of Abyei, calls for awareness of risks associated with doing business in conflict areas.

Trillium Asks SEC to Investigate Chevron Disclosures (05/25)
Discrepancies in assessing the impact on the company of an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador raise questions about the disclosures included in SEC filings.

CDP Water Issues First Annual Report on Corporate Water Usage (11/16)
Backed by 137 institutional investors, the Carbon Disclosure Project initiative asks 302 large companies in water-dependent industry sectors to report on water usage.

EPA Finalizes Emissions Reporting Rules for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry (11/15)
Large facilities in the industry will be required to monitor and report all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the EPA.

Investing in Water: Bringing Water to the Sea (08/04)
Whether you wade into investing in water or dive in head first, the water industry offers investors many opportunities.

Shelley Alpern on How Tar Sands Perpetuate Petro-Addiction (06/26)
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset Management about its shareholder activism on oil company exploitation of tar sands.

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.

Corporate Operations in Burma Fuel Human Rights Abuses, Say Shareowner Activists (10/26)
Shareowner letters to Chevron and Total criticize the piping of revenues to the Burmese regime, while the Norwegian Pension Fund defends its decision not to divest from Total.

Businesses and Water Shortages: A Drought of Risk Management (09/12)
The Marsh Center for Risk Insights' new survey reports that although most businesses are aware of the risks of water shortages, most businesses don't have a risk management plan in place.

Water, Water, But Not Everywhere (04/12)
The entry of private equity firms and consolidation of utility operations by large conglomerates are poised to change the water industry over the next 20 years.

Digging for More than Gold: SRI Letter Asks Newmont to Address Western Shoshone Concerns (05/11)
The letter cites a recent decision by the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to support Western Shoshone claims.


Rising Oil Prices Fuel Investment Returns in Renewable Energy for New Alternatives Fund (10/14)
The first environmental mutual fund is also globalizing its reach to capitalize on innovative developments in alternative energies in other countries.

Most Canadian Extractive Companies Behind the Curve on Human Rights Policies (08/18)
Ethical Funds surveys Canadian energy and mining companies and finds less than a handful with comprehensive human rights policies, management systems, and disclosure mechanisms.

Lack of Human Rights Policy Concerns Chevron Shareowners in Light of Unocal Merger (08/16)
Part two of this two-part article examines the implications of the delay in adopting a human rights policy given the inheritance of Unocal holdings in Burma and Alien Tort Claims Act cases.

New Document Alleges Tie Between Chevron and Human Rights Abuses in Nigeria (08/12)
Identified in the discovery phase of a case proceeding at state and federal levels, the invoice and receipt indicate Chevron paid Nigerian soldiers for services on a day several villagers were allegedly killed (part one of a two-part article.)

Weyerhaeuser To Screen Shareholder Questions at Annual Meeting Tomorrow (04/20)
Shifting from the standard open-mic Question and Answer format, the CEO will act as gatekeeper for shareholder questions, a practice viewed by shareholders as restricting their rights.

Ecuadorian Attorney General Tells ChevronTexaco Shareholders Remediation Agreement May Be Invalid (04/12)
The questionable validity of the remediation agreement indemnifying ChevronTexaco could carry implications for the lawsuit and beyond (part three of a multipart article).

Asphalt Jungle: Did Oil Drilling by Texaco Create Environmental and Social Harm in Ecuador? (04/11)
Both ChevronTexaco and lawsuit plaintiffs are finding evidence of contamination during judicial site inspections: the question is, does it pose human health or environmental risks? (part two of a multi-part article.)

Oil Spread Upon the Waters of Ecuador May Return Harm for ChevronTexaco Shareholders (04/08)
A shareholder delegation surveys the environmental and social impact of oil operations, assessing potential risk from a twelve-year old lawsuit in its judicial inspection phase (part one of a multi-part article).

Faith-Based and Environmentalist Shareowners Withdraw Climate Change Resolutions at Six Companies (03/22)
The six oil and gas companies commit to measure, mitigate, and disclose data related to global warming, and evangelicals join their faith-based compatriots in concern over climate change.

Comparing Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase Policies: Which Stems Illegal Logging in Indonesia? (03/08)
Before providing funding, financial institution policies requiring documentation certifying legitimate timber sourcing may help promote sustainable logging in Southeast Asia.

Indonesian Forestry and International Finance Move Toward Sustainability (06/24)
A profile of Asia Pulp and Paper and ABN AMRO focusing on their efforts to reverse environmental, social, and financial devastation through sustainable practices (part two of a three-part article).

How Unsustainable Forestry Practices in Indonesia Impact Sustainable Practice in the US (06/23)
Part one of a three-part article exploring the complex global relationship between sustainable and unsustainable forestry practices.

ChevronTexaco Faces Class-Action Lawsuit in Ecuador Over Environmental Damage (05/11)
A resolution asking ChevronTexaco to report on new initiatives to address its legacy of environmental damage in Ecuador gained nine percent support from shareowners.

