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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: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Impact Measurement Can Drive Business Value
The Global Impact Investing Network surveys impact investors and learns that in addition to environmental and social benefits, measuring their investments can improve financial performance.

NEWS STORY: 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: 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: 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 | 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 | GLOBAL HEALTH | FOOD INDUSTRY
Investors Challenge Food Companies on Antibiotics
The collaborative investor network Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return writes to ten of the largest restaurant chains, requesting policies addressing overuse of medically necessary antibiotics.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Win Battles for Shareowner Votes on Climate at Exxon
Resolutions addressing the moral imperative of limiting climate change and the manner in which the company reports oil reserves replacement will appear on proxy ballot following SEC decision.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Launched
Members of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark complete methodology based in part on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and plan to publish the first benchmark of corporate human rights performance in November.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
A Wealth of Insights in the 2016 Proxy Preview
Report authors Heidi Welsh and Michael Passoff detail a total of 314 pending shareowner resolutions, the majority of which target environmental issues and corporate political activities.

NEWS STORY: 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
In Wake of COP21, Shareowners Challenge Corporate Lobbying on Climate
A shareowner initiative coordinated by Walden Asset Management requests that fossil fuel companies disclose lobbying activities and review public policy advocacy on energy policy and climate change. Second in a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Sustainable Investors Respond to Climate Pact
With COP21 Climate Conference in Paris ending with agreement intended to keep global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius, investors envision portfolios focused on renewable energy. First in a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | 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: 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: 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
Holy Land Principles Calls for Fair Employment in Palestine
Modeled on the MacBride Principles of Northern Ireland, the eight Holy Land Principles call on US companies doing business in Israel and Palestine to practice fair employment.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investors Call on Corporations to Oppose Chamber's Challenge to Clean Power Plan
Fifty prominent members of the Chamber of Commerce receive letters from investors, requesting that they address contradictions between their public positions on climate change and their funding of the Chamber's opposition to the Clean Power Plan.

NEWS STORY: 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 | 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: 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: 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.

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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
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: 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: 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 | 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 | 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 | 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: 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: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Ratchet Up Engagement Over Stranded Assets
Undeterred by ExxonMobil's plan to burn all fossil fuel reserves already on its books, As You Sow and Arjuna Capital file a shareowner resolution requesting that the company return capital to investors rather than embark on further exploration.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Record High Support for ESG Resolutions by Shareowners in 2014
More resolutions addressing environmental, social, and corporate governance issues were filed by shareowners in 2014 than ever before, and proxy voting results thus far indicate record support for them as well.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Generic Drug Prices and Clinical Trials Come Under Scrutiny
A number of recent new reports call into question some commitments to corporate social responsibility by companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
2014 Access to Medicine Index Published
Sustainable investors note improvements by pharmaceutical companies in areas of access and affordability but call for more rigorous codes of conduct and transparency around when patents will expire. First of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: 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 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 | 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 | 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: 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 | 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: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
Bank of America Delisted from Leading Sustainability Index
The bank, which had been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes despite its leading role in financing coal projects, is delisted in 2014, but questions remain over some of the Index's industry sector leaders and other constituents.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Carbon Tracker Analysis Refutes Exxon Claims
The analysis reveals that unconventional oil and gas exploration has contributed to ExxonMobil underperforming the S&P 500 by eight percent over five years, and that the company has not adequately stress tested a future low carbon scenario.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Reporting by Equator Banks Lacks Transparency
An academic paper published by the Center for International Governance Innovation concludes that only five percent of financial institutions reporting to the Equator Principles disclose all the information required of them.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Regulate Corporate Political Spending, One Million Say to SEC
At a press conference organized by members of the Corporate Reform Coalition, sustainable investors and other corporate governance advocates call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to mandate political spending disclosure by corporations.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Instability in Middle East Dampens Investment
A white paper from Business Monitor International analyzes foreign direct investment in the Middle East and North Africa and concludes that political instability has led to declines in several countries.

