Environment / Toxic substances
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 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.
Human Rights Abuses in Burmese Mining Industry (02/19)
A new report from Amnesty International identifies companies from Canada and China that have profited from serious human rights abuses at the Monywa copper mine complex in Burma.
EPA Announces Regulations for Coal Ash Disposal (12/27)
But by declining to classify coal ash as hazardous waste, the Agency fails to adequately safeguard human health, the advocacy organization As You Sow states. Second of a two-part series.
EPA Limits on Alaskan Pebble Mine Likely to Prevent Construction (07/21)
The Agency's proposal states that if constructed the mine would lead to unprecedented losses in streams and wetlands, and cause streamflow alterations, threatening one of the world's largest salmon fisheries.
Step Back from New Oil Sands Projects, Scientists Tell North American Leaders (06/28)
Citing approval of pipelines and other oil sands projects as symptoms of a broken policy process, a group of scientists call for no new oil sands project approvals unless they are consistent with effective climate change policies.
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reports that of six shareowner resolutions filed this year with companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, four were withdrawn and two received substantial support.
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.
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.
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.
NGOs Condemn Chevron for Assaults on Free Speech (12/20)
Following the most recent of Chevron's legal maneuvers to avoid responsibility for environmental damage in Ecuador, a group of nongovernmental organizations publish an open letter condemning its tactics.
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.
Shareowners Opt for Engagement to Press Chevron on Corporate Governance (11/19)
Shareowner advocate Simon Billenness updates SocialFunds.com on judgment against Chevron in Ecuador, and explains why engagement with fossil fuel companies is more effective than divestment.
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.
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.
Chevron Continues to Misrepresent Ecuador Judgment, Updated Report Says (05/20)
Attorney Graham Erion updates his 2012 report on misrepresentations made by Chevron to investors regarding the $19 billion judgment against it for environmental destruction in Ecuador.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 5 (01/05)
In a cautionary tale of poor corporate governance, the year for Chevron began with a court in Ecuador upholding the $18 billion judgment against it for environmental damage, and ended with the company's lawyers serving subpoenas on its own shareowners.
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.
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.
Court in Ecuador Approves Seizure of Chevron Assets (10/19)
Chevron says it will appeal decision clearing the way for seizure of $200 million of assets in Ecuador as payment toward a $19 billion judgment for environmental damage in the country.
$18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron Stands (10/10)
The US Supreme Court declines to hear Chevron's arguments for overturning the largest environmental judgment in history, leaving the company vulnerable to charges of securities law violations.
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.
Shell Says Oil Spills from Corroded Pipes in Nigeria Due to Sabotage (09/24)
Amnesty International and the Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development cite the assessment of experts that the latest in a series of oil spills in the Niger Delta was due to corrosion in poorly-maintained pipes owned by Shell.
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.
Investors Call on EPA to Strengthen PVC Regulations (08/25)
Arguing that proposed regulations do not go far enough to protect the health of communities, the investors request that national emission standards for the PVC industry provide better protection from cancer-causing pollutants.
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.
Proxy Season Results Support Mainstreaming of ESG (07/12)
This year's shareowner resolution tracker from Ceres notes that almost half of the environmental and social resolutions coordinated by the organization were withdrawn after successful engagement with companies. First of a two-part series.
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.
Investors Urge Congressional Leaders to Support EPA Authority (06/28)
A coalition led by Calvert urges leaders in both houses of Congress to oppose resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants.
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.
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.
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.
Shareowners Ask SEC to Investigate Chevron (05/21)
Three sustainable investment organizations say that the company's management appears to be covering up the risks associated with an $18 billion legal judgment against it for environmental damage in Ecuador. Second of a two-part series.
Is Chevron in Violation of Securities Law? (05/18)
New reports on Chevron's liabilities relating to environmental damages in Ecuador assert that while the company's legal options have narrowed significantly, its public filings repeat the same arguments made in 2008. First of a two-part series.
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 Challenge Goldcorp's Closing Costs for Guatemala Mine (04/17)
Two institutional investors warn that Goldcorp faces litigation risks if its plan for funding the environmental cleanup of its mine in Guatemala is inadequate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shareowner Pressure on Hydraulic Fracturing Intensifies (05/31)
Resolutions addressing the issue at Chevron and ExxonMobil, co-filed by As You Sow and other sustainable investors, win substantial shareowner support, and Ultra Petroleum declines to release results of vote at its annual meeting.
Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant: Shareholder Activists Promote Corporate Transparency (07/23)
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Sanford Lewis of the Investor Environmental Health Network on his shareholder activism promoting corporate disclosure
The Toxic 100: New Report on Polluting Companies Hopes to Empower Communities and Shareholders (04/28)
Index of top corporate air polluters updated in new report from researchers at the University of Massachusetts.
The Toxic 100: New Report on Polluting Companies Hopes to Empower Communities and Shareholders (04/28)
Index of top corporate air polluters updated in new report from researchers at University of Massachusetts.
New Fund Invests in Tomorrow's Green Stars (04/09)
ThinkCapital launches a green growth fund that focuses on sustainable companies.
Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products (01/07)
The United States is no longer setting the agenda for manufacturers’ standards and American consumers are paying the price with their health.
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.
Nanotechnology: The Smallest Green Revolution? (05/25)
A new report from the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies touts "green" nanotechnology, and calls for Federal oversight.
Yes and No: Newmont Recommends Voting For One Resolution, Petitions SEC to Omit Another (05/02)
The actions span the gamut of corporate responses to shareowner resolutions on environmental, social, and governance issues, from wholehearted support to forceful opposition.
Toxic Cosmetics Getting Under the Skin of Concerned Investors (03/01)
Health-conscious investors and consumers are starting to demand cosmetic companies report and ban toxic ingredients.
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.
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.
Nuns and Priests File Depleted Uranium Bunker Buster Resolution at Three Weapons Companies (07/26)
The resolution goes to vote next week at Alliant Techsystems, and already received more than double the support needed to re-file next year at Lockheed Martin and Textron.
Filing Resolutions at Mutual Funds: The Next Frontier for Shareowner Activism? (07/21)
Eight years after the Northwest Corporate Accountability Project first filed an environmental shareowner resolution, it will finally go to vote at the Merrill Lynch Global Allocation Fund.
Missouri Farmers Union Credit Union Supports Sustainability in Low-Income Rural Areas (07/10)
The new credit union supports cooperative entrepreneurial models that advance social responsibility and environmental sustainability in low-income agricultural regions.
Recycling 1.2--Dell, HP, and Apple Upgrade Takeback Programs to Slouch Toward Sustainability (07/05)
The Computer TakeBack Campaign applauds the improvements while mapping the long road the computer industry still has to travel to attain true sustainability.
Norwegian Government Pension Fund Dumps Wal-Mart and Freeport on Ethical Exclusions (06/16)
The $230 billion global fund--one of the largest pension funds in the world--cited Wal-Mart for systematic human rights violations and Freeport for serious environmental damage.
Winslow and Jupiter Launch Global Green Fund Using Only Positive Environmental Criteria (06/12)
The Jupiter Green Investment Trust pioneers cross-continent collaboration and evolution from negative screening to positive sustainability criteria.
Ecological Community Loan Pool Directly Links Ecologically Minded Investors to Eco-Preneurs (05/23)
The portal created by Ecostructure Financial tweaks the community development financial institution model to allow investors to lend directly to startups solving environmental problems.
Chemical Companies Unprepared to Reduce Toxicity for European REACH Regulations (05/17)
An Ethical Investment Research Service report finds on Akzo Nobel advanced in preparation for REACH, while an Innovest report debunks industry claims that the rules will cripple them.
Hog Manure Fertilizes Improvements in Environmental Management at Smithfield Foods (05/13)
Fines for Clean Water Act violations and a lawsuit settlement spur Smithfield to clean up its act and move toward environmental leadership, but it still has a way to go to complete a turnaround.
Investor Environmental Health Network Addresses Product Toxicity Through Safer Alternatives (05/04)
The network is coordinating 11 shareowner resolutions addressing product toxicity at companies such as Avon, Becton-Dickinson, CVS, Dow, DuPont, and Whole Foods Market, among others.
FTSE4Good Semi-Annual Review Boots 16 US Companies on Environmental Criteria (03/15)
Of the 19 deletions, only one company was dropped due to human rights (instead of environmental) criteria, and all but three deletions were US-based companies.
Whole Foods Market Gags Shareowners at Annual Meeting (03/10)
A leader on corporate social responsibility, Whole Foods lags on corporate governance by stymieing shareowner democracy.
