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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: 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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: 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 | 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 | 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: 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: 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 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 | 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 | 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 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 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: 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 | 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: 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 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 | 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: 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: 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 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 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 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: 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 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 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 | 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.

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: 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 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: 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 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: 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.

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 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 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 | 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 | 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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.

BOOK REVIEW: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Book Review: Tropic of Chaos, by Christian Parenti
Author Christian Parenti writes of how the catastrophic convergence of poverty, violence, and climate change is already destabilizing regions of the world, and of the worldwide conflagration that is likely to occur if climate change remains unchecked.

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 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 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
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: 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.

INTERVIEW: STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
Michael Conroy on Activist Campaigns and the Certification Revolution
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Michael Conroy about his new book, Branded! How the “Certification Revolution” is Transforming Global Companies

NEWS BRIEF: SCREENING, SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM
Shareholders Vote For Genocide-free Investing
Fidelity shareholders weigh in on genocide-free mutual funds.

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Giving the Gift of Gore? Video Game Buyers Beware
ICCR works to educate video game buyers on video games ratings and works with retailers to keep mature and violent video games out of children's hands.

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

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SEC Chair Cox Votes For Two Opposing Proxy Access Proposals--Both May Curtail Shareowner Rights
Republican commissioners support a proposal barring shareowners from nominating directors; Democrats support one allowing it, though it introduced other reductions in shareowner power.

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Selling As A Clear Message: Investors Rid Their Portfolios Of Companies With Ties To Sudan
Claymore/KLD offers the First Sudan Free ETF for retail investors while the SEC's new list of companies operating in "States of Terrorism" is seen by some as too broad.

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Fidelity Divests Large Chunk of Sudan-Related Holdings
Despite similar pressure from Sudan divestment activists, Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway retain holdings in PetroChina, which is linked to genocide in Darfur.

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Opening Up Pandora's Box: SEC Proxy Roundtable Questions Role of Non-Binding Resolutions
SEC officers and panelists discuss the possibility of removing non-binding resolutions from the proxy and replacing them with online communications between shareowners and companies.

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Yes and No: Newmont Recommends Voting For One Resolution, Petitions SEC to Omit Another
The actions span the gamut of corporate responses to shareowner resolutions on environmental, social, and governance issues, from wholehearted support to forceful opposition.

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Shareowner Activism Precedes Development of SRI Slavery Screen
Most slavery exists far up the supply chain, and auditing practices do not yet exist to monitor for slavery at second- or third-tier suppliers, so it is too early to enact an enforceable slavery screen.

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Ruggie Report Says Voluntary Human Rights Initiatives Set Stage for Binding Global Standards
While the report finds significant flaws with voluntary collaborations between corporations and civil society, they currently fill the gap created by nation-states failing to protect human rights.

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The Gates Foundation and Mission Related Investing: Room for Alignment?
An investigative report into the investment practices of the Gates Foundation has reinvigorated the debate over the obligation of foundations to align their missions with their investments.

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Marriott Combats Child Sexual Exploitation
Shareowner engagement by Boston Common Asset Management and the First Swedish National Pension Fund prompts Marriott to explicitly address child sex tourism in its human rights policy.

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New Exchange Traded Fund Tracks Domini 400 Social Index
Barclays Global Investors launches the iShares KLD 400 Social Index ETF.

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Dear Sir or Madam: Stakeholder Letters Push Corporate Sustainability Improvements
Letters remains an important mode for addressing environmental, social, and governance issues, encompassing a broader swath than simply communication between shareowners and companies.

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Glass Lewis Adds KLD Proxy Voting Guidelines to Proxy Voting Platform
The move increases the availability of socially responsible investing proxy voting guidelines, but it remains to be seen if it inspires Glass Lewis to support more SRI resolutions in its own guidelines.

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Votes for Social and Environmental Resolutions Rising, But Proxy Firm Support Still Lagging
Over a quarter of social and environmental resolutions topped 15 percent support this proxy season, but proxy advisory firm recommendations supporting such proposals remain low.

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Barclays Files for Permission to Launch iShares ETF Tracking the Domini Social Index
The exchange-traded fund will likely have a low expense ratio, but will not conduct shareowner engagement like the other fund tracking the DSI, the Green Century Equity Fund, does.

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Shareowner Activists See Progress at TimeWarner, and Room for Improvement
In part one of this two-part article, activists applaud the company on its first corporate social responsibility report while continuing to push on environmental, social, and governance issues.

