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NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Climate Scientist Joins Exxon Board
The oil and gas giant responds to years of shareowner action by appointing atmospheric scientist Susan Avery to its board of directors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MUTUAL FUNDS
Investors Challenge Mutual Funds on Proxy Voting
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MUTUAL FUNDS
Many Large Mutual Funds Continue Failure to Address Climate Change
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
US Chamber Targeted Senate in 2016 Dark Money Spending
Public Citizen reports that only the National Rifle Association spent more than the Chamber of Commerce’s $30 million during the 2016 federal election.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Companies Challenged to Adopt Science-Based Climate Goals
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Target Chevron for Doing Business in Burma
A shareowner resolution co-filed by Azzad Asset Management requests that Chevron cease doing business with the government of Burma until state-sanctioned violence against the Rohingya minority is ended.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Impact Measurement Can Drive Business Value
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | SUPPLY CHAINS
Human Rights Most Important Issue in Corporate Supply Chains
Ethical Corporation reports on the results of its survey of corporations and other stakeholders, addressing risk and opportunity in corporate supply chains.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Financial Stability Board to Review Governance Principles
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
SEC Urged to Strengthen ESG Reporting Requirements
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
After the Conventions
While it seems implausible that investors concerned with environmental and social justice will vote for Donald Trump, some of the positions take by Hillary Clinton during her years of public service merit scrutiny.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Major Pension Funds Still Funding Deforestation
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Banking Lags on Human Rights
A report by the NGO BankTrack reveals that most major global banks are failing to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in their financing.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Are Big Banks Ignoring Paris Climate Agreement?
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
$5 Trillion Investor Coalition Supports Human Rights Benchmark
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Pepsi Challenged on Palm Oil Worker Exploitation
A report from three NGOs reveals that violations of workers' rights on the palm oil plantations of PepsiCo's joint venture partner in Indonesia includes child labor.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MUTUAL FUNDS
BlackRock Shareowners Vote on CEO Pay
The Stephen M. Silberstein Revocable Trust files a shareowner resolution with the mutual funds giant, requesting that its proxy voting practices reflect a link between executive compensation and corporate performance.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRIES
SEC Backs Shareowner Challenge of Dominion Nuclear Plant
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Second Benchmark of Corporate Human Rights Performance Launches
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTITONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Investors Support Increase in Solar Deployment
The Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition, launched during the COP21 negotiations, now counts over $60 trillion in assets under management supporting a trillion dollar investment in solar.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRIES
Despite Climate Commitments, World Bank Still Funding Fossil Fuels
Oil Change International reports that the World Bank Group's investments in fossil fuel exploration actually increased in 2015, to $313 million.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | GLOBAL HEALTH | FOOD INDUSTRY
Investors Challenge Food Companies on Antibiotics
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Walden Updates Shareowner Action on Lobbying
Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management posts update on the 50 shareowner proposal addressing corporate lobbying expenditures filed this proxy season.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Win Battles for Shareowner Votes on Climate at Exxon
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Launched
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Community Capital Management Publishes Annual Impact Report
In a webinar, Chief Impact Investment Officer David Sand emphasizes the importance the sustainable fixed income firm places on environmental and social impacts.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
A Wealth of Insights in the 2016 Proxy Preview
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Demand for Impact Capital in Southern Africa Faces Challenges
The Global Impact Investing Network finds ample opportunities for increased sustainable investment in the region, but acknowledges that challenges to development persist.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR Publishes 2016 Proxy Voting Guide
Members of the faith-based investor organization have filed 257 shareowner resolutions thus far this proxy season, with climate change and corporate political expenditures receiving the most attention.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | SOCIAL ISSUES
New Revenues Will Pay for Sanders' Economic Plan, Economist Says
Gerald Friedman, staff economist for the Center for Popular Economics, analyzes the Sanders economic platform and concludes that new revenue streams make the ambitious plan feasible.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Obama to Propose New Fee on Oil
Citing the opportunities in addressing climate change, the President's budget proposal will include a $10 per barrel fee on oil that will be used to build a sustainable national transportation infrastructure.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Exxon Opts for Business as Usual on Climate Change
The oil and gas giant challenges a shareowner resolution from Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility members, requesting that it commit to global temperature increase limits.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
After a Successful Proxy Season, Walden Asset Management Sets Sights on 2016
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | MUTUAL FUNDS
Community Capital Management a Top Fund Performer in 2015
The fund tracker Morningstar ranks the performance of the firm's fixed income investment product among the top one percent of 309 funds in the intermediate government category.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Ceres Launches Online Database of Corporate SEC Filings on Climate Change
The organization collaborates with CookESG Research to provide an online tool for searching corporate filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on carbon asset risks and other sustainability factors. Third in a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
In Wake of COP21, Shareowners Challenge Corporate Lobbying on Climate
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Sustainable Investors Respond to Climate Pact
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MUTUAL FUNDS
Resolution on Climate Change Will Be on Franklin Templeton's Proxy Ballot
A proposal submitted by Zevin Asset Management, requesting that the mutual fund company “assess any incongruities” in its proxy voting practices relating to climate change, is allowed onto proxy ballot by the SEC.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration Mapped for Investors
The American Friends Service Committee publishes research on for-profit prison companies and recommends that investors divest their holdings in five.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Scientists Join Call for Exxon Investigation
In the wake of reports detailing the oil giant's duplicity on climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists join legislators and others in urging a Department of Justice investigation.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
NGOs Urge Green Climate Fund to Deny Accreditation to Scandal-Plagued Banks
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
First Investments Approved by Green Climate Fund
Eight climate change mitigation or adaptation projects—three in Africa, three in Asia-Pacific, and two in Latin America—mark the end of the Green Climate Fund's two-year launch period and the beginning of providing financing to developing nations. First in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Bank Financing of Fossil Fuels Dwarfs that of Renewables
A new study by Fair Finance Guide and BankTrack reveals that since 2009, investment in fossil fuels by 75 of the world's largest financial institutions is more than nine times greater than investment in renewable energy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Banks Still Failing to Incorporate Climate Risks in Lending
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Labor Department Repeals Controversial Fiduciary Standard
A 2008 ERISA standard that has discouraged pension plan fiduciaries from considering environmental and social factors in investment strategy has finally been repealed.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
EarthFolio Launches First Robo-Advisor for Sustainable Investors
SocialFunds.com talks with Art Tabuenca, founder of Blue Marble Investments and EarthFolio, about the development of the first online investment platform specifically dedicated to sustainable investing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Skepticism Greets Oil Industry Statement on Climate Change
Even before member companies of the Oil and Gas Climate initiative issued a statement supporting a climate deal in Paris in December, the Union of Concerned Scientists question the extent of the industry's commitment.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Justice Department Urged to Investigate Exxon
After two reports identify research into global warming by the oil giant as far back as the 1970s, two members of the House of Representatives call on the Justice Department to investigate the corporation for its campaign to deceive the American public about the risks of climate change.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Pope Francis Talks Climate Change in Speech at UN
A global perception of his moral authority may contribute momentum to a meaningful deal at December's climate talks in Paris.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Support Human Trafficking Legislation
More than 100 institutional investors call for passage in Congress of The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Call for Support of EPA Methane Regulations
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
The Investment Implications of Mass Incarceration
In a three-part series and subsequent conference call, Sonia Kowal of Zevin Asset Management outlines for foundations and other investors the importance of aligning their strategies with their social missions.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Letter to Obama: No Drilling on Public Lands
Hundreds of signatories call on the President to end the policy of leasing federal lands for fossil fuel exploration and extraction.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
Holy Land Principles Calls for Fair Employment in Palestine
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investors Call on Corporations to Oppose Chamber's Challenge to Clean Power Plan
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
MacArthur Foundation Focuses on Climate Change
The Foundation launches its Climate Solutions initiative with $50 million in grants, to help ensure that the US meets its responsibilities in addressing the crisis of climate change.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Another Major Religion Gets the Implications of Climate Change
Two months after Pope Francis delivers his encyclical on climate change, Islamic Relief hosts a climate change symposium and publishes the Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Major Food and Beverage Companies Fail to Manage Water Risks
As water scarcity becomes a major issue for sustainable development, a coalition of investors organized by Ceres calls for better water management and disclosure by 15 major food and beverage corporations.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Drilling in the Arctic, Mining at the Grand Canyon
President Obama's legacy on climate will be compromised by Shell drilling for oil in the Arctic, and the Grand Canyon is under siege from uranium mining and tourism development.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
EPA Proposes Methane Cuts for Oil and Gas Sector
The proposed standards, part of the Obama administration's Climate Action Plan, will reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas industry by as much as 45% by 2025.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Report Details Impact Investment Opportunities in East Africa
The Global Impact Investing Network and Open Capital Advisors publish a country by country analysis of impact investing activity in the region.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investment Losses from Climate Change to Be in Trillions, Report States
The Economist Intelligence Unit warns that $4.2 trillion in assets could be at risk, with losses exponentially greater for every increase in global temperature.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Sustainable Investors Praise Obama's Clean Power Plan
The Plan, which will reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% below 2005 levels in 2030, is praised by Mindy Lubber of Ceres as a blueprint for the low carbon transition.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
EIRIS Compiles Database of Companies Doing Business in Crimea and Palestine
The EIRIS Foundation releases an online database of companies in Crimea and Palestine, providing for investors and other stakeholders objective and independent research about corporate activity in occupied territories.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Rankings of 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Reports Are Published
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Oil Industry Payments to Governments Still Lack Transparency
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FIXED INCOME
Green Bond Investments Reach $600 Billion
The fourth edition of Bonds and Climate Change, published by the Climate Bonds Initiative, reports that 70% of climate-aligned bonds are invested in low-carbon transport, while another 20% focus on clean energy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Publishes Draft of Key Performance Indicators
The Benchmark publishes two documents about which it seeks input: a framework for multi-stakeholder consultations, and a draft list of key performance indicators.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Consumer Goods Companies Commit to Halving Food Waste
Four hundred corporate members of the Consumer Goods Forum commit to a sustainability program that includes halving food waste within their operations by 2025.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Support White House Plan to Cut Methane Emissions
The Obama Administration proposes to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by at least 45% by 2025, and investors coordinated by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management issue a statement expressing their support.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Tell Corporations to Meet Burma Reporting Requirements
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CHEMICAL INDUSTRY
Benchmarking Tool for Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products Launched
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CARBON MANAGEMENT | HUMAN RIGHTS
Laudato Si Makes Waves Throughout Society
Sustainable investors and climate deniers alike weigh in with responses and reactions to Pope Francis's landmark encyclical on climate change. Second in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CARBON MANAGEMENT | HUMAN RIGHTS
Pope Francis Delivers Encyclical on Climate Change
The Pope makes explicit the connection between climate action, poverty, and morality, and calls for a radical shift away from current failures and toward an “ecological conversion” instead. First in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
And Now for Something Completely Different
The Heartland Institute hosts its annual conference on climate change, at which such scientific luminaries as climate denying Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma are honored.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Morgan Stanley Issues $500 Million Green Bond
The investment bank intends to fund a number of wind energy projects in the US.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | EMERGING MARKETS
Two Years After Tragedy, Fund for Rana Plaza Victims Meets Goal
Pressure from members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility helps further corporate responsibility in the remediation of human rights violations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Shareowners Target Amazon on Human Rights and Climate
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Community Capital Management Expands Green Bond Offerings
The fixed income investment adviser offers opportunities for sustainable investors to meet their community investment mission.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | EMERGING MARKETS
Verite to Assess Trafficking Risks in Sub-Saharan Africa
With economies improving and ample natural resources, the region is at heightened risk for human trafficking violations.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Report Assesses Corporate Conflict Minerals Disclosures
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Resolutions Request Emissions Reduction Goals by Exxon and Chevron
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.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy
Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz and Senator Elizabeth Warren speak at the Roosevelt Institute about the pressing need to rewrite the rules governing the economy in order to lessen inequality. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Takes on Income Inequality
“It would be easier, politically, to push for one or two policies on which we have consensus, but that approach would be insufficient to match the severity of the problems posed by rising inequality,” his new report states. First of a two-part series.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
At Yale, John Fullerton Presents on Regenerative Capitalism
Speaking to the generation that will have to reverse the course of multiple crises, the founder of the Capital Institute envisions a holistic organization of social systems to replace the current reductionist and competitive approach. Third of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Regenerative Capitalism Seeks Radical Overhaul of Financial System
John Fullerton, the founder of the Capital Institute, writes that the transition of an “antisocial” global financial system to one aligned with our understanding that “living systems are both sustainable and regenerative” is underway. But is the evolution decisive enough to solve the crises of our age? Second of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Is Regenerative Capitalism a Spiritual Quest?
John Fullerton of the Capital Institute authors an admirable paper on what he calls Regenerative Capitalism, but how do we get from the here of exploitation to there? First of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
Carbon Tracker Offers Roadmap for Energy Transition
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | EMERGING MARKETS
Two Years after Rana Plaza Tragedy, Investors Still Seek Corporate Assurances
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Forest Conservation Strategy Wins Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge
Four students from the Haas School of Business are awarded the $10 thousand grand prize for developing an institutional investment vehicle that will help alleviate drought and reduce forest fire risk.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
$120 Million Green Bond from Nordic Investment Bank
The fixed income issuance, driven by investors incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance factors, will finance loans to environmental projects in Scandinavia.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Call on SEC to Require Effective Climate Risk Disclosure
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Harvard Students Mount Blockade in Campaign for Divestment
The Divest Harvard demonstrators block access to administrative offices during Harvard Heat Week as analyses of the university's investments find significant levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Electronics Trade Association Prohibits Payments to Labor Brokers
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Market for Conservation Investments Expected to Grow Dramatically
A first ever report on the practice of conservation investing, co-authored by The Nature Conservancy, anticipates that private investment will triple by 2018, from $2 billion to nearly $6 billion.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
No Financial Sacrifice in Sustainable Investing
The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing analyzes thousands of sustainable mutual funds and separately managed accounts, and finds that most meet or exceed the performance of traditional investments.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
US Coal Crash Structural, not Cyclical, Report States
The Carbon Tracker Initiative's latest report reveals that bankruptcies are rampant in the US coal industry as cheap natural gas and a strengthening renewable market indicate that the decline of coal will be permanent.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Corporate Sustainability Measures Fail to Address Impacts
The 2015 State of Green Business report, published by GreenBiz with environmental data supplied by Trucost, confirms that corporate sustainability efforts and disclosures are insufficient.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Community Capital Management Outlines Plans for $100 Million in Rural Development Bonds
The Florida based fixed income investment adviser published a report in which it reveals that it plans to invest $100 million in bonds financing rural community development.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
Record Breaking Number of Shareowner Resolutions in 2015
The eleventh edition of As You Sow's Proxy Preview identifies 433 shareowner resolutions filed this year, with corporate political activity and the environment accounting for slightly more than half of them.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Corporations Improving on LGBT Rights
Evolution in social acceptance of diversity, as well as years of shareowner engagement by Walden Asset Management, leads to many companies adopting sexual orientation and gender identity policies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
Shareowners Continue Push for Fracking Disclosure
Six companies are recipients of resolutions this proxy season, calling for greater disclosure of environmental and community risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Report Analyzes Impact Investing Funds
The Global Impact Investing Network reports on more than 300 impact investment funds that direct investments by foundations and high net worth individuals to social and environmental opportunities in North America and emerging markets.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Good News for Shareowner Engagement on Food Issues
Dunkin Brands agrees to remove nanomaterials from powdered sugar, and Dow Chemical commits to increased disclosure on its management of environmental and social impacts associated with an herbicide used with genetically engineered seeds.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS | INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS
Individual Investors Struggle with Sustainability
More than half of individual investors surveyed by Morgan Stanley believe financial returns will be compromised by a sustainable investment strategy, but demand from millennials and women are likely to drive an increase in the strategy.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Second Global Sustainable Investment Association Review Published
Negative screening persists as the investment strategy most often practiced, but integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations into financial analysis has grown at the fastest rate over the last two years.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Back Reporting Framework for Human Rights
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Citi Announces $100 Billion Sustainability Commitment
Having met several targets of a $50 billion goal two years early, the bank now commits twice that amount to activities such as financing large renewable-energy projects and reducing its absolute emissions by 80%.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
BP Calls for Price on Carbon
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shell Demonstrates Tunnel Vision Version of Climate Change
The oil and gas company endorses a shareowner resolution requesting a sustainable approach to stranded assets, but signals that it will resume costly and ineffectual drilling for oil in the Arctic.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY
Twenty-Five Resolutions on Board Diversity Filed in 2015
Institutional investors affiliated with the Thirty Percent Coalition step up their shareowner efforts to pressure corporations to elect women to their boards of directors

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY
Human Rights Abuses in Burmese Mining Industry
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Corporate Responsibility for Farm Animal Welfare Benchmarked
Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare aspires to improve living conditions for animals raised for food by benchmarking corporate performance on farm animal welfare.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Corporate Responsibility for Waste Reduction Insufficient
As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council report that the lack of strong recycling policies and insufficient practices by companies are factors in low recycling rates in the United States.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
ICCR Publishes 2015 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide
Climate change and wealth inequality lead members of the the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility to increase for the third year in a row the number of shareowner resolutions filed. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
Journal Devotes Issue to Faith-Based Investors
An issue of Green Money Journal, guest edited by Mark Regier of Everence, explores the history and aspirations of faith-based sustainable investing. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Strong Shareowner Support for Lobbying Disclosure at Monsanto
A resolution filed by As You Sow gains one-quarter of shareowners' votes at biotech company's annual meeting, and a similar resolution is scheduled to be voted on in April at DuPont.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Board of Directors Endorses Climate Change Resolution at Shell
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY
Investors Urged to Challenge Fossil Fuel Industry Assumptions on Risk
Ceres hosts a press call in which investors express concerns that the oil and gas industry relies on a business as usual scenario in planning capital expenditures.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Climate Resilient Supply Chains Remain a Work in Progress
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Social Cost of Carbon to Threaten Global Economy
A report published in the journal Nature Climate Change warns that worsening climate change impacts could lead to dramatic increases in the social cost of carbon unless short-term mitigation measures are taken.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Over 50 Institutional Investors Call for Improved Annual Reporting from BP and Shell
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
1% to Own More than Half the Wealth by Next Year
A briefing by Oxfam reveals that lobbying on budget and tax issues in the US has contributed to enabling the richest 1% of people in the world to compile 48% of global wealth, a percentage that is likely to exceed 50% by 2016.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Sanders to Republicans: Believe in Climate Science?
After assurances by by Republican leader McConnell that all amendments to a bill to approve the Keystone pipeline will be voted on, the Senate votes not to vote on amendment submitted by Senator Sanders of Vermont. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
New Congress Off to Expected Start
The Republican majority votes to roll back key elements of the Dodd-Frank bill, and Bernie Sanders introduces an amendment to force Senators to vote on whether or not they believe the science of climate change. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Sex Trafficking and Murder in North Dakota Fracking Lands
Forum News Service publishes expose on human trafficking in the Oil Patch in western North Dakota, while the New York Times reports on corruption and murder on Native American reservation there.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Engage or Divest?
Investors know what has to be done to prevent the worst effects of climate change, but many continue to debate whether moving their assets from fossil fuel companies might affect their returns in the short term. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
The Risk to Investors of Stranded Assets
In a roundtable hosted by Environmental Finance, investors, analysts, and corporate managers convene to discuss the financial risks associated with stranded fossil fuel assets. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Vermont a Co-Filer of Resolution Requesting Emissions Reduction Targets from Exxon
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
Report Calls for Climate Resilient Stock Exchanges
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
New Controls for Old Risks at JPMorgan Chase
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
JPMorgan Publishes Governance Report in Return for Resolution Withdrawal
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY
Sustainable Investment Firms Offer Guide to Fossil Fuel Investing
Along with 350.org, Green Century Capital Management and Trillium Asset Management update a guide for investors who want to divest from fossil fuel companies and reallocate their assets to sustainability.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY | UTILITIES
EPA Announces Regulations for Coal Ash Disposal
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
Heartening Developments in the War on Coal
The Department of the Interior proposes that coal companies pay royalties on federal leases, and the Environmental Protection Agency announces new regulations for coal ash disposal. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Gains Government Support
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | AGRICULTURE
Child Labor in African Cocoa Industry Persists
Poverty among cocoa farmers in West Africa has challenged efforts to eradicate child labor, while initiative to benchmark corporations in the agricultural and other industry sectors gains support. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Addressing Climate Change Means Honoring Human Rights
A large coalition of civil society groups called on climate negotiators to factor human rights into agreements, but CARE concludes that the failure of governments to act leaves the world's most vulnerable people at risk.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Energy Companies Fail to Disclose Impacts of Fracking Operations
The third edition of Disclosing the Facts, published by a coalition of sustainable investment organizations, reveals that companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing continue to prioritize empty assurances over meaningful data.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS | COAL INDUSTRY
Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund Declines to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Nongovernmental organizations criticize an expert report that recommends active ownership instead of divestment, which was published one week after Norway's largest private pension fund announced a policy of divestment.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | FIXED INCOME
Green Bonds Growth a Positive Development in 2014
In a year when ExxonMobil rejects stranded assets and half a million march for climate in New York, green bonds offer an increasingly popular fixed-income investment strategy for sustainable investors.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Efforts Underway to Benchmark Companies on Human Rights
A coalition launches project to rank companies on human rights as BankTrack reports that few financial institutions are making progress on the issue.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | EMERGING MARKETS | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Public Works Needed for Low Carbon Transition
A 2013 briefing by academics from the University of Greenwich argues forcefully for the management by the public sector of a transition to renewable energy, and is cited in Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything.

BOOK REVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein
The author and activist argues that global trade policies promoting privatization and government austerity have doomed the climate movement thus far, but insists that there is still time for massive public infrastructure programs to address both climate change and inequality.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Assets Up by 76% Since 2012
The biennial Trends Report by US SIF reveals that consideration of environmental, social, and corporate governance factors by money managers has contributed to sustainable assets in the US that now total $6.57 trillion.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Ratchet Up Engagement Over Stranded Assets
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Record High Support for ESG Resolutions by Shareowners in 2014
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Generic Drug Prices and Clinical Trials Come Under Scrutiny
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
2014 Access to Medicine Index Published
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
China Climate Agreement a First for Developing Nations
In agreement with US, China commits to emissions reductions for the first time. But as a Natural Resources Defense Council report points out, the nation will have to make significant strides in reducing emissions from its ports and shipping systems.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Despite Pledges, G20 Subsidies of Fossil Fuel Exploration Continue
Oil Change International co-authors a study which reveals that the Group of 20 governments spend $88 billion a year subsidizing exploration of fossil fuel reserves that cannot be burned if worst effects of climate change are to be averted.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Eurosif Updates Study of Sustainable Investment in Europe
The sixth study published by the European Sustainable Investment Forum since 2003 details a continuing increase in assets devoted to aligning investments with social and environmental goals, and includes a lengthy analysis of the phenomenon of impact investing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Phase Out Fossil Fuels by 2100, IPCC Warns
The Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that further delay in aggressive mitigation efforts will substantially increase the risks of severe and irreversible impacts on human life and ecosystems.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Extreme Weather and the Need for Resilient Power
Clean Energy Group continues its Resilient Power Project with a report outlining strategies for financing energy generation alternatives that can remain operative during extreme weather events.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Contrasting Views on the Financing of Coal
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
ECPAT-USA Continues Private Sector Engagement
The organization's efforts to eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children have succeeded in encouraging more than 35 companies to implement the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Financing Food Justice a Priority for ICCR Members
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility commemorated the recent World Food Day by calling for sustainable food systems and palm oil sourcing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY
Investor Campaign for Board Diversity Heats Up
Institutional investors representing more than $3 trillion in assets under management join with women's organizations to call for gender diversity on the boards of Russell 1000 companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | PERSONAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
Procter & Gamble Agrees to 90% Recyclable Packaging by 2020
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
BICEP Member Patagonia Launches Vote the Environment Campaign
The apparel company campaigns to overcome voter apathy in the US in order to elect officials who will support replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Fossil Fuel Companies Failing to Integrate Risk
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Founder of Hope Credit Union Receives 2014 Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance
Bill Bynum, CEO of the Mississippi-based Hope Credit Union, is awarded for his efforts to advance economic opportunity in low-income communities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Is Child Labor in Uzbekistan Cotton Fields Decreasing?
As You Sow's Responsible Sourcing Network reports that Tesco, the world's second largest retailer, has signed the Cotton Pledge and will avoid the use of cotton sourced from Uzbekistan until child labor is eliminated.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Call for Oil and Gas Methane Regulation
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Only 10% of Distressed Asset Stabilization Loans Require Neighborhood Stabilization
A report by the Center for American Progress finds some benefits to homeowners in the Federal Housing Agency program, but recommends that many more be included in the Neighborhood Stabilization pool. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Federal Program Helps Wall Street, not Homeowners
Distressed mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration are being sold to the highest bidder without regard to neighborhood stabilization. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Coal Keeps Getting Riskier for Investors
The Carbon Tracker Initiative projects that as the demand for coal exports slows in China, $112 billion in planned future coal mine expansion and development is at risk of losing money.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FOOD INDUSTRY | FIXED INCOME
$50 Million to be Invested in Sustainable Agriculture
Community Capital Management commits to investing $50 million of fixed income investments in sustainable agriculture initiatives.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Investors Pledge to Disclose Carbon Footprint of Portfolios
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Maybe Some Good Things Came out of Climate Summit
Business commitments on deforestation and renewable energy are not enough to overcome government inaction and the resolve of the fossil fuel industry to burn all its assets and explore for more.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Voluntary Corporate Disclosure of Political Spending Improves
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
White House Announces Anticorruption Agenda for Business
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.”

