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

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 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 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: 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
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: 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 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 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: 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 | 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 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 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 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 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.

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: 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: 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.

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: 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 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: 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: 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 | 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.

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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 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: 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 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 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 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 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 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 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: 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 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 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: SUSTAINABLE DEVEOPMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Twenty Years on, Corporate Sustainability Still Lacking
In its annual rating of the sustainability performance of the world's largest companies, oekom research finds that only one in six demonstrate adequate commitment.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SOCIAL ISSUES
After Double-Checking the Definition of Plutonic
Encouraged by a morning's reading of recent posts in Peter Kinder's excellent blog The Bell, a writer meditates upon the uncertain finish to the race between sustainability and overconsumption of resources.

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

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

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

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: 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 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: 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 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.

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 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 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: 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 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 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: 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 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: 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 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 | 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 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: 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 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: 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 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 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 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 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.

INTERVIEW:
Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant: Shareholder Activists Promote Corporate Transparency
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Sanford Lewis of the Investor Environmental Health Network on his shareholder activism promoting corporate disclosure

INTERVIEW:
Bob Monks: ExxonMobil Exemplifies Corpocracy
SocialFunds writers Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon interview corporate governance advocate Bob Monks about his shareholder activism at ExxonMobil and his new book, Corpocracy.

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

NEWS STORY: SCREENING,SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM,COMMUNITY INVESTING
SRI Assets Surge Ahead
New socially responsible investing study reports one dollar out of every nine dollars under professional management is invested responsibly.

INTERVIEW: SHAREHOLDER ADVOCACY: HUMAN RIGHTS
Shareholder Activists Try New Tactic in Divestment Campaign
Activists are bringing resolutions to shareholder meetings of mutual funds in a bid to widen pressure on companies doing business with the Sudanese government.

NEWS STORY: SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM
Supreme Court Rules on Naming Secondary Actors in Fraud Cases
In a ruling last week, the Supreme Court laid out what businesses can be held liable under current securities fraud laws.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ADVOCACY
SEC Sacrifices Shareholder Rights to Achieve Temporary Certainty
Instead of reaffirming shareholder rights to file resolutions to nominate directors, the SEC cites uncertainty as a rationale for stripping these rights.

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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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The Subprime Meltdown and SRI: Engage, Avoid, Predict
Shareowner activists engaged banks on predatory lending long before the subprime crisis climaxed, and SRI research predicted the meltdown in time to avoid some impacts.

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Proxy Advisors Come Out Clean
A report from the Government Accountability Office finds that the largest proxy advisor ISS and other advisor firms disclose potential conflicts of interest.

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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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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.

NEWS STORY:
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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Mutual Funds Inch Toward More Conscientious Proxy Voting on Social and Environmental Resolutions
Corporate social responsibility resolutions addressing climate change reveal the increasing complexity of assessing proxy voting records.

NEWS STORY:
Shareholders Ask Companies for Transparency on Corporate Political Giving
With 43 companies facing shareholder resolutions on political accountability this proxy season, a handful of companies have already reached agreements with filers on this issue.

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From Competition to Cooperation: Companies Collaborate on Social and Environmental Issues
Collaborative initiatives bring together companies, investors, and activists to address issues such as online freedom of expression, climate change, and labor rights in the global supply chain.

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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TXU Shareowners File Three Resolutions Questioning Wisdom of Pulverized Coal Plants
Part one of this two-part article examines how shareowners are raising environmental and regulatory concerns over the TXU coal expansion plan, as well as environmentally preferable alternatives to coal such as energy efficiency.

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Retailers Improve on Keeping Violent Video Games Out of the Hands of Children
An Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility report also identifies several areas where the seven companies examined stand to improve performance--predominantly on disclosure.

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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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How to Do Sustainble Banking
BankTrack, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations promoting social and environmental responsibility in the finance sector, issues a guide to best practices in sustainable banking.

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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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Blue Funds to Invest in Companies that Support Democrats
The two new funds seek to capitalize on research that finds that Democrat-supporting companies significantly outperform Republican-supporting companies.