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Nuns and Priests File Depleted Uranium Bunker Buster Resolution at Three Weapons Companies
The resolution goes to vote next week at Alliant Techsystems, and already received more than double the support needed to re-file next year at Lockheed Martin and Textron.

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Filing Resolutions at Mutual Funds: The Next Frontier for Shareowner Activism?
Eight years after the Northwest Corporate Accountability Project first filed an environmental shareowner resolution, it will finally go to vote at the Merrill Lynch Global Allocation Fund.

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Survey Reveals TIAA-CREF Investor Desire to Up Commitment to SRI
TIAA-CREF promises to respond to participants, of whom over three-quarters prioritize social and environmental considerations in investing choices.

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Missouri Treasurer Implements Anti-Terrorism Screen on State Fund
The screen excludes Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, not necessarily as a genocidal regime, distinguishing this strategy from other Sudan-related state divestment strategies.

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Semantics and Semitics: Presbyterian Church Investment to Focus on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
A recommendation approved by the church General Assembly apologizes to Jews and refines language while reaffirming commitment to corporate engagement with divestment as last resort.

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Stratfor Analysis Says Rise in Support for Shareowner Activism is Hitting a Plateau
The analysis suggests that corporate executives are building up a tolerance to higher resolution votes; mutual fund proxy voting transparency represents the next frontier for shareowner activists to boost votes.

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Correlating Proxy Advisory Firm Recommendations with Voting Results
A look at the link between recommendations by Institutional Shareholder Services, Glass Lewis, and PROXYGovernance and voting results at Citigroup, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Wal-Mart.

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

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Confirming the CalPERS Effect: Academic Study Links Shareowner Activism to Financial Gain
Examining companies targeted for governance reform by the CalPERS Focus List, the study presents data correlating activism to increasing shareowner value as well as cautionary notes.

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Proxy Season Report Geared to Foundations Helps Others Navigate Proxy Landscape
As You Sow Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors report allows for stepping back by providing a useful overview as well as an in-depth look at behind-the-scenes dialogue.

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Conflict of Interests Policies and Practices Vary Widely at Proxy Advisory Firms
Part two of this two-part article examines how Institutional Shareholder Services, Glass Lewis, and PROXY Governance handle potential conflicts of interest.

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Voting Recommendations on Shareowner Resolutions Vary Widely at Proxy Advisory Firms
Part one of this two-part article compares Institutional Shareholder Services, Glass Lewis, and PROXY Governance vote recommendations on resolutions at Citigroup and Chevron.

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Wal-Mart Discloses Equal Employment Opportunity Data
The company joined six others in the S&P 100 that publicly disclose their EEO-1 report, but Wal-Mart still faces shareowner action on union-busting and selling gems mined in Burma.

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Resolution Withdrawals Signal Success in Shareowner Advocacy Early in 2006 Proxy Season
Part one of this two-part article examines withdrawal of resolutions on climate change, sexual orientation nondiscrimination, political contributions, and HIV/AIDS policies.

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KLD and ISS Offer Research Tools for Divesting from Sudanese Genocide and Terrorism
The KLD tool focuses narrowly on the Illinois law mandating divestment from companies doing business with the Sudan; the ISS tool focuses beyond divestment and on other state sponsors of terrorism.

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Using Mutual Fund Proxy Voting Data to Promote More Conscientious Voting
The final installment of this multi-part series steps back to consider the implications of the findings and how to harness them to push mutual funds to support corporate social responsibility.

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Social Investment Forum Trends Report Tracks Rises and Falls of Socially Responsible Investing
The 2005 report documents increases since 2003 in assets overall in SRI, in SRI mutual funds, and in shareholder advocacy, but decreases in overall screened assets and in screened separate accounts.

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Eroding Support for Shareowner Resolutions on Climate Change Revealed by Unpublished Data
In part three of this multi-part article, SocialFunds.com examines unpublished data associated with a recent report on mutual fund proxy voting from The Corporate Library, and finds decreasing support for climate change resolutions.

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Unpublished Data Clarifies SRI Proxy Voting on CSR Resolutions
In part two in this multi-part series, SocialFunds.com examines unpublished data associated with a recent report from The Corporate Library, and finds that statistics are not always what they seem at first glance.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism
The newest in the Megatrends series advances a framework for conscious capitalism that highlights socially responsible investing.

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SRI Community Releases Retailer Guidelines to Avoid Violent Video Game Sales to Kids
The Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility guidelines address underage exposure to graphic violence, strong sexual content, and racist themes, as well as impact on shareholder value.