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Three CDFIs receive NEXT Awards for Opportunity Finance
The annual awards, which focused this year on expanding affordable housing, will presented at the annual meeting of the Opportunity Finance Network in October.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Civil Action Grows to Unprecedented Heights. So Do Emissions.
Upwards of 400,000 people take to the streets of New York City to demand meaningful action on climate change, and scientists report that greenhouse gas emissions reached record levels in 2013

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
NGOs Express Concern that Climate Summit Could be Hijacked
An extensive network of nongovernmental organizations write to the UN Secretary-General arguing that private investment is not a replacement for public funds, while a campaign by the Indigenous Environmental Network warns against influence of corporations in the upcoming Climate Summit. Second in a two-part series.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
$24 Trillion Calls for Climate Policy
In advance of next week's climate summit at the United Nations, a group of institutional investment organizations representing 348 investors and $24 trillion under management call for climate policies that encourage clean energy investment. First in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Widespread Forced Labor in Malaysian Electronics Industry
A study by Verite finds that nearly one-third of foreign migrant workers in the Malaysian electronics industry work under conditions of forced labor.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
As You Sow Launches Shareowner Initiative on Executive Compensation
With the ratio of CEO to average employee pay at 300:1 and increasing, As You Sow announced an Executive Compensation initiative to encourage shareowners to link executive pay to meaningful performance goals.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
China To Launch National Market for Emissions Trading
The emissions trading scheme, scheduled to launch in 2016, would be the world's largest and is expected to help China reach its goal of reducing emissions by 45% by 2020.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME
Opportunities for Green Bond Investment Increasing
The investment advisory firm Community Capital Management publishes a white paper describing several green bond opportunities that have become increasingly popular among sustainable fixed income investors.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
Bank of America Delisted from Leading Sustainability Index
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Carbon Tracker Analysis Refutes Exxon Claims
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Reporting by Equator Banks Lacks Transparency
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Regulate Corporate Political Spending, One Million Say to SEC
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Two Sustainable Investment Funds Reach Milestones
Community Capital Management's flagship fixed income fund celebrates its fifteenth anniversary, and the fossil fuel free Green Century Equity Fund reaches $100 million in net assets.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | EMERGING MARKETS
Thai Company Sues Activist for Revealing Human Rights Abuses
Instead of addressing human rights violations in its workplace, Natural Fruit sues British activist Andy Hall for defamation, a charge that could land him in jail for eight years.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | SUPPLY CHAINS
Integrity of UK Supply Chains Threatened by Complacency
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply finds that only eleven percent of UK-based supply chain professionals say they have visibility throughout their entire corporate supply chains.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Addressing Pollution a Top Priority for Development in China
The China Greentech Report 2014 finds that sustainable development, once considered an optional approach, is now a prerequisite as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases struggles with pollution in its cities.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Instability in Middle East Dampens Investment
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
California CDFI First Recipient of Guaranteed Treasury Bond
Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution will use the $100 million bond to finance community development projects in California and Nevada.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Militarization of American Policing a Nationwide Problem
An ACLU report originally published in June gains especial relevance in the wake of the paramilitary response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Heavy Construction Equipment and the Israeli Occupation
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Corporate Recycling Loans or Extended Producer Responsibility?
A consortium of major corporations led by Walmart launches the Closed Loop Fund to help fund municipal recycling projects, but critics say EPR will accomplish more.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | UTILITIES
Distributed Energy Resources Require a New Regulatory Framework
The New England Clean Energy Council calls for modernization of the region's grid to encourage renewables and distributed energy resources.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
ConAgra Joins Movement to Eliminate Deforestation
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Wisconsin CDFI Wins 2014 NEXT Seed Capital Award
Impact Seven, a nonprofit community development financial institution, wins the unrestricted $100,000 grant for its program for preserving affordable housing in multifamily rental units in rural Wisconsin.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
New Jersey Creates Energy Resilience Bank
The state-run bank will use disaster relief funds issued following Superstorm Sandy to help finance energy resilience by increasing the number of distributed energy resources.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Online Petition Urges Pope to End Mandate Against US Nuns
Despite the compassionate message of Pope Francis publicized widely by the Vatican, the effort to put Women Religious in their proper place in a patriarchal hierarchy persists.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | CLOTHING INDUSTRY
Investors Pressure Ralph Lauren on Human Rights
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility attend annual shareowner meeting of Ralph Lauren to support a resolution filed by the AFL-CIO requesting that the company conduct a human rights risk assessment.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Corporate Reporting and Materiality
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Investors Call on Banks to Consider Climate Risks
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Student Cellist Bases Composition on Climate Data
It's as inevitable as the effects of climate change that artists will engage more deeply with the subject, and a recent chamber music festival in Ottawa, Canada featured five compositions addressing it.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Indigenous Rights Help Prevent Deforestation
A report by the World Resources Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative concludes that autonomous decision-making by native peoples results in improved community benefits and greater carbon storage.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRIES
Subsidies for Oil and Gas Companies Increase under Obama
A report by Oil Change International estimates that fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies have increased by 45% since President Obama took office in 2009, as his repeated efforts to lower them have been stymied in Congress.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS | STOCK EXCHANGES
Colombian Securities Exchange Joins Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Climate Change and Pollution Threaten Global Food Supply
A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology concludes that reductions in crop yields due to climate change can be offset somewhat by stronger ozone pollution controls.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
General Mills to Report on Supply Chain Emissions
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | UTILITIES
Electric Utilities Ranked on Renewables and Energy Efficiency
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SOCIAL ISSUES
Resolutions Target GMO Labeling and Extended Producer Responsibility at Safeway
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
World Bank Calls for Price on Carbon
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Professional Institute for Sustainability Practitioners Launched in UK
Members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group launch the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, a professional body for sustainability practitioners.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MINING INDUSTRY
EPA Limits on Alaskan Pebble Mine Likely to Prevent Construction
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Investors Applaud Palm Oil Sourcing Policy Announced by Smucker's
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Ways to Assess Corporate Action on Climate Change
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.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Unitarians Craft Divestment Policy that Provides for Continued Engagement
SocialFunds.com talks with Simon Billenness of the Unitarian Universalist Association about the year-long process to develop a policy of divestment from fossil fuel companies while retaining shareowner engagement.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
UN Contemplates Rules Governing Transnational Corporations and Human Rights
A resolution adopted by the United Nations' Human Rights Council, seeking to establish an international human rights law governing transnational corporations, is opposed by the United States and most European Union nations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Carbon Tracker Responds to Shell on Stranded Assets
The Carbon Tracker Initiative, whose 2011 report on stranded fossil fuel assets helped launch the fossil fuel divestment movement, joins with Energy Transition Advisors to argue that Shell's statement on stranded assets underestimates the magnitude of risk to investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
World Leaders Urged to Act Decisively on Climate Change
In a message to world leaders, signatories to a letter call for decisive action on climate change in order to keep global temperature increases within two degrees Celsius limit.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Privatization Harms Public Services
A working paper published by the UK-based New Economics Foundation calls for a model of co-production of social services, in which front-line service providers and service recipients collaborate.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
UK Clarifies Long Term Fiduciary Duty
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Vermont Produces First State Level Climate Assessment in US
The Vermont Climate Assessment partners with the recently published National Climate Assessment of the US Global Change Research to provide region-specific data on the impacts of climate change.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Partnerships Between Government and Private Sector Needed to Bring Impact Investing to Scale
Citing the Community Reinvestment Act as an example of effective federal support, a report from the US National Advisory Board calls for additional government action to help maximize the impact of community development initiatives.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Step Back from New Oil Sands Projects, Scientists Tell North American Leaders
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
High Level Report Outlines Risks from Climate Change in US
The Risky Business Project releases a report warning of severe economic disruptions from rising sea levels and extreme heat.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Supreme Court Upholds EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Court's ruling allows the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sources whose conventional pollutants are already being regulated.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Human Rights Groups Commend State Department for Action on Thailand
The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report downgrades the status of Thailand due to widespread human trafficking and official corruption in the country's lucrative seafood industry.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Tell FedEx to Distance Itself from Racist NFL Team Name
FedEx has naming rights to Washington DC stadium that is home to the Washington Redskins, the professional football team under increasing pressure to change its racist name.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Pope Francis Calls for Sustainable Investment to Help the Poor
At a symposium on impact investing held this week at the Vatican, the Pope calls on the capital markets to serve the good of humanity.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Assets Top $45 Trillion
During the past year the Principles of Responsible Investment added more than 200 new signatories, bringing the current number of signatories to 1,265.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Action on Fracking Disclosure Proves Strength of Proxy
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Panelists at Slow Living Summit Discuss Context Based Sustainability Metrics
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Seminar Considers Impacts when Small Socially Responsible Companies are Acquired
At the annual Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, VT, managers from Ben & Jerry's and New Chapter discuss how their firms maintained social mission after being acquired by multinationals. First of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
House Bill Calls for Corporate Disclosure of Human Trafficking Risks
Investors issue statement in support of bill introduced this week that will require companies to disclose policies addressing human trafficking in their supply chains.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Shareowner Rights Under Attack
Abetted by comments by an SEC commissioner, the US Chamber of Commerce petitions to keep shareowner resolutions from returning to proxy ballots.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
Coal Fired Power Consumption Slowing in China
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Sustainability Reporting by Large Corporations Up Sharply
In its updated analysis of sustainability reporting by S&P 500 companies, the Governance & Accountability Institute finds that almost three-quarters now do so.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | ENERGY INDUSTRY
EPA Announces Historic Emissions Limits for Power Plants
More than 40% of the nation's greenhouse gas emissions come from power plants, and when enacted the new regulations will reduce emissions from existing power plants by 30% nationwide below 2005 levels.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Four Sustainability Professionals Inducted into ISSP Hall of Fame
Launched in 2011, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Hall of Fame seeks to acknowledge individual contributions to the advance of sustainability.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Activist Shareowners Make Their Way to Texas to Confront Chevron
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Oil Change International Exposes Growing Crude by Rail
A new report estimates that an average of 135 trains with 100 cars apiece are moving crude oil via the rail system of North America, and at any given time nine million barrels are being transported by rail.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
No Surprise: Climate Change the Biggest Issue for Sustainable Investors
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
One Blog and Two News Briefs
The author reflects upon personal responses to climate change, Trillium Asset Management withdraws resolution at Lowe's, and Sustainalytics research is now on Bloomberg.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Record Support for Stranded Assets Resolution at Anadarko Petroleum
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.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Book Review: The Sixth Extinction: an Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
The New Yorker staff writer travels through space and time to assert that a mass extinction is underway, this time at the hands of human agency. Second in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SOCIAL ISSUES
Uncivilization: an Artistic Manifesto for an Age of Ecocide
The Dark Mountain Project contends that the human race has already destroyed the possibility of its survival and advocates for cultural responses that reflect reality. First of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investment Professionals Taking Stranded Assets Seriously
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
US House Passes Human Trafficking Bills
Strong bipartisan support for a package of bills that encourage states to provide social services to victims of forced prostitution and impose additional penalties for those engaged in human trafficking.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
EIRIS Launches Investment Watch for Burma
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shell Joins Exxon in Denying Assets are Stranded
A long-winded response by the oil company to shareowner concerns boils down to the assertion that it plans to burn all the reserves on its books regardless of the impact on climate change.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SOCIAL ISSUES
Film Review: The Wisdom to Survive
Filmmakers John Ankele and Anne Macksoud document the destruction of nature from the developed nations' addiction to fossil fuels, but argue that there is still time to remake civilization in a just and sustainable way. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SOCIAL ISSUES
Is it Time to Consider Planetary Hospice?
Environmental activist Zhiwa Woodbury concludes that climate change will lead to the extinction of life on our planet, and recommends hospice for the entire human race based on the stages of grief of Kubler-Ross. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | PERSONAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY
Colgate-Palmolive Commits to Emissions Reductions
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | PUBLIC HEALTH
Shareowners Want Dunkin' Brands to Report on Nanomaterials
A resolution from As You Sow, requesting that the company report on use of nanomaterials in its doughnuts, is supported by 23% of shareowners.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls Reminder of Persistence of Slavery
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility call the kidnapping a tragic reminder of the prevalence of human trafficking.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment Increasing in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland
Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen, a Eurosif member and the sustainable investment industry association for the three countries, reports that overall market now exceeds $184 billion.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Community Development Financial Institutions Improve Financial Stability
The annual report on the state of the CDFI industry by the National Community Investment Fund anticipates an evolution that will improve revenues and fulfill mission of community development.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Carbon Tracker Publishes First in Series on Stranded Assets
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Opportunity Finance Network Reports on Starbucks Partnership
The national network of community development financial institutions joined with Starbucks in 2011 to form Create Jobs For USA, an initiative to fund sustainable jobs in underserved communities.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Third National Climate Assessment Published
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Public Interest Groups Launch Campaign Targeting Non-Recyclable Packaging
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Quality of Corporate Engagement Improved Since Dodd-Frank
A new report from the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute and Institutional Shareholder Services concludes that both investors and companies are more satisfied with engagement since say on pay rules were issued.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Corporations Lagging in Sustainability Efforts
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Sister Patricia Daly Honored for Shareowner Advocacy
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Supreme Court Upholds EPA Ruling on Coal Pollution
The 6-2 decision upholds the Agency's authority to regulate pollution from coal-fired power plants, and is the second court decision in two weeks that supports environmental regulations.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | STOCK INDEXES
NRDC Teams with Investment Firms to Offer Fossil Fossil Fuel Free Equity Index
The Natural Resources Defense Council joins BlackRock and FTSE Group to launch a equity global index series that excludes companies engaged in exploration, ownership, or extraction of carbon-based fossil fuel reserves.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | APPAREL INDUSTRY
Investors Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Automated Financial Reporting for CDFIs Launched
The CDFI Assessment and Ratings System developed by CARS allows community development financial institutions to share quarterly performance data with their investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Google Facing Several Resolutions on Corporate Governance
The tech giant's 2014 proxy statement reads like a compendium of corporate governance issues. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Resolution Calls for Transparency in Lobbying Expenditures by Google
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
ICCR Writes to Bank of America on Financing Fossil Fuels
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Canadian Investors Issue Climate Change Policy Statement
The Responsible Investment Association calls on the federal and provincial governments of Canada to develop policies that will encourage a transition to a low-carbon economy.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FIXED INCOME
Clean Energy Bond Act Introduced in Congress
The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014 is modeled after the Treasury Bonds issued in the 1940s to support the World War II effort.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS
Harvard Joins Principles for Responsible Investment
Harvard's endowment is the first in the United States to join the global network of sustainable investors; the university also announces it will report its greenhouse gas emissions to the CDP.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | POLITICAL SPENDING
Sustainable Investors Mostly Quiet on McCutcheon vs. FEC
The most recent evisceration of campaign finance laws may not be the Supreme Court's last, emphasizing the critical need for regulation and redoubled efforts on political spending disclosure.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
First Ranking of Corporate Sustainability in Colombia Published
The ranking of the 20 most sustainable companies operating in Colombia uses research framework and methodology developed by Sustainalytics.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Call for Sustainability Reporting by Small-Cap Companies
A shareowner resolution from Walden Asset Management, part of a sustainable investor initiative, wins significant support at the annual general meeting of CLARCOR.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Dare We Celebrate Exxon Agreeing to Report on Fracking Risks?
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | STOCK EXCHANGES
Stock Exchanges to Study Sustainability Reporting Standards
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Disclosures by Fracking Companies Still Poor
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Another Win for Climate Change Mitigation
As You Sow withdraws shareowner resolution at Southern Company after the utility agrees to report on integrating renewable energy into its business operations.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
News Briefs for March 26th
Trillium Asset Management withdraws shareowner proposal on political spending at Hess, and Calvert Investments wins Lipper Fund Award.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Literature and Climate Change
In which this writer turns to a writer of creative literature for inspiration and understanding in considering the climate crisis.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Tullow Oil Expands Disclosure of Payments to Governments
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Investors Protest Corporate Lawsuits Against Shareowners
A coalition of investors led by NorthStar Asset Management writes to four companies that have sought to bypass regulatory system by bringing lawsuits against shareowners for resolutions they filed.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
ExxonMobil to Report on Stranded Assets
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
News Briefs for March 20th
Green Century Capital Management releases an animated fossil fuel free investing video, and Community Capital Management announces the launch of the CCM Alternative Income Fund.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Trillium Withdraws Diversity Proposal at Wabtec
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
CDFIs Pledge $1 Billion to Support My Brother's Keeper
Opportunity Finance Network launches campaign for $1 billion annually in new financing by community development financial institutions, to benefit low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities across America.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Massachusetts Court Upholds Corporate Governance Proposal
Denied a no-action letter by the SEC on a shareowner resolution calling for an independent chair, EMC turns to the courts instead and fails.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Book Review: Green Investing: More Than Being Socially Responsible, by J. Patrick Costello
The author, a Certified Financial Planner, provides both financial justification for the practice of sustainable investment as well as a primer on investing for the typical investor.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | PUBLIC HEALTH
Profit or Health in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility warn US trade negotiator against expanding tobacco sales and increasing intellectual property rights for medicine.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
European Energy Companies Failing to Adapt
A report from Greenpeace cites analysts who find that to maintain even diminished profits, the largest European Union utilities will have to shut down most of the fossil fuel capacity added in the last ten years.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY
EPA Finalizes Emissions Rules for Cars
The Agency's final standard will reduce the sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017, as well as lead to significant reductions in pollutants such as ozone, particulate matter, and air toxics.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
More than 120 Companies Adopt Political Disclosure
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Warned Again of Risks in Arctic Drilling
A coalition of nonprofit organizations releases a report for institutional investors detailing the considerable financial, environmental, and social risks associated with Shell's plans to drill for oil in the waters of the US Arctic.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | FIXED INCOME
Is 2014 the Year for Green Bonds?
As You Sow hosts a webinar exploring the role of green bonds in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
US SIF Publishes Political Spending Guide for Investors
Confronting Corporate Money in Politics focuses on using the proxy ballot to advocate for transparency in corporate political spending and lobbying expenditures.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
JPMorgan Agrees to Report on Governance and Risk Management
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Shareowners Continue Efforts to Limit Corporate Political Spending
Sixty institutional investors file 48 shareowner resolutions calling on corporations to report on federal and state lobbying expenditures, including payments to trade associations.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Kellogg's Commits to Deforestation-Free Palm Oil
Green Century Capital Management withdraws shareowner resolution after the food processing company agrees to source only deforestation-free palm oil by next year.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Divest or Engage Meets the Capital Markets
Investors aligned with Ceres with Ceres file ten resolutions addressing stranded fossil fuel assets, and Green Century Capital Management announces its Equity Fund will become fossil free.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Kerry Denounces Complacency on Climate Change Action
In a speech in Indonesia, the Secretary of State describes that country as one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and calls for a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gases.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR Publishes 2014 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
SEC Action on Corporate Climate Disclosure Inadequate
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Community Capital Management Publishes First Impact Report
The Florida-based fixed-income investment adviser reports on its use of proceeds and the social programs financed by its investment activities.

BOOK REVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Book Review: Trusting Harvard: The Cost of Unprincipled Investing, by Robert A.G. Monks and Marcy Murninghan
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FOOD INDUSTRY
Hershey Exceeds Target for Sourcing Sustainable Cocoa
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Renew Efforts to Improve Fracking Accountability
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Push Emerson Electric on Sustainability Reporting and Relationship with ALEC
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Environmentalists Wait for Obama Decision on Keystone Pipeline
Following a State of the Union Address in which natural gas exploration was cited as a response to climate change, the State Department publishes its assessment of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SOCIAL ISSUES
Climate Change Takes the Stage at Davos
A high-profile panel convenes at the annual World Economic Forum meeting to discuss the negotiation of an international climate change treaty and how to end extreme poverty.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment Helps Support Missions of Foundations
Finding that relatively few foundations manage their assets according to sustainable investment strategies, the US SIF Foundation publishes a guide to help them do so.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
ICCR Members Challenge Banks on Ethics and Emissions
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
No More Gestation Crates, Tyson Foods Tells Farmers
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
How to Fund Clean Energy Investment
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Climate Summit Press Conference Focuses on Policy and Fiduciary Duty
Prominent representatives of government, business, and institutional investment meet with journalists to discuss strategies for increasing climate finance. Second of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Investors Meet to Discuss Climate Finance
At a conference hosted by Ceres at the United Nations, 550 institutional investors hear climate scientist Rosina Bierbaum describe the effects of climate change that are already underway. First of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Banks Announce Support for Green Bond Principles
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Goldman Sachs Exits Coal Terminal Investment
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Genocide-Free Proposal to Stay On Proxy Ballot at Franklin Templeton
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Evaluate Public Policies on Climate, Investors Tell Energy Companies
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 3
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 2
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 1
As the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpasses 400 parts per million for the first time in three million years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emphasizes tha human activity is responsible for climate change.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Using Science to Set Emissions Targets
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Improved Corporate Communication Key to Long Term Investment
Based on consultations with investors and companies, a new paper finds little support for the concept of loyalty-driven securities, but investors agree on the importance of long-term investment horizons.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
NGOs Condemn Chevron for Assaults on Free Speech
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Index Ranks Climate Change Preparedness of Nations
The annual Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index finds that the world's poorest countries are more than a century behind their developed nation counterparts in adapting to climate change.

NEWS STORY: BOOK REVIEW | SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Book Review: Engaging Outraged Stakeholders
The three authors, who are executives with the nonprofit organization Future 500, counsel for a dispassionate approach to problem solving when corporations and civil society organizations meet.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Volcker Rule Is Finalized
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
More Environmental Risks for Fracking Operations
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
At-Risk Industries Urged to Address Human Trafficking in Supply Chains
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Nelson Mandela
Not only was the late South African leader an icon for international justice and peace; his struggles against apartheid have had a lasting impact on the quest of sustainable investors for social justice in capital markets.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Divest or Engage a Serious Question for More than Investors
UK think tank Meteos convenes an investor dialogue on risks to energy holdings and recommends more analysis of the effects of climate change mitigation on stranded fossil fuel assets.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
How Walmart Can Pay Employees a Living Wage
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Fossil Fuel Subsidies Average $112 per Adult
A new report on subsidies by the Overseas Development Institute recommends that they be phased out globally by 2025 in order to encourage investment in renewable energy.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
EIRIS to Create Sustainable Index for Turkish Stock Exchange
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Call for Improved Disclosures by Operators of Wood-Burning Power Plants
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
US Banks Rank Poorly on Indicators of Concern to Sustainable Investors
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.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowners Opt for Engagement to Press Chevron on Corporate Governance
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
Sustainable Stock Exchanges can Influence Corporate ESG Performance
EIRIS publishes results of interviews with 11 stock exchanges and finds that helping investors engage with companies on sustainability issues is a key motivating factor.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
$10 Million Investment to Prevent Coffee Rust
A coalition including Green Mountain Coffee helps fund Root Capital's Coffee Farmer Resilience Initiative, which seeks to stabilize supply chains by battling the coffee leaf rust fungus in Central America.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Engagement yet to Convince Frackers to Disclose
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.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Banks to Receive Guidance on Reporting Emissions in Lending
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investors Call on Fossil Fuel Companies to Account for Stranded Assets
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
Latin American Sustainable Investment Forum Is Launched
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY
As Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows, Cleantech Offers Opportunities for Investors
As You Sow teams with Kachan & Co. and the Responsible Endowments Coalition to outline opportunities for investors in cleantech. Second of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY
Fossil Fuel Divestment only the First Step
Investors join 350.org to produce a guide on divesting from fossil fuel companies. First of a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Resource Addresses Human Trafficking in Corporate Supply Chains
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Shareowners Call for Independent Chair at Twenty-First Century Fox
A resolution co-filed by Christian Brothers Investment Services and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation is supported by two-thirds of independent shareowners, but the company's dual-class stock structure insulates Rupert Murdoch from a majority vote.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Coalition of Brands and Retailers Refuse to Source Uzbek Cotton
The Responsible Sourcing Network announces that recent signatories to the Company Pledge Against Forced Child and Adult Labor in Uzbek Cotton bring to 136 the number of companies refusing to knowingly source cotton harvested by child labor.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | FIXED INCOME
Community Capital Management Commits $200 Million to Community Development
The fixed income investment advisory firm announces its first Clinton Global Initiative America commitment, and will invest at least $200 million over the next year to help revitalize low-income communities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Stay out of GMO Fight, Shareowners Tell Food Companies
Investors file resolutions with many food and biotech companies, warning them of reputational consequence of donating to defeat a ballot initiative in Washington State calling for labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Shareowners Question FedEx over Washington Redskins
A floor resolution at the company's annual meeting cites global human rights standards in asking for a report on the impact of ending a business relationship with the NFL team over racist nickname.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Engage or Divest?
As college students continue their campaign for divestment from fossil fuel companies, Northstar Asset Management debunks estimates of the cost of the investment strategy and questions whether shareowner engagement can be effective.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
The State of Shareowner Engagement in Europe
Eurosif reports on investor engagement with corporations in Europe and finds that engagement on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues is steadily increasing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
New Edition of Corporate Political Spending Index Published
The third annual edition of the CPA-Zicklin Index of Political Accountability and Disclosure documents improvements in disclosure of political spending by corporation.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTIITUTIONS
CDFI Fund Awards over $172 Million to Community Development Financial Institutions
191 community development financial institutions will use awards from US Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to provide lending and investments in low-income and economically distressed communities.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Will Governments Act on the Basis of Scientific Consensus?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change publishes the first section of its Fifth Assessment Report, which asserts with even greater emphasis that climate changed is caused by human activity.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
New Stock Indexes Champion Sustainability
The United Nations Global Compact creates an index of 100 companies adhering to its principles, and STOXX launches two indexes using key performance indicators developed by Axel Hesse.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
As You Sow Engages with Food Companies on Packaging
The advocacy group succeeds in convincing McDonald's to end the use of environmentally destructive polystyrene foam cups, but decides to resubmit a shareowner resolution with General Mills after engagement over post-consumer packaging fails to lead to agreement.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Sustainable Investors Applaud SEC Rules on Executive Compensation
A proposed amendment to existing rule will require corporations to compare CEO pay with the average compensation of all other employees.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
Mutual Fund Challenged over Proxy Voting on ESG Issues
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | ENERGY INDUSTRY
EPA Proposes Limits for Power Plant Emissions
The standards, which will limit emissions by new power plants, are praised by investors and corporations, and assailed by the Senate Minority Leader and the Chamber of Commerce.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS | PENSION FUNDS
South Africa a Global Leader in Sustainable Investment
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Entrepreneurs to Advertise for Investment through Crowdfunding
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Occupy Movement to Rally for a Robin Hood Tax on Financial Transactions
On the second anniversary of the movement's birth, protestors will march on Chase Manhattan Bank and call for a financial transaction tax to raise funds for social programs.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
CDP Report on Global 500 Emissions Is Published
The report finds that the average emissions of the 50 heaviest emitters among the world's largest companies have actually increased since 2009.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Bank of America a Corporate Sustainability Leader?
S&P Dow Jones Indices announces that Bank of America will be added to its influential sustainability indexes despite the bank's continuing financial support of the coal industry.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Chevron Drops Damage Claims Against Ecuadorians
The oil company also requests that Judge Lewis Kaplan and not a jury decide its RICO lawsuit, and that defendants be barred from introducing evidence of environmental destruction in Ecuador.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shell Fined $1 Million for Clean Air Act Violations in Arctic
The Environmental Protection Agency finds the company violated its Clean Air Act permits in the Arctic after encountering operational challenges with its two drilling rigs.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Corporate ESG Performance in Hong Kong and China Stagnant
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Governments Overestimate Levels of Sustainable Development
By failing to account for materials extraction through international trade, developed nations provide a misleading picture of raw materials use.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Global Impact Investing Network Publishes Guide to ESG Metrics for Investors
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Bank of America Bankrolls Coal India Despite Poor ESG Performance
Bank of America and Goldman Sachs are among the foreign banks selected by the government of India to sell a stake in the world’s largest coal company, despite Bank of America's statements of commitment to sustainability.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Corporate Sustainability Leaders Report Business Benefits
A survey of sustainability heads by the UK-based Verdantix indicates that most have achieved cost savings and almost half expect to increase spending on product sustainability