NEWS STORY: 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 | 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: 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: 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 | 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.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Action on Fracking Disclosure Proves Strength of Proxy
The Investor Environmental Health Network reports that of six shareowner resolutions filed this year with companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing, four were withdrawn and two received substantial support.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Panelists at Slow Living Summit Discuss Context Based Sustainability Metrics
Corporate sustainability architect Bill Baue leads a conversation about the importance of placing sustainability reporting in the context of planetary boundaries. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS 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 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: 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 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 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 | 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 | 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: 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 | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Public Interest Groups Launch Campaign Targeting Non-Recyclable Packaging
The Make It, Take It Campaign calls on Kraft Foods to take responsibility for its packaging waste and package Capri Sun and other products in reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
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: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS | APPAREL INDUSTRY
Investors Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy
A coalition of institutional investors organized by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issue a statement calling on apparel brands and retailers to ensure that the human rights of workers in supply chains are being honored.

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

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | POLITICAL SPENDING
Resolution Calls for Transparency in Lobbying Expenditures by Google
Filed by Walden Asset Management and other sustainable investment organizations, the resolution documents a 250% increase in lobbying expenditures by Google in the last five years. Part one of a two-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
ICCR Writes to Bank of America on Financing Fossil Fuels
A letter signed by 50 institutional investors accompanies a shareowner resolution filed by an ICCR member, requesting that Bank of America report on its financing of greenhouse gas emissions.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | ENERGY INDUSTRY
Dare We Celebrate Exxon Agreeing to Report on Fracking Risks?
As You Sow and the New York City Pension Funds withdraw resolution when Exxon agrees to increased transparency days after the oil and gas company issues disappointing report on stranded assets.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | STOCK EXCHANGES
Stock Exchanges to Study Sustainability Reporting Standards
The World Federation of Exchanges forms a sustainability working group to study environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) disclosure, and a coalition led by Ceres announces an initiative to engage global stock exchanges on the issue.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Disclosures by Fracking Companies Still Poor
Research commissioned by the Principles for Responsible Investment reveals that oil and gas companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing fail to adequately disclose risks associated with the practice.

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

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

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
Tullow Oil Expands Disclosure of Payments to Governments
The voluntary disclosure of payments on a project level is the first by an oil and gas company, and comes while the American Petroleum Institute seeks to weaken a proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule on payments to governments.

NEWS STORY: 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 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 | 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 STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | SHAREOWNER ACTION | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR Publishes 2014 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide
The number of shareowner resolutions addressing environmental health filed by members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility in 2014 increases sharply over 2013, reflecting the urgency of action on climate change.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
SEC Action on Corporate Climate Disclosure Inadequate
Four years after the Commission issued interpretive guidance on climate change disclosure, the quality of corporate reporting remains low, according to a report from Ceres.