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PROXY Governance Diversifies Proxy Advisory Choice
The new proxy advisory firm expands options for fiduciaries.

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Shareowner Empowerment Is Alive and Well: a Preview of the 2006 Proxy Season
Part two of this two-part article examines the developing trends in shareowner activism as resolutions are filed for the upcoming proxy season.

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Forging Ahead from the Crossroads: Reviewing the 2005 Proxy Season
Part one of this two-part article looks back at this year's proxy season, which was highlighted by majority vote director election proposals while part two previews the upcoming proxy season.

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.

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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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Changing of the Guard: Vanguard Pulls a Switcheroo on SRI Index Providers
Vanguard is swapping the benchmark for its socially responsible investing index fund from the Calvert Social Index to the FTSE4Good US Select Index.

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ICCR Online Database Eases Access to Information on Shareowner Resolutions
EthVest, the new web-based tool from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, provides access to 2,000-plus shareowner resolutions and 12-plus years of shareowner action.

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

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

NEWS STORY:
Power to the People: Amnesty Launches Grassroots Shareowner Advocacy Program
The SharePower program encourages ordinary people to tell institutional investors holding shares in their name to vote for shareowner resolutions supporting human rights.

NEWS STORY:
Students and States Seek to End Genocide in Sudan Through Divestment Campaigns
Students urge Stanford University to follow in the footsteps of Harvard University by divesting, and urge California senators to pass legislation like Illinois did.

NEWS STORY:
The Ghost of a Shareholder Resolution Haunts ExxonMobil Annual Meeting
Despite an unprecedented 28 percent vote for a first-year climate change resolution and strong support for seven others, the censoring of a resolution quashes shareholder democracy.

NEWS STORY:
Caterpillar Bulldozes Shareowner Concern Over Aiding Alleged Israeli War Crimes
Caterpillar faces a shareowner resolution as well as a lawsuit filed by the family of peace activist Rachel Corrie that cites the Nuremberg Tribunal as precedent in alleging war crime complicity.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--Corporations and the Public Interest: Guiding the Invisible Hand
Steve Lydenberg eloquently describes corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment, fields in which he is an expert, and recommends mechanisms to fuel their trajectories.

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:
Addressing the Israel-Palestine Conflict Through Shareowner Action and Selective Divestment
Part two of this two-part article examines the Presbyterian Church USA's policy of "phased, selective divestment" and the Episcopal Church's decision to study the issue before responding.

NEWS STORY:
To Divest or Not to Divest: Ethical Considerations of Addressing the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Part one of this two-part article examines across-the-board divestment from companies profiting off Israeli policies that harm Palestinians, and the case against divestment.

NEWS STORY:
Divesting from Genocide: More Conversation with Eric Reeves of the Divest Sudan Campaign
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Reeves discusses the significance of actions by the investment and legislative communities to address the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

NEWS STORY:
Divesting From Genocide: A Conversation with Eric Reeves of the Divest Sudan Campaign
In part one of this two-part interview, Mr. Reeves explains why shareowner action and direct dialogue with companies operating in Sudan is not an option in the context of genocide.

NEWS STORY:
The Emergence Story Behind Indigenous Peoples Rights Screens
Socially responsible investment firms also engage in shareowner action on indigenous peoples rights issues.

NEWS STORY:
Jewish Institutional Investors Form Shareholder Engagement Network
The Jewish Shareholder Engagement Network is based on the notion that Jewish tradition supports such shareowner action as active proxy voting and dialogue with companies.

NEWS STORY:
Social Investors Urge World Bank to Adopt Extractive Industries Review Proposals
If adopted by the World Bank, EIR recommendations could serve as a social and environmental best practice benchmark for oil, gas, and mining companies.

NEWS STORY:
Occidental To Adopt Formal Human Rights Policy, Shareowners Withdraw Resolution
Successful shareholder action results in steps towards Occidental formalizing its human rights policy.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Resolution Calls Costco on Cultural Crimes in Mexican Site Development
Shareowners express concern that Costco, which demolished a culturally significant site in Mexico to build a store, may be demolishing its reputation in the process.

NEWS STORY:
British American Tobacco Reluctantly Exits Myanmar
Bowing to pressure from activists and the UK government, BAT sold its interest in its Myanmar operation, though it will continue to license its cigarette brands there.

NEWS STORY:
ISIS Product Offers Shareowner Action without Portfolio Management
Institutional investors can use ISIS's Responsible Engagement Overlay to promote better social and environmental performance at companies through dialogue, proxy voting, shareowner resolution filing, and research.