SEC Forces Chevron, Dow, and CVS to Include Shareowner Resolutions on Their Proxies (03/07)
Part two of this two-part article examines no-action activity thus far in the 2006 proxy season, focusing on attempts to apply the personal grievance rule and expand a new risk assessment rule.
Resolution Withdrawals Signal Success in Shareowner Advocacy Early in 2006 Proxy Season (03/06)
Part one of this two-part article examines withdrawal of resolutions on climate change, sexual orientation nondiscrimination, political contributions, and HIV/AIDS policies.
Two New Indexes Help Wean Us From Oil Addiction Via Clean Energy and Cleantech (02/10)
The WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index tracks clean energy companies internationally, while the Cleantech Index tracks cleantech companies in the US.
Shareowner Action on Product Toxicity Shifts from Isolated Resolutions to Become a Campaign (02/09)
Fueling this development is the increasing visibility of product toxicity in the news, with the Environmental Protection Agency issuing record fines.
GE Comes Clean, Disclosing Costs Related to PCB Cleanup on the Hudson (01/12)
The move prompts the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, which characterized some of these expenditures as delay tactics, to withdraw its shareowner resolution requesting this information.
EPA Tries to Pull a Disappearing Act on the Toxics Release Inventory (12/16)
In response to the Environmental Protection Agency proposal to dilute TRI, the socially responsible investing community launches the SaveTRI.org website.
Wal-Mart Embraces Sustainability: Does the SRI Community Buy It? (10/26)
Socially responsible investors cautiously applaud Wal-Mart for committing to social and environmental sustainability, but remain highly skeptical about actual implementation.
Book Review---An Unreasonable Woman: The True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas (09/27)
Shrimper-turned-grassroots environmental activist Diane Wilson transforms her experience fighting corporate toxic emissions into a literary work of art imbued with the rugged beauty of the Texas coast.
Toxic 100 Uses Enhanced Toxics Release Inventory Data to List Top Corporate Polluters (08/30)
The Toxic 100 aggregates facility-level TRI data to compute company-wide toxic emissions performance.
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.)
Power to the People: Amnesty Launches Grassroots Shareowner Advocacy Program (08/05)
The SharePower program encourages ordinary people to tell institutional investors holding shares in their name to vote for shareowner resolutions supporting human rights.
Shell Doubles Cost Projections of Sakhalin II, Project Critics Redouble Opposition (07/21)
The largest oil and gas project in the world meets resistance over concerns about its social and environmental impacts, as well as its economic sustainability.
Nuclear Power: Still an Environmental Scourge or Now a Climate Change Mitigator? (06/09)
Despite prominent environmentalist opinions that low greenhouse gas emissions of nuclear power eclipse its problems, socially responsible investment funds still screen nukes out.
Book Review--The Bhopal Reader: Remembering Twenty Years of the World's Worst Industrial Disaster (05/12)
A collection of primary and secondary sources spanning the twenty-year quest for corporate accountability from Union Carbide and now Dow for the 1984 chemical leak that killed thousands upon thousands.
Report Asserts Shareholders Have The Right To Know More About DuPont PFOA Liabilities (05/04)
The report documents information on perfluorooctanoic acid, a Teflon ingredient associated with human health hazards, which DuPont withheld from federal regulators and investors alike.
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).
Benchmarking Corporate Governance on Product Toxicity and Safer Alternatives (02/10)
The benchmark, released by the Rose Foundation today, addresses the scientific uncertainty of product toxicity through risk assessment and opportunity identification instead of inaction.
Integrating Sustainability at Xerox: A Talk with VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/11)
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses how Xerox integrates sustainability into its policies and practices.
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.
Material Risks of Genetic Engineering Undisclosed by Food Companies, Report Says (09/28)
A survey of the 35 largest food processors finds only two mentioning genetic engineering risks in their annual reports, and none analyzing these risks.
First Alternative Energy Index Spawns Exchange Traded Fund (09/09)
The WilderHill Clean Energy Index, published by the American Stock Exchange, will serve as the basis for an exchange traded fund from PowerShares Capital Management.
Accuracy of Dow Chemical Statements and SEC Filings Questioned (08/12)
On behalf of two socially responsible investment firms, an environmental attorney asks the SEC to probe the factuality of public statements and filings made by Dow Chemical.
Senate Calls on the SEC to Enforce Environmental Disclosure Regulations (07/16)
A series of reports issued at a Senate symposium detail how insufficient disclosure of environmental liabilities results from lack of SEC enforcement.