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY
As Consumption Declines, Water Utilities Need New Pricing Models
A report from Ceres and the University of North Carolina reveals that the current pricing models used by water utilities are inadequate at a time when they face considerable infrastructure costs.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
Alliance Trust Investments Measures Carbon Footprints of its Funds
The UK investment firm’s analysis reveals that three of its sustainable equity funds emit less than half the carbon dioxide of their benchmarks.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
Sustainable Investment Firms Comment on Fed Plan to Ease Stimulus
The Appleseed Fund expresses some skepticism of the Federal Reserve's optimistic outlook, while Green Century Capital Management highlights the World Bank Green Bonds as part of a diversified portfolio.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Community Investment Practitioners Urged to Diversify Approaches
A new report published by US SIF notes barriers to increased community investment but finds that the industry is poised for expansion if practitioners can diversify products and marketing.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors More Comfortable Assessing Climate Change Risks than Opportunities
In its third annual survey, the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change reports that assessing climate risk has become commonplace among institutional investors, but government inaction and other barriers continue to hinder a transition to low carbon investment.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
German Stock Exchange 100th Business to Join Integrated Reporting Pilot
The International Integrated Reporting Council announces that Deutsche Börse Group is the first stock exchange to join its pilot program in integrated reporting.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Record Number of Sustainability Resolutions in 2013
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Impact Economy Produces Analysis of Impact Investing
The authors identify trends that are likely to encourage an increase in impact investing, but fail to distinguish the definition for it from that of sustainable investing.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Tyson Shareowners Call for Humane Treatment of Animals
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | MUTUAL FUNDS
Shareowner Support for Environmental and Social Resolutions at a Ten-Year High
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
US SIF Offers Guides on Climate Change Investment for Retail and Institutional Investors
Warning of the urgent crisis that is climate change, the guides provide basic information on voting proxies, filing shareowner resolutions, and public policy advocacy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Ceres Publishes Blueprint for Sustainable Investment
In The 21st Century Investor, Ceres outlines how investors can help transform the global economy into one in which sustainability is the central concern. Second of two parts.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Another Majority Vote for Political Spending Disclosure
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Investors Renew Call for Genocide-Free Investing at ING
More than a year has passed since a majority of shareowners supported a resolution sponsored by Investors Against Genocide, but the financial services firm continues to refuse to implement a genocide-free investment policy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Ceres, ICCR Offer Guidance for Sustainable Investing
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Boston Common Asset Management Receives Business Leader in Human Rights Award
The sustainable investment firm is honored by the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project for promoting attention to human rights issues in the corporate sector.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Major Cities Adapting to Climate Change
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Obama Directs EPA to Use Clean Air Act to Regulate Emissions
Acknowledging that Congress is likely to persist in failing to act on climate change, the President decides that executive action is needed to address a growing crisis whose effects are already being felt.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Hundreds of Small Businesses Sign Climate Declaration
During the recent Small Business Week in Washington DC, the American Sustainable Business Council and Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy announce that 364 small businesses from 47 states have joined the call for lawmakers to act on climate change.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investor Coalition Holds First Global Forum on Climate Change
The Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change, a network of four regional climate change investor groups, holds its first meeting in Hong Kong and launches an action plan to facilitate low-carbon investment.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Genocide-Free Shareowner Proposal Gains Strong Support at Fidelity Investments
Investors Against Genocide continues its campaign to pressure mutual funds and other financial institutions into adopting genocide-free investment policies.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
In China, Worsening Pollution or Sustainable Development?
The 2013 report by the China Greentech Initiative warns that despite increasing investment in cleantech, China continues to be plagued by severe environmental problems.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
Gulf Persists Between Corporate Sustainability Claims and Performance
Sixty percent of corporate respondents to an oekom research survey suggest that rating agencies and sustainable investors influence strategy.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Revised Equator Principles Fall Short, BankTrack Says
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Coalition of Investors Voices Support for Conflict Minerals Rule
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Square Off with Chevron CEO at Shareowner Meeting
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Threatened by Climate Change, Ski Industry Joins Call for Effective Policies
More than 100 US ski resorts sign the Climate Declaration of Ceres, calling for a coordinated effort to combat climate change threatening the winter sports industry.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Effective Policy Will Drive Investment in Energy Efficiency
A report from Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk calls for policies that will encourage institutional investors to invest in energy efficiency projects.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
How Not to Endear Yourself to Shareowners
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
High Profile Proxy Season Reveals the Plumbing
A proxy distribution service abruptly reverses policy and refuses shareowner access to preliminary vote totals at JPMorgan Chase, and Institutional Shareholder Services settles charges that an employee sold voting data.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
JPMorgan Shareowners Vote on Corporate Governance and Genocide-Free Investing
A resolution calling for the separation of the positions of board chair and CEO gains the votes of one-third of the bank's shareowners, while support for a genocide-free investing proposal increases.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Chevron Continues to Misrepresent Ecuador Judgment, Updated Report Says
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Investors Call on Corporations to Ensure Worker Safety in Bangladesh
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
First Carbon Bubble Resolution Wins Strong Support at CONSOL Energy
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Shareowners Re-file Governance Resolutions at News Corp
Christian Brothers Investment Services and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation request separation of positions of board chair and CEO, while the Nathan Cummings Foundation calls for elimination of the media company's dual-class share structure.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | EMERGING MARKETS
Emerging Markets to be Focus of Socially Responsible Investing 3.0
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Three Million Years Later, 400 Parts per Million of CO2 in Atmosphere
Daily concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere pass the 400 parts per million threshold, foretelling severe effects from climate change if a long-overdue reversal of the trend does not occur.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Report Touts Inclusive Business as Means for Reducing Poverty in Africa
The African Facility for Inclusive Markets calls on diverse stakeholders to help create appropriate conditions for the growth of inclusive business in Africa and bring the benefits of economic growth directly to the poor.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Biggest Corporate Political Spenders Face Resolutions
Bank of America, Chevron, ExxonMobil and 3M all face shareowner resolutions requesting that they refrain from using corporate treasuries for political donations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
Resolution Calls on CONSOL Energy to Report on Stranded Assets
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Loopholes in Commitments to Human Rights by US Businesses, UN finds
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
More than $90 Million Invested in SJF Ventures Fund
SJF Ventures, a sustainable venture capital partnership, conducts the final closing of its SJF Ventures III fund with more than $90 million in equity investments in cleantech and technology-enhanced services.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
State Department Assessment of Keystone Pipeline Insufficient, EPA states
Commenting on a State Department review of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the Environmental Protection Agency criticizes its findings on greenhouse gas emissions and pipeline spills.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
US Banks Continue to Finance Coal
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS | PRODUCT SAFETY
Avon Challenged to Remove Toxins from Cosmetics
Shareowners will vote this week on a resolution by Green Century Capital Management that follows the introduction in Congress of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Cisco, Google Share Top Spot on Cool IT Leaderboard
The sixth edition of the Greenpeace ranking of companies in the information technology sector focuses on political advocacy for effective climate change legislation.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Price Externalities, Report Tells Companies and Investors
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY | PRODUCT SAFETY
Investors Want Baby Formula Free of GMOs
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Call for Meaningful Immigration Reform
A coalition of investors associated with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility call for immigration reform that includes a pathway to legal status and protects the rights of immigrants in US workplaces.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRIES
Subsidizing Fossil Fuels Hinders Investment in Renewables
A paper from the Overseas Development Institute calls for an end to fossil fuel subsidies in order to help mobilize private investment in climate-compatible development in developing nations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
INCR Propose Listing Standards for Stock Exchanges
Drawing upon dialogues with NASDAQ and other stock exchanges, INCR produces a consultation paper recommending the integration of sustainability disclosure requirements into listing rules.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
US SIF Launches Online Course on Sustainable Investment
The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment launches the Center for Sustainable Investment Education and the first online course offering of its kind in the US.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Paper Cited as Support for Austerity Is Wrong, Researchers Find
A 2010 academic paper warning of the consequences of high debt was cited by Representative Paul Ryan and others as justification for austerity measures, but a new analysis of the paper's findings reveals that mistakes undermine its conclusions.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Shareowners Call for a Vote in Favor of Good Governance at JPMorgan
In a letter to the bank's shareowners, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees and its co-filers argue for support for their resolution calling for separation of the positions of Chair and CEO.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Climate Principles Issues Best Practices for Hydraulic Fracturing
Guidelines for financiers of hydraulic fracturing published by the European Climate Principles add to calls for greater transparency by companies engaged in the practice.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Businesses Join Call for Climate Legislation
Thirty-three companies join Ceres and its BICEP coalition in signing the Climate Declaration and calling on Congress to finally pass strong climate legislation.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | DIVERSITY
Financial Firms Agree to Disclose Diversity Information
The New York City Pension Funds have reached agreement with three financial companies that will make public their EEO-1 data on diversity.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVES INDUSTRIES
EU Mandates Disclosure of Payments to Governments
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
From Divestment to a Sustainable Investment Strategy
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
On Divestment and a Portfolio Free of Fossil Fuels
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Bankrolling the Dismantling of the Volcker Rule
Despite a Senate report finding that JPMorgan's London Whale losses would have been prohibited by the Volcker Rule, members of a House Committee take bank contributions and vote to advance a bill that would allow taxpayer bailouts of too big to fail banks.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | UTILITIES
Investors Want Better Disclosure from Municipal Water Utilities
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
End in Sight for Too Big to Fail?
Senators Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders each pursue legislative initiatives to end the economic advantages of the nation's largest banks and force them to break up.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Root Capital Surpasses $500 Million in Lending to Agricultural Businesses
Helping to address a need that has been estimated at $450 billion, the agricultural lender anticipates $1 billion in loans over the next five years to small agricultural businesses in developing nations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Investors Support Launch of Access to Nutrition Index
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Afloat on Fossil Fuel Money, Senate Votes for Keystone Pipeline
Oil Change International reports that the 62 Senators supporting the controversial tar sands pipeline in a non-binding vote have received $31 million in campaign contributions from fossil fuel interests.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | SOCIAL ISSUES | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
CDFI Fund to Focus on Financing of Community Health Centers
The Financing Community Health Centers series will provide training and technical assistance to community development financial institutions to help them expand the financing of community health centers.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Bank of America Urged to End Financing of Coal
Sustainable investors are among the 50 signatories to a letter delivered to Bank of America, urging it to phase out the financing of coal and shift its lending priorities to renewable energy.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Deployment of Renewables Increases but Market Contracts
The annual report on clean energy by Clean Edge emphasizes that despite a challenging year for renewable energy, climate change and resource constraints mean that the fundamental drivers for the industry remain.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Insurers Still Unequipped to Deal with Climate Change
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Law Professor Anticipates Future of Climate Adaptation Law
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
15 Million Shares Vote for Genocide-Free Investing Proposal at Mutual Fund
Investors Against Genocide calls on Franklin Templeton to adopt a policy against investing in companies whose operations contribute to genocide.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Report Says Carbon Bubble Poses Risk to Financial Stability
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Pax World Adds TIAA-CREF to ESG Managers Portfolio
TIAA-CREF's fixed-income Social Choice Bond Fund, launched in September, will be included in the Moderate and Conservative portfolios of the series of asset allocation funds.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
First-Time Shareowner Resolutions Address Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
As You Sow Publishes 2013 Proxy Preview
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY
Calvert Updates Report on Corporate Gender Diversity
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Proposal Challenges TIAA-CREF on For-Profit Health Insurance
Advocacy groups urge the pension fund to divest its holdings in private health insurance companies, arguing that the industry has a well-documented history of unethical behavior and abuses.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
What Is the Real Financial Impact of Sustainable Investment?
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Highlight Human Rights in Corporate Engagement
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.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Feds Hit with Occupy Lawsuit over Volcker Rule
Occupy the SEC files suit against six federal agencies for failing to implement Dodd-Frank regulations governing risky proprietary trading by banks.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Shareowners Call for Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | UTILITIES
Get Real about Climate Change, Shareowners Tell Utilities
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Investors Question Payday Lending by Banks
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Fracking on Proxy Ballots at Chevron and Exxon
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Lawsuit Dropped after Chip Maker Updates Political Spending Policy
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | WEAPONS MANUFACTURERS
Divestment can be a Fiduciary Duty
Adam Kanzer of Domini Social Investments that divestment of holdings in firearms manufacturers is an appropriate response to tragedies such as the killing of children in Newtown.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Shareowners Renew Call for Separation of CEO and Chair at JP Morgan Chase
The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees and a coalition of institutional co-filers will return to the banking giant's annual general meeting this year with a resolution that gained 40% of shareowner support in 2012.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Shareowners Pressure Companies on Use of Renewables
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Senators Boxer and Sanders Propose Climate Change Legislation
Among the highlights of the proposed bill are a fee on carbon pollution and increased oversight of hydraulic fracturing.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Natural Capital and Integrated Reporting Among Trends for 2013
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
SEC Allows Climate Change Proposal at PNC Financial Services
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
AFSCME Files 25 Shareowner Resolutions
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Ceres Ranks Among World's Top NGOs
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Shareowners Call for Sustainability Reporting by Emerson Electric
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Statoil Breaks with Trade Association over Lawsuit
Calvert Investments commends Statoil for explicitly distancing itself from lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute that contests SEC regulation governing payments to governments.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Climate Change Outpacing Green Investment
A report from the World Economic Forum outlines the steps necessary to encourage the unprecedented shift in investment strategies that is necessary for sustainable growth.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
ICCR Publishes 2013 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility reports that its members have filed 180 shareowner resolutions and engaged in 225 corporate dialogues this proxy season.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowners Press on with Fracking Campaign
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
RepRisk Names Ten Most Controversial Companies in 2012
This year, the annual list from the Swiss-based environmental and social data provider focuses on poor labor conditions and human rights violations as well as bribery, fraud and money laundering.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Corporations Agree to Disclose Political Spending
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Portfolios Can Thrive After Fossil Fuel Divestment
As students on campuses across the country respond to climate change by calling on universities to divest fossil fuel holdings, an analysis reveals that divestment could add little financial risk to portfolios.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment Forums Form International Alliance
The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, consisting of seven major sustainable membership organizations, publishes a survey of global trends in sustainable investment.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Corporate Knights Publishes Global 100 List of Leading Sustainable Corporations
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Genocide-Free Investing Proposal on Proxy Ballot at Franklin Templeton
For the first time in at least 19 years, investors in the mutual fund will vote on a shareowner resolution, calling on the company to adopt policies to avoid investing in companies that contribute to genocide.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Sustainable Investors Pressure Visa on Lobbying Expenditures
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Thich Nhat Hanh, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Bernie Sanders on Climate Change
The Vermont Senator says he will introduce legislation that includes a price on carbon, but despite President Obama's statement of commitment to climate change a White House spokesperson says the administration has no plans to propose a tax on carbon.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ENGAGEMENT | SOCIAL ISSUES
Trillium Engagement Leads to Non-Discrimination Policies at Four Companies
While employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender remains common, a majority of Fortune 500 companies now include protections in their employment policies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Keystone Pipeline First Challenge for Obama on Climate Change
With two new reports describing greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands development as even worse than expected, environmentalists and sustainable investors are likely to scrutinize the State Department's upcoming decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Emissions from Canadian Oil Sands Worse than Expected
Two reports focus on the implications of building the Keystone XL pipeline and the effects on levels of greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum coke, a byproduct of the bitumen refining process.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Cuomo Proposes $1 Billion Green Bank for New York
The bank will leverage public funds with private sector investment to hasten the transition to a clean economy and environment in New York State.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Briefs Supporting SEC Filed in Lawsuit Challenging Transparency Rules for Extractives
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Sustainable Investment Assets Continue Growth in Canada
The biennial report by the Social Investment Organization of Canada reveals that sustainable assets under management now represent 20% of the total.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Ceres Awarded with Zayed Future Energy Prize
The investor network wins the $1.5 million prize in the nongovernmental organization category for its work on behalf of addressing climate change.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES| CORPORATE REPORTING
ICCR Challenges Companies on Climate Change
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Draft Report Paints Grim Picture of Climate Change Effects
The 1,200-page Third National Climate Assessment warns that some effects of climate change are already underway, and insufficient response ensures that the effects will grow worse in coming years.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Resolution Challenges Chevron for Attacking Investors
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
European Sustainable Funds Hold Own in 2012
The twelfth annual study of Green Social and Ethical Funds in Europe by Vigeo Italia notes that consolidation of the industry has continued for a third year.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Urges End to Natural Gas Flaring
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Dangerous Mishaps Plague Shell's Arctic Exploration
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.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Feds Hand Foreclosure Relief over to Banks
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board reach an agreement with ten mortgage servicers that will end the Independent Foreclosure Review and instead provide $3.3 billion in direct payments to eligible borrowers.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 5
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 4
Will the re-election of Barack Obama help further the sustainability agenda? Despite legislative inaction by Congress, regulatory agencies issued rules addressing climate change and corporate governance in 2012.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 3
For some institutional investors, shareowner tactics evolve from resolutions to engagement, and proposals addressing hydraulic fracturing focus concerns on community impacts.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Non-Violent Protest or Terrorist Threat?
FBI documents obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund reveal that coordination between the Bureau, the Department of Homeland Security, and the financial sector began even before the first demonstrations by the Occupy movement.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 2
As growing numbers of corporate governance advocates call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate disclosure of corporate political spending, Walden Asset Management leads a shareowner campaign for disclosure of lobbying expenditures; and Wal-Mart faces investor criticism following allegations of bribery in Mexico.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2012, Part 1
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | WEAPONS MANUFACTURERS
Newtown Tragedy Galvanizes Debate on Corporate Responsibility
The UN-endorsed Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights recommends that companies address adverse impacts with which they are involved, and Robert Zevin of Zevin Asset Management reminds investors of their historic role in effecting social change.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | MEDIA COMPANIES
Shareowners Address Smoking in Films
Despite recent findings by the US Surgeon General that exposure to on-screen smoking causes children to smoke, depictions of tobacco use in youth-rated films continue to increase, prompting calls from investors for an R rating for films that depict smoking.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Businesses Unprepared for Resource Scarcity
Carbon Trust surveys the CEOs of corporations in five countries and finds that most have not set targets for reducing their use of natural resources, with nearly half stating that to do so would cost too much.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Corporate Laggards: Your Competitors are now Reporting
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Largest Companies Setting Emissions Reduction Targets
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Chevron Hits Sustainable Investors with Subpoenas over Ecuador
In its latest effort to avoid a $19 judgment for environmental damage in Ecuador, Chevron and Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, its law firm, have issued subpoenas to Trillium Asset Management and shareowner advocate Simon Billenness.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
EPA Finalizes Standards for Soot Pollution
The emissions standards for fine particle pollution, which could prevent up to 40,000 premature deaths by 2030, receives the usual objection of being anti-business from the US Chamber of Commerce.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK MARKET INDEXES
Major Stock Market Indexes can Elevate ESG Risk for Investors
A study by GMI Ratings analyzes the environmental, social, and corporate governance performance of major stock market indexes, and finds that most perform poorly against the research firm's normative distribution.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
EU Nations Preparing a Financial Transaction Tax
A similar measure before the US Senate appears to be going nowhere, despite the fact that such a tax would discourage high frequency trading and encourage a long-term approach to investing.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | POLITICAL SPENDING | MUTUAL FUNDS
Mutual Funds Slow to Engage on Political Spending
Despite growing attention to the risks for corporations, support by mutual funds for resolutions addressing political spending decreased in 2012.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | MUTUAL FUNDS
FairPensions Calls on UK Ethical Funds to Adopt Positive Screening and Increase Corporate Engagement
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Plan for Regulating Emissions from Existing Power Plants Proposed
The Natural Resources Defense Council states in an issues brief that state-specific standards from the Environmental Protection Agency could lead to a steep drop in emissions and significant cost savings.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | TOURISM INDUSTRY
US Winter Tourism Endangered by Climate Change
A report prepared for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters warns that the winter tourism industry could disappear in regions of the US if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | EMERGING MARKETS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Investors Unprepared for Climate Change Impacts in South Africa
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | EMERGING ECONOMIES
Prospects Dim for Least Developed Nations at Climate Change Conference
Despite contributing little to climate change, the populations of the world's poorest countries face imminent loss and damage from its effects while developed economies plead poverty in delaying help.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED-INCOME INVESTING
Community Capital Management Helps Fund Sandy Relief
The fixed income investment manager announces that through its CRA Qualified Investment Fund it will dedicate $100 million in assets toward investing in recovery from the hurricane.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Climate Financing Improves, but Falls Short of What is Needed
The Climate Policy Initiative identifies $364 billion in financing the transition to a low-carbon economy, but the amount falls far short of what is needed to keep global temperature increases below two degrees Celsius.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Global Emissions Continue to Rise
Carbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2011, a record which will be broken in 2012, and a report commissioned by the World Bank warns that adapting to a 4°C increase is by no means certain.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Growing Pressure on SEC to Regulate Corporate Political Spending
After a petition calling for rules mandating disclosure attracts unprecedented support, officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission acknowledge they are considering the issue.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY |EMERGING MARKETS
Pharmaceutical Firms are Improving Access of World's Poor to Medicine
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES
CEOs Want a Deficit Reduction Plan that Benefits Them
Eighty corporate CEOs join the Fix the Debt campaign, which calls for increased tax breaks for corporations while limiting social programs that help the poor and middle class.