NEWS STORY:
Carbon Disclosure Project Finds Tipping Point in Awareness But Not Action on Climate Risks
CDP4 reveals almost three quarters of FT500 tracking their greenhouse gas emissions, but less than half of those who think climate change poses risks are reducing GHG emissions.

NEWS STORY:
Academic Joins Shareowners in Advocating Corporate Lobbying Reform
Yale University Professor Bob Repetto issues paper calling for companies to rapidly adopt best practice on corporate lobbying, including oversight and approval by independent directors.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Green Century Equity Fund Seeks Shareowner Okay to Continue Tracking Domini Social Index
Green Century also announced its intention to lower the expense ratio for the fund with aim of enlarging the fund's investor base.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowners Push TimeWarner on Movies Depicting Smoking, Recycled Paper, and Pay Disparity
Part two of this two-part article documents steps forward made by TimeWarner, as well as areas where shareowner activists continue to press for progress.

NEWS STORY:
First Socially Responsible Investing Portfolio Devoted to Diversity Launched
Minority-owned Creative Investment Research conceived of the portfolio to promote corporate diversity while targeting women and minority investors for economic empowerment.

NEWS STORY:
The Pages of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility
Books addressing climate change dominate the fourth annual SocialFunds.com Summer Reading List recommended by socially responsible investing and corporate social responsibility leaders.

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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Canadian SRI Funds Perform On Par with Mainstream Funds
A survey of Canadian socially responsible investing funds finds a broad range of rigorousness in assessing corporate social and environmental sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Corporate Shenanigans: Companies Dis Shareowners at Annual Meetings
Home Depot exemplifies a phenomenon of companies manipulating annual meeting protocols to disempower shareowners, following in the footsteps of Weyerhaeuser, Whole Foods, and others.

NEWS STORY:
Amgen Recommends Support for Political Donations Resolution, Bolstering Broader Campaign
The Center for Political Accountability, which coordinates the political contributions campaign, released a report on trade association contributions that previews its 2007 proxy season strategy.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Investor Environmental Health Network Addresses Product Toxicity Through Safer Alternatives
The network is coordinating 11 shareowner resolutions addressing product toxicity at companies such as Avon, Becton-Dickinson, CVS, Dow, DuPont, and Whole Foods Market, among others.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Bush Administration Proposes Axing Equal Opportunity Survey
The survey gathers tenure-track and compensation information by gender and race that is unavailable elsewhere, prompting socially responsible investors and others to oppose the move.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Resolutions Overcome Obstacles to Promote Sustainability Reporting
A campaign advocating for sustainability reporting refines its strategies, shifting from requiring adherence to recommending Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

NEWS STORY:
Corporate Action on Climate Change Improves Over Past Three Years, But Still Insufficient
A report from Ceres benchmarks corporate governance on climate change, finding steady gains by leaders while some laggards leapfrog toward the top and other laggards stagnate at the bottom.

NEWS STORY:
Thirty Years and Counting: Cofounder Wayne Silby Recounts the Birth of Calvert
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Calvert, SocialFunds.com speaks with co-founder Wayne Silby about its genesis, development, and future.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Whole Foods Market Gags Shareowners at Annual Meeting
A leader on corporate social responsibility, Whole Foods lags on corporate governance by stymieing shareowner democracy.

NEWS STORY:
SEC Forces Chevron, Dow, and CVS to Include Shareowner Resolutions on Their Proxies
Part two of this two-part article examines no-action activity thus far in the 2006 proxy season, focusing on attempts to apply the personal grievance rule and expand a new risk assessment rule.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Action on Product Toxicity Shifts from Isolated Resolutions to Become a Campaign
Fueling this development is the increasing visibility of product toxicity in the news, with the Environmental Protection Agency issuing record fines.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
The Corporate Library Report on Mutual Fund Proxy Voting Finds Stagnation and Even Retreat
Part one of this multi-part series discusses the report findings on decreasing mainstream fund support for CSR resolutions; subsequent articles examine unpublished data from the research.