Book Review--Smart Alliance: How a Global Corporation and Environmental Activists Transformed a Tarnished Brand (07/13)
The in-depth story of how the Rainforest Alliance partnered with Chiquita to improve the company’s social and environmental performance through certification.
Shareowner Resolution Withdrawn as JP Morgan Chase Addresses Environmental Risks (05/14)
A group of socially responsible investment advocates withdrew a shareowner resolution from JP Morgan Chase when the company established an office of environmental affairs.
Dell First US Computer Company to Commit to a Global Recycling Goal (05/13)
In its 2004 Sustainability Report, Dell commits to increase its fiscal year 2005 computer recycling 50 percent over fiscal year 2004 levels.
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.
Avon Shareowners Withdraw Two Resolutions Before Annual Meeting (05/05)
Avon agreed to hold annual board of director elections and to phase out phthalates from its products, prompting shareowners to withdraw their resolutions on these two issues.
Social and Environmental Best Practice Linked to Financial Outperformance in Electric Sector (04/08)
Innovest releases another sector report correlating progressive social, environmental, and governance practices and policies with financial outperformance.
Nuke Producer GE Energy Buys Solar Producer AstroPower (04/06)
The GE Energy buyout of AstroPower represents a Catch 22 for social investors, who generally seek to support renewable energy but screen GE for its nuclear production.
CRA Fund Helps Transform Environmental Liabilities Into Social Assets (02/12)
The CRA Fund supports environmental remediation of brownfield sites, helping transform them into socially beneficial projects.
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.
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.
2003 Proxy Season Roundup: Shareowner Action Success Measured On and Off the Record (12/17)
While the 2003 proxy season produced some impressive numbers, shareowner advocates also define success in ways that are not easily quantifiable (Part one of a two-part article.)
Social Investors Recommend Best Practice for Coalbed Methane Extraction (10/07)
A shareowner action campaign proactively asks companies to practice environmental and social responsibility in extracting coalbed methane.
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.
UN to Hold Corporations More Responsible for Human Rights and the Environment (08/26)
A UN sub-commission adopted a resolution calling for transnational corporations to be held more accountable for human rights protection and environmental stewardship.
Institutional Investor Practices SRI Through Shareowner Action (08/14)
The Nathan Cummings Foundation prioritizes shareowner action by actively voting its proxies, filing shareowner resolutions, and dialoguing with companies on social issues.
Ford's Latest CSR Report Increases Transparency by Using GRI Guidelines (08/12)
Ford's decision to base its 2002 Corporate Citizenship Report on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines will help analysts get a fuller picture of the company's performance (part one of a two-part article).
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.
Attitudes and Actions Behind the Growth of SRI in Japan (06/20)
Alongside the highly visible events that demonstrate the spread of socially responsible investing in Japan are shifting attitudes and less visible actions (part two of a two-part article).
IRRC Platform Combines Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Research (06/12)
The Investor Responsibility Research Center merges its corporate governance research tool with its social responsibility research tool in a web-based platform.
Book Review: Eco-Service Development: Reinventing Supply and Demand in the European Union (06/06)
A new book presents the business case for promoting sustainable development through "eco-services," or the switch from a product-oriented to a service-oriented culture.
World's Largest Coffee Traders Agree to Sustainability, but How Committed Are They? (05/30)
Rainforest Alliance's recent agreement on sustainability with the world's two largest coffee traders holds promise but the devil may be in the details.
Canadian Greenhouse Gas and Toxic Emissions Resolution Garners Near Record Support (05/07)
A near majority of IPSCO shareowners voted in favor of a resolution asking the company to report on its greenhouse gas and toxic emissions.
Innovest Report Identifies Business Risk of Genetic Engineering for Monsanto Investors (05/01)
The controversy surrounding genetic engineering creates substantial risks to shareowner value at Monsanto, according to a new report from Innovest.
Return to Sender: Dell Inches Toward a Computer Take-Back Recycling Program (04/09)
Calvert-led coalition conducts shareowner action urging U.S. computer companies to implement take-back programs for recycling obsolete computers and components.
International Right to Know Campaign Promotes Disclosure of Global Corporate Impacts (02/27)
In a recent report, the International Right to Know Campaign outlines the benefits of corporate disclosure of global environmental and social policies and practices.
National Wildlife Federation and Amnesty International USA Embrace SRI (02/11)
Two well-known advocacy organizations have made a commitment to lowering the wall between their program activities and their investments.