NEWS BRIEF: SHARREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
SEC Chairman Schapiro to Step Down
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
US SIF Publishes Biennial Sustainable Investment Trends Report
The 2012 Trends Report notes a total of $3.74 trillion in assets allocated to sustainable investment, a 22% increase over a two-year period.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME | EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS
Community Capital Management Invests over $4 Million on Behalf of Sustainable ETF
The Florida-based fixed income investment manager, one of the portfolio managers for the AdvisorShares Global Echo exchange-traded fund, invests in projects that promote job creation and provide housing for low- and moderate-income residents.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investor Networks Urge Governments to Face Climate Change
With Hurricane Sandy behind us, and another international climate change conference coming up in Qatar, seven of the world's largest investor networks form the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change and call for an investment-friendly approach to climate change.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Stakeholder Group Speaks Out on Challenge to Conflict Mineral Legislation
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Dole Hit with Lawsuit Alleging Environmental Destruction
The Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman files a lawsuit against Dole for knowingly purchasing bananas from growers whose operations have destroyed wetlands and poisoned water sources with pesticides in Guatemala.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Investors Urge Citigroup Board to Consider Breakup of Too Big to Fail Bank
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Assets of PRI Signatories Exceed $32 Trillion
With 254 new signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, the number now exceeds 1,100, even as 61 former signatories are delisted.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
2012 ESG Leaders Award Winners announced by TBLI Group
SJF Ventures, oekom research, and Hazel Henderson are among the recipients of awards for achievements in sustainable investment by institutional capital owners.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT RESEARCH FIRMS
Quality Standard for ESG Research Launched
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
College Endowments Urged to Divest Fossil Fuel Holdings
The Do the Math campaign from 350.org urges colleges and universities to restructure their endowments and divest their holdings in fossil fuel industries to make an impact on climate change.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC Refuses to Delay Extractives Transparency Rule
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Climate Change Action in Obama's Second Term?
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Calvert Launches Emerging Markets Fund
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
A Different Take on CSR Disclosure and Political Spending
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION
For Sustainable Investors, Obama or Romney?
The candidates differ markedly on climate change, financial reform, and health care, issues on which sustainable investors have engaged with corporations for many years.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Senate Republicans Quash Findings on Wealth Inequality
After the Congressional Research Service issues a report finding no correlation between economic growth and lower tax rates for the wealthiest, Senate Republicans force its withdrawal to protect the party orthodoxy on taxes.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Romney Charged with Ethics Violation for Failing to Disclose Hedge Fund Investment
The Office of Government Ethics receives a complaint that by not revealing profits his family received from the Obama administration's auto industry bailout, Romney has failed to disclose a potential conflict of interest.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
US Banks Persist in Financing Climate Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Initiative Will Help Quantify Corporate Reporting on Sustainability Issues
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
With Expiration Looming, Groups Call for Extension of Production Tax Credit
The Investor Network on Climate Risk is the latest to write to Congressional leaders, urging them to support extending a tax credit that has helped wind energy become one of the nation's fastest growing manufacturing industries.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FOOD INDUSTRY
Food and Agriculture Industry Lags in Assuring Worker Equity
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Sanders Chides Corporate CEOs for Calling on Congress to Cut Programs
The Vermont Senator says that the statement by 80 CEOs fails to account for the role of financial institutions in causing the recession, and calls instead for a deficit reduction plan in which the wealthiest pay their fair share of taxes.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | WATER
CDP Water Disclosure Issues 2012 Report on Corporate Water Use
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Oil Sands Producers Urged to Adopt Environmental and Social Performance Goals
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | COAL INDUSTRY
As You Sow Updates Investment Risks Associated with Coal
Investors are warned that as the use of coal as a source of power output in the US declines and construction costs increase, the financial risks of investing in coal-dependent electric utilities are significant.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
2012 Newsweek Green Rankings Published
With research provided by Sustainalytics and Trucost, this year's Green Rankings note a 20% improvement in companies disclosing environmental information.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Independent Shareowners Want Murdoch out as Chairman of News Corp
Resolutions calling for separation of Chairperson and CEO, and end to dual-class stock structure, gain support of two-thirds of independent shareowners at media company's annual meeting.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Court in Ecuador Approves Seizure of Chevron Assets
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Founder of New Hampshire Community Loan Fund Wins Responsible Finance Award
Juliana Eades, President and founding Executive Director of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, receives the fifth annual Ned Gramlich Award for Responsible Finance from Opportunity Finance Network.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors in UK Celebrate National Ethical Investment Week
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Project Promoting ESG Disclosure in Emerging Markets Issues Final Report
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
ICCR Ally Succeeds in Bank of America Engagement
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement persuades Bank of America to help homeowners in Virginia county hit hard by mortgage crisis.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Resources Insufficient to Protect World's Poorest from Climate Change
The Climate Vulnerability Monitor warns that 100 million lives could be lost by 2030 if climate change and carbon-intensive energy practices are not addressed.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
BankTrack not Satisfied with new Draft of Equator Principles
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Assets Committed to Emerging Markets on the Increase
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
$18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron Stands
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Three Community Development Financial Institutions Receive 2012 NEXT Awards
Primary Care Development Corporation will receive $4.25 million to expand beyond New York State, while Clearinghouse CDFI and the Corporation for Supportive Housing each receive awards of $2 million.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Report on Campaign to Address Human Trafficking at London Olympics
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Growth of Sustainable Investment in Europe Continues to Outpace the Overall Market
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ENGAGEMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
2012 Moskowitz Prize Awarded to Paper Linking Improved Corporate Performance with Successful Shareowner Engagement
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%.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Task Force Files Lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase
The Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, a state-federal task force, announces its first legal action, charging the bank for fraudulent misrepresentations of mortgage­-backed securities by Bear Stearns & Co.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Bank of America Settles Shareowner Lawsuit for $2.43 billion
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Chevron Wants Access to Emails of Critics
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | STOCK INDEXES
GMI Licenses Research for Corporate Governance Indexes
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
As Burma Sanctions Ease, Human Rights Advocates Urge Caution
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | EXTRACTIVES INDUSTRIES
Extractives Commitment to Human Rights Improving
But research from Oxfam America indicates that policies supporting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent must include a transition from resource extraction to development partnerships.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Index of Corporate Political Spending Updated
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Is Self-Made Wealth a Myth?
United for a Fair Economy analyzes the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans, finding that 40% inherited considerable wealth, while a quarter earned their wealth through investment.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shell Says Oil Spills from Corroded Pipes in Nigeria Due to Sabotage
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ESG RESEARCH FIRMS
Sustainalytics Partners with Chinese Consultancy Firm
The research partnership with SynTao will provide clients of the Netherlands-based firm with analysis of the ESG performance of Chinese companies.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | CARBON TRADING
China Joins with EU to Reduce Emissions
The European Union will help China reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by contributing $32.5 million for the development of Emissions Trading Systems.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Insurers Unequipped to Deal with Climate Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
BICEP Members Call for Extension of Wind Credit
Nineteen companies in the Ceres-led Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy coalition say that Congressional extension of the tax credit for wind energy will improve competitiveness and create jobs.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Occupy Movement Celebrates First Anniversary
Despite efforts to marginalize its accomplishments, the Occupy Movement has succeeded in keeping the issue of wealth inequality in the forefront of the national consciousness.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
US Solar Installations Set Records Despite Insufficient Government Action
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
House Passes No More Solyndras Act
Viewed by Democrats as nothing more than election-year grandstanding, the bill stands no chance of passing the Senate.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTING | CORPORATE REPORTING | SUSTAINABLE STOCK INDEXES
SAM Updates Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are added to the DJSI World, but no US-based companies are included among the Index's 19 supersector leaders.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
CDP Releases Annual Reports on Corporate Carbon Management
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | CARBON TRADING SCHEMES
Panel Calls for Rescue of CDM
Despite its flaws, the Clean Development Mechanism remains the only international framework for funding renewable energy projects in developing nations, and meaningful emissions reduction targets will help enhance its effectiveness.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY
Congress Unlikely to Pass 2012 Farm Bill in Time
As severe cuts in the food stamp program and assistance to farmers seem more likely, the responsibility for building a sustainable food supply falls to sustainable investors and other key stakeholders.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
GMI and Trucost Form Partnership
The strategic partnership provides for environmental research by Trucost to be incorporated into GMI's analysis of the corporate governance performance of companies.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Is Corporate Reporting Sufficient to Meet Sustainability Goals?
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Opinions Differ on the Future of Sustainable Investing
Industry veterans weigh in on likely developments over the next twenty years, and their opinions range from optimism to concern.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Lawsuit Alleging Human Rights Violations by Shell in Nigeria Reaches SCOTUS
In an issues brief, Professor John Ruggie wonders if Shell's efforts to undermine the Alien Tort Statute will undermine its claims of corporate social responsibility.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONA INVESTORS
Muhammad Yunus, Father of Microcredit and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, to Address SRI Conference
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ENGAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Signatories Prioritize ESG Issues for Engagement
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.

INTERVIEW: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Rebranded, the SRI Conference Heads East
SocialFunds.com talks with Steve Schueth of First Affirmative Financial Network about the history of the conference and the decision to locate it at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut this year. First of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
New York City Codifies Climate Change Adaptation
The legislation, which will require the city's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force to update its assessment of the effects of climate change every three years, is the first ordinance from a US city to use latest climate science to develop adaptation strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Fuel Efficiency Standards Finalized
The new fuel efficiency standards of 54.5 miles per gallon will nearly double the current standards, and could increase profitability while creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
CalSTRS Engages with Russell 2000 Companies on Majority Voting Standard
The pension fund's engagement with 95 companies during 2012 proxy season results in 86% of them either adopting the standard or making significant progress toward doing so.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES |RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Treasury Bonds Issue Will Help Fund Clean Energy Deployment
The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act would both provide for the sale of US Treasury Bonds to help finance clean energy technologies, and extend the federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY | CORPORATE SUPPLY CHAINS
Labor Conditions Improving at Chinese Supplier to Apple
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Call on EPA to Strengthen PVC Regulations
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC Issues Rules on Conflict Minerals and Payments to Governments
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | COAL INDUSTRY
DC Appeals Court Strikes Down Another EPA Regulation
The Court decides that the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency's statutory authority, but a dissenting opinion argues that the Court has trampled on precedent.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC to Vote Today on Disclosure of Conflict Minerals
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Sustainability Management by Oil Firms Lacking
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
A Strategy for the Commons that Includes Business and Government
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.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE| EMERGING MARKETS
Emerging Markets ESG Updates Database of Contacts
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
Pension Fund Wants Wal-Mart to Come Clean on Bribery Allegations
After receiving documents relating to allegations of bribery by the retail giant's Mexican subsidiary, the Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund charges in a lawsuit that nearly half of the pages were blacked out.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Wells Fargo Settles Mortgage-Backed Securities Charges for $6.5 Million
The Securities and Exchange Commission charges the bank for selling investments tied to mortgage-backed securities without disclosing the risks to investors.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENERGY INDUSTRY | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Investors Urge Extension of Production Tax Credits
The tax credits, which help drive billions per year in private investment in the wind energy industry, are set to expire this year, which could lead to the loss of 37,000 domestic jobs.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
A Record Amount of Dollars Awarded by CDFI Fund in 2012
Almost $187 million is awarded to 210 community development financial institutions that provide financial services to distressed communities that are often overlooked by mainstream financial institutions.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Mercer to Incorporate ESG in Mainstream Client Reports
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 BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Goldman Sachs Escapes Criminal Charges
Despite evidence of conflicts of interest detailed in last year's report by the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Justice Department announces that it will not bring a criminal prosecution against the bank.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | MEDIA COMPANIES
News Networks Ignore a Major Banking Scandal
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Investors Take on Corporate Payments to Pharmaceutical Trade Association
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | CMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS | AGRICULTURE
How to Fund a Sustainable Food System
RSF Social Finance publishes a report on steps investors can take to help build a just and sustainable food system in the US.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Certified Coffee to be on Menu at Smucker's
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Church of England Sells its Shares in News Corp.
A year of engagement following the phone hacking and bribery scandal has failed to produce a commitment by the media giant to improve its corporate governance, and the Church responds to the lack of progress with divestment.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Facebook Publishes Carbon Footprint
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS
Proxy Access Still Key to Changing Corporate Behavior
SocialFunds.com talks with James McRitchie of CorpGov.net about corporate governance shareowner proposals and the case for improved proxy access for individual investors.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | OIL AND GAS SECTOR
Despite SEC Guidance, Disclosures by Oil and Gas Companies Are Insufficient
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Finalists for 2012 Wells Fargo NEXT Awards Announced
Three community development financial institutions are named as finalists for $8.25 million award to expand affordable housing, health care, or community facilities in distressed markets.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Companies Challenged over Membership in ALEC and Heartland Institute
Walden Asset Management spearheads a letter-writing campaign by shareowners urging corporations tor review their memberships in the controversial organizations.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | RETAIL INVESTORS
Eurosif Supports Sustainability Disclosures for Retail Investors
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Emphasis on Engagement Seconded by Mainstream
A report from Ernst & Young analyzing the 2012 proxy season agrees with observations by sustainable investment organizations that increased shareowner engagement represents the most dramatic development.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Publishes Case Studies of Sustainable Investment
A report provides examples of sustainable investments by CalPERS and other signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment, and argues for government policies to help mitigate the risks of such investments.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Unprecedented
NASA satellite measurements confirm that 97% of Greenland's ice sheet has melted this summer, far more than ever before recorded.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Concerns Voiced over Easing Burma Investment
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Investors: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
What Good Are Shareowners?
An analysis published in the current Harvard Business Review argues that the rise of short-termism in the markets, and poor communications between management and shareowners, require engagement by diverse long-term stakeholders. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Voting Rights Curtailed by Dual-Class Structure, News Corp. Shareowners Call for Reforms
Eighteen investors representing over $1.6 trillion in assets under management write to Rupert Murdoch, urging him to support a shareowner resolution calling for the separation of the positions of Chair and CEO.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
College Endowments Lagging in Sustainable Investment
Once leaders in sustainable investment and shareowner advocacy, college and university endowments now lag behind many mainstream institutions in the uptake of environmental, social, and corporate governance investment criteria.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Pros and Cons of Australian Carbon Tax
Implemented on July 1st, Australia's carbon pricing scheme imposes a price of $23 per ton on carbon emissions. But some clean energy advocates argue that the policy does not go far enough.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COMPUTER INDUSTRY
Apple Reverses Plan to Dump Green Registry
The computer giant reverses its decision to leave the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool registry, calling it a mistake after consumer backlash.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Sustainable Large Caps Outperform MSCI World Index
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR and the Business Case for Sustainability
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
NASDAQ to Promote Sustainability Disclosure
At Rio+20, the US-based stock exchange joins four counterparts in encouraging corporations to disclose environmental, social, and governance risks and opportunities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Proxy Season Results Support Mainstreaming of ESG
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS
Experiment in Proxy Access for Retail Investors to End
Citing persistent regulatory obstructions, Moxy Vote announces that it will cease operations on July 31st, ending a service to help individual investors vote their proxy ballots.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | ARMS INDUSTRY
Investors Call for a Meaningful Arms Treaty
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY | PRODUCT SAFETY
Congressional Friends of GMOs Sneak Rider into Appropriations Bill
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY | PRODUCT SAFETY
Genetic Engineers Debunk GMO Claims
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
A Guide to Economics for the 99%
The Center for Popular Economics publishes Economics for the 99%, a handbook which describes the roots of economic inequality and offers a solidarity economy as an alternative.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Fear Canadian Budget Bill Weakens Environmental Regulations
Despite efforts by the Social Investment Organization, which warned that passage of an omnibus budget bill could discourage investment by providing for inadequate environmental regulation, the bill passes in a Senate dominated by conservatives.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Community Investment Options Increase but Barriers Remain
A report from US SIF details an increasing number of community investment options, but low awareness, perceptions of low returns and high risk, and increased regulatory scrutiny remain as barriers to a wider uptake of the practice.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Shareowners Await Support from Legislators and Regulators in Addressing Corporate Political Spending
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Separating CEO and Chair Provides Financial Benefits
A report from GMI Ratings finds that companies with a combined CEO and chair pay far more compensation for the positions, are more likely to pursue aggressive accounting practices, and are twice as likely to receive a failing grade for environmental, social, and corporate governance performance.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Genocide-Free Investing Resolution Wins Majority Vote
Investors Against Genocide's request that the ING Emerging Countries Fund refrain from investing in companies that provide funding to governments engaged in genocide is supported by over 59% of shareowners.

NEWS BRIEF: HUMAN RIGHTS | HEALTHCARE REFORM
SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility applaud yesterday's Supreme Court decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | UTILITIES
Investors Urge Congressional Leaders to Support EPA Authority
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | UTILITIES
Court Supports EPA Authority to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
An appeals court rules that the Environmental Protection Agency is authorized under the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | MEDIA COMPANIES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
ICCR Commends Disney on Advertising by Food and Beverage Companies
The media giant announces that food and beverage products advertised on its networks will be required to meet nutritional guidelines that are aligned with federal standards.

BOOK REVIEW: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Book Review: Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, by Steve Coll
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Rio+20 Ends without Binding Agreements
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
A Giant Leap Forward, or Unsustainable Business as Usual?
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.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Get to Work, the Financial Stability Oversight Council Is Told
The newly-formed Systemic Risk Council observes that two years after Dodd-Frank, most of its financial reforms have yet to implemented, and urges the Financial Stability Oversight Council to prioritize the identification of systemically important nonbank financial institutions.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
UK Mandates Emissions Reporting for Public Companies
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Replacement for GDP Proposed at Rio+20
The Inclusive Wealth Index would provide a definition of wealth that encourages sustainable economic and social development.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | WATER SCARCITY
Corporate Disclosure of Water Risks Should Include Quantitative Data
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | SMALL BUSINESSES
Business Leaders Call for Sustainable Economic Recovery
Members of the American Sustainable Business Council visit the White House for a summit in which they describe a market that accounts for externalities and benefits all participants.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Call for Improved Management of Methane Emissions from Fracking
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
Shareowners Vote on Resolution Asking Target to Refrain from Political Spending
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Sanders Calls for End of Conflicts of Interest on Federal Reserve Boards
After introducing legislation prohibiting bank executives from serving on Federal Reserve boards, Sen. Sanders of Vermont names 18 Fed directors whose firms benefited from the bailout during the financial crisis.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
CDFIs Rebound from Financial Crisis
The National Community Investment Fund reports that 88 certified community development financial institutions earned a net income of $82 million in 2011, reversing a two-year decline.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | CHILD LABOR
Guidance for Corporate Respect for Children Is Published
Children are Everyone's Business, a workbook published by UNICEF, guides companies in the integration of children's rights into core business practices.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Behind the Scenes, Corporations Undermine Science-Based Climate Policy
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MUTUAL FUNDS
Proxy Voting on Climate Change by Mutual Funds Fails to Account for Materiality
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Fund Seeks to Improve the Lives of East African Farmers
The Global Impact Investing Network publishes a case study of the African Agricultural Capital Fund, which invests in environmentally sustainable agriculture projects to benefit the rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Time for Investment in Africa Is Now
The second annual Ernst & Young survey of investment in Africa finds a distinct perception gap between the overwhelmingly positive responses of investors already doing business in Africa, and the possibly outmoded views of those who do not.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT| FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Advocates for a Fair Economy Call for End to Payday Lending by Banks
A coalition including several sustainable investment organizations ask federal regulators to investigate banks offering payday lending, which can trap low-income borrowers into a cycle of debt with interest rates as high as 417%.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowners to Vote on Lobbying by Energy Companies
Resolutions submitted by Walden Asset Management at Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy call for disclosure of corporate lobbying expenditures.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Zevin Asset Management Calls for Net Neutrality at Wireless Firms
The Boston-based investment firm writes to AT&T and Verizon, asking them to ensure that net neutrality is maintained and that the wireless providers refrain from imposing discriminatory fee structures.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Urge Corporations to Consider Physical Impacts of Climate Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowners Voice Support for Environmental and Governance Resolutions at Chevron
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Add Corporate Social Responsibility to Rio+20, Stakeholders Say
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Clean Energy Initiatives on the Increase in Many States
The third annual State Clean Energy Index from Clean Edge ranks California first among states in its adoption of such indicators as electricity generation from renewable sources and deployment of hybrid and all-electric vehicles.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Write to Chevron Again
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING |
More Stakeholders Call for Meaningful Action at Rio+20
The International Institute for Environment and Development outlines a three-point plan to ensure that government negotiators account for the needs of local communities through sufficient aid and realistic valuation of natural capital.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
Investors Warned to Question Shell's Plans for Arctic
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
A Trillion Dollar Call for Best Practices in Fracking Operations
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Concerns Grow over Slow Pace of Sustainable Development
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowners Ask SEC to Investigate Chevron
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Two-thirds of Cairn Energy Shareowners Reject Say-on-Pay Proposal
The vote at the UK-based energy exploration company comes after Business Secretary Vince Cable proposes that shareowner votes on executive compensation be binding.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Is Chevron in Violation of Securities Law?
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
JP Morgan Chase Holds Annual Meeting Days After $2 Billion Loss
A resolution calling for improved corporate governance through separating the roles of Chair and CEO gains 40% of shareowner support.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Race Between Sustainability and Over-Consumption Continues
The third annual MIT survey of corporate executives suggests that sustainability is increasingly a management agenda item, while a report from WWF finds that global consumption patterns are still unsustainable.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR Responds to Vatican Investigation of US Nuns
The all-male Church hierarchy apparently wants less social justice work by women religious in the US, and more outspoken opposition to homosexuality, abortion, and women's ordination.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY
Water Use in Many Large Economies Is Unsustainable
China, India, and the US contain regions of extreme risk due to water scarcity, threatening global commodities prices and even increasing the possibility of social unrest.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Shareowners Renew Call for Improved Governance at JPMorgan Chase
After the bank reports $2 billion in losses on risky trading, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees calls for the appointment of an independent Chair, stating that the stakes are too high to leave CEO Jamie Dimon unsupervised.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
UNDP Reports on Outlook for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific
Exploring both widespread poverty and the impacts of climate change on the region, the report warns that the private sector and other stakeholders must act in order to galvanize government action.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Political Spending Proposal at CVS Caremark Goes to Vote Tomorrow
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Investors Call for Steps to Eliminate Sex Trafficking at London Olympics
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Chesapeake Energy Agrees to Separation of Chair and CEO
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Shareowner Group Details Occupational Health and Safety Issues for Investors
The Shareholder Association for Research and Education issues investor guidance for assessing the health and safety policies and practices of Canadian corporations.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment by Pension Funds Total Less than One Percent of Assets
Despite the necessity of a low-carbon economy and the opportunities for investment in the transition, efforts by governments and institutional investors remain inadequate. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
EIRIS Reports on Sustainability Practices of Largest Global Companies
Companies in the US and Asia lag behind their peers in Europe, while significant differences persist among corporate approaches to sustainability.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Clock Is Ticking While Corporate Sustainability Lags
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
US Banks Receive Failing Grades for Financing Coal
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
UKSIF Endorses Key Investor Initiatives for Rio+20
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Corporate Political Spending: Why Do they Do It?
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Power of the Proxy Confirmed at Citigroup
In the aftermath of the shareowner vote against Citigroup's executive compensation package, Mark Regier of Everence Financial talks with SocialFunds.com about the evolution of say-on-pay.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Retail Investors Invited to Discussion on Fracking
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
Investors Speak Out on Wal-Mart Bribery Allegations
Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, who have been engaging with the retail giant on social issues for decades, express their dismay over allegations of bribery and subsequent efforts to impede an investigation.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
Wal-Mart Gets ESG Rating of F After Bribery Allegations
GovernanceMetrics International assigns a failing grade to the retail giant's environmental, social, and corporate governance performance following revelations that information about a bribery scandal in Mexico was covered up.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
EPA Finalizes Rules on Emissions from Fracking
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS
New Exchange Traded Fund Will Support Sustainability Themes
A portion of the assets of AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF will support the Global Echo Foundation, a charitable foundation co-founded by Philippe Cousteau.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA INDUSTRY
Eurosif Outlines ESG Risks to Media Companies
The fast-changing media sector faces risks associated with trust, freedom of expression, and diversity, and a report cites examples of best practice in an environment dominated by the News Corporation's phone hacking scandal.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Shared Interest to Reach More Low-Income South Africans
The investment fund's Campaign for the Next Generation seeks to provide opportunities for an additional 500,000 low-income South Africans, while reforming the practice of mainstream banking.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Shareowners Vote Down Citigroup Pay Package
Fifty-five percent of Citigroup's shareowners vote against the executive compensation package proposed by management, marking the first time that shareowners have done so at a big bank.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | MINING INDUSTRY
Investors Challenge Goldcorp's Closing Costs for Guatemala Mine
Two institutional investors warn that Goldcorp faces litigation risks if its plan for funding the environmental cleanup of its mine in Guatemala is inadequate.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Investors Take on ALEC in Aftermath of Trayvon Martin Killing
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
JPMorgan Chase Faces Investing in Genocide Resolution
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Companies Advised to Address Risks in Supply Chains
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
SEC Reconvenes Investor Advisory Committee
The Committee, which was formed in 2009 and terminated after passage of the Dodd-Frank bill, again includes representatives of the sustainable investment industry.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Solar Industry Maturing Despite Lack of Subsidies
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Trillium Urges Verizon Shareowners to Support Net Neutrality
A letter sent to shareowners by the investment management firm outlines the economic and social case for continued net neutrality at the wireless telecommunications company