NEWS STORY:
GE Comes Clean, Disclosing Costs Related to PCB Cleanup on the Hudson
The move prompts the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, which characterized some of these expenditures as delay tactics, to withdraw its shareowner resolution requesting this information.

NEWS STORY:
Top Five Socially Responsible Investing News Stories of 2005
Socially responsible investing, corporate social responsibility, and microfinance embraced by the mainstream; shareowner advocates withdraw several climate change resolutions as companies agree to report; and exchange traded funds apply SRI strategies.

NEWS STORY:
EPA Tries to Pull a Disappearing Act on the Toxics Release Inventory
In response to the Environmental Protection Agency proposal to dilute TRI, the socially responsible investing community launches the SaveTRI.org website.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Socially Responsible Investing Advances Anti-Racism in Helping Rebuild New Orleans
In addition to supporting community investment and leveraging influence through shareowner advocacy, social investors can help rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina by naming root problems.

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

NEWS STORY:
New International Finance Corporation Sustainability Standards: Watershed or Watered Down?
A group of socially responsible investors express concern over perceived shortcomings in the proposed IFC policy revisions, while the IFC points out where the policies break new ground.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Wal-Mart Embraces Sustainability: Does the SRI Community Buy It?
Socially responsible investors cautiously applaud Wal-Mart for committing to social and environmental sustainability, but remain highly skeptical about actual implementation.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Third Carbon Disclosure Project Survey Finds Increasing Action on Climate Change
CDP3, now sponsored by 155 institutional investors with more than $21 trillion in assets, also reveals some significant footdragging by the Financial Times 500 companies.

NEWS STORY:
Labor Day List Celebrates Corporate-Union Collaboration
The inaugural list launched by American Rights at Work spotlights positive relationships between companies and their workers.

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Shareowner Resolution Asks Monsanto to Create Ethics Oversight Committee
The company stonewalls inquiries related to the resolution, which springs from a $1.5 million settlement with the SEC and DOJ earlier this year regarding a bribe Monstanto paid in Indonesia.

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:
TIAA-CREF Creates New Director of Social Investing Post But Refrains From Some SRI Strategies
TIAA-CREF enhances its proxy voting and practices some community investment, but finds obstacles to supporting community development financial institutions and SRI venture capital.

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.

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IFC Urged to Include Corporate Screens and Address Climate Change in New Standards
A group of socially responsible investment practitioners recommends revisions to new International Finance Corporation social and environmental sustainability standards.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--The Bhopal Reader: Remembering Twenty Years of the World's Worst Industrial Disaster
A collection of primary and secondary sources spanning the twenty-year quest for corporate accountability from Union Carbide and now Dow for the 1984 chemical leak that killed thousands upon thousands.

NEWS STORY:
Institutional Investors Call on SEC, Wall Street, and Companies to Address Climate Risk
The second Investor Summit on Climate Risk focused on information, from the perspectives of disclosure, data generation, and analysis, as a key to transforming climate risk into opportunity.

NEWS STORY:
Virgin Trees in Kleenex: Greenpeace Lambasts Kimberly-Clark Fiber Sourcing
Between 15 and 30 percent of K-C tissue products fiber originates from the Canadian Boreal Forest, according to a Greenpeace report, and only 19 percent of its fiber is recycled.

NEWS STORY:
Report Asserts Shareholders Have The Right To Know More About DuPont PFOA Liabilities
The report documents information on perfluorooctanoic acid, a Teflon ingredient associated with human health hazards, which DuPont withheld from federal regulators and investors alike.

NEWS STORY:
JPMorgan Chase Environmental Policy Triggers Tipping Point for US Bank Sustainability
The JPMC policy surpasses environmental best practice established by Citigroup and Bank of America in some areas, but also lags these sustainability leaders in others.