Prince Albert of Monaco Helps Launch a New Sustainability Fund (02/07)
Instead of investing directly in equities, this new "fund of funds" from Monaco invests in SRI and sustainability funds.
Green Banking (01/23)
Ten exemplary "green banking" enterprises were honored recently, highlighting the growth of environment-friendly community investing.
Global Warming Shareowner Resolution Filed at "Filthy Five" Electric Companies (01/17)
A coalition of institutional investors has filed a shareowner resolution calling on five electric power producers to report on the business risk of their greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
Sierra Club Launches SRI Mutual Funds (01/15)
The Sierra Club is harnessing its name recognition and expertise on corporate environmental performance with its launching of an SRI equity mutual fund and an SRI balanced mutual fund.
NEC Pioneers "Green" Computer (01/02)
NEC reverses the computer industry's foot-dragging on addressing environmental liabilities by introducing the PowerMate eco, the first eco-efficient computer.
Humans' Overuse of Earth's Resources Exceeds Sustainability by 20 Percent (12/11)
A new report on the ecological footprints of 146 nations documents unsustainable consumption, a phenomenon that, unchecked, will deplete the world's natural resources.
Hazardous Waste as Fuel: Conservation or Corporate Irresponsibility? (09/11)
The cement industry calls the use of hazardous waste to fuel cement kilns recycling while critics of the practice call it dangerous.
New Tool Quantifies Corporate Environmental Performance (08/20)
London-based TruCost launched a single-framework rating tool that allows for a quantitative comparison of companies' environmental performance.
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.
Rio + 10 Series: Two UNEP Reports Chart Past, Present, and Future Course of Sustainable Development (07/13)
Assessments of the progress since the Rio Summit guide the blueprints for the Johannesburg Summit.
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.
Rio + 10 Series: A Brief History of the Earth Summits--From Rio to Johannesburg (06/14)
SocialFunds.com presents a historical snapshot of the Rio Summit and surveys some significant developments leading up to the Johannesburg Summit. (the second in a series of articles leading up to the Johannesburg Summit)
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.)
Mining Industry Reports on Its Problems, but Remains Vague on Solutions (05/08)
A new report identifies the global mining industry's social and environmental pitfalls, though its recommendations may prove hollow, according to an industry watchdog.
Mutual Fund Reports on Environmental and Social Returns (05/03)
Norway-based Storebrand reports on the environmental and social performance of companies in its international mutual fund.
Activists Lobby Shareowners to Stop Housing Development in Southern California (04/17)
A coalition group held a rally at Washington Mutual's annual meeting to raise concern about that company's planned housing development in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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.
Book Review: Eco-Economy (02/15)
Pioneering environmentalist Lester R. Brown fuses ecological consciousness into economics to create "eco-economy," an economic system that would preserve natural resources while continuing to generate wealth.
Swiss Insurance Company Invests in Sustainability (01/25)
The reinsurance giant Swiss Re supports sustainability not only in its business practices but also in its investments, and has one portfolio committed exclusively to sustainability.
Phase-out of Mercury Thermometers Continues to Rise (01/10)
In response to shareowner action campaign, most large pharmacy chains are voluntarily phasing out mercury thermometers. The campaign is now turning to the health care industry.
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.
EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance (11/02)
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.
Reducing Greenhouse Gases by Making Fizz (11/01)
An innovative venture enables a Shell subsidiary to sell excess carbon dioxide for soft drink manufacturing, but social investors should know that the company is still miles away from being socially responsible.
Ethanol Producer Looks to Growth in Fuel Additive Market (09/20)
High Plains Corporation is expecting increasing demand for its products because of concern over MTBE's environmental impact.
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.
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.
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.
Telecommunications Industry Calls for Sustainability (06/05)
Some of the world's largest information and communications technology companies form an alliance to promote sustainable development.
Study Finds More Than One in Four Polluters Seriously Violate Clean Water Act (05/31)
U.S. PIRG report says polluters keep polluting because the government is not doing its job.
Winslow Launches New Green Mutual Fund (05/16)
The Winslow Green Growth Fund will seek small- and mid-cap companies with superior environmental performance.
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.
Do You Own Nuclear Power Stock? (04/10)
Well-known conventional mutual funds and asset managers are looking to catch profits from nuclear power’s revival.
Shopping for Responsibility (04/02)
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.
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.