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
Shareowner Advocates Disappointed by Goldman's Choice for Lead Independent Director
The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees withdraws resolution calling for separation of Chair and CEO at Goldman Sachs, then expresses disappointment at the firm's choice for lead independent director.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Regulatory Path Cleared for Fracking Resolution at Exxon
The Securities and Exchange Commission overrules challenge by ExxonMobil to hydraulic fracturing resolution submitted by As You Sow.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Listen to Investors, Ernst & Young Tells Corporate Boards
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Academics Propose Agency to Regulate Financial Products
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Shareowner Resolution Calls for Independent Board Chair at News Corporation
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT | GREEN JOBS
Green Jobs Topped Three Million in 2010
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment Forums to Produce Global Trends Report
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | FOOD SAFETY
Monsanto Is Green America's Biggest Corporate Fool
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Apple Moves from Laggard to Sector Leader on Transparency
The computer giant agrees to implement remedial action recommended by the Fair Labor Association's investigation of working conditions at Foxconn factories in China.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | UTILITIES
EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
$1 Million Grant to Automate Reporting by Community Development Financial Institutions
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | PRIVATE EQUITY
Private Equity Increases Sustainability Focus
Programs encouraging the uptake of environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations by private equity firms include the Environmental Defense Fund's Green Returns initiative.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shell Heads for the Arctic
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MINING INDUSTRY
RepRisk Names World's Most Controversial Mining Companies
Alpha Natural Resources, the parent company of Massey Energy, ranks first on RepRisk's list, which highlights the consequences of environmental, social and governance risks on corporate reputations, access to capital, and licenses to operate.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Corporate Governance Advocates Take on Political Spending and Contracts with Managers
The International Corporate Governance Network publishes a statement on corporate political spending and a model mandate for contracts between asset owners and managers.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | WATER SCARCITY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Observe World Water Day 2012 with Focus on Land Grabs
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Climate Change Imperils Coastal Cities in US
In a new report, Climate Central finds that millions of US residents are at risk from rising sea levels and increasing numbers of storm surges.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Ethisphere Awards 145 Companies for Ethical Performance
The annual World's Most Ethical Companies Rankings include 23 companies that have been honored in each of the six years of the award.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPROATE GOVERNANCE | PROXY ACCESS
New York City Pension Funds File Corporate Governance Resolutions at 13 Companies
Shareowners request that Chesapeake Energy and Nabors Industries permit proxy access, and additional resolutions address board declassification, an independent board chair, and a majority voting standard.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
PRI Signatories Challenge 29 Corporations to Meet Their Obligations to Report
The companies are members of the UN Global Compact but have failed to submit an annual Communication on Progress as required.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
2011 Sees Record Installations for Wind and Solar
Clean Edge's 2012 trends report forecasts that the expansion of renewable technologies, which successfully weathered the economic downturn, will continue through 2021.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | MICROFINANCE
Initiative of Calvert Foundation Seeks to Invest in Women
A $1 million grant from the Citi Foundation launches the Calvert Foundation's Women Investing in Women Initiative, which seeks to raise $20 million for economic opportunities for women.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Occupy Movement Focuses on Volcker Rule
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | INTEGRATED REPORTING
Momentum Grows for Integrated Reporting
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | CHILDREN
Business is Encouraged to Uphold Children's Rights
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
SJF Ventures Announces Initial Closing of Impact Investment Fund
Capitalized entirely by private investment, the $75 million SJF Ventures III fund will target growth-stage cleantech companies with positive impacts on low-to-moderate income communities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Investors Continue Pressure for Fracking Disclosure
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY
Representation of Women on Boards Tops Ten Percent for First Time
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.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | NUCLEAR WEAPONS INDUSTRY | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Study Identifies Financial Institutions Investing in Nuclear Weapons
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons names 322 financial institutions from 30 countries with substantial investments in the $100 billion-a-year nuclear weapons industry.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | UTILITIES
Benefits of Large-Scale Low-Carbon Transition Will Take a While
The authors of a new study find that even a rapid transition to clean energy will not produce climate benefits until the second half of this century, while converting coal to natural gas will have little positive effect.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Reinsurers Call for National Climate Policy
After a year in which losses due to extreme weather events totaled $44 billion, representatives of the reinsurance industry call on US policymakers to acknowledge the reality of climate change and take action on a national policy.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
EPA and Partners Announce Recipients of First Climate Leadership Awards
Companies are recognized for greenhouse gas management through goal setting and achievement, supply chain leadership, and overall organizational leadership.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA INDUSTRY
James Murdoch Steps Down at News International
Christian Brothers Investment Services welcomes the move as a small first step, but calls for additional corporate governance reforms at the media giant.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
On a Bumpy Road Toward the Sustainable World
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
As You Sow Publishes Proxy Preview
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.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | CORPORATE REPORTING
Zevin Asset Management Grows into a Corporate Engagement Powerhouse
The Boston-based investment manager, with $335 million in assets under management, has co-filed 14 shareowner resolutions for the 2012 proxy season.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Write to Chevron on Country Selection
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Lydenberg's Argument for Reasonable Investment Wins IRRC Award
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MINING INDUSTRY
Advisory Warns Investors of Risks of Proposed Copper and Gold Mine in Alaska
Citing community opposition, unprecedented infrastructure requirements, and environmental risks, Earthworks questions whether the mine, located in the Bristol Bay area, will ever be built.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investors Urge Large Corporations to Move Beyond Reporting and Take Carbon Action
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Generation Investment Management Calls for Sustainable Capitalism by 2020
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Resolutions or Engagement? Ceres Prepares for Proxy Season by Using Proxy Ballot to Encourage Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | PROXY ACCESS
HP Agrees to Proxy Access
The computer giant agrees to allow institutional investors meeting ownership thresholds to nominate candidates for its Board of Directors.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
US Joins in Launch of Initiative to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition, a partnership of the UN Environment Program and six countries, seeks to encourage reductions in methane, black carbon, and ozone that could reduce global warming and avoid millions of premature deaths.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | MICROFINANCE | EMERGING MARKETS
Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance Publishes Compendium of Case Studies
The Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance wraps up its first year with case studies designed to help provide sustainable financial products and services to the world's poor.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Only 9% of Fund Managers Incorporate ESG Factors
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.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR Focuses on Dialogues More than Resolutions in Corporate Engagement
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | DEFORESTATION
Corporate Disclosure of Forest Footprints Is Improving
The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project publishes its third annual survey of voluntary corporate disclosure of risks and opportunities associated with forest risk commodities.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
House Republicans Gut Key Provision of STOCK Act
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor strips provision requiring political intelligence consultants to register as lobbyists from version of bill passed by Senate.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Shareowners Continue Campaign for Disclosure of Risks Associated with Fracking
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Google Tops Greenpeace International's Cool IT Leaderboard
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
CalSTRS to Facebook: More Women on Board
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS
ICCR Publishes 2012 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide
The Guide reveals a focus by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility on social issues and corporate engagement.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY
US Venture Capital Investment in Cleantech Down in 2011
Ernst & Young reports that investment by US-based venture capital in cleantech companies amounted to $4.9 billion in 2011, a 4.5% decrease from 2010.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Intel Tops EPA's Green Power Partnership Rankings
EPA's quarterly ranking of top purchasers of renewable energy lists Intel first, followed by Kohl's and Wal-Mart; Kohl's and Whole Foods are largest purchasers of 100% green power.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Interview: Cary Krosinsky, Editor of Evolutions in Sustainable Investment
SocialFunds.com talks with Krosinsky about the challenges to as well as the inevitability of a mainstream uptake of sustainable investing strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSURANCE INDUSTRY
States Require Insurers to Respond to Climate Risk Survey
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
A 30% Reduction in EU Emissions by 2020 will be Cheaper than Expected
Noting that emissions reductions reached 14% by 2010, the European Commission concludes that a 30% cut will cost less than anticipated, and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change calls for incentives to stimulate private investment.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Investors Team with Law Enforcement Professionals to Combat Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility members warn that child sex trafficking increases during large sporting events, and engage with Indianapolis hotels to raise awareness of the risk at this year's Super Bowl.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
UN Adaptation Database Highlights Corporate Sustainability Efforts
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change publishes an online database featuring case studies of climate change adaptation activities undertaken by private companies.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Book Review: Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought Leadership
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Shareowners File 40 Resolutions on Lobbying Expenditures by Corporations
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | EVENT ORGANIZERS INDUSTRY
GRI Publishes Sustainability Guidance for Event Organizers
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Corporate Knights Publishes Eighth Annual Ranking of Sustainable Companies
Danish pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk tops the 2012 Global 100 and the United Kingdom leads countries with 16 companies on list.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Ceres Aqua Gauge Helps Investors and Companies Manage Water Risk
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CHEMICAL INDUSTRY | FOOD SAFETY
Harrington Investments Requests that Monsanto Report on GMOs
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
On Second Anniversary of Citizens United, Coalition Calls on SEC to Mandate Disclosure
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS | BRIBERY & CORRUPTION
Shareowner Activists Urge Siemens to Quit Chamber of Commerce
CtW Investment Group writes to the German industrial conglomerate, stating that its position on the Chamber's board is at odds with the trade association's efforts to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Shareowners to Corporations: Say No to Political Expenditures
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Congressional Recipients of Oil Industry Money Overwhelmingly Support Controversial Pipeline
An analysis by MapLight reveals that of the 118 House members who report the oil and gas industry among their top ten contributors, only two voted against legislation calling for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Vow to Address Climate Change even as Congress Fails to Act
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
EPA Launches Database of High Emitters
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | EMERGING MARKETS
Emerging Markets Investors Advised to Factor for Cost of Carbon
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | SUPPLY CHAINS | ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
Microsoft Says Worker Dispute at Foxconn Plant Resolved
Suicide threats by protesting workers at Chinese manufacturing plant recalls 2010 deaths of workers at another Foxconn plant in China.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Advised to Increase Climate-Sensitive Allocations and Engage with Companies and Policymakers on Climate Change
Mercer follows up groundbreaking 2011 study of the economic costs of climate change with a survey of the climate change-related investment strategies of institutional investors.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY | MUTUAL FUNDS
Pax World Appoints New Portfolio Manager for Global Women's Equality Fund
Ivka Kalus-Bystricky will lead Pax World's Global Women's Equality Fund, which invests primarily in large-cap companies that promote gender equality and women's advancement.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
The Pros and Cons of COP17
Nations agree to agree on a binding emissions reduction treaty, and the Green Climate Fund is established, but details on both are lacking and may not prevent warming of more than two degrees Celsius.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | EMERGING MARKETS | STOCK EXCHANGES
Brazilian Stock Exchange Recommends that Companies Report or Explain
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Ecuadorian Court Upholds $18 Billion Judgment Against Chevron
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
States, Cities Call for End of Corporate Personhood
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Ban on Corporate Political Spending Upheld in Montana
The Montana Supreme Court rules in favor of reinstating the state's century-old ban on direct political spending by corporations.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Climate Change and COP17 from an African Perspective
SocialFunds.com talks with Graham Sinclair, President of AfricaSIF, about his impressions of the recently concluded climate change conference held in South Africa.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
Appeals Court Blocks Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Power producers argued that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) January 1 deadline gave them too little time to install required pollution control equipment.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2011
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Scientists Urge GOP Candidates to Accept Climate Science
In advance of early primaries, scientists in Iowa and New Hampshire urge Republican presidential candidates to accept climate science and support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | CONFLICT MINERALS
Shareowner Engagement Leads to Adoption of Human Rights Policy at OM Group
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Greenpeace Ends Unfriend Coal Campaign Targeting Facebook
The social media giant agrees to reduce its reliance on coal-powered electricity by siting its data centers where renewable energy sources are available.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowners Press Chevron to Acknowledge Environmental Liabilities in Ecuador
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Activists Pressure Chevron for Transparency Over Payments to Burmese Regime
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING | MUTUAL FUNDS
Mutual Fund Support for Political Spending Disclosure Inches Upward
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | WATER RESOURCES AND SCARCITY
Shortfall in Water Infrastructure Investment Could Reach $84 Billion by 2020
The American Society of Civil Engineers warns of environmental and public health consequences of a failing water infrastructure, and maintains that private investment is crucial to reversing current investment trends.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS
Schapiro Remarks Suggest Regulation of Proxy Advisors
The SEC Chairman cites corporate concerns over quality of information used for recommendations, and potential conflicts of interest, as reasons for regulation of proxy advisory firms.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
CEO Pay at S&P 500 Companies Up 37% in 2010
Increases in CEO pay are far greater than those of share prices, GovernanceMetrics International finds, and three of the highest paid executives are with companies whose shareowners have expressed dissatisfaction over pay packages.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | IMPACT INVESTORS
New Report Surveys Current State of Impact Investing
The Global Impact Investing Network finds that impact investors often provide debt investments to microfinance institutions in emerging markets, but provides little to distinguish the practice from sustainable investing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Investors Provide Guidance for Companies Engaged in Hydraulic Fracturing
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME INVESTING
Community Capital Management's Flagship Fund Surpasses $1 Billion in Assets
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Qualified Investment CRA Shares fund, which helps banks meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, now has over 300 bank shareowners.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
EPA Finds Drinking Water Tainted by Fracking
An analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency finds that hydraulic fracturing is responsible for polluting the drinking water in Pavilion, Wyoming.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
What Happened at COP17?
Negotiators leave Durban without a plan to stop climate change but with an agreement to pursue a binding pact, and investors look for signs that support increased investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Green Retrofits Outpace New Construction for First Time
The US Green Building Council says that LEED-certified square footage of existing buildings now exceeds that of new construction.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Shareowners Support Annual Say-on-Pay Votes
An analysis by GovernanceMetrics International finds that while 42% of companies recommended a shareowner vote on executive compensation every three years, 72% of shareowners voted in favor of annual votes.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK EXCHANGES
Mexican Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Index
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Unilever Tops Scorecard of Companies Addressing Climate Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HEALTH AND SAFETY | COAL INDUSTRY
Massey Energy Parent Fined $209 Million for Fatal Mine Disaster
The Mine Safety and Health Administration says that corporate culture at Massey was the root cause of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia that killed 29 workers.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
Largest South African Companies are Responding to Climate Change but Need to do More
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Global Emissions Break Records in 2010
Scientists at the Global Carbon Project find that despite a persistent economic downturn, emissions from burning fossil fuels increased 5.9% in 2010 and reached highest level recorded in at least the last 800,000 years

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
42 S&P500 Companies at Risk for Failed Say-on-Pay in 2012
An analysis by GovernanceMetrics International finds that 157 companies in the Russell 3000 also failed to gain 70% of shareowner support, and recommends that those companies engage with shareowners on executive compensation.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
BankTrack Names Banks Funding Dirty Coal Power Plants
Four US banks top the list of those spending the most on financing the construction of new coal-fired power plants.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
ICCR Calls on Drug Companies to Join Medicines Patent Pool
On World AIDS Day, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility reiterate their support for providing medicine to HIV-positive people in developing countries, and call on drug companies to do their part by joining the Medicines Patent Pool.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Google Abandons Renewable Energy Initiative
The IT giant says it will maintain its efforts to improve energy efficiency in its data centers and continue to invest in renewable energy.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | STOCK INDEXES
NYSE Euronext and Bloomberg New Energy Finance Launch New Clean Energy Stock Indexes
The indexes, which will track clean energy stocks in three regions globally, will soon be joined by industry-specific indexes; in the US, new sources of investment must be found to maintain the growth spurred by stimulus funds.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Grassroots Support Grows for Constitutional Amendment on Corporate Personhood
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.

NEWS STORY: FILM REVIEW | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Film Review: Margin Call
First-time director J.C. Chandor's film provides a fictionalized version of Lehman Brothers awakening to the fact that inadequate risk management had launched the financial crisis.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | PROXY ACCESS
Two Shareowner Proposals Request Proxy Access
The proposals are based on a Model Shareowner Proposal for Proxy Access, developed by the United States Proxy Exchange, which requests shareowner votes under SEC Rule 14a-8.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | CORPORATE POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Wall Street Journal Op-ed Attacks Corporate Disclosure of Political Spending
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
IPCC Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change
In a summary released for policymakers in advance of its full report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change considers it highly likely that the increase in extreme weather events and disasters is due to man-made climate change.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Investors Support Administration's New Fuel Efficiency Standards
Ceres says that 54.5 mpg by 2025 will add jobs to the economy, increase auto industry competitiveness, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMNA RIGHTS
Investors Provide Guidance for Compliance with California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Companies are encouraged to go beyond compliance with law and enact policies that commit them to addressing human trafficking in their supply chains.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | MUTUAL FUNDS
Praxis Targets Cell Service Providers in Conflict Minerals Campaign
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | MUTUAL FUNDS
Support by Mutual Funds for Sustainability Proposals Increases, but is it Happening Quickly Enough?
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
Zuccotti Park Cleared of Occupy Protesters
Police action to remove activists from original Occupy Movement encampment occurs two days before planned rally to shut down Wall Street.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Corporate Political Spending: More Disclosure but a Billion Dollars Spent in 2010
The IRRC Institute confirms that more boards oversee political expenditures but that more money is being spent as well.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Window of Opportunity for Acting on Climate Change Closing Fast
The International Energy Agency warns that without a binding international agreement within five years, global temperatures could increase by 6°C.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Administration Punts on Controversial Oil Pipeline
The State Department's decision to review planned route through Nebraska is likely to put off a final decision until 2013.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Executive Compensation Policies Slightly Better After Say on Pay Regulation
GMI analyzes executive compensation packages at S&P 500 companies, and finds incremental improvement as well as a correlation between ratings and proxy votes.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | INTEGRATED REPORTS
CR Reporting on Upswing, but Improvements in Implementation and Assurance are Needed
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
I Was Never a Climate Change Skeptic, Physicist Richard Muller Now Says
In a study partly funded by the Koch brothers, a team of Berkeley physicists conclude that climate change is real and that studies debunked by skeptics were in fact accurate.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Populist Outrage Takes on Big Banks
Today is Bank Transfer Day, and consumers are encouraged to move their accounts from megabanks to credit unions and community development banks.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
New SJF Ventures Fund Is Designated a SBIC Impact Fund
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Investors Call on SEC to Regulate Corporate Political Spending
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Democrats Seek to Limit Corporate Political Spending
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ADVISORY SERVICES
ISS Seeks Investor Input for Revised Proxy Voting Policies
Institutional Shareholder Services says the comment period for the 2012 update of its proxy voting policies will run through November 7th.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Index Ranks Companies on Political Spending Disclosure
The Center for Political Accountability collaborates with the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research in the Index of Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability, which ranks companies in the S&P 100 according to their disclosure and board oversight of political spending.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
More Alternative Investment Funds are Embracing ESG
US SIF and Tellus Institute report that sustainable investment strategies by alternative investment funds increased to $80.9 billion in assets under management by 2011.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Murdoch to Shareowner Activists: the Polls are now Closed
Julie Tanner of Christian Brothers Investment Services describes the frustration of advocating for governance reforms at the annual meeting of scandal-plagued News Corp.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
Time to Improve the Equator Principles, BankTrack Says
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Ignoring Stalemate in Congress, States Still Embrace Energy Efficiency
Massachusetts displaces California in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's fifth study of states' energy efficiency efforts.

INTERVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
How Occupy Wall Street and Sustainable Investment are Aligned
SocialFunds.com talks with Sonia Kowal of Zevin Asset Management about social unrest and its impact on the prospects for long-term sustainable investment.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FIXED-INCOME INVESTING
New Green Bonds Product Will Support Climate Protection
State Street Global Advisors says its High Quality Green Bond product will invest in green bonds issued by supranational or multilateral development banks.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Managing $20 Trillion in Assets Call for Climate Change Policies
A coalition of 285 institutional investors say that effective domestic policies and a binding international agreement are needed to spur private investment in clean technologies.

INTERVIEW: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Why the Newsweek Green Rankings are Important
SocialFunds.com talks with Cary Krosinsky of Trucost about the methodology and the significance of the findings of this year's results.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Munich Re and IBM Lead Companies in Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings
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 BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Billion Dollar Green Challenge to Universities: $1 Billion in Green Energy Investments
32 universities already commit $65 million to self-managed green revolving funds.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
News Corp, Nine Other Firms Singled out for Poor Governance
GMI Risk List highlights ten companies with poor governance issues and other ESG-related concerns.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT | SUPPLY CHAINS
Greenhouse Gas Protocol Sets Standards for Scope 3 Reporting
A new report provides guidance to companies for reporting on indirect emissions in their supply chains.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
GRI Proposes Reporting Guidelines for Ecosystem Impacts
With health of global ecosystems at risk, the Global Reporting Initiative proposes reporting on ecosystems impacts that go beyond general environmental reporting.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
SRI in the Rockies: Moskowitz Prize Winner Presents Paper
Co-author Sadok El Ghoul explains how corporate social responsibility lowers cost of equity.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Proxy Firm Tells US Investors to Oust News Corp Directors
Citing concerns about objectivity and independence, Glass Lewis advises shareowners to vote against six of the media giant's directors.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
SRI in the Rockies: CDFI Fund Director Donna Gambrell Delivers Keynote Address
Gambrell challenges sustainable investors to help "realize the tremendous potential that exists for a partnership" with the CDFI industry.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
SRI in the Rockies: Public Policy as a Strategic Tool for Sustainable Investment
Leading voices for shareowner action discuss public policy engagement at this year's SRI in the Rockies conference.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Mainstream Support for Environmental Resolutions Grows
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | EMERGING MARKETS
Asian Companies Show Improvement in ESG Reporting
As sustainable investors increasingly turn their attention to emerging markets, EIRIS finds that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance by Asian companies needs improvement.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Almost 500 Firms Asked to Disclose Political Spending
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Winner of 2011 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing is Announced
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Pension Funds in US Slow to Add Sustainable Investment Options
US SIF survey of ESG uptake by defined contribution plans reveals that while most respondents have little or not understanding of sustainable investment, most expect an increase in interest in next five years.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
New Equity Fund to Invest $25 Million in East African Agribusiness
Members of the Global Impact Investing Network will invest $25 million to grow small and medium-sized enterprises in the agricultural sector of the region.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Council of Institutional Investors Analyzes Say-on-Pay Proposals
A report from the CII finds that pay for performance issues were cited most often by institutional investors as the reason for voting against management proposals.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | INTEGRATED REPORTS
Investors Call for Mandatory Integrated Reporting
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Sysco Agrees to Report to CDP Water
CalSTRS withdraws shareowner resolution after foodservice giant agrees to transparent sustainability management strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Clinton Praises $10 Billion Green Infrastructure Investment
The Investment and Training for American Infrastructure, launched by the AFL-CIO and the American Federations of Teachers, commits $10 billion in investment in energy-efficient infrastructure improvement and will train 140,000 workers.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOV ERNANCE
Despite Court Ruling, Opportunity for Proxy Access Remains
SocialFunds.com talks with corporate governance advocate James McRitchie about the challenges and potential benefits provided by SEC Rule 14a-8, which was left standing when Rule 14a-11 was struck down.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Ceres Issues Proxy Voting Guidance
A new report argues that institutional investors without clear guidelines on sustainability issues run the risk of breaching their fiduciary duty.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
US Companies Don't Wait for Regulation, Address Climate Change to Compete
The Carbon Disclosure Project's survey of S&P 500 companies finds that the number integrating climate change into business strategies nearly doubles.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Sustainability Issues Persist but Urgency to Address them Declines
A survey of sustainability experts finds that while issues such as energy, climate change, and water scarcity remain critical, a sense of urgency in dealing with them is declining.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Trillium Wraps Up 2011 Proxy Season
Asset management firm's resolutions led to successful engagement on environmental reporting, political spending, and Internet privacy.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
CalPERS to Quadruple Investment in California Infrastructure
Pension fund earmarks $800 million for investments of at least $150 million in infrastructure projects that support essential community services.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
More Large Companies Have Climate Change Strategies
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY EFFICIENCY | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
CDP Explains Benefits of Cloud Computing
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | INTEGRATED REPORTING
International Integrated Reporting Committee Proposes Integrated Reporting Framework
With input from investors and other key stakeholders, the IIRC publishes a discussion paper for the convergence of financial and sustainability reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Continue to Press SEC on Proxy Access
Institutional investors with $2 trillion in assets urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue regulations allowing proxy access.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Scoreboard Details Increased Investment in Green Economy
The Green Transition Scoreboard of Ethical Markets Media finds that private sector investment in green companies and technologies is likely to reach $10 trillion by 2020.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | TECHNOLOGY
Google Finally Comes Clean on Energy Usage
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK MARKET INDEXES
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Completes Annual Update
Medtronic and Goldman Sachs are added, while Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft are dropped.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Issues 2011 Report on Progress
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME ASSETS
Sustainable Initiatives Supported by Fixed Income Investing
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | AGRICULTURE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Launches Farmland Initiative
Eight institutional investors join to develop the Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland, to ensure that investment in farmland is sustainable and transparent.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Report Surveys Ten-Year Performance of Community Development Banking Institutions
The National Community Investment Fund reports that community development banking institutions have risks and returns comparable to mainstream banks, while offering far greater social impact.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Real Estate Industry Demonstrates Benefits of Energy Efficiency
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Insurers Unprepared for Climate Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
Investors Support Call for SEC Rulemaking on Political Spending
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
SEC Considering Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
Will Howard Schultz Reform Corporate Political Spending?
The Starbucks CEO has called on fellow executives to boycott personal contributions because of political gridlock in Washington, but will his campaign lead to greater scrutiny of corporate political spending?

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER
Cap-and-Trade Program for Water Quality Advances
The Electric Power Research Institute receives a $1 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture for its Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project, which seeks to improve watersheds at lower cost.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Increased Support for Shareowner Proposals in 2011
Reports on 2011 proxy season by ISS and Ernst & Young reveal that shareowner support for social and environmental proposals continues to grow.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Bond Program Will Increase Funding for CDFIs
Mark Pinsky of the Opportunity Finance Network talks with SocialFunds.com about the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, which will allow community development financial institutions to access $3 billion in guaranteed financing.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Urge SEC to Pursue Proxy Access
The Council of Institutional Investors describes proxy access as its "number one priority" in a letter to the Commission.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
AfricaSIF Co-Founder Describes Challenges to Sustainable Investment in Africa
Graham Sinclair talks with SocialFunds.com about a recent report he authored on sustainable investment in sub-Saharan Africa, and the challenges to mainstreaming the practice on the continent.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY | CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
Report Details State Legislation Supporting Green Building
The US Green Building Council finds that despite widespread concern over budget deficits, at least 30 pieces of legislation addressing green building have been enacted by states in 2011.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Disclosure by Extractive Industries Could Help US Taxpayers
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Call on Oil Companies to Consider Halting Operations in Syria
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Can Shell Be Trusted with Drilling in Arctic?
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
Trucost Environmental Data to Reach More Investors
The environmental research provider partners with FactSet to add environmental risk management to the financial research company's offerings to clients.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
FairPensions Publishes Guide to Shareowner Resolutions
Building on the success of shareowner action over oil sands development, FairPensions guides NGOs and institutional investors through the process of filing resolutions in the UK.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Community Development Financial Institutions Anticipate Expanding Services
Mark Pinsky of Opportunity Finance Network talks with SocialFunds.com about the challenges and opportunities of providing financial products and services to low-income communities over the next 15 years.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
Shareowners Pressure Smucker's on Climate Change
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
The Conference Board Forms Committee on Corporate Political Spending
After collaborating last year with the Center for Political Accountability on a Handbook on Corporate Political Activity, the Board seeks to educate its member businesses on the issue in advance of the 2012 elections.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Investors Ask Companies to Send Trade Associations to Neutral Corner
Walden Asset Management and Calvert Investments write to companies on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, urging them to ask trade associations to end campaign against EPA regulation of climate.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
Oxfam Commends IFC for Revised Sustainability Framework
The IFC now says that its investments in private sector enterprises in developing countries will require Free Prior and Informed Consent and payments to host governments by companies in the extractive industries.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY | PROXY ACCESS | CORPORATE REPORTING
Sustainable Investors Respond to European Corporate Governance Report
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.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investor Group Supports Australian Carbon Tax
The Investor Group on Climate Change argues that industry opponents to the proposed tax of $25 per ton of carbon emissions have issued "misleading or mistaken" statements.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
New Research Supports Outperformance of ESG Portfolios
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.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Community Development Banks: Too Important to Fail
The National Community Investment Fund reports that the risks and returns of Community Development Banking Institutions are similar to traditional banks, but that they have far greater social impact.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Barron Partners Forms Solar Energy Company
The private equity firm states that the goal of Soltas Energy is the installation of one gigawatt of solar power systems by 2016, and anticipates employing over 1,000 Americans.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
Corporate Political Spending Will be a Major Issue in 2012
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.