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

BOOK REVIEW: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Book Review: Trusting Harvard: The Cost of Unprincipled Investing, by Robert A.G. Monks and Marcy Murninghan
Two notable advocates for the practice of sustainable investment—both graduates of Harvard themselves—address the discrepancies between the university's academic mission and the investment policies of its endowment.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FOOD INDUSTRY
Hershey Exceeds Target for Sourcing Sustainable Cocoa
Shareowner engagement by members of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility helps the Hershey Company exceed its commitment to ensuring that 10% of its cocoa supply would be certified by 2013.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Renew Efforts to Improve Fracking Accountability
Ceres publishes a report on hydraulic fracturing in water-stressed regions, and five shareowner resolutions filed this year address water and other risks associated with fracking.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Push Emerson Electric on Sustainability Reporting and Relationship with ALEC
For the fifth consecutive year, Walden Asset Management requests that company report on sustainability while two more shareowner resolutions request transparency on political spending and lobbying.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
ICCR Members Challenge Banks on Ethics and Emissions
A perusal of shareowner resolutions filed by members thus far reveals requests that banks report on emissions in their lending portfolios and on how to ensure an end to unethical business activities.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD INDUSTRY
No More Gestation Crates, Tyson Foods Tells Farmers
Green Century Capital Management and co-filers withdraw shareowner resolution after world's largest meat processor asks contract farmers to improve housing standards for pigs.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
How to Fund Clean Energy Investment
A report released by Ceres at the recent Investor Summit on Climate Risk suggests that the responsibility for scaling up clean energy finance to the necessary level is shared by institutional investors, banks, and policymakers. Third in a three-part series.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Banks Announce Support for Green Bond Principles
Thirteen investment banks indicate their support for a measure designed to ensure transparency, disclosure, and integrity in the development of a more robust green bond market.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Goldman Sachs Exits Coal Terminal Investment
BankTrack and the Rainforest Action Network applaud the investment bank's decision to withdraw from funding a proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point, Washington.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Genocide-Free Proposal to Stay On Proxy Ballot at Franklin Templeton
After the SEC rules against Franklin Templeton's request to have the resolution omitted, Investors Against Genocide will return to the mutual fund family's next annual meeting and renew call for a genocide-free investment policy.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Evaluate Public Policies on Climate, Investors Tell Energy Companies
Building on its efforts to pressure corporations to report on greenhouse gas emissions strategies, the Raising the Bar investor initiative requests that energy companies review lobbying policies relating to climate legislation.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 3
Divest or engage? Sustainable investors have wrestled with arguments of divestment versus engagement, and many have concluded that engagement provides them with the better opportunity to pressure fossil fuel companies to change their behaviors. Meanwhile, sustainable investment firms such as Green Century Capital Management and Trillium Asset Management have been offering fossil free investment opportunities for years.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Top Sustainable Investment Stories for 2013 Part 2
Sustainable shareowners request that fossil fuel companies report on financial impacts of having to leave in ground a majority of reserves on their books if climate change is to be addressed.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | 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: 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 | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
How Walmart Can Pay Employees a Living Wage
Just in time for the holiday season, Demos explains that wage increases instead of stock buybacks can provide living wages for Walmart’s employees without resorting to price increases.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
EIRIS to Create Sustainable Index for Turkish Stock Exchange
The agreement with Borsa Istanbul follows the London-based sustainable investment research firm's finding that companies in emerging markets with sustainable stock exchanges outperform their peers.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Call for Improved Disclosures by Operators of Wood-Burning Power Plants
A report by the Partnership for Policy Integrity challenges claims of carbon neutrality by three companies with bioenergy operations, and 15 fifteen investors call on the Securities and Exchange Commission to review disclosures by the companies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
US Banks Rank Poorly on Indicators of Concern to Sustainable Investors
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainalytics rate seven major US banks on four key performance indicators relating to sustainability and corporate responsibility, finding significant room for improvement.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shareowner Engagement yet to Convince Frackers to Disclose
A group of sustainable institutional investors issues a report on the hydraulic fracturing industry that reveals companies are failing to disclose impacts on communities and the environment from their operations.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Banks to Receive Guidance on Reporting Emissions in Lending
Only six percent of major financial institutions report on emissions associated with lending and investments, so guidance is being developed to help them do so.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investors Call on Fossil Fuel Companies to Account for Stranded Assets
Seventy institutional investors with more than $3 trillion in assets under management request that 45 companies report on unburnable fossil fuel assets in advance of 2014 proxy season. Third of a three-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
Latin American Sustainable Investment Forum Is Launched
The Colombian Securities Exchange, Sustainalytics, and Deloitte drive the formation of the regional network which aims to increase collaboration and enhance knowledge relating to sustainable investment.

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

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

NEWS BRIEF: 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 STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Entrepreneurs to Advertise for Investment through Crowdfunding
SocialFunds.com talks with Judd Hollas of EquityNet about the implications of a change in SEC rules that will allow small businesses to advertise to accredited investors for capital.

NEWS 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 BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Corporate ESG Performance in Hong Kong and China Stagnant
Asian research provider RepuTex-ESG analyzes the ESG performance of companies on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series and finds it basically unchanged from 2012.

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

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Record Number of Sustainability Resolutions in 2013
In its overview of the 2013 proxy season, Ceres reports that 40% of all resolutions filed address environmental and social issues, and that 40 of the 110 such resolutions were withdrawn.