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

NEWS STORY:
SRI Funds Vote Proxies More Conscientiously Than Conventional Funds on Corporate Governance
A study on proxy voting by socially responsible investment and conventional funds finds SRI funds voting against management more often on social, environmental, and governance issues.

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

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

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

NEWS STORY:
Coffee, Tea, or . . . Liqueur? Pax World Alcohol Screen Forces Reluctant Divestment from Starbucks
While Pax World applies a zero tolerance alcohol screen, other socially responsible investment firms set thresholds for retailers based on the percentage of revenues derived from alcohol sales.

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

NEWS STORY:
Biting the Hand That Feeds: Mutual Fund Ties to Corporate Clients Can Affect Proxy Voting
Study reveals that individual mutual fund firms do not alter proxy voting whether companies are clients or non-clients, but fund firms with more clients tend to vote and adopt voting policies favoring management.

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

NEWS STORY:
Carrots and Sweets: Tying Executive Remuneration to Extra-Financial Performance Indicators
A report from Henderson Global Investors and Universities Superannuation Scheme finds incentives for extra-financial performance tied to short-term instead of long-term indicators.

NEWS STORY:
Binding Resolutions and Coordination Circumvent Structural Limitations of Shareowner Action
A preview of the 2005 proxy season reveals tactics that challenge the systemic imbalance of power favoring corporate management and directors over shareowners.

NEWS STORY:
Speaking From Both Sides of the Mouth: The Art and Science of Corporate Tax Avoidance
Three reports--by a US tax watchdog, a pair of US academics, and a UK socially responsible investment firm--find troubling trends in corporate tax strategies.

NEWS STORY:
ConocoPhillips Bows Out of Arctic Power, Green Century Withdraws ANWR Resolution
The oil company left the group lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a year ago and neglected to inform resolution filers, who were nonetheless pleased with the development.

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:
Dell and Starbucks First Companies to Endorse Calvert Women's Principles
The two companies publicly commit to implement the code in their business practices, setting a precedent for other companies to follow in promoting parity for women in business.

NEWS STORY:
Corporations Fight to Keep Political Contributions in the Closet
The Center for Political Accountability expands its campaign by advancing shareowner resolutions asking companies to disclose political donations and to provide a business rationale for them.

NEWS STORY:
Two Reports Reveal Proxy Votes Rubber-Stamp Management Recommendations
One finds the majority of top US mutual funds voting against climate change resolutions, the other finds contradictory proxy by Canadian pension fund managers.

NEWS STORY:
Ford HIV Report Exemplifies New Shareowner Action Strategy
Ford joins Coca-Cola, Cinergy, and others heeding shareowner resolutions requesting reporting on social and environmental issues, but it remains to be seen how far the strategy will extend.

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.

NEWS STORY:
Paul Hawken Critiques Socially Responsible Investment: Is He On Target or Off Base?
A Natural Capital Institute report criticizes SRI for lack of standards and transparency on screening and holdings for shareowner action.

NEWS STORY:
Graphing Graft: Transparency International Finds Rampant Corruption in 60 Countries
The tenth annual Corruption Perceptions Index highlights the acute problem of corruption in oil-rich countries.

NEWS STORY:
Socially Responsible Investment Assets On the Up and Up Down Under
The Ethical Investment Association in Australia reports that SRI assets have doubled in the three years it has been producing benchmarking surveys.

NEWS STORY:
Are Electronic Components Producers Ready for Environmental Regulation?
A Citizens Advisors study surveys 26 electronics components companies, and projects that many of them will be unprepared for European Union laws taking effect in 2006.

NEWS STORY:
Abortion, Sexual Orientation Reveal Diversity of Socially Responsible Investment
The umbrella of socially responsible investment encompasses a wide diversity of values, running the gamut from social progressivism to cultural conservatism.

NEWS STORY:
Memo From: SRI Analysts To: Companies--Use GRI Sustainability Reporting Platform!
A coalition of 17 socially responsible investment firms recommends that companies disclose social and environmental data using the Global Reporting Initiative.