Rio Tinto to Rehabilitate Uranium Mine (08/20)
Environmental activists have long been advocating for restoration of the Jabiluka uranium mine, which is located in the Kakadu World Heritage Area in Northern Australia.

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.

Report Finds Oil Companies' Social and Environmental Practices Unsustainable (08/07)
Oekom Research's report criticizes the oil industry's uneven progress in sustainable development, but those in the industry question the report's findings.

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.

Investors Managing $3 Trillion Back Blair's Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (06/18)
Developing countries are being prodded to support oil and mining companies disclosure of payments the companies make to governments.

Report Asks When ExxonMobil Will Wake Up to Climate-Related Risks (05/15)
For the second year in a row, a report tells ExxonMobil shareowners to beware of the significant risks the company faces in terms of how the oil giant addresses climate change.

Pay Dirt or Payola? How Halliburton Strikes it Rich (04/11)
A number of practices have generated profits as well as controversy for Halliburton, the company where Vice President Dick Cheney served six years as CEO.

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.

Rio + 10 Series: Business Action Addressing Biodiversity is a Rare Species (08/09)
The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business’ Energy and Biodiversity Initiative represents one of very few business actions that support biodiversity conservation.

Investment Partnership Has SRI Mandate (07/11)
The Global Environment Fund Group manages four funds and is a majority owner of a South Africa-based forestry company.

Rio + 10 Series: Progress and Regress--Energy Sectors Report on Their Efforts Toward Sustainability (07/05)
Three industry sectors that supply energy--oil and gas, coal, and electricity--reported on their improvements and shortcomings in sustainable development since the Rio Summit.

Aquatic Cellulose Uses Robotic Technology to Harvest Trees Underwater (06/13)
Canadian company offers an environment-friendly alternative to traditional forestry and a socially responsible alternative to other forms of underwater tree harvesting.

Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Stockholm to Rio (06/07)
SocialFunds.com examines the significant events, theories, and people that contributed to the first two global summits on human interaction with the environment. (the first in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit.)

Occidental Pipeline in Colombia Strikes It Rich in Washington (05/10)
The Bush Administration has proposed $98 million in military aid to protect Occidental's Cano-Limon pipeline in Colombia, despite its environmental and economic liabilities. (part two of a two-part article)

Occidental Returns Siriri Oil Block to Colombia (05/09)
Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum withdrew from an oil field belonging to the indigenous U'wa people, but the company will continue oil extraction in Colombia. (part one of a two-part article)

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.

Spreading the Word about Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development (01/30)
A new report assesses the role of the media in the growth of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

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.

Global Energy Providers Score Well in Corporate Responsibility Ratings (12/06)
New study by German research firm Oekom identifies several trends developing worldwide in the power delivery sector.

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.

Environmentalists Attempt to Dam Hydroelectric Project (11/17)
Canadian energy supplier Fortis, Inc. faces strong opposition from environmentalists over its proposed hydroelectric dam on the Macal River in Belize.

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.

Religious Leaders Address Staples Shareowners (09/12)
Letter presented at annual meeting urges office product retailer to increase use of post-consumer recycled paper in its products.

Political Contributions Bring Oil Drills Closer to ANWR (08/31)
U.S. PIRG finds unsurprising correlation between oil company political donations and House members that voted to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Turning Waste Streams into Products (08/08)
The largest manufacturer of recycled plastic lumber in the U.S. is looking to position itself for a more profitable 2001.

Where Good Returns May Flow (07/26)
California water investment partnership believes the water industry is a little-known spigot for solid returns.

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.

Shareowners Push Companies on Gene-engineered Food (06/27)
This proxy season, shareowner resolutions continue to ask manufacturers and retailers to disclose information about or phase out the sale of gene-engineered food products.

Placer Dome's Efforts at Sustainability: Sincere or Greenwash? (06/19)
Contentious issues surrounding its Porgera mine operations reveal the difficulty in assessing corporate social and environmental performance.

Placer Dome Mine Strikes Resentment in Papua New Guinea (06/18)
Inaction on improving the environmental performance of the Porgera mine is drawing criticism from within Papua New Guinea as well as Australia, Canada and the U.S.

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.

EarthShell Serves Environment-Friendly Food Packaging (06/06)
Container manufacturer beginning to see fruit of research and development with expanding in-market product tests.

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.

SAM Sees Future Profits in Energy (04/25)
New European investment company will invest in companies with innovative technologies and services that realize more efficient and environment-friendly energy use.

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.

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.

Top Ten Wood Product Companies Could Help Make Global Sustainable Forestry a Reality (03/20)
A new World Wildlife Fund report states that the largest wood processors and buyers could tip the balance toward sustainable management of the world's forests.

French Company Feels International Pressure on Labor Rights (05/19)
Imerys at odds with union and shareholder concerns representing U.S. workers' rights in Alabama plant.

Rio Tinto Shareholders Address Labor Abuses (05/10)
Two union-backed shareholder resolutions call on the European mining giant to adhere to international human rights conventions.

 

 
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