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

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

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Revised Equator Principles Fall Short, BankTrack Says
The third version of the Equator Principles fails to adequately safeguard community rights while continuing to allow signatory banks to fund high impact sectors such as coal and tar sands.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Coalition of Investors Voices Support for Conflict Minerals Rule
Expressing their disagreement with a lawsuit filed by the US Chamber of Commerce and industry trade groups, the group states that improved disclosure and reporting on social risk factors will protect investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Investors Square Off with Chevron CEO at Shareowner Meeting
Shareowner advocate Simon Billenness cites the company's $19 billion legal quagmire in Ecuador in requesting a lower threshold for calling special meetings while Atossa Soltani of Amazon Watch is ejected from meeting at request of CEO John Watson.

NEWS 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 | 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 STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | EMERGING MARKETS
Emerging Markets to be Focus of Socially Responsible Investing 3.0
A new report argues that evolving climate finance mechanisms will be among the drivers to increase the practice of sustainable investment in emerging market nations.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
Resolution Calls on CONSOL Energy to Report on Stranded Assets
Up to 80% of known fossil fuel reserves will have to stay in the ground if climate change is to be addressed, and As You Sow requests that the coal producer report on the risks of stranded reserve and infrastructure assets.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Loopholes in Commitments to Human Rights by US Businesses, UN finds
While the US Government has committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Working Group on business and human rights finds that US companies fall short of standards.

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

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Price Externalities, Report Tells Companies and Investors
A new analysis from Trucost estimates that unpriced externalities cost the global economy at least $7.3 trillion per year, and finds that no companies in high impact sectors would be profitable if they had to account for environmental costs.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY | PRODUCT SAFETY
Investors Want Baby Formula Free of GMOs
As the use of genetically modified organisms in food products becomes increasingly controversial in the US, As You Sow introduces a shareowner resolution requesting that Abbott Laboratories remove GMOs from infant formula.

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

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVES INDUSTRIES
EU Mandates Disclosure of Payments to Governments
Transparency International says that with the European mandate joining rules enacted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, 90% of companies in the extractives industries will be required to disclose payments to governments.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
From Divestment to a Sustainable Investment Strategy
The authors of Crossing Thresholds: From Fossil Fuel Divestment to Sustainable Investment argue for the inclusion of environmental and social thresholds in investment decision-making and corporate management.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
On Divestment and a Portfolio Free of Fossil Fuels
The debate over the investment implications of divestment continues, but the Green Century Balanced Fund has a carbon footprint less than half that of the S&P 500 without sacrificing financial returns.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | UTILITIES
Investors Want Better Disclosure from Municipal Water Utilities
Basing their requests on a framework developed by Ceres, 12 investors write to the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, asking for improved disclosure to ensure that all material information is provided.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | SOCIAL ISSUES | FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Investors Support Launch of Access to Nutrition Index
Representing $2.6 trillion in assets under management, 39 investors call for widespread support of the Access to Nutrition Index, which ranks the performance of food and beverage companies in the areas of obesity and undernutrition.

NEWS 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 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: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
What Is the Real Financial Impact of Sustainable Investment?
Cary Krosinsky of the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets produces a white paper that argues the actual amount of assets devoted to sustainable investment strategies is considerably lower than reported by the world's largest sustainable investment forums.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Investors Highlight Human Rights in Corporate Engagement
A new report builds upon the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to provide investors with tools for assessing the human rights performance of companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Shareowners Call for Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards
Institutional members of the Thirty Percent Coalition file shareowner resolutions with 20 companies, requesting that they support diversity by including women and minority candidates on their boards.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | UTILITIES
Get Real about Climate Change, Shareowners Tell Utilities
With trillions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades looming for electric utilities, investors call on five companies to emphasize a transition to renewables, improve energy efficiency, and manage water risks.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Investors Question Payday Lending by Banks
The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau contemplates regulations to protect against consumer debt traps, while ICCR members call on major banks to address their own risky lending products.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Fracking on Proxy Ballots at Chevron and Exxon
Described as laggards for their failure to address investor concerns, the oil and gas giants face shareowner resolutions addressing environmental and social risks associated with hydraulic fracturing.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Lawsuit Dropped after Chip Maker Updates Political Spending Policy
After the New York State Comptroller filed suit in Delaware, Qualcomm updates its policy on political spending to include disclosure of payments to trade associations and social welfare organizations.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Shareowners Pressure Companies on Use of Renewables
Most of the 13 resolutions target energy use in the information technology and real estate industry sectors, requesting improved reporting and commitments to increased renewable energy sourcing.