NEWS STORY:
Material Risks of Genetic Engineering Undisclosed by Food Companies, Report Says
A survey of the 35 largest food processors finds only two mentioning genetic engineering risks in their annual reports, and none analyzing these risks.

NEWS STORY:
About Face: Cintas Settles Lawsuit and Supports Vendor Standards Resolution
In his apology, Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management highlights the need for accurate information, which Cintas promises to supply in the report requested by the resolution.

NEWS STORY:
New Web Tool Identifies Climate Risk and Opportunity in 24 Biggest Mutual Funds
KLD Research & Analytics information reveals both positive and negative corporate performance on climate change, allowing retail investors to lobby their mutual funds.

NEWS STORY:
As Mutual Funds Prepare to Reveal Proxy Votes, Guideline Disclosure Acts as Acid Test
Investor-friendly website accessibility to mutual funds' proxy voting guidelines may signal proxy voting record accessibility and investor-friendly proxy voting.

NEWS STORY:
Got Water? Report Recommends Solutions for Businesses To Address Water Scarcity
A new Pacific Institute report outlines the impacts on business of water scarcity, and offers ten steps companies can take to help solve these problems.

NEWS STORY:
US Banks Criticized for Involvement in China State Bank Bonds
Nongovernmental organizations and socially responsible investing firms criticize US banks for selling Chinese bonds that fund socially and environmentally problematic projects.

NEWS STORY:
How Do SRI Firms Walk Their Talk When It Comes to Corporate Social Responsibility?
Socially responsible investment firms take particulars such as scale and sector into account in their CSR expectations at the companies they own and in their own operations.

NEWS STORY:
Accuracy of Dow Chemical Statements and SEC Filings Questioned
On behalf of two socially responsible investment firms, an environmental attorney asks the SEC to probe the factuality of public statements and filings made by Dow Chemical.

NEWS STORY:
The Value of Transformation: The Catholic Equity Fund
After transforming itself from three actively managed funds into one index fund, the Catholic Equity Fund works to transform corporate practice through shareowner advocacy.

NEWS STORY:
Can Corporate Social Responsibility Put the Brakes on HIV in Africa?
A field report from Africa by Dan Rosan of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.

NEWS STORY:
Keeping Score: The Mathematics and Linguistics of the World Bank Extractive Industries Review
World Bank Group management and socially responsible investors interpret EIR recommendations differently.

NEWS STORY:
Senate Calls on the SEC to Enforce Environmental Disclosure Regulations
A series of reports issued at a Senate symposium detail how insufficient disclosure of environmental liabilities results from lack of SEC enforcement.

NEWS STORY:
Rule Proposal Requires Canadian Mutual Funds To Disclose Proxy Votes and Guidelines
New Canadian Securities Administrators rule closely resembles the US Securities and Exchange rule.

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:
ExxonMobil Mocks Climate Change, Maine Treasurer Finds It No Laughing Matter
Senior management remains resolute in its disbelief of climate change risk.

NEWS STORY:
Companies Ignore Majority Votes on Shareowner Resolutions
Some high-profile companies are taking advantage of the non-binding nature of shareowner resolutions.

NEWS STORY:
Carbon Disclosure Project Report and Greenhouse Gas Protocol Release Second Editions
Climate change initiatives get a significant boost this month with the release of two revised editions of a report and a protocol for addressing global warming.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Resolution Withdrawn as JP Morgan Chase Addresses Environmental Risks
A group of socially responsible investment advocates withdrew a shareowner resolution from JP Morgan Chase when the company established an office of environmental affairs.

NEWS STORY:
Dell First US Computer Company to Commit to a Global Recycling Goal
In its 2004 Sustainability Report, Dell commits to increase its fiscal year 2005 computer recycling 50 percent over fiscal year 2004 levels.

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

NEWS STORY:
Avon Shareowners Withdraw Two Resolutions Before Annual Meeting
Avon agreed to hold annual board of director elections and to phase out phthalates from its products, prompting shareowners to withdraw their resolutions on these two issues.