BOOK REVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Book Review: Dilemmas in Responsible Investment
Authors Celine Louche and Steve Lydenberg seek to prepare mainstream investment professionals for navigating the increasingly complex practice of sustainable investment.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES | MORTGAGES
Wealth Gaps Between Whites and Minorities at Record Levels
A new study from the Pew Research Center confirms that the recession has had a far greater impact on Blacks and Hispanics than on Whites.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY | STOCK INDEXES
Shanghai Stock Exchange to Launch Sustainable Development Industry Index
The components of the Index will include companies engaged in energy efficiency as well as renewable energy and other low-carbon operations.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors to Obama and Congress: Raise the Debt Ceiling
A group of asset managers and owners warn that inaction could lead to a downgrading of US debt and threaten the savings of pension plan beneficiaries.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Is the Carbon Bubble About to Burst?
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
What Is the Real Social Cost of Carbon?
A new report from the Economics for Equity and the Environment Network argues that the figures arrived at by the US government are far too low, and that climate change mitigation is far less expensive than climate damage.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
TIAA-CREF Publishes 2011 Socially Responsible Investing Annual Report
The report describes the accomplishments of the $470 billion financial services company in promoting sustainable investment according to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) criteria.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | PROXY ACCESS
Court of Appeals Strikes Down SEC Rule on Proxy Access
The Court agreed with the Chamber of Commerce in finding that the rule, which would have allowed shareowners to have their nominees for boards of directors included in proxy materials, was "arbitrary and capricious."

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | PENSION FUNDS
Bill Would Give Federal Employees a Sustainable Investment Option
Congressman Jim Langevin reintroduces the Federal Employees Responsible Investment Act, which would provide a Corporate Responsibility Index as an investment option for federal employees.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS | MINING INDUSTRY
EIRIS Notes Some Progress in ESG Performance of Vedanta Resources
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa Is Growing
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
UKSIF Reflects on Twenty Years of Growth in Sustainable Investment
A report issued by the organization celebrates the growth of sustainable investment in the UK to $1.5 trillion, while acknowledging that more needs to be done to meet national emissions reduction and renewable energy goals.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Shareowners Amend Lawsuit Against News Corporation
In an amended lawsuit, Amalgamated Bank argues that ineffective oversight by a board that has consistently been given an F rating by GovernanceMetrics International contributed to the phone hacking scandal now engulfing the company

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES
Gilead Sciences Joins the Medicines Patent Pool
Gilead becomes the first pharmaceutical company to form a licensing agreement with the Pool, and will provide its HIV and Hepatitis B drugs at low cost to developing countries.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING
Governance & Accountability Institute Chosen as Global Reporting Initiative Data Partner
The Institute is the GRI's only US-based Data Partner, and will monitor and collect the sustainability reports of US-based corporations.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | ARMAMENTS INDUSTRY
Investors Call for International Treaty on Conventional Arms
Twenty-one institutional investors and signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment argue that the Arms Trade Treaty will protect investors by addressing the irresponsible transfer of conventional weapons.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
ImpactAssets Seeks to Administer $1 Billion in Impact Investing Assets
Ten years after developing the Giving Fund for the Calvert Foundation, Tim Freundlich talks with SocialFunds.com about the nonprofit's efforts to catalyze investment for environmental, social, and financial impact.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Urgently Needed: Nothing Short of a Technological Revolution
A new report by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs warns that steps taken thus far to address climate change and food security are woefully insufficient, and argues that $1.9 trillion per year must be spent to end poverty and avert effects of climate change.

NEWS BRIEF: EWNVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | POWER INDUSTRIES
EPA Finalizes Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
The rule covers emissions in 27 states in the eastern US and is expected to save as much as $280 billion a year in health and environmental costs.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Investment in Renewable Energy Up in 2010
The annual survey by the UN Environment Program of investment in renewable energy technologies finds a 32% increase in 2010, to $210 billion.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES
From ICCR, Fewer Shareowner Resolutions but More Effective Engagement
SocialFunds.com talks with Executive Director Laura Berry about the 2011 proxy season and her reasons for optimism over engagement with corporations.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
As You Sow Reports on Investment Risks Associated with Coal
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Council of Institutional Investors Supports Dodd-Frank Regulation of Derivatives Market
In a letter, the CII calls on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to reduce risk to the financial system by mandating that previously unregulated swaps meet margin requirements.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
UK to Review Long-Term Performance of Equity Markets
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
Tracking Error, Benchmarks, and Sustainable Investment Performance
SocialFunds.com talks with George Gay of First Affirmative Financial Network about the performance of sustainable and responsible investment portfolios.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Shareowner Action Contributes to Sea Change in Corporate Governance
GovernanceMetrics International reviews the results of the 2011 proxy season thus far, and finds that important corporate governance policies are now enshrined at most S&P 500 companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
MSCI Launches Socially Responsible Index Series
The indexes add exclusions of controversial industry sectors to the best-in-class criteria used by MSCI in its ESG index series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Shareowner Support for Environmental Resolutions Continues to Grow
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
ICCR Leads Investor Effort to Address Human Trafficking in Corporate Supply Chains
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI to Revamp Reporting Framework
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.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Don't Believe in Climate Change? Then Adapt for Competitive Reasons.
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE RESEARCH
MSCI Launches MSCI ESG Manager
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS | APPAREL INDUSTRY
WikiLeaks Cable Describes US State Department Efforts to Undermine Minimum Wage in Haiti
After Haitian Parliament passed a law increasing minimum wage for textile workers to five dollars a day, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission David Lindwall wrote that it "appealed to the unemployed and underpaid masses."

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS
UN Human Rights Council Endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Report Recommends Private Sector Adaptation to Climate Change
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
ING Retirement Plan Adds Sustainable Investment Option
ING's US Retirement Services will offer Pax World's ESG Managers Portfolios series of funds to participants in many of its defined contribution retirement plans.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY
Risk Management in Water-Intensive Sectors Insufficient
EIRIS reports on corporate responses to water scarcity, finding that most demonstrate limited or no evidence of taking action to mitigate water risks.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Layne Christensen Publishes First Sustainability Report
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Is Corporate Social Responsibility a Distraction?
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Report Surveys Climate Change Strategies of Global Investors
Three investor networks collaborate on a new report that details the different approaches to climate change among investors in North America, Europe, and Australasia.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Initiative Aims to Standardize Ratings of Corporate Social Responsibility
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Study Compares Perception and Reality of Corporate ESG Risk Management
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.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
CEO Compensation Rose Sharply in 2010
GovernanceMetrics International reports that annual compensation at S&P 500 companies increased by 35% in 2010, and the United States Proxy Exchange issues draft guidelines to help shareowners vote their say-on-pay proxies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
Report Describes Ten Years of the FTSE4Good Index Series
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Call on Russell 1000 Companies to Address Sustainability
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.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Report Studies Impact Investing in Emerging Markets
Responsible Research finds that while challenges to effective measurement of social and financial benefits persist, the opportunities for impact investors in emerging markets are likely to grow.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING
GRI Calls for Input into New Sustainability Guidelines
The Global Reporting Initiative announces that it will publish the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines in 2013, and invites public input into their formation.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Resolutions Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing Continue to Attract Shareowner Support
At annual meeting of Ultra Petroleum, the company refuses to permit shareowners to present their proposal, but votes in favor double that of 2010.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY
World Resources Institute Launches Project to Measure Water Risk
The Aqueduct project compiles locally specific data on water risks to provide companies and investors with information to manage and reduce exposure.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CLIMATE CHANGE
Global Emissions Reach Record High in 2010
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.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Shadow Banking Scrutinized for Role in Financial Crisis
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.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
National Association of Manufacturers Board Members Asked to Clarify Their Positions on Climate Change
A coalition of investors points out misalignment between the climate change positions of 43 corporations and that of the trade association on whose board they sit, and asks for clarification.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
As Violence Erupts Again in Sudan, Investors Call for Engagement
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.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | PROXY ADVISORY FIRMS | INSTITUTITONAL INVESTORS
Ernst & Young Buys Assets of Proxy Governance
The purchase of the proxy advisory firm's assets will add to Ernst & Young's newly established Corporate Governance Group.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Trillium Asks SEC to Investigate Chevron Disclosures
Discrepancies in assessing the impact on the company of an $18 billion judgment in Ecuador raise questions about the disclosures included in SEC filings.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Call for End to Human Trafficking in Corporate Supply Chains
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issues a statement detailing ethical and financial cases for addressing human trafficking in supply chains, and sends letters to 25 companies calling for comprehensive policies on the issue.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS
Guide to Auditing Is Designed to Help Investors
The Center for Audit Quality publishes an In-Depth Guide to Public Company Auditing, to help individual investors understand the auditing process and its role in assuring accurate financial reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | PENSION FUNDS
CalSTRS To Include ESG in Discussions with Asset Managers
At the Ceres Conference 2011, the pension fund announces that all performance-based discussions with its external managers will include how they are incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | PENSION FUNDS
CalPERS Will Integrate ESG Considerations Across all Asset Classes
At the Ceres Conference 2011, CalPERS CEO Anne Stausboll announces that the pension fund will expand its integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors to include all five asset classes in which it invests.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | POLITICAL SPENDING | MEDIA COMPANIES
News Corporation Adopts Political Spending Policy
The Nathan Cummings Foundation calls on the owner of Fox News and the Wall Street Journal to add board oversight and payments to trade associations to the policy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Genocide-Free Investing Proposal Wins Support at JPMorgan
A first-time resolution requesting that the company institute procedures to prevent investment in companies that contribute to genocide, submitted by Investors Against Genocide, wins 7.69% of shareowners' votes.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Chevron's Disclosures to Investors on Risks Associated with Ecuador are Questioned
As shareowners file resolutions addressing environmental and human rights risks, a new report finds discrepancies between Chevron's court statements and disclosures in its annual report.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | PENSION FUNDS
SEC Allows TIAA-CREF Omission of Shareowner Resolution on Israel Divestment
Shareowner activists led by Jewish Voice for Peace requested that the pension fund engage with companies that profit from Israeli occupation, and divest if engagement proves unsuccessful.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | MICROFINANCE | EMERGING MARKETS
LeapFrog Investment in East African Microinsurer Is the Largest in African History
The fund invests $14 million in Apollo Investment to provide insurance coverage to 7.9 million self-employed people in Africa.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | TOBACCO INDUSTRY
Decades of Shareowner Engagement with Tobacco Companies Yield Mixed Results
SocialFunds.com talks with Reverend Michael Crosby, an ICCR member who since 1980 has filed shareowner resolutions addressing health issues, marketing tobacco products to children, and human and labor rights for tobacco farmworkers.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES | FINANCIAL CRISIS
Should Goldman Sachs Face Criminal Charges?
The report on the financial crisis by the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations details how the investment bank created conflicts of interest by profiting from the financial products that caused losses for its clients, and urges regulators to consider possible violations of law.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | BENEFIT CORPORATIONS
B Lab Advocates for Legislation Allowing Corporations to Have a Social Mission
The nonprofit has certified more than 400 companies as B Corps, while advocating for benefit corporation legislation that has passed in four states thus far.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES
Protestors Arrested at Wells Fargo Meeting
As the protestors call for a moratorium on foreclosures by the bank, a shareowner proposal calling for an audit of foreclosure practices wins support.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Citi Adds ESG Cash Collateral Management Option to Securities Lending
The bank partners with Sustainalytics to provide a sustainable investment option for its securities lending cash collateral investment program.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
The State of Sustainable Investment in Canada
The Social Investment Organization publishes its biennial study of sustainable investment in Canada, and reports that despite the impact of the financial crisis the uptake of sustainable investment strategies by asset managers has increased.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
How Companies Should Respond to ESG-Related Shareowner Resolutions
Ernst & Young publishes a white paper that traces the increase in resolutions addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, and advises companies to recognize the link between sustainability and financial performance.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
BP to Pay $85 Million for Oil Spills in Alaska
The company agrees to pay $25 million in civil penalties and $60 million for pipeline improvements after "gross negligence" led to spills of more than 5,000 barrels of oil on Alaska's North Slope in 2006.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Shareowners Debate Corporate Governance
In a panel discussion held during the Milken Institute Global Conference, hot topics such as executive compensation, board diversity, and government regulation are addressed.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
European Commission to Investigate Antitrust Violations by Banks
The Commission will investigate possible collusion among 16 banks in the marketing of credit default swaps.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | BOARD DIVERSITY
Resolution Calls for Board Diversity at American Financial Group
Calvert and the Evangelical Lutheran Church request that the company, which has no women or minorities on its board or in senior management, adopt a policy to ensure that diversity is considered in board nominations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY
Shareowners to Vote on Motorola's Human Rights Policy
As charges of complicity with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands mount and organizations call for divestment, ICCR members seek to reform the company's human rights policy with a shareowner resolution.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
First-Ever Fifth Analyst Call Takes Place
More than 50 investors participate in Fifth Analyst Call with Occidental Petroleum, in which corporate governance issues relating to executive compensation and board composition are discussed.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
FTSE and EIRIS Launch Ratings of Corporate ESG Performance
The Ratings build upon ten years of collaboration on the FTSE4Good Index Series, and aim to provide institutional investors with a system for measuring the ESG practices of public companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Report Finds Support for ESG Benefits over Long Term
A new report by risklab anticipates a renewed investor focus on growth assets, and finds that consideration of environmental, social, and corporate governance factors can lead to substantially reduced risks.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
Resolution on Coal Waste Management Wins Substantial Shareowner Support
Forty-six percent of Ameren shareowners back a resolution by the Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment for greater disclosure on coal waste management.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | CREDIT RATING AGENCIES
Governance Resolution at Moody's Wins Majority Support
A resolution calling for the separation of the positions of CEO and Chairman of the Board receives 56% of shareowner votes.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRIES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Proxy Season Opens for Big Banks
At Citigroup, resolutions calling for an independent audit of foreclosure practices and the restoration of confidence in the financial system receive shareowner support.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Even After Gulf Disaster, Engagement on Deepwater Drilling Frustrates Investors
While shareowner activists consider next steps in engagement with BP, industry responses to a letter from Ceres indicates resistance to an independent safety organization. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Inside BP's Annual General Meeting
One year after the oil spill, BP's annual meeting draws protests from Gulf Coast residents as well as a campaign by sustainable investors to vote against the company's annual report. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | NUCLEAR POWER
HSBC Contracts with Bulgaria to Fund Nuclear Power Plant in Seismic Area
As radiation continues to escape the crippled Japanese plant, BankTrack criticizes HSBC's decision as "incomprehensible," and MSCI issues report questioning the credibility of the nuclear industry.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY | PRIVATE EQUITY
New Fund Will Invest in Clean Tech in Louisiana
SAIL Capital Partners launches the Louisiana Sustainability Fund, which will invest in sustainable businesses in Louisiana and mitigate risk by focusing on established later-stage growth companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | MINING INDUSTRY
Investors Urge EPA to Review Proposed Alaska Pebble Mine
Led by Calvert and Trillium Asset Management, the investor coalition joins local activists to warn of potential ecosystem degradation if permits for proposed mine are approved.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTING | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Trends Point Toward a Growing Surge in Community Investing
The Social Investment Forum identifies a tenfold increase in community investing over ten years, to which continued government funding and frustration with the abusive practices of big banks have contributed.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK MARKET INDEXES
New Sustainability Indexes to Feature Transparent Methodology
STOXX and Sustainalytics partner on a series of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) whose transparent methodology allows investors to understand factors determining company ratings.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors to Vote Against BP's Annual Report
One year after the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the investor coalition contends that BP's accounts and reports lack disclosure of information about the company's strategy.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SHAREOWNER ACTION | MUTUAL FUNDS
Mutual Fund Votes for Climate Resolutions Decline
Ceres and Fund Votes conduct annual survey of voting by mutual funds on shareowner resolutions relating to climate change, and find they have declined for first time since 2007.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Diverse Stakeholders Support SEC Regulation of Conflict Minerals
Both investors and a multi-stakeholder group of companies, nongovernmental organizations, and investors contribute to rules that will require companies to disclose whether they use conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Pax World Launches Campaign to Promote Gender Diversity of Corporate Boards
Citing studies indicating that board diversity improves financial performance, CEO Joe Keefe asks investors to adopt proxy voting policies that encourage the election of women to boards of directors.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
New CDP Initiative Requests that Companies Move Beyond Reporting to Action on Climate Change
Thirty-four institutional investors partner with CDP Carbon Action to ask companies in FTSE Global Equity Index to demonstrate that they are managing carbon emissions effectively.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Shareowner Activists to Bypass Proxy Ballot in Addressing Board Membership at Chamber of Commerce
A coalition of investors led by Walden Asset Management plans to introduce resolutions from the floor of Annual General Meetings of six companies, asking them to compare their own policies, priorities and actions to those of the Chamber.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
2011 College Sustainability Report Card is Published
In its annual evaluation of the campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities with the largest endowments in the United States and Canada, the Sustainable Endowments Institute recognizes 23 as Endowment Sustainability Leaders.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Urge Congress to Let EPA Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions
As the Agency's authority to regulate emissions comes under attack, sustainable investors argue that inconsistent climate policies are already damaging the US economy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
SEC Allows Proposal for Genocide-Free Investing on JPMorgan Proxy Ballot
SocialFunds.com speaks with Eric Cohen of Investors Against Genocide about its strategy to expand upon engagement with mutual funds to seek a fundamental change on the issue in the financial industry.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | MUTUAL FUNDS
Appleseed Fund Launches Institutional Share Class
Designated by Morningstar as the top performing mid-cap fund over the past three years, the Fund invests in sustainable companies while excluding sin stocks and too-big-to-fail banks.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS
Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are Published
Professor John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, provides a common platform for adoption of the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework by states, business, and victims of human rights violations.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Harrington Investments Divests Chesapeake Energy
The investment advisory firm says the natural gas drilling company's poor environmental and executive compensation performance are reasons for divestment.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | NUCLEAR POWER
Criticism of Nuclear Power Increases Following Disaster in Japan
As high levels of radiation continue to escape Japanese nuclear reactors, RepRisk issues a special report on risks associated with nuclear power.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Definitions May Vary, but Sustainable Investment Can Outperform
A review of recent academic literature on sustainable investment by Kimberly Gladman of GovernanceMetrics International finds that incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance factors can improve investment performance.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY
Investors Note Success in Engagement on Water Issues
Ceres announces that resolutions on water management filed with three electric utilities have been withdrawn after successful engagement.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Contracts Between Asset Owners and Fund Managers Should Include Language on ESG Risks
The Model Mandate Initiative of the International Corporate Governance Network proposes contract terms that include long-term risk assessment, codes for stewardship of active ownership, and mandates for transparency.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Oxfam Urges Obama to Support El Salvador Mining Ban
On the occasion of the President's visit to the country, Oxfam calls on him to support the government in a trade dispute with a gold mining company.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Markets for Clean Technologies Continue to Grow
A report from Clean Edge compares the 2010 performance of clean-tech companies to its projections in 2001, and finds increased growth in revenues and venture capital investment.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Criminal Charges Likely in Probe of Former CalPERS CEO
A report commissioned by the California Public Employees' Retirement System details evidence of corruption in the relationship between its former CEO and a placement agent.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
New Research Finds Few Companies Prepared for Effective Sustainability Management
A report by oekom research finds that while sustainable investment is growing globally, few companies are adequately prepared to measure and improve their sustainability performance.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Treasury Awards $3.5 Billion in New Markets Tax Credits
The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund allocates $3.5 billion to 99 organizations to promote growth in communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
European Commission Issues Roadmap for Emissions Reductions by 2050
In response to the publication of Roadmap 2050, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change calls on policy makers to encourage the private investment necessary to meet reduction targets.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | TRAVEL INDUSTRY
Delta Is First Major Airline to Sign Code to Combat Child Sex Tourism
ECPAT-USA announces that airline has joined almost 1,000 global companies in signing commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism industries.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Top Consumer Brands Lag on Climate Change
A report by EIRIS analyzes the climate change performance of the world's top 100 brands and finds that most are failing to adequately address risks.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY
Underrepresentation of Women on Boards Persists
A report by GovernanceMetrics International finds that despite new legislation in several countries mandating board diversity, the percentage of women on boards has barely increased since 2009.