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

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Natural Capital and Integrated Reporting Among Trends for 2013
With the help of environmental research from Trucost, GreenBiz publishes the sixth annual edition of its State of Green Business Report, assessing major trends as well as the environmental performance of 500 US companies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
SEC Allows Climate Change Proposal at PNC Financial Services
The bank had sought to exclude a proposal by Boston Common Asset Management requesting that it report on climate change risks in its lending portfolio.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
AFSCME Files 25 Shareowner Resolutions
The resolutions filed by the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan address sustainability issues including board diversity, human rights policies, separation of Chair and CEO, and lobbying expenditures.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Ceres Ranks Among World's Top NGOs
The annual Global Journal ranking of the world's most effective nongovernmental organizations places the environmental investor network sixth among 450 NGOs from 27 countries.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Shareowners Call for Sustainability Reporting by Emerson Electric
For the fourth year in a row, a resolution filed by Walden Asset Management wins increased support from shareowners who want the company to improve its reporting on its ESG performance.

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

NEWS STORY: 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 | CORPORATE REPORTING | HUMAN RIGHTS
Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule
A report from the Responsible Sourcing Network finds that leading companies in the information and communications industry have undertaken initiatives to ensure that their supply chains are free of conflict minerals, but few other industry sectors have done so.

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

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Corporate Knights Publishes Global 100 List of Leading Sustainable Corporations
The Belgian metal recycling company Umicore tops the ninth annual list of sustainable large cap corporations, but the list also includes Enbridge, the Canadian operator of pipelines carrying oil from the controversial tar sands.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Sustainable Investors Pressure Visa on Lobbying Expenditures
A shareowner resolution co-filed by Boston Common Asset Management and the Unitarian Universalist Association, calling on Visa to fully disclose all payments used for lobbying purposes, will be voted on at the company's annual general meeting on January 30th.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Briefs Supporting SEC Filed in Lawsuit Challenging Transparency Rules for Extractives
Oxfam America and members of Congress argue that a rule mandating disclosure of payments to governments will contribute to stability and help investors make informed decisions.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | 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 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 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 STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | EMERGING MARKETS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Institutional Investors Unprepared for Climate Change Impacts in South Africa
A report from WWF South Africa and SinCo outlines impacts that are expected to be worse in South Africa than elsewhere, and warns that the portfolios of institutional investors are failing to account for climate change and the impacts of an upcoming carbon tax.

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

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY |EMERGING MARKETS
Pharmaceutical Firms are Improving Access of World's Poor to Medicine
The 2012 Access to Medicine Index finds that the pharmaceutical industry has improved its performance in delivering products to developing nations, but needs to improve lobbying transparency and oversight of clinical trials.

NEWS BRIEF: SHARREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
SEC Chairman Schapiro to Step Down
As Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission since early 2009, Mary Schapiro dealt with the aftermath of the financial crisis and the implementation of new regulations mandated by Dodd-Frank.

NEWS STORY: 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 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: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC Refuses to Delay Extractives Transparency Rule
The Commission tells industry trade association that rule governing disclosure of payments to governments will be implemented as scheduled, despite pending lawsuit challenging its validity.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Climate Change Action in Obama's Second Term?
After an election campaign during which climate change was barely mentioned, sustainable investors and other advocates hold out hope for effective action in the next four years.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS
Calvert Launches Emerging Markets Fund
The Calvert Emerging Markets Equity Fund uses the firm's environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria in determining the components of a portfolio investing in the fastest-growing segment of the global economy.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
A Different Take on CSR Disclosure and Political Spending
A report from two University of California professors determines that political contributions by corporate managers, when viewed through the lens of corporate social responsibility disclosures, can lead to excess stock returns, especially in states that vote Democratic.