NEWS STORY:
Three More Companies Address Climate Risk, So Shareowners Withdraw Resolutions
Shareowners withdrew climate change resolutions at Southern Company and TXU, which agreed to issue reports, and at Reliant, which agreed to expand disclosure.

NEWS STORY:
First-Year Resolution on HIV/AIDS Garners Significant Support at Pharmaceuticals
The HIV/AIDS pandemic threatens human life and shareowner value, according to a shareowner resolution filed at companies in the pharmaceutical, oil, and beverage sectors.

NEWS STORY:
Tyco Recommends Vote in Favor of Shareowner Resolution, Joining Three Others
While companies routinely recommend voting against shareowner resolutions, four companies so far this proxy season have bucked this standard approach.

NEWS STORY:
Socially Responsible Investment Runs the Gamut on Animal Welfare and Testing
Investors who prioritize respect for animals have a range of options, from funds that use shareowner action alone to specialty SRI firms with stringent animal welfare screens.

NEWS STORY:
Into Africa: The Paradox of Socially Responsible Investing in the Developing Continent
To support sustainability in Africa, social investors can invest directly outside the SRI community, or else they can pursue community investment and shareowner action.

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:
Students Call for More Disclosure on University Hedge Fund Investments
Frustrated by the opacity of universities' hedge fund investments in terms of their social and environmental impacts, students request dialogue with hedge fund firm.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Five Companies Comply with Terms of Shareowner Resolutions in One Week
In less than seven days, Dover, Masco, Cinergy, AEP, and Bank of Montreal all abided by the requests of investors, a major achievement for shareowner action.

NEWS STORY:
Cintas Defamation Suit Challenges Shareowner Free Speech Rights
Cintas files a defamation lawsuit against Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management for alleging that the company uses sweatshop labor in Haiti.

NEWS STORY:
ExxonMobil Contributed Five Percent of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Last 120 Years
Friends of the Earth releases two studies that attribute one twentieth of global climate change to ExxonMobil. The company questions these findings, as it questions climate change.

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:
Film Depicts Environmental and Social Reporting Disappearing in SEC Black Hole
A documentary film by environmental attorney Sanford Lewis reveals the SEC's failure to enforce its rules requiring companies to disclose environmental and social liabilities.

NEWS STORY:
Many Companies Cannot Verify Whether Their Palm Oil Is Produced Sustainably
An ISIS Asset Management report finds that few companies can trace the source of their palm oil up their supply chain to confirm whether or not it is produced sustainably.

NEWS STORY:
‘Tis the Season to Bar Sexual Orientation Discrimination
The New York City Employees Retirement System files a shareowner resolution asking 11 Fortune 500 companies to explicitly bar sexual orientation discrimination.

NEWS STORY:
Top Five Social Investing News Stories of 2003
The major social investing news stories of the year include SEC reforms, stock exchanges mandating social, environmental, and corporate governance practices, and climate risk assessment defined as a fiduciary duty.

NEWS STORY:
2004 Proxy Season Glimpse: HIV/AIDS Shareowner Campaign Shifts from Conflict to Collaboration
The 2004 proxy season has commenced with an instance of cooperation between a company and its shareowners (Part two of a two-part article.)

NEWS STORY:
2003 Proxy Season Roundup: Shareowner Action Success Measured On and Off the Record
While the 2003 proxy season produced some impressive numbers, shareowner advocates also define success in ways that are not easily quantifiable (Part one of a two-part article.)

NEWS STORY:
Women Sit in Less Than a Seventh of Fortune 500 Board of Director Seats
According to a new Catalyst report, women will inhabit less than a quarter of Fortune 500 board director seats by 2023, though regulations and shareowner action may change this.

NEWS STORY:
Watchdog Fund Established to Take a Bite Out of Corporate Governance Malfeasance
The new investment vehicle is part mutual fund, part shareowner advocate, and part hedge fund.