NEWS STORY:
New Proxy Voting Recommendation Service Provides Choice, Objectivity
Investor Responsibility Research Center teams with Glass, Lewis & Co. to provide proxy voting recommendations and voting services to institutional investors.

NEWS STORY:
Institutional Investor Practices SRI Through Shareowner Action
The Nathan Cummings Foundation prioritizes shareowner action by actively voting its proxies, filing shareowner resolutions, and dialoguing with companies on social issues.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Eurosif Releases Transparency Guidelines for European SRI Funds
Eurosif asks socially responsible investment firms to disclose their policies and procedures around SRI issues.

NEWS STORY:
Investors Managing $3 Trillion Back Blair's Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
Developing countries are being prodded to support oil and mining companies disclosure of payments the companies make to governments.

NEWS STORY:
Religious Institutions Issue Benchmarks for Corporate Social Responsibility Performance
A global coalition of religious activists have published the third edition of a comprehensive set of guidelines for corporate social and environmental performance.

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

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.

NEWS STORY:
Oekom Applauds Insurers Employing SRI but Chides Rest of Sector's Non-Transparency
Lack of transparency prevented the German corporate research firm from conducting corporate responsibility ratings on the majority of global insurance companies.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: Socially Responsible Investment: A Global Revolution
A new book is generous in its history of socially responsible investing, but it shortchanges readers with its definition of SRI and its coverage of SRI's globalization.

NEWS STORY:
The Black and White and Gray Areas of Military and Weapons Screening
Most social investors screen out companies that derive revenue from military-related products and services or weapons manufacturing. However, a zero tolerance screen is unusual.

NEWS STORY:
ICCR Proxy Resolutions Book Gauges Shareowner Action Climate
In its new publication, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility rounds up the social and environmental shareowner resolutions to be voted on in the 2003 proxy season.

NEWS STORY:
Presbyterian Funds Honor Their History in SRI by Performing Well in the Present
New Covenant Funds, which trace its SRI roots back well beyond its 1999 inception date, offers several mutual funds that have been performing better than their peers.

NEWS STORY:
Talisman Leaves Sudan But Remains on Social Investment Nix List
Canadian SRI rating agency recommends investors continue to avoid investment in Talisman due to ongoing human rights and environmental concerns.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Calls for Shareowner Action Continue to Rise on U.S. Campuses
Swarthmore this year became the first college to singly file a shareowner resolution since the end of the anti-apartheid movement, and campuses across the U.S. are calling for divestment from Israel.

NEWS STORY:
Annual Meeting Focuses Pressure on ExxonMobil
Some shareowners and NGOs claim that ExxonMobil's environmental and social practices are hurting the company's profitability.

NEWS STORY:
Debate Continues Over Effects of CalPERS' Divestment from Emerging Market Countries
Although CalPERS may reverse its decision to divest from the Philippines, the question of how other emerging markets will be affected by divestment remains unanswered.

NEWS STORY:
Campaign Calls for U.S. Pharmaceutical Companies to Allow Inspections for Bio-Weapons
A non-profit watchdog is advocating mandatory inspection of chemical manufacturers capable of producing bio-weapons, a measure opposed by a U.S. pharmaceutical industry group.

NEWS STORY:
Directing the Faithful Call for Corporate Social Responsibility
An interview with Sister Patricia Wolf, executive director of ICCR, reveals how ICCR has remained a driving force in the corporate social responsibility movement and what might be in store for ICCR in the future.

NEWS STORY:
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)

NEWS STORY:
Group Invites Grantmakers to Invest with Their Values
The Foundation Partnership for Corporate Responsibility seeks to help foundations bring their investment principles in line with their mission.

NEWS STORY:
Proxy Monitor Buys ISS
Move gives one firm significant power in influencing the proxy votes of institutional investors.

NEWS STORY:
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.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review: The New Global Investors
Robert Monks calls on institutional investors to exercise their rights as shareowners and hold senior managers accountable for company performance and practices.

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.

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:
Citigroup Shareowner Resolutions Yield Mixed Results
Three of five resolutions achieve thresholds for resubmission next year.

NEWS STORY:
BP Amoco Feeling Pressure on PetroChina Holdings
Protests held last week support a shareholder resolution demanding BP Amoco's divestiture from Chinese energy company.

NEWS STORY:
Military Spending: Reprioritizing Pork
Citizens join social investors asking, "How much is enough" national defense, and at what cost?

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