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

NEWS BRIEF: 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: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FOOD INDUSTRY
Food and Agriculture Industry Lags in Assuring Worker Equity
A report by Sustainalytics and Tellus Institute describes workers' rights as less of a priority for companies in the sector than consumer health, environmental impact, and animal welfare.

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

NEWS 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: 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 | 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
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: 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 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: 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 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 STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | INSTITUTIONA INVESTORS
Muhammad Yunus, Father of Microcredit and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, to Address SRI Conference
The founder of the Grameen Bank will be the keynote speaker at October's SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, which will also feature author Deepak Chopra and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ENGAGEMENT | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Signatories Prioritize ESG Issues for Engagement
A survey of frequent users of the PRI Clearinghouse indicates that executive compensation, climate change, and labor standards in corporate supply chains will be the top areas of engagement for institutional investors during the coming year.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC Issues Rules on Conflict Minerals and Payments to Governments
Responses by sustainable investors and other stakeholders to payments to governments in resource-rich countries is generally positive, but concerns are voiced over provisions in the conflict minerals regulation. Second of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES
SEC to Vote Today on Disclosure of Conflict Minerals
The Enough Project reports that reforms are underway as a result of Dodd-Frank legislation, but warns that further steps must be taken to prevent conflict minerals in the Congo from subsidizing armed conflict. First of a two-part series.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Sustainability Management by Oil Firms Lacking
A report from oekom, a German research firm, analyzes the sustainability performance of oil and gas companies, finding that as technological demands increase the management of risk is failing to keep up.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
A Strategy for the Commons that Includes Business and Government
As national governments persist in pursuing narrow agendas rather than global action on climate change and sustainable development, other key stakeholders are recognizing that they must pressure corporations and governments into dialogue on the issues.

INTERVIEW: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE| EMERGING MARKETS
Emerging Markets ESG Updates Database of Contacts
SocialFunds.com talks with Geoffrey Mazullo, whose twenty years of involvement with environmental, social, and corporate governance issues in emerging markets have provided him with a wealth of data and contacts compiled in a unique resource.

NEWS 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 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 BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Facebook Publishes Carbon Footprint
For the first time, the social networking company has disclosed its greenhouse gas emissions, and announces a goal of using renewable energy sources for 25% of its power.

NEWS 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: CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY | RETAIL INVESTORS
Eurosif Supports Sustainability Disclosures for Retail Investors
The European Commission proposes legislation that would require investment funds and other packaged retail investment products to disclose in key information documents whether they target sustainable outcomes.

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

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Sustainable Large Caps Outperform MSCI World Index
An analysis by oekom research finds that investment in corporations designated by it as Prime Portfolio Large Caps can yield returns more than double that of those listed on the MSCI World benchmark.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | PROXY ACCESS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
ICCR and the Business Case for Sustainability
For the first time, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility engage in corporate dialogues more often than submit shareowner resolutions, reflecting the growing awareness of the business case for corporate sustainability measures. Second of a two-part series.

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

NEWS 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 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.

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

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Listen to Investors, Ernst & Young Tells Corporate Boards
A white paper from the consulting firm anticipates that shareowner support for environmental and social resolutions will continue to grow, and that boards should take concrete steps to ensure that the perspectives of investors are considered.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
Academics Propose Agency to Regulate Financial Products
Eric Posner and Glen Weyl of the University of Chicago state that a Financial Products Administration would be the Food and Drug Administration of financial derivatives.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | MEDIA COMPANIES
Shareowner Resolution Calls for Independent Board Chair at News Corporation
Christian Brothers Investment Services resubmits proposal introduced at the media giant's annual meeting last October, citing the company's inaction in implementing reforms in the wake of phone hacking scandal.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT | GREEN JOBS
Green Jobs Topped Three Million in 2010
In its first-ever tally of green jobs, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics counts 3.1 million jobs in businesses that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment Forums to Produce Global Trends Report
The report, scheduled for December, will be the first to assess environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investment strategies across jurisdictions; a global website is also planned.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | FOOD SAFETY
Monsanto Is Green America's Biggest Corporate Fool
The agribusiness giant triumphs over the US Chamber of Commerce and Chevron for manufacturing genetically modified organisms and a corporate legacy that includes Agent Orange and DDT.