NEWS STORY:
Two New Real Assets Funds Attract $25 Million in Their First Two Months
The Real Assets Social Leaders Fund and Social Impact Balanced Fund are off to a flying start, re-invigorating social investing in Canada.

NEWS STORY:
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).

NEWS STORY:
Institutional Investors Send Wall Street Wake-Up Call to Address Climate Risk
At a UN Summit, state treasurers and other institutional investors issue a ten-point call for action for companies, investment analysts, and fiduciaries to address climate risk (part one of a two-part article).

NEWS STORY:
Social Investment Forum’s Trends Report Tracks Rises and Falls in SRI
Assets in screened portfolios grew since 2001, while overall assets in socially responsible investments fell during the same time period, according to SIF’s 2003 Trends Report.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Short Selling: an Oxymoron, or Mutually Reinforcing Strategies?
Socially responsible investing strategies rarely include short selling, though this tactic may in fact eclipse other SRI strategies in its ability to effect change.

NEWS STORY:
Resolutions Ask TIAA-CREF to Practice the Good Corporate Governance It Preaches
TIAA-CREF faces several resolutions asking it to reconcile its strong corporate governance advocacy with what filers describe as its own weak governance policies.

NEWS STORY:
Socially Responsible Investment Through 401k Plans Comes of Age
Since the late 1990s, there has been a boom in socially responsible investment through 401k retirement plans.

NEWS STORY:
Social Investors Recommend Best Practice for Coalbed Methane Extraction
A shareowner action campaign proactively asks companies to practice environmental and social responsibility in extracting coalbed methane.

NEWS STORY:
Walden Asks Companies to Allow Shareowners to Ratify Auditors
Walden Asset Management wrote letters to 45 companies asking them to allow shareowners to ratify the board's choice of auditor, a procedure that is routine.

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:
Shareowner Action Prompts Procter & Gamble to Sell Fair Trade Coffee
In response to a shareowner action campaign, Procter & Gamble launched a Fair Trade Certified coffee; critics challenge the company to commit more fully to sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
SEC Report on Shareowner Nomination of Directors Opens Some Doors, But May Close Others
A recent SEC report recommends several solutions for allowing shareowners access to director nominations, but social investors worry it may not solve some problems.

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:
Pension Funds and Mutual Funds Influence Their Holdings Differently
Academic studies discern between how pension funds and mutual funds wield influence as institutional shareowners, but the studies lack methods sophisticated enough to evaluate the effects of SRI.

NEWS STORY:
McDonald's Phases Out Animal Growth Promotion Antibiotics from Global Supply Chain
McDonald's, which is often the first in its sector to introduce sustainable practices, will end use of animal growth promotion antibiotics, but does this make the company socially responsible?

NEWS STORY:
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.

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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Shareowners Press Avon to Walk the Walk
Shareowners vote overwhelmingly for board independence at Avon while questions about potential carcinogens in its products linger.

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Canadian Greenhouse Gas and Toxic Emissions Resolution Garners Near Record Support
A near majority of IPSCO shareowners voted in favor of a resolution asking the company to report on its greenhouse gas and toxic emissions.

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The Switch to Socially Responsible Investing Affords Choice and Confers Power
The continuation of one investor's story of how he chose SRI mutual funds, and his reflections on the power of socially responsible investing (part two of a two-part article).

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Will Dover Heed Shareowners' Loud Call for Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination?
Almost half of Dover shareowners want the company to explicitly add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy, but the company has yet to commit to such a decision.

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The Answer to the Coffee Crisis? Farmers Want Fair Price, Kraft Says Increase Demand
Calls for fair prices and Fair Trade Certified coffee by social investors, coffee farmers, and Oxfam go unheeded by Kraft.

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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.

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PepsiCo Shareowners Will Address the Business Risks of Water Scarcity
The SEC is requiring PepsiCo's to allow its shareowners to vote on a resolution regarding the business risks of water scarcity.

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Mutual Fund Industry Takes Last Stab at Blocking Proxy Voting Disclosure
The Investment Company Institute, the mutual fund industry trade group, continues to lobby against new SEC rules that require disclosure of proxy voting policies and records.