NEWS STORY: FILM REVIEW | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Film Review: Inside Job
Writer-director Charles Ferguson's Oscar-winning documentary explores the roots of the financial crisis and the global recession that followed.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Will Corporate Governance Reform Become Reality?
A report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development documents corporate governance failures that led to the financial crisis and provides recommendations for reform.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Demonstrations Call for End to World Bank Investment in Fossil Fuels
NGOs orchestrate demonstrations at offices of the World Bank, calling on it to return to its mission of fighting poverty by ending its funding of fossil fuel projects.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Call for Immigration Reform that Protects Undocumented Immigrants
A coalition of more than 60 institutional investors advocate for reform measures that provide for economic growth while protecting the human rights of immigrants.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Fifth Analyst Call Would Add Governance Issues to Talks with Issuers
SocialFunds.com talks with Elizabeth McGeveran of F&C and Deborah Gilshan of Railpen about a proposal for annual dialogue between investors and companies on corporate governance.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS
Companies and Shareowners Differ on what Engagement Means
Benchmarking of views on engagement by investors and issuers finds that changes in corporate behavior is most likely when shareowners are in agreement on an issue.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Urge Oil Companies to Suspend Payments to Libya
Citing human rights risks, the Conflict Risk Network recommends that oil companies in Libya place revenue payments in a Recovery Fund in order to avoid helping the government in its attacks on civilians.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EXCHANGE-TRADED VEHICLES
iShares Launches Sustainable ETFs
Two new sustainable equity exchange-traded vehicles will track the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and trade on the London Stock Exchange.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Report Offers Guidance to Companies on Climate Change Disclosure
Ceres identifies areas that companies should address in their climate change reporting, and provides examples of what constitutes best practice at present.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS | PROXY ACCESS
As You Sow Publishes Proxy Preview 2011
Following record-breaking support in 2010, shareowner activists have filed 359 shareowner resolutions addressing ESG issues in 2011.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Is SRI 3.0 Ready for Mainstream?
Farnum Brown of Trillium Asset Management argues that improved environmental, social, and corporate governance data will lead to the mainstreaming of sustainable investing.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC is Urged to Issue Regulations Mandating Reporting on ESG Issues by Extractive Industries
Oxfam America and Calvert support strong regulation on disclosure by companies in extractive industries of payments to governments.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Strategies Offered to Accelerate Sustainable Investment
A recently published white paper from the World Economic Forum (WEF) seeks to contribute to a global transition to sustainable investing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FIDUCIARY DUTY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Concepts of Fiduciary Duty Face Revision for Retail and Institutional Investors
Both the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission have proposed updates to the definition of fiduciary duty to broaden the number of those considered fiduciaries.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Mercer Issues Report on Climate Change and Investment
Warning that portfolio risk could increase by 10% in the next 20 years, Mercer recommends that at least 40% of the portfolios of institutional investors include investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | PROXY ACCESS
Proxy Firms Back Majority Vote at Apple
Egan-Jones, Glass Lewis, and ISS Proxy Advisory Services announce their support for a shareowner resolution filed by CalPERS, requesting that Apple adopt a majority vote standard in unopposed director elections.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT | INFRASTRUCTURE
Infrastructure and ESG: Are Trade-offs Inevitable?
Eurosif reports that financing of the infrastructure sector will require private investment, and recommends action to ensure that environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) considerations are addressed.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT | SUPPLY CHAINS
Carbon Disclosure Project Publishes Third Supply Chain Report
The 57 corporate members of the CDP Supply Chain program received responses on emissions reduction from over 1,000 supply chain companies, a 40% improvement over 2009.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
New Markets Tax Credits Come Under Media Scrutiny
Mark Pinsky of the Opportunity Finance Network talks with SocialFunds.com about revelations that tax credits intended for underserved communities were used to finance the renovation of a luxury hotel in Chicago.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
CDP Sends Requests to Companies for Information on Climate Change and Water
Support from institutional investors for requests for information on water use, now in its second year, more than doubles to 354, with $43 trillion in assets under management.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | INTEGRATED REPORTS
Guidelines for Integrated Reporting are Proposed
The Integrated Reporting Committee issues a discussion paper on guidelines for companies in South Africa that are required by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to produce integrated reports.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Asset Owners Urged to Address Climate Change in Their Investments
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project develops a methodology for the incorporation of climate change risks and opportunities in investment decision-making by asset owners.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
GovernanceMetrics Publishes Executive Pay Scorecard
A new report studies executive compensation disclosures by S&P 500 companies in 2010, and assesses their compliance according to a series of ten compensation governance tests.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Investors Call for Improved Disclosure of Mine Safety
In response to proposed rules by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Social Investment Forum argues that corporate disclosure of comparable mine health and safety data is necessary for investors.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | MICROFINANCE
PRI Launches Inclusive Finance Initiative
Forty global investors have signed the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, which seek to encourage sustainable institutions and improve client protection.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Investors Call for Annual Votes on Executive Compensation
A coalition of 39 institutional investors responds to SEC rules governing shareowner votes on executive compensation by urging companies to support annual, rather than triennial, votes.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Oxfam's Better Returns in a Better World Project Seeks Poverty Alleviation Through Investment
SocialFunds.com speaks with Helena Viñes Fiestas of Oxfam about the results of roundtable discussions with institutional investors seeking to incorporate social considerations into investment.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Anniversary of Citizens United Commemorated with Shareowner Resolutions
Requests by NYC Pension Funds for improved disclosure of corporate political spending join resolutions filed by ICCR members, and letters to companies on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Resolutions Challenge Hydraulic Fracturing by Nine Oil and Gas Companies
After receiving strong support in the 2010 proxy season, an investor coalition led by Green Century Capital Management and the Investor Environmental Health Network requests improved risk management and better disclosure.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
SEC Adopts Rules for Say on Pay
In accordance with the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, the Securities and Exchange Commission issues rules on executive compensation and golden parachutes.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY VOTING | PROXY ADVISORY SERVICES
New Proxy Advisory Service to Meet the Needs of Foundations and Sustainable Investors
Long-time shareowner advocate Michael Passoff launches Proxy Impact, a proxy advisory firm that seeks to align investment with mission for sustainable investors.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investor Coalition Withdraws Resolution at BP
The resolution, which called for improved risk management and disclosure by the company responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is withdrawn to give BP more time to demonstrate improvement.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING
Global Reporting Initiative to Launch US Operation
GRI's Focal Point US, scheduled to launch on January 31 at the New York Stock Exchange, seeks to increase the number of US companies using its standardized framework for sustainability reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING
Number of Companies Expelled from the Global Compact Tops 2,000
More than 200 companies are expelled from the Global Compact at the end of a 2010 moratorium, and the organization introduces a Differentiation Framework to improve disclosure.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Carbon Principles Fail to Reduce Financing of Coal
A study of the Carbon Principles by the Rainforest Action Network finds that the six signatory banks have continued to finance carbon-intensive projects while failing to increase investment in renewable energy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY VOTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR Publishes 2011 Proxy Resolutions Book
The mid-season review of shareowner resolutions filed by ICCR members includes the full text of 159 resolutions addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance issues.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Financial Sector Is Unprepared to Assess Risks of Climate Change
A survey of financial institutions indicates that while they expect to incorporate climate risks into their business practices, information at present is insufficient.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | TECHNOLOGY
Boston Common Divests of Cisco Systems Over Human Rights Risks
After years of dialogue and shareowner resolutions, weak human rights risk management and poor shareowner dialogue lead to divestment.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SOCIAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS | EMERGING MARKETS
Barriers Continue to Challenge Investment for Poverty Alleviation
Based on two years of research, a report by Oxfam International encourages engagement by investors to improve corporate reporting, and recommends that governments require companies to report on social issues.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Organizations Decry Canadian Tar Sands Development by European Companies
The UK Tar Sands Network leads an effort to call attention to a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement that could open Europe up to imports of tar sands oil.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Oil Spill Commission Submits Final Report
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling identified failures of corporate governance by BP and its contractors, and strongly recommends rigorous legislative and regulatory oversight.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY
Shareowners Ask Hotels to Help Prevent Human Trafficking at Super Bowl
An investor coalition led by Christian Brothers Investment Services requests that hotels take steps to ensure that they are not inadvertently promoting human trafficking.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Smaller Companies Lagging in Climate Change Reporting
A report by Pax World and Clean Air-Cool Planet finds that only four of the Russell 2000 small- to mid-cap companies studied report their greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTING | IMPACT INVESTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Report Describes Impact Investing as an Alternative Asset Class
SocialFunds.com talks with Antony Bugg-Levine of the Rockefeller Foundation about the growing interest in impact investing, as well as the challenges that remain to its large-scale adoption.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
RepRisk Names Most Environmentally and Socially Controversial Companies of 2010
Transocean and BP, responsible for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, are named the most controversial companies in RepRisk's third annual report.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Advance Chapter of Report on Gulf Disaster Is Released
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling finds that the Deepwater Horizon explosion was caused by failures of management, and asserts that the root causes were systemic.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY | PENSION FUNDS
CalPERS' Majority Vote Initiative Results in 20 Companies Adopting the Standard
Launched by the pension fund last March, the Majority Vote Initiative asks 58 companies to voluntarily adopt a majority vote standard in uncontested board elections.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Top Sustainable Investment Stories of 2010
Despite their negative impacts, the Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision and the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico galvanized sustainable investors.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
EPA Regulations on Emissions Take Effect
As of January 2, 2011, new and upgraded power plants must install technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING
Major Sustainability Reporting Initiatives Announce Partnership
The Organization for Co-operation and Development and the Global Reporting Initiative will cooperate to improve sustainability reporting by multinational companies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY | GENDER ISSUES
Women Directors Improve Corporate Performance, but Remain Underrepresented
A report by Corporate Women Directors International on the status of women directors in 51 countries finds persistent lack of access to board appointments.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Book Review: Corporate Governance and Complexity
The authors use complexity theory to argue that the inclusion of the voices of all stakeholders leads to improved corporate governance.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
Oil Spill Commission Asked to Recommend Improved Disclosure by Offshore Drillers
The Investor Network on Climate Risk requests that the final report of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Commission, due in January, include recommendations that disclosure of risks be improved.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Government Policies Will Help Speed Adoption of Renewable Energy in Southern US
Report from the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance suggests that, led by wind and biopower, a diversity of renewable energy technologies could help replace the region's reliance on coal as a power source.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Companies Ranked by Climate Counts Improve Scores by 14% in 2010
Nike again finishes first among companies ranked by scorecard that measures emissions reduction, public policy, and reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SOCIAL ISSUES | PENSION FUNDS | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Norway's Pension Fund Invests in Companies with Ties to Burma's Military Regime
Despite ethical guidelines for Norway's pension fund, EarthRights International finds its investments in oil and gas companies in Burma contribute to human rights violations.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Cuomo Sues Ernst & Young Over Lehman Brothers Accounting
New York Attorney General says accounting firm knew that investment banker engaged in fraudulent transactions to conceal debt on balance sheet and mislead investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Resolution Addresses Risk Management at BP
Long-time shareowner Christian Brothers Investment Services leads investor effort to engage with BP on better disclosure of risk assessment and mitigation.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Recommendations for Corporate Governance of Banks Seek to Avoid Past Failures
SocialFunds.com talks with Justin Levis of the Council of Institutional Investors about the recently issued principles for enhancing corporate governance by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | ASSET MANAGERS
Transparency by UK Asset Managers Remains Low
A report by FairPensions finds an increase in policies addressing the integration of ESG issues by asset managers, but that many still do not disclose engagement activities.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Executive Compensation on Wall Street Remains Focused on Short Term
A report by the Council of Institutional Investors concludes that compensation packages on Wall Street contributed to the financial crisis, and that current pay practices are even worse.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Silence of Chamber Board Members Is a Failure of Corporate Governance
SocialFunds.com talks with Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management about investor engagements with companies that sit on the Board of the US Chamber of Commerce.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Survey of European Asset Owners Finds Incentives for ESG Integration Vary
A report by Novethic finds an increasing alignment among asset owners of ESG practices with fiduciary responsibility, but a lingering focus on short-term performance as well.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EMERGING MARKETS
ESG Transparency and Performance Improves Among Emerging Market Companies
A Eurosif report on emerging markets finds an increase in the uptake of sustainability issues by companies, and recommends that investors encourage continual improvement.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Unproven Fuel Extraction Technologies Pose Risks for Investors
A report from Ceres details the risks to investors of the unproven extraction technologies of oil shale and coal-to-liquid.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
Efforts of US Homebuilders to Address Climate Change are Insufficient
A report by Calvert finds inadequate disclosure on the environment by homebuilders, but also notes improvements by the industry in adopting energy efficiency measures.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Handbook Guides Corporations on Disclosure of Political Activity
SocialFunds.com talks with Bruce Freed, President of the Center for Political Accountability and co-author of the Handbook on Corporate Political Activity, about efforts to increase corporate disclosure of payments to trade associations.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Low-Carbon Investment Not Enough to Mitigate Climate Change
A report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development argues for clear policy signals from governments to encourage private investment in low-carbon technologies.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INVESTMENT RESEARCH | MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
Another Merger for The Corporate Library
The Corporate Library and GovernanceMetrics International follow July merger by merging with Audit Integrity, another corporate governance research firm.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | MUTUAL FUNDS | GENOCIDE
Investors Testify Before Congress on Sudan
Eric Cohen of Investors Against Genocide and Adam Kanzer of Domini Social Investments speak before the House of Representatives on divestment from Sudan.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
The State of Sustainable Investment in Australia
SocialFunds.com speaks with Louise O'Halloran, Executive Director of Responsible Investment Association Australasia, about the growing acceptance of sustainable investment in Australia.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Book Review: What Investors Really Want
Author Meir Statman argues for behavioral finance in interpreting investor behavior, and finds sustainable investment practice an effective method of incorporating expressive and emotional factors into investment decision-making.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
2010 Moskowitz Prize is Awarded to Researchers from the European Center for Corporate Engagement
Authors Bauer and Hann receive the annual prize for quantitative research in sustainable investing for their study on the effects of corporate environmental management on the cost of debt.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Sustainable Investment in Australia and New Zealand Outperformed Market in 2010
The tenth annual report on sustainable investment from Responsible Investment Association Australasia finds a 25% increase in assets in 2010, to $74 billion.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME FUNDS
Community Investing Fixed-Income Fund Reaches $1 Billion in Assets under Management
Community Capital Management's Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Qualified Investment Fund has invested over $3 billion in community development activities.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Overall CEO Pay Saw Marginal Decline in 2009
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT |INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Investors Call on World Leaders to Act Now on Climate Change
A coalition of 259 institutional investors call for an agreement at this month's climate conference that will stimulate the private investment necessary to address climate change.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | SUPPLY CHAINS | APPAREL COMPANIES
As You Sow Reports on Supply Chain Compliance Programs of Apparel Companies
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.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
CDP Water Issues First Annual Report on Corporate Water Usage
Backed by 137 institutional investors, the Carbon Disclosure Project initiative asks 302 large companies in water-dependent industry sectors to report on water usage.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRIES
EPA Finalizes Emissions Reporting Rules for Petroleum and Natural Gas Industry
Large facilities in the industry will be required to monitor and report all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the EPA.

NEWS STORY: FILM REVIEW | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Film Review: Carbon Nation Celebrates Small-Scale Responses to Climate Change
The documentary profiles entrepreneurs and activists who have contributed to climate change mitigation, and recommends investment in green technologies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS | COMMODITIES MARKETS
CalSTRS Backs Off from Plan for Huge Commodities Investment
Decision follows expressions of concern by sustainable investors over effect of price volatility on world hunger.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Growth in Sustainable Assets Outpaces Mainstream
The 2010 Trends Report by the Social Investment Forum finds that sustainable assets have grown by 13% since 2007, compared to less than one percent by mainstream assets.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Despite Recession, More Companies Are Producing Sustainability Reports
PricewaterhouseCoopers publishes fourth in a series of surveys of sustainability reporting, recommending the Global Reporting Initiative and the UN Global Compact as starting points for new reporters.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Ask Companies in Sudan to Respect Human Rights
In advance of a January 2011 vote on independence, investor members of the Conflict Risk Network calls on telecommunications and oil and gas companies operating in Sudan to ensure they do not infringe on human rights.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Carbon Disclosure Project Launches CDP Cities
The initiative asks 40 of the world's largest cities to measure and disclose greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change mitigation strategies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | MEDIA COMPANIES
Catholic Investors Target Pornography
Christian Brothers Investment Services leads initiative to request improved transparency from major media companies that distribute pornography.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
World Bank Forms Partnership for Valuation of Ecosystems
SocialFunds.com talks with the World Resources Institute about the initiative to integrate the economic benefits of ecosystems into national accounting systems.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Midterm Elections Challenge Priorities of Sustainable Investors and Shareowner Advocates
In the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, spending by outside interest groups more than doubles, jeopardizing the fate of legislation addressing issues of importance to sustainable investors.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY | GENDER ISSUES
Women and Minorities Are Underrepresented in Highest-Paid Executive Positions
A report by Calvert finds improved disclosure of policies addressing gender diversity among S&P 100 companies, but insufficient disclosure of the effectiveness of those policies.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CONSUMER GOODS
Leading Companies Are Taking Proactive Approach to BPA
Report by Green Century Capital Management and As You Sow finds increased attention by food, beverage, and retail companies to bisphenol A in packaging.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY | UTILITIES
Water Scarcity Is a Growing Risk for Public Utilities and for Investors in Municipal Bonds
A report from Ceres and Water Asset Management finds inadequate disclosure of risks by public water and electric utilities, and that rating agencies may foster wasteful consumption by ignoring risks.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | RENEWABLE ENERGY
Investors Urge California Voters to Reject Proposition 23
Investor coalition argues that repeal of California's Global Warming Solutions Act would lead to the loss of billions of dollars in clean energy investment in the state.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Will the Principles for Responsible Investment Prevail in the US?
SocialFunds.com talks with Peter Kinder, the founder of KLD Research and Analytics, about his self-described gloomy assessment for large-scale uptake of the Principles in the short term.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Newsweek Publishes Second Annual Green Rankings of Companies
For its 2010 environmental rankings, Newsweek expands beyond the 500 largest US companies to include the 100 largest global corporations as well.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
An Interview with John Fullerton
The founder of the Capital Institute talks with SocialFunds.com about its goal of transforming the global financial system to reflect sustainable principles.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS | SUBPRIME MORTGAGES
SEC Settlement with Countrywide Executives: A Template for Personal Liability?
SocialFunds.com speaks with Laura Berry of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility about shareowner engagement addressing subprime lending that stretches back to the 1990s. Second in a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTING | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Securities and Exchange Commission Settles with Predatory Lenders
SocialFunds.com speaks with David Beck of Self-Help Credit Union about the settlement with Countrywide executives, as well as the outlook for community development financial institutions. First in a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | GENDER DIVERSITY
Investors Call for More Women on Boards and in Senior Management
Calvert, Pax World, and Walden Asset Management ask 54 companies for greater clarity about gender balance, and call for increased representation of women on boards and in senior management.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | GENOCIDE
Eric Cohen Discusses Genocide-Free Investing
The Chairperson of Investors Against Genocide describes his efforts to engage with financial institutions on the issue, as well as the organization's new focus on financial advisors. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | GENOCIDE
Investors Against Genocide Expands Focus Beyond Shareowner Engagement to Include Recommendations for Financial Advisors
A white paper published by the organization documents successful engagements with financial institutions, as well as advice for financial advisors whose clients wish to practice genocide-free investing. First of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Eurosif Publishes Results of Survey on Sustainable Investment in Europe
The survey finds that bonds have replaced equity as the favored asset class for sustainable investors, and overall sustainable assets under management have reached almost $7 trillion.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | RENEWABLE ENERGY | WIND POWER
Google Invests in Ambitious Wind Power Project for the Atlantic Ocean
Along with Good Energies, a renewable energy investment firm, Google commits to a 37.5% stake in the initial development stage of the 350-mile Atlantic Wind Connection project.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | SOCIAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS | BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION
UK Banks Complicit in Nigerian Corruption
A report by Global Witness finds that even after the public outcry in 2001 over money laundering by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha, UK banks continued to accept deposits from corrupt Nigerian officials.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | PROXY ACCESS
Proxy Access Rules On Hold Until Court Challenge by Chamber of Commerce is Heard
Resolution of lawsuit is expected to be too late for proxy access rules to be implemented for 2011 proxy season.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM
Shareowner Engagement Leads to FTC Ruling on Mercury Labeling
Dialogue with GE by As You Sow results in mercury cleanup instructions on packaging of compact fluorescent light bulbs.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM
Toyota Divests Stake in Joint Venture with Military Regime in Burma
Responding to investor pressure led by Domini Social Investments, Toyota announces divestiture, although it continues agricultural and apparel production in Burma.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Environmental Damage Cost $6.6 trillion in 2008
A new report uses data from Trucost to find that the cost of environmental damage equaled 11% of Gross Domestic Product, and was 20% larger than pension fund losses from financial crisis.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | SUPPLY CHAINS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Human Trafficking Bill Becomes Law in California
Companies doing business in the state will now be required to disclose whether they have policies addressing human trafficking in their supply chains.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Corporate Reporting on Key Performance Indicators Should Be Industry Specific
Building on the universe of indicators established by the Global Reporting Initiative, a new report argues that a targeted list of issue areas would help stakeholders assess the sustainability performance of companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | PRINCIPLES FOR RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT
Principles for Responsible Investment Publishes 2010 Report on Progress
Most signatories report having an investment policy addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance, and assign responsibility for the policy to senior executives.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES
Largest US Companies Report Board-Level Responsibility for ESG Issues
A report by Calvert and The Corporate Library find significantly less board oversight in smaller companies, and few boards that address risk management and stakeholder engagement.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE | CAP AND TRADE
To Meet Targets, EU Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading System Needs Improvement
A report by oekom research recommends that emissions reduction permits be auctioned, and that the system be expanded to include more industry sectors and types of emissions.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS | PROXY ADVISORY SERVICES
NYSE Euronext Issues Report on Corporate Governance
The exchange's Commission on Corporate Governance recommends board-level commitment to long-term sustainable growth, transparency by institutional investors, and regulation of proxy advisory services.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE | CORPORATE REPORTING
Carbon Disclosure Project Issues 2010 Reports on Climate Change Disclosure by Companies in Global 500 and S&P 500
Reports find that while companies in the US continue to lag behind their global counterparts, improvement has been recorded, and the top companies continue to improve disclosure.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTING | PENSION FUNDS
Bill Would Give Federal Employees a Sustainable Investment Option
Rhode Island Congressman Langevin introduces bill to allow for investment by federal employees in companies committed to corporate responsibility.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
As CSR Reporting Goes Mainstream, Standardized Approaches Are Needed
A report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds that investors seeking environmental, social, and governance information need greater comparability.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | NONPROFIT BUSINESS MODELS
Report Encourages the Application of For-Profit Business Model to Nonprofit Management
NFF Capital Partners issues report detailing the success of some nonprofits in attracting philanthropic equity investments to subsidize their activities.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | COAL ASH | REGULATORY ACTION
Investors Call for Federal Regulation of Coal Ash
Investor coalition urges the Environmental Protection Agency to label coal ash as a hazardous waste and subject companies to federal regulations.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | SUPPLY CHAINS | HUMAN TRAFFICKING | LEGISLATION
Investors Call for Passage of California Legislation Addressing Human Trafficking
Governor Schwarzenegger has until the end of September to sign SB 657, which requires companies operating in California to disclose policies addressing human trafficking in supply chains.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | SUSTAINABILITY RANKINGS
CRD Analytics Publishes Ranking of Top 1,000 Sustainable Companies
Using financial and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) key performance indicators, CRD ranks Merck as top sustainable company in 2010, up from fourth in 2008.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
Investors Support EPA Study on Hydraulic Fracturing
As record numbers of shareowners support resolutions addressing the risks of hydraulic fracturing, the EPA revisits the effects of the practice on water resources.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE | CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY REPORTS
Leading Companies are Not Waiting for Climate Change Legislation
A new report from the Carbon Disclosure Project details the risks and opportunities for business from climate change impacts, and highlights the innovations of leading companies.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | INTEGRATED REPORTING
New Initiative Seeks to Mandate Integrated Reporting by Companies
Janet Ranganathan of the World Resources Institute speaks with SocialFunds.com about the International Integrated Reporting Committee's efforts to include sustainability issues in financial reports.

NEWS BRIEF: INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS | ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (esg) ISSUES
South Africa Proposes Code for Sustainable Investment by Institutional Investors
If adopted, South Africa will become only the second country to require attention to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) by institutional investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Eurosif Recommends Improvements in Corporate Governance
Invited by the European Commission to offer remedies for weaknesses in corporate governance, Eurosif responds with recommendations to increase transparency and strengthen shareowner rights.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Political Contributions by Target and Best Buy Lead to Shareowner Action
Companies' support for opponent of gay rights undermines their policies on diversity and threatens reputational risk in the form of consumer backlash.

NEWS BRIEF: ECONOMIC CRISIS | FINANCIAL REFORM | TOO BIG TO FAIL
Failure of Financial Reform to Break Up Big Banks Leaves Economy at Risk
Former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson claims that defeat of Brown-Kaufman amendment leaves financial system vulnerable.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING | CLIMATE CHANGE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Website Tracks Political Donations by Oil, Gas, and Coal Companies
Oil Change International unveils DirtyEnergyMoney.com to highlight correspondence between corporate political donations and Congressional voting patterns.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE | CORPORATE REPORTING | TRANSPORT SECTOR
Transport Sector Lags in Addressing Climate Change
A report from the Carbon Disclosure Project finds that despite being a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, the transport sector lags in setting reduction targets and recognizing risks and opportunities.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESONSIBILITY | SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT | MIGRANT WORKERS
MacArthur Foundation Grant Helps Business for Social Responsibility Launch Second Stage of Migrant Workers Initiative
The Migration Linkages initiative, launched in 2008, will expand its focus on labor abuses of migrant workers in receiving countries such as Malaysia to include sending countries like Indonesia.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME BONDS
New Fixed-Income Fund Will Help Finance Everglades Restoration
RSF Social Finance and Community Capital Management partner to develop fund that will provide funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | REGULATORY ACTIONS
Dell Shareowners Vote Down AFL-CIO Resolutions on Executive Pay and Chairman
Despite SEC allegations of improper disclosure of payments, shareowners vote with management on governance resolutions.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Wachovia Wells Fargo Next Award Finalists Announced
Two community development financial institutions (CDFIs) will share awards totaling $8.25 million in program-related investments and unrestricted grants.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
New Program Seeks to Unlock $100 Million in Small Business Lending
A $10 million Bank of America grant program will provide loan loss reserves for Community Development Financial Institutions in order to access $100 million in small business lending.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | INTEGRATED REPORTING
Global Reporting Initiative and Others Form International Integrated Reporting Committee
The goal of the new initiative is to bring about an integration of ESG and financial reporting, to meet the information needs of long-term investors.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE RESEARCH | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
The Corporate Library and GovernanceMetrics International Announce Merger
The combination of corporate governance research firms is the most recent of many mergers and acquisitions in the environmental, social, and governance research sector.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Will 2011 Be a Watershed Year for Corporate Governance?
SocialFunds.com talks with James McRitchie of Corpgov.net about corporate governance and the 2010 proxy season. Third of a three-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION | PROXY VOTING | MUTUAL FUNDS
Mutual Funds Continue to Support Management on Executive Compensation
A new report finds that although withholding votes from directors over compensation issues has increased, support by mutual funds for management proposals on compensation issues was 84% in 2008.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | PROXY ACCESS | REGULATIONS
SEC Seeks to Overhaul Proxy Infrastructure for the First Time in 30 Years
A concept release published by the Agency seeks public comment in order to increase the transparency and integrity of the proxy system.

NEWS STORY: FIXED-INCOME INVESTING | COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Bond Program Will Help Affordable Housing in New York City
Through its CRA Qualified Investment Fund, Community Capital Management will finance the acquisition and development of 5,600 affordable units.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Large US Companies Continue to Lag in Reporting on Environmental Issues
IW Financial and Soyka & Company follow last year's The Road Not Yet Taken with a new study that finds many S&P1000 companies insufficiently transparent regarding environmental policies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | LAWS AND REGULATIONS | UNITED KINGDOM
Landmark Sustainable Investment Law for UK-Based Pension Funds Is Ten Years Old
The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) marks the anniversary of ground-breaking regulation with a review of a decade's worth of accomplishments.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE ISSUES
Higher Shareowner Votes Are Encouraging, But Not Enough to Change the System
SocialFunds.com speaks with Laura Berry of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) about the impact of higher shareowner votes this proxy season. Second of a three-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INDEXES
FTSE Launches FTSE CDP Carbon Strategy Index Series
Developed by FTSE’s Responsible Investment Unit and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the indexes will support investors who incorporate climate change into investment strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | PROXY ACCESS | LEGISLATION
Proxy Access Survives Conference Committee
In response to widespread objections that a proposal to increase ownership thresholds would effectively "gut proxy access," House and Senate conferees retain provision that gives the SEC authority to set thresholds.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING | LEGISLATION
Fate of Legislation to Curb Political Spending Is in Question
Intended to redress the consequences of the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, the DISCLOSE Act faces opposition by corporate lobbyists, even as shareowner resolutions for disclosure of political spending gain record levels of support.

NEWS STORY: FINANCIAL REFORM | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | LEGISLATION
Investors and Shareowners Applaud Senate Passage of Financial Reform Bill
Corporate governance provisions would improve accountability by management, while consumer protection provisions will help stabilize small businesses.

NEWS STORY: ESG INVESTMENT RESEARCH | ACQUISITIONS
Thomson Reuters Acquires ASSET4, a Major Provider of ESG Investment Research
The merger is the latest of many in the sector in 2009, and positions Thomson Reuters to compete with major rival Bloomberg in providing ESG data to investors.

