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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 | 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 | 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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 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: 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.

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 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 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 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: 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: 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 | 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: 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 BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Investors Call for Improved Governance at News Corp
In the aftermath of phone hacking and bribery scandals at the media company, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility call for separation of Chair and CEO positions and elimination of dual-class stock structure.

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Calvert and Ford Foundations Help Launch Public Radio Fund to Democratize the Airwaves
The foundations jointly seeded $4.5 million in the revolving loan fund administered by Denver-based Public Radio Capital to provide low-interest loans to public radio projects nationally.

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Survey Shows Public Corporations Upping Green Initiatives While Smaller Companies Lag

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IT Company Collusion with Chinese Authorities to Repress Free Expression Shorts Shareowner Value
Boston Common Asset Management submits testimony to congressional hearings asserting that protecting shareholder value and respecting human rights are not mutually exclusive mandates.

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World Bank and IMF: Indicators of Investor Opportunity or Red Flags of Investor Risk?
Two academic papers produce empirical evidence that World Bank and International Monetary Fund loan conditions stipulating market reform may prove counterproductive and fuel backlash.

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A Passage to India: Report Asks If BT Offshoring Is Socially Responsible
A recent report by SustainAbility assesses whether offshoring and corporate social responsibility are compatible, focusing on the case of British Telecom.

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Corporate Governance Ratings Take Different Approaches to Produce Similar Results
GovernanceMetrics International rates corporate governance in relation to other companies, while Institutional Shareholder Services rates in relation to market indexes.

NEWS STORY:
Climate Change Litigation Could Affect Companies’ Market Value
In the near future companies could face the risk of being on the receiving end of climate change lawsuits, a development that stands to impact shareowner value.

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Huh?!?: CEO Pay Goes Up in 2002 While the Stock Market Goes Down
The Corporate Library's report shows how CEO pay increased in 2002 despite the fact that the stock market declined significantly, a trend that does not sit well with investors.

NEWS STORY:
Blacklisting, Voicetracking, and Payola: Clear Channel and the Effects of Media Consolidation
Shareowner activists ask Clear Channel to ban blacklisting, while musicians and other activists oppose FCC plans to deregulate media industries.

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Return to Sender: Dell Inches Toward a Computer Take-Back Recycling Program
Calvert-led coalition conducts shareowner action urging U.S. computer companies to implement take-back programs for recycling obsolete computers and components.

NEWS STORY:
Socially Responsible Investment Firms Respond to New War with Tried and True Tactics
SRI firms are sticking with their traditional strategies, such as screening, community investment, and support for humanitarian aid, in response to war.

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CalPERS Says Xerox's Corporate Governance Not Worthy of Copying
Pension fund giant names six companies that need to improve their corporate governance.

NEWS STORY:
Corporate Responsibility Ratings and SRI Screens Sometimes Differ
A new report from Oekom Research criticizes IT network and component company performance based on the companies' own disclosure, while the Calvert Group's screens assess companies' actual practices.

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Oekom Pans Telecoms' Social and Environmental Performance
A recent report from the German research firm concludes that only a handful of telecommunications companies have above average social and environmental practices.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: The Ecology of the New Economy
A collection of essays identifies how the new digital economy both upgrades and downgrades the environment without predicting which trend will prevail.

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Shareowner Vote Keeps Pension Plan an Issue with AT&T
A resolution calling for employee choice in selecting pension plans can be resubmitted next year, and a resolution seeking to strike sexual orientation from AT&T's nondiscrimination policy is soundly defeated.

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Business Ethics' 100 Best Corporate Citizens Outperform S&P 500
An academic study concluded that Business Ethics' list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens generated better returns than the remaining companies on the S&P 500.

NEWS STORY:
Corporate Sustainability Reporting Is Here to Stay
The Global Reporting Initiative, an organization working to make corporate performance more transparent, was formally inaugurated as an independent institution yesterday.

NEWS STORY:
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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Spreading the Word about Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
A new report assesses the role of the media in the growth of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

NEWS STORY:
Consulting Firm Promotes Online Reporting of Triple Bottom Line
SustainAbility, a British research and consultancy firm, recently released a report on how companies, their stakeholders and customers use the Internet to communicate about sustainable development.

NEWS STORY:
SBI Promotes Responsible Business Practices Alongside Profits
The Sustainable Business Institute is working to spread its vision of sustainability to business leaders and the public.

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GEMI Elevates Environmental Consciousness from the Bottom to the Top Line
The Global Environmental Management Initiative releases a new report promoting environment-friendly methods of enhancing corporate performance.

NEWS STORY:
Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative Creates Global Emissions Standards
An international consortium of government agencies, NGOs, and businesses creates its own set of standards for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in advance of the Kyoto Protocol.

NEWS STORY:
EPA Program Recognizes Better Corporate Environmental Performance
Performance Track motivates and rewards businesses that exceed EPA's environmental standards.

NEWS STORY:
Companies Get Help Building Green
The U.S. Green Building Council makes it easier for companies to be more energy efficient and friendlier to the environment by helping them construct "green" buildings.

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Scandinavian Companies Work toward Sustainable Business Model
A group of large Nordic companies are participating in an unusual partnership to create their view of a future sustainable company.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: The Civil Corporation
The New Economy brings increased competition, faster dissemination of information and the rise of corporate citizenship.

NEWS STORY:
EPA Partners with Businesses to Promote Green Power
Voluntary program has enlisted companies, cities, universities and others with the aim of boosting the market for renewable energy.

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Companies Cut Pollution Through E-commuting
A federal government pilot program will give participating companies pollution credits based on the emission reductions achieved by telecommuting employees.

NEWS STORY:
Benchmarking Corporate Environmental and Social Reporting
Recent survey examines the environmental and social reporting practices of the 100 largest global firms.

NEWS STORY:
Labor Standards Resolutions Garner Support in 2001 Proxy Season
Ten international labor and human rights proposals that came to vote this year received 10 percent or more support from shareowners.

NEWS STORY:
Americans Increasingly Interested in Corporate Citizenship
Survey indicates that Americans are looking for good corporate citizens, but are having difficulty finding them.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Telecommunications Industry Calls for Sustainability
Some of the world's largest information and communications technology companies form an alliance to promote sustainable development.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Getting Boards to Address the Triple Bottom Line
New report proposes a set of principles and actions to assist corporate boards in addressing the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental performance.

NEWS STORY:
Business Group Supports Sustainability Via the Market Economy
New report identifies seven factors companies must address in order to realize sustainable practices.

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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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Environmental Groups Endorse Shareholder Resolutions
Environmental advocates ask for support for pro-environmental resolutions at a wide range of companies.

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Thirty-one Companies to Test Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
Structured feedback will help shape the next generation of Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

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Shopping for Responsibility
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.

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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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Shareholder Resolution Vote Nudges Emerson on Equality
Support from shareholders at annual meeting pushes electronic manufacturer to reconsider implementing a sexual orientation non-discrimination policy.

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New International Society Marries Technology and Ecology
Representatives of AT&T and Motorola join researchers, policy makers and environmental advocates to launch the International Society of Industrial Ecology.

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