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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.

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Meritas Launches Four New SRI Funds for Canadian Group Pension Plans
A mainstream group pension plan provider in Canada contracted Meritas Financial to create and manage four new SRI mutual funds for retirement plan investors.

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SEC Tells Mutual Funds To Disclose Their Proxy Votes
The Securities and Exchange Commission voted in favor of rule changes that require mutual fund companies to disclose their proxy voting policies and their actual proxy votes.

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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.

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Record Shareowner Vote Prompts Cracker Barrel to Bar Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Reversing more than a decade of opposition, Cracker Barrel's parent company bars sexual orientation discrimination in it Equal Employment Opportunity policy.

NEWS STORY:
BP Abandons Group Lobbying for Oil Drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
British oil company chooses to disengage from the Arctic Power lobby group and will only seek to drill in the ANWR if the people and the politicians endorse it.

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.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Oxfam Launches Coffee Rescue Plan
Oxfam International's new effort to promote the fair trade of coffee garners immediate support from Domini Social Investments.

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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.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Mutual Funds Continue and Enhance Corporate Governance Screening
While the SRI industry has long screened for corporate governance criteria, the recent accounting scandals have prompted the development of more comprehensive corporate governance screens.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Income Funds Yield Competitive Dividends
Often overlooked, SRI income funds allow social investors to diversify their portfolios.

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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.

NEWS STORY:
South African Community Growth Fund Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
The Community Growth Fund invests in South African companies committed to sustainable development and triple bottom line reporting.

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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.

NEWS STORY:
Shareowner Support for Resolutions Increases Significantly This Proxy Season
Support for proposals concerning corporate governance as well as social and environmental issues in the 2002 proxy season is reaching record levels.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Simulations Beat Benchmarks
The Triple Bottom Line Simulation demonstrates to institutional investors how socially responsible investing generates positive financial, social, and environmental returns.

NEWS STORY:
EMC Shareowners Vote for a More Independent and Diverse Board
At the recent EMC annual meeting, a board independence resolution received majority support, while a board diversity resolution easily surpassed the SEC threshold for resubmission.

NEWS STORY:
Fund Applies Socially Responsible Investing Principles to South African Markets
Fraters Earth Equity Fund promotes positive corporate governance by engaging with the South African companies in which it invests.

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.

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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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EMC Maintains Firewall on Its Board Diversity Efforts
The computer hard drive giant continues to resist sharing its board diversity initiatives with investors, and now is petitioning the SEC to omit socially responsible shareowner resolutions from its proxy.

NEWS STORY:
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.

NEWS STORY:
Tomato Pickers Boycott Taco Bell for Higher Wages
Borrowing a tactic from anti-sweatshop campaigns, tomato pickers seek a sustainable living wage by appealing to Taco Bell, the primary purchaser of the tomatoes they pick.

NEWS STORY:
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.

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

NEWS STORY:
Pax Goes Public with Proxy Voting Results
The first socially responsible fund becomes the second to publicize the results of their proxy voting activities.

NEWS STORY:
Aquinas Funds Makes Social Investing a Matter of Faith
The leading Catholic family of mutual funds finds common ground with socially responsible investors, and leads the way in shareholder dialogue.

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Religious Investors Find New Frontiers at MMA Praxis
The Mennonite mutual fund family leads the way to more complete program of socially responsible investing.

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Business Ethics Announces Six Social Investment Award Winners
Mutual funds and community investment firms gain high honors for both performance and social activism.

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Friends of the Earth Launches On-line Guide to Shareholder Activism
A web-based handbook from the national environmental group provides strategy and resources for shareholder activists.

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SEC Commissioner Speaks Out on Mutual Fund Proxy Voting
Commissioner Paul Carey brings the shareholder voting priorities of mutual fund investment advisers to light.

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Green Century Co-sponsors Resolution Against ARCO
Environmental advocates re-file shareholder resolution calling on oil giant to cancel drilling plans in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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