NEWS STORY: RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT | INVESTMENT ADVISORS
Investment Advisors Explore Ways to Incorporate ESG Issues into Their Services
The Boston College Institute for Responsible Investment produces a paper that summarizes the concepts and goals explored in a meeting of investment consultants and asset managers.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY: INVESTMENT RESEARCH
European Sustainability Research Association Develops Standards of Performance
The Association of Independent Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Research releases a Voluntary Quality Standard to ensure that the work of investment research providers is transparent and has verifiable quality.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTING: STOCK INDEXES
S&P Adds Carbon Index to Its Family of Environmental Indices
Index will rely on research provided by Trucost to determine large cap US constituents of the S&P 500 with the lowest carbon footprints.

NEWS BRIEF: ACQUISITIONS: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT RESEARCH
Riskmetrics to Acquire Innovest
RiskMetrics cites expansion of research on environmental, social, and strategic governance issues as major reason for purchase.

NEWS STORY: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
CDFIs Offer Responsible Alternative to Predatory Lending
Community development financial institutions provide housing loans to underserved markets, yet maintain profitability and low net charge-offs. Part II of a three-part series on the credit crisis.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABILITY INVESTMENT REPORT: HIGH NET WORTH INVESTORS
Eurosif Study Finds Increasing Investment in Sustainability by Wealthy Individuals
First-ever study addresses sustainable investment by high net worth individuals.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL INVESTMENT REPORT
ESG Criteria Creeping Slowly into Mainstream Investing
New report lays out the five hurdles ESG investing has to clear before it can be incorporated on a large scale.

NEWS STORY: SCREENING; SUSTAINABILITY
Green Fast Food: Really Here or a Green Dream?
The fast food industry is seeing a growing demand for environmental sustainability. How can investors, consumers, and other stakeholders know which restaurants are truly embracing sustainable development and which are only greenwashing their practices?

NEWS STORY: INSITUTIONAL INVESTOR MANAGEMENT STRAGETIES
Mainstream Fund Managers Vary Widely on Social Responsibility
Even as more fund managers accept the impact of environmental, social, and corporate governance issues on performance, the application of responsible investment practices is hit or miss with most mainstream firms.

NEWS STORY: SOLAR ENERGY,PERSONAL FINANCE
Sunny Days for New Solar Index and ETF
Claymore Securities launches new ETF based on Melvin & Company's Global Solar Energy Index.

NEWS STORY: SCREENING
B Corporations: Verified Sustainability
B Labs takes the guesswork out of which companies are actually working for the future.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE: BANKING SECTOR
Three Major Banks Sign The Carbon Principles
With the help of environmental groups and power companies, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley outline carbon risk management for banks.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABILITY
Yearbook Presents Sustainability Trends and Leaders
SAM and PricewaterhouseCoopers offer insights into the sustainability efforts of cutting-edge companies.

NEWS STORY: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: PERSONAL FINANCE
Growing Interest In Green Investing
New research shows that individual investors think the environment is hot, with solar energy an important investment opportunity.

NEWS STORY: INDEXES
New Index Contains Companies that Support Stewardship
Index leader launches first index series based on the Dharmic religions.

NEWS STORY: PERSONAL FINANCE; MUTUAL FUNDS
Social Investment Options on the Rise
A flurry of new socially responsible mutual funds and products makes it easier then ever to invest in a double bottom line.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE: BANKING
Are Banks Getting Caught With Their Umbrellas Down?
A new report from the RiskMetrics Group ranks 40 of the world's largest banks responses to climate change risks and possibilities.

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"Living" Companies Perform Better
Corporations that care about people more than things are more sustainable and profitable, puts forth author and financial counselor Jay Bragdon.

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Ardour Global Index Offers Unique Alternative Energy Universe
Ardour Global Index adds new companies in quarterly rebalancing, including US manufacturer Beacon Power.

NEWS STORY:
Fiddling While The Planet Burns: Mainstream Investment Funds Blinkered To Climate Risk
Part one of a two-part article looks at the lack of climate risk calculations by UK fund managers. Part two will examine some new tools for assessing climate risks to investments.

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Surveyed Managers Emphasize Socially Responsible Issues
EIRIS’ newest survey asserts that both SRI and mainstreams investors view specific environmental, social, and governance factors as important when applied to certain sectors.

NEWS STORY:
Top Five Socially Responsible Investing News Stories of 2006
Green investing booms, microfinance pioneer wins Nobel Peace Prize, shareowner democracy increases, resolutions receive record votes, and UN launches Principles of Responsible Investment

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Microfinance Crosses Continental Divide with $100 Million Commitment from TIAA-CREF
TIAA-CREF inaugurated its Global Microfinance Investment Program by purchasing from ProCredit Holdings $43 million in private equity shares, a new strategy in microfinance.

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Survey Examines Nomenclature and Numbers Fueling SRI and Extra-Financial Research
The fourth annual survey from Thomson Extel and the UK Social Investment Forum looks beyond the numbers to assess the role of language in promoting uptake of SRI research.

NEWS STORY:
Trillium Takes the Reins from Winslow in Managing the Green Century Balanced Fund
The transition in portfolio managers has shifted the fund back to its roots as a core portfolio holding by reducing risk and diversifying holdings across the multi-cap space.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--Responsible Investment
An impressive and wide-ranging list of contributing writers advance a balance between elucidating the strengths of socially responsible investing while also exposing its weaknesses.

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A Serendipitous Match: Davis Advisors Takes Over MMA Praxis Core Stock Fund
The portfolio holding of Wal-Mart exemplifies (oddly enough) how both Davis Advisors and MMA Praxis emphasize the importance of stewardship and shareowner empowerment.

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Surveys Track Growth of Interest in SRI and CSR
Part one of this two-part article focuses on a survey by Mercer Investment Consulting on increasing interest from institutional investors in socially responsible investing.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--The Challenge to Power: Money, Investing, and Democracy
John Harrington compiles voluminous evidence to diagnose what ails modern corporatocracy, and prescribes a comprehensive cure with socially responsible investing playing a key role.

NEWS STORY:
Fiduciary Duty Redefined to Allow (and Sometimes Require) Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations
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.

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Institutional Investors Drive Research on Mainstreaming of SRI by Investment Managers
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.

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CalSTRS Follows Calvert Blueprint to Capitalize on Money Manager Diversity
Both CalSTRS and Calvert see efforts to identify emerging money managers as smart business and socially responsible as well.

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Catching a Rising Knife: Sophia Collier Manages the Citizens Value Fund
Whereas former portfolio manager Shelly Meyers tried to catch falling knives, Ms. Collier shifted to a more conservative strategy that has generated much better returns.

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Vermont Issues Call to Investment Managers for Environmentally Sustainable Portfolio
Request for Information asks investment managers about their positive and negative screening practices as well as financial performance, particularly of environmentally sustainable portfolios.

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New SRI Managed Account Uses Options to Capitalize on Market Ups-and-Downs
The socially responsible investment team at Piper Jaffray screens the new Redwood Account, which applies the covered options strategy of Kelmoore Investment Company.

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Enhanced Analytics Initiative Picks Sell-Side Brokerage Houses with Best Intangibles Research
EAI awards seven firms and three runners-up for outstanding sell-side analysis of corporate social and environmental issues.

NEWS STORY:
World Economic Forum and AccountAbility Report on Mainstreaming Responsible Investment
The report, based on three roundtables convened by the report sponsors, is particularly illuminating in representing attitudes and perceptions toward social and environmental issues of roundtable participants from the mainstream investment community.

NEWS STORY:
Top Five Socially Responsible Investing News Stories of 2004
Shareowner engagement shifted from confrontational to collaborative, sustainability analysis fused with financial analysis, and fiduciary duty expanded to include social and environmental issues.

NEWS STORY:
European Socially Responsible Investment Firms Let the Sun Shine In
The European Social Investment Forum releases transparency guidelines covering seventeen socially responsible investment practitioners.

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Piper Jaffray Consulting Division Marries Best Asset Managers with Customized Social Screening
Socially responsible investment consultant can apply social screens to best asset managers, even if they do not usually practice SRI.

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The Rashomon Effect: Why Do Innovest and Oekom Rate Toyota's Environmental Performance So Differently?
A Japanese film may help investors understand the discrepancy between the environmental ratings of Toyota by Innovest and Oekom.

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UN Institutional Investor Summit Considers Opportunities of Addressing Climate Change
Institutional investors make the business case and investment case for assessing, reporting, and mitigating climate change in a summit at the UN (part two of a two-part article).

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The Needmor Fund Utilizes a Muscular Definition of Fiduciary Responsibility
Susan Stranahan, treasurer of the Needmor Fund, discusses socially responsible investing as a fiduciary duty and tier A money managers who have a social mission.

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Eurosif Releases Transparency Guidelines for European SRI Funds
Eurosif asks socially responsible investment firms to disclose their policies and procedures around SRI issues.

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Catholic Institutional Investors Launch an SRI Fund of Funds Hedge Fund
In order to fill a market niche, five Catholic healthcare organizations joined forces to launch an SRI fund of funds hedge fund that is available to other institutional investors.

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Individual Retirement Accounts Meet Socially Responsible Investing
IRAs that employ socially responsible investing strategies can help create a more secure financial, social, and environmental future.

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Fannie Mae Receives High S&P Corporate Governance Rating
Fannie Mae becomes the first U.S. company to release its corporate governance score (a 9 out of 10) from Standard & Poor's Governance Services.

NEWS STORY:
Top Five Social Investing News Stories of 2002
The major social investing news stories of the year include significant corporate governance reforms and the success of community investment.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Cause Marketing
A new look at an increasingly used marketing angle may provide lessons for social investors.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Index Fund Uses Overweighting and Underweighting to Fully Replicate S&P 500
Instead of screening companies in or out of the Total Social Impact Fund, this enhanced index fund concentrates its holdings in positive social and environmental performers.

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Seven New SRI Mutual Funds Launched by Seminal Canadian Investment Firm
Ethical Funds recently introduced seven new SRI mutual funds in response to investor requests and a poll that shows overwhelming support for shareowner action in Canada.

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UNEP Advises Financial Sector on Threats and Opportunities Related to Climate Change
A recent United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative report outlines the financial sector's risks and opportunities regarding climate change.

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Hong Kong Investment Firm Launches New Asian SRI Fund
The Kingsway SRI Asia Fund will apply both negative and positive screens to investments throughout the non-Japanese Asian markets.

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Innovative Community Investment Fund Attracts Institutional Investors
The CRA Qualified Investment Fund, originally established to help banks fulfill a federal mandate for community investment, now appeals to a broader range of institutional investors.

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Large Canadian Firm Launches Four SRI Mutual Funds
Phillips, Hager and North will unveil four Community Values Funds, which apply socially responsible investment strategies.

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Survey Reveals High Investor Interest in Socially Responsible Investing
A recent Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Calvert Group shows investor interest in SRI, particularly in retirement plans.

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SEC Proposal Would Require Mutual Fund Companies to Disclose Proxy Voting
The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules requiring all mutual fund companies and investment advisers to disclose proxy voting guidelines and votes.

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Religious Mutual Funds Multiply in Numbers and Assets
Faith-based mutual funds represent a fledgling but fast-growing movement in the socially responsible investment field.

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Wells Fargo to Acquire Silicon Valley Investment Boutique with SRI Expertise
Wells Fargo recently inked an agreement to acquire Nelson Capital Management, an award-winning private money manager that specializes in socially responsible investing.

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Conference to Consider the Business Case for SRI
Institutional investors will discuss SRI at the Green Mountain SRI Summit, to be held in Stowe, Vermont in September.

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

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Three States Act to Keep Money Managers Honest
New York, North Carolina, and California will require money management firms that handle public funds to follow guidelines that discourage conflicts of interest.

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

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Cradle to Cradle
William McDonough and Michael Braungart propose a paradigm shift for how the world views product lifespans, moving from a "cradle-to-grave" mentality where products die in a landfill to a "cradle-to-cradle" mentality where they continue to feed production.

NEWS STORY:
Electronics and Appliances Sector Rated Highly for Environmental Performance
German research firm also finds, however, that there is much room for improvement in the sector's social performance.

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SEC Chair Calls Proxy Voting a Fiduciary Duty
In a February letter, the SEC Chair acknowledged that proxy voting is a fiduciary responsibility for all fund managers

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Online Communications Specialist Offers New Angle on Corporate Responsibility
UK-based consulting firm offers reports that look at how the Internet affects the relationship between companies and their stakeholders.

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Students Compel Williams College to Offer Social Investment Option for Donors
Alumni and other donors now can have their endowment contributions invested in a socially responsible manner.

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First Nasdaq-based Social Index Unveiled
KLD and Nasdaq create the KLD-Nasdaq Social Index, the first index to screen Nasdaq companies for social and environmental criteria.

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Private Equity Investment Puts Yale in Deep Water
Yale University's investment in a private water company highlights the difficulty institutional investors have in managing private equity investments that may have little or no transparency.

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Swedish Foundation Reports on Socially Responsible Asset Management and Research
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.

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Idiosyncratic Firm Invests Old Money in A New Way
Through investments in documentary films, Lowell, Blake & Associates earn a healthy profit for their clients and shows non-profits how to operate within a business model.

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Domini Urges SEC to Require Proxy Voting Disclosure
In a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, Domini Social Investments outlines the benefits of mutual fund managers disclosing their proxy voting practices to their investors.

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SIF Reports on Socially Responsible Investment Growth in the U.S.
In its biennial report, the Social Investment Forum documents modest gains in socially responsible investments.

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Socially Responsible Investing: An Academic Issue?
TIAA-CREF opposes enhanced social responsibility for its Social Change Account, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the account's investors favor such an initiative.

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Social Investors Press Unocal to Cut Ties to Burma
Social investors have become part of a sophisticated, multi-pronged campaign to keep the Burma issue in front Unocal senior management. (part two of a two-part article)

NEWS STORY:
Students Push University of Virginia Out of Unocal
Unocal is feeling pressure from activists because the company continues to do business with Burma's ruling military regime. (part one of a two-part article)

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Sustainability in the U.S. Sees Hurdles, Future Growth
Symposium discusses market hesitance and corporate attraction to embracing sustainability.

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Mirant Commits $50 Million to Climate Change Solutions
Energy company's plans include a more robust and transparent environmental policy.

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Ethanol Producer Looks to Growth in Fuel Additive Market
High Plains Corporation is expecting increasing demand for its products because of concern over MTBE's environmental impact.

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ExxonMobil's Troubled Relationship in Aceh
Questions are being raised about ExxonMobil, the world's largest integrated oil company, retaining the Indonesian army and police forces for security.

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

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Global Index Takes New Name, New Components and New Family
The newly re-named Dow Jones Sustainability World Index undergoes an annual review to evaluate the sustainability performance of its component companies, and it becomes the member of a new index family.

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New Survey Indicates Potential Growth for Faith-based Investing
The survey, sponsored by MMA Praxis, found that over half of U.S. investors would be inclined to consider religious or other values in making investment decisions.

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Proxy Monitor Buys ISS
Move gives one firm significant power in influencing the proxy votes of institutional investors.

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Social Fund Assets in the U.S. May Top a Quarter of a Trillion Dollars in Ten Years
Study marking Pax World Funds' 30th anniversary also pegs current assets of U.S. socially responsible mutual funds at $103 billion.

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

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Green Room and Board
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has created a valuable resource for hotels that want to lesson their environmental impact.

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Canadian Parliament Votes to Give Socially Responsible Shareowner Proposals Equal Billing
New law will limit corporate management’s ability to claim that a proposal “promotes a cause” and therefore should be rejected.

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All-SRI 401(k) Plan Debuts
Seventeen social mutual funds compose a new, diversified plan that can also be customized to client needs.

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

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Morgan Stanley Dips Toe into Social Investing
Morgan Stanley introduces the Morgan Stanley KLD Social Index Fund, which will track KLD's Large Cap Social Index.

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FTSE4Good Index Series Announces Constituents
Microsoft, AOL Time Warner and Intel are the top three in both the US 100 and Global 100 indexes.

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Benchmarking Corporate Environmental and Social Reporting
Recent survey examines the environmental and social reporting practices of the 100 largest global firms.

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Americans Increasingly Interested in Corporate Citizenship
Survey indicates that Americans are looking for good corporate citizens, but are having difficulty finding them.

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Watchdog Challenges Southern Company To Clean the Air
The "Clean-Up Southern Company" campaign led by U.S. PIRG is educating consumers about Southern Company and air pollution.

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ARESE Launches New European Sustainability Index
ASPI Eurozone is the first of a family of indexes that will include companies based solely on their sustainability performance.

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Poor Practices Catching Up with Labor Ready
Worker complaints and lawsuits contribute to financial woes of national manual labor temp agency.

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

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Placer Dome Mine Strikes Resentment in Papua New Guinea
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.

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Companies Using NAFTA to Undermine Legitimate Regulations
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.

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Stock Ownership Increasingly Black and White
Survey finds stock ownership among African-Americans is increasing while ownership among Whites has stayed flat.

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

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Telecommunications Industry Calls for Sustainability
Some of the world's largest information and communications technology companies form an alliance to promote sustainable development.

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Better Corporate Governance Pays Off for Large Companies in Emerging Markets
Recent study across global emerging markets finds large companies with good corporate governance yield better bottom lines.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: The Rise of Fiduciary Capitalism
The fiduciaries of large institutional investors are finding it is in their interest, as shareowners, to urge corporate social responsibility.

NEWS STORY:
KLD and Russell/Mellon to Offer Benchmarks for Screened Investments
Launch of large cap index highlights KLD’s continued push to provide screened indexes across the domestic market.

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Magazine Industry Is Wasting Forests
New study finds magazines use almost no recycled paper and publishers have an incentive to overproduce wastefully.

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Simulating the Triple Bottom Line
Fiduciaries try their hand at socially responsible investing at the innovative "Triple Bottom Line Simulation Conference 2001" held in New York this week.

NEWS STORY:
ExxonMobil Feeling Heat on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Shareholder resolutions and boycotts put pressure on oil giant to change its stance on global warming and embrace clean energy.

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Winslow Launches New Green Mutual Fund
The Winslow Green Growth Fund will seek small- and mid-cap companies with superior environmental performance.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Sustainable Banking
Scholarly collection of perspectives and case studies explores the international financial sector’s role in sustainable development.

NEWS STORY:
Fortune Names Worst Corporate Boards
Excessive CEO and board member pay a recurring point in the annual roster of America's worst corporate boards.

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Merrill Lynch Drops Defined Asset Funds in the U.S.
Socially responsible investors now left with few options for unit investment trusts.

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Four New Funds Floated
The ARK Funds offers four new funds that will have exclusionary screens aimed at religious institutional investors.

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Fiduciaries Consider Socially Responsible Investing
First conference of its kind brings together institutional investors and the social investing industry to discuss why and how fiduciaries should adopt values-based investing.

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

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Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.

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Wal-Mart Booted Out of the Domini 400
KLD cites lack of leadership on labor controversies among reasons for removal.

NEWS STORY:
Do You Own Nuclear Power Stock?
Well-known conventional mutual funds and asset managers are looking to catch profits from nuclear power’s revival.

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New Family of Social Funds Launched in Canada
Number of socially responsible investment options expands by five.

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Shopping for Responsibility
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.

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European Members Urged to Halt Oil Activity in Sudan
U.K.-based charity calls for companies to suspend operations that are supporting an ongoing war.

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Procter & Gamble Heads List of 100 Best Corporate Citizens
Business Ethics magazine recently published their annual rankings of the companies that best serve a diverse group of stakeholders.

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The Dirt on Selling Green
The lessons learned from case studies on marketing environment-friendly, "values-based" products are examined in a new report.

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Top Ten Wood Product Companies Could Help Make Global Sustainable Forestry a Reality
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.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: The 50 Best Ethical Stocks for Canadians
Investment advisor and corporate social research expert pen book on building a socially responsible investment portfolio of individual stocks.

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Semiconductor Manufacturers to Limit Emission of Potent Greenhouse Gas
Voluntary agreement with EPA aims at a 10 percent reduction below 1995 baseline level.

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Do You Own Big Tobacco Stock?
Some well-known conventional mutual funds and pensions funds own big chunks of America's largest tobacco companies, Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds.

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Domini Social Index Goes Live
Leading social investment benchmark becomes more accessible with introduction of live feed.

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New Tech Incubator Warms to Socially Responsible Firms
A Washington, D.C.-area patent lawyer sparks formation of a tech incubator that aims to promote good corporate citizenship.

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California's Supreme Court to Decide Corporate Whitewash Trial
Suit charging Nike with false advertising regarding its labor practices has implications for corporate image advertising.

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FTSE Steps Forward with Four New Socially Responsible Indices
Four indices will be divided by geographical region with goal of advancing global social investing standards.

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New Association Promotes Social Investing in Asia
Organization's first goal of being an Internet-based social investing resource is realized as website goes online today.

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Study Examines Corporate Perspective on Supporting Causes
Companies view philanthropy in terms of achieving business goals, but not all are marketing their charitable efforts to the fullest extent.

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Labor Issue Database May Lighten Social Research Workload
International Labour Organization compiles database of Internet sources of information on corporate social responsibility-related employment and labor issues.

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Growth Dips in Natural Foods
Analysts unsure whether flat sales are a blip or a harbinger of things to come.

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Reputations of Older Firms Weather Chaotic 2000
Study finds that the reputations of some technology companies lost a little of their shine compared to 1999.

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Profile: Smith Barney Asset Management's Private Portfolio Group
The investment strategy of their Social Awareness Investment arm integrates fundamental financial assessment with research on socio-cultural trends and issues.

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Human Resources Practices Linked with Shareholder Value
Research in North America and Europe by global consulting firm finds companies with certain human resources policies can have over 25 percent higher market value.

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Fair Labor Association Approves Seven Companies for Monitoring
Apparel manufacturers' commitment to higher labor standards to be verified by independent monitoring organizations.

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Oekom Measures Food Industry's Appetite for Corporate Social Responsibility
German research firm publishes a study on the social and environmental performance of international food corporations.

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SEC Asked to Enforce Its Environmental Disclosure Rules
Socially responsible financial firm and international think-tank believe shareholders need more information about their companies' environmental risks.

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Global Compact Again Promoted at Davos
Secretary-General of the United Nations urges business leaders to "play their part in building the missing social infrastructure of the new global economy."

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Gang of Socially Responsible Angels
Angel investor group injects venture capital into promising, socially responsible start-up and early stage businesses.

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Social Mutual Funds Ride Green Technologies to the Top in 2000
Last year's best performing social mutual funds can thank clean and green technologies for their success.

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Unibanco Launches SRI Research in Brazil
SRI reports to provide foreign institutional investors with information on the environmental and social practices of major Brazilian companies.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Investing With Your Values
Thorough handbook on socially responsible investing is revised for the 21st century.

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U.K. Fund Managers Eye Socially Responsible Investment
New survey reveals many investment fund managers in the U.K. expect interest in socially responsible investment to continue growing.

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Swedish Company Goes for Global Environmental Responsibility
Skanksa becomes the first construction-related company in the world to extend environment certification throughout its entire global operations.

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New Labeling Program May Clear the Air in Your Office
Certification program tests interior construction materials, furnishings and office equipment for the emission of gases and pollutants.

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Chicago Community Loan Fund Meeting Human Needs
Loans for affordable housing, social service and other projects benefit low- and middle-income Chicago neighborhoods.

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Greener Multinationals Have Higher Market Value
A study tying high corporate environmental standards with greater market value adds to the growing body of evidence that poor environmental performance does not pay.

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Delta Sets Course for Increased Diversity
New program will train women and minority pilots, who then will be given priority employment consideration by Delta.

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Asian Mutual Fund Sets New Standard for Promoting Women's Issues
Singaporean fund manager not only invests in companies that are proactive on women's and family issues, but also contributes fund expense fees to women's development programs.

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SEC Disclosure Regulation Promotes Transparency
A new law governing how companies disclose information may be contributing to short-term volatility, but should be beneficial to all stakeholders over the long term.

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Canadian Business Organization Promotes Education on Corporate Social Responsibility
The Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility program will give professionals the opportunity to learn how corporate social responsibility can fit into their own organizations.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Socially Responsible Investing
Social investment industry pioneer Amy Domini pens a new, comprehensive book on the whys and hows of socially responsible investing.

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New Organization Facilitates Global Social Investing
A coalition of research organizations is working to provide investors greater access to worldwide social investment research products and services.

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Five Top Social Investing Stories of 2000
The end-of-the-year news roundup reflects socially responsible investing's continued march into the mainstream.

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Environmental Performance Linked to Shareholder Returns
Conclusions in a new report support the growing body of evidence that a positive relationship exists between corporate environmental practices and financial returns.

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Acuity Introduces Two New Funds
The Canadian mutual fund firm unveils two products with active social missions, expanding its fund offerings to 24.

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High-tech Company Websites Receive Mixed Grades
A California environmental organization evaluates the quality of environmental disclosure contained on the websites of high-tech companies. The results are relevant to social investors.

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Canada Values Social Investment
A new study reveals that socially responsible investment in Canada has reached nearly $50 billion.

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Frank Coleman Receives SRI Service Award
Vice President at Christian Brothers Investment Services is recognized for his significant contribution to social investing last year.

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San Francisco Investment Advisor Brings Value to Social Investing
Spare, Kaplan, Bischel & Associates' Socially Responsible Value strategy is a balm for growth portfolios.

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Roxbury Sees Value in Socially Responsible Portfolio
A California-based asset manager finds that social criteria reinforce their philosophy of choosing high-quality companies.

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Harris Bretall Analyst Is a Valuable Asset
An interview with Harris Bretall Vice President and Research Analyst Lloyd Kurtz reveals his wealth of experience in the evolution of social investing.

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FAFN Forges New Links Between Social Investors
First Affirmative Financial Network is bringing social investing to a new level of organization and updating the corporate culture of investment management.

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Winslow Management Has a Green Thumb for Investments
An interview with Winslow president Jack Robinson reveals how his unique blend of financial and gardening background has resulted in a successful investment style.

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