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

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT | UTILITIES
EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants
The standard, which will be the first to limit emissions from the largest individual sources of carbon pollution in the US, will not be applied to existing plants or those to be built in the next 12 months.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
$1 Million Grant to Automate Reporting by Community Development Financial Institutions
The grant from Citi Foundation will help the CDFI Assessment and Ratings System automate its financial performance data collection system for community development financial institutions.

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

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY
Shell Heads for the Arctic
While the company contends with activist nongovernmental organizations such as Greenpeace, it remains unclear if sustainable investors are engaging with it on the potential cost of an oil spill cleanup.

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

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | 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 BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | CHILDREN
Business is Encouraged to Uphold Children's Rights
The Children's Rights and Business Principles call on companies to expand their commitment beyond child labor and develop policies and due diligence to actively ensure that the rights of children are respected.

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

NEWS 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: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Investors Urge Large Corporations to Move Beyond Reporting and Take Carbon Action
The Carbon Action initiative of the Carbon Disclosure Project, launched last year on behalf of 34 institutional investors, now has 92 signatories with more than $10 trillion in assets under management.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Generation Investment Management Calls for Sustainable Capitalism by 2020
The firm expands upon a manifesto written by co-founders Al Gore and David Blood and calls for mandatory integrated reporting and the pricing of externalities, an end to quarterly earnings guidance, and loyalty-drive securities for long-term investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Resolutions or Engagement? Ceres Prepares for Proxy Season by Using Proxy Ballot to Encourage Change
SocialFunds.com talks with Rob Berridge of Ceres about the organization's past success and its plans for driving change in the stewardship of the environment through shareowner resolutions.

NEWS BRIEF: 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: 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 | 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.

BOOK REVIEW: BOOK REVIEW | SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
Book Review: Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought Leadership
Trucost executive Cary Krosinsky edits a book of essays demonstrating that sustainable investment in an era of growing resource scarcity yields significant opportunities for portfolio outperformance.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
Shareowners File 40 Resolutions on Lobbying Expenditures by Corporations
Walden Asset Management leads a coalition of investors calling on companies to disclose both direct lobbying expenditures and indirect funding of lobbying through trade associations.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | EVENT ORGANIZERS INDUSTRY
GRI Publishes Sustainability Guidance for Event Organizers
Site selection and community impact are among the key issues for which reporting can enhance the accountability of event organizers, the Global Reporting Initiative says.

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

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Ceres Aqua Gauge Helps Investors and Companies Manage Water Risk
As population growth and climate change make water risk management an issue for investors and companies to address without delay, the Ceres Aqua Gauge provides a framework for evaluating corporate strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CHEMICAL INDUSTRY | FOOD SAFETY
Harrington Investments Requests that Monsanto Report on GMOs
The chemical giant refuses to allow a proxy to speak on behalf of the shareowner resolution at tomorrow's annual general meeting, and Harrington joins in call for demonstrations.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL EXPENDITURES
On Second Anniversary of Citizens United, Coalition Calls on SEC to Mandate Disclosure
The Corporate Reform Coalition holds a press conference in which members express support for a petition requesting that the Securities and Exchange Commission establish rules mandating that public corporations disclose their political spending activities.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | 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 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: CORPORATE REPORTING | EMERGING MARKETS | STOCK EXCHANGES
Brazilian Stock Exchange Recommends that Companies Report or Explain
BM&FBOVESPA, the Brazilian Stock Exchange, adopts report-or-explain position to encourage sustainability reporting by listing companies in advance of the Rio+20 conference in July.

NEWS 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: 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: 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 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 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 BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK EXCHANGES
Mexican Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Index
Bolsa Mexicana de Valores selects EIRIS and Ecovalores to develop framework for an Index assessing the environmental, social, and corporate governance performance of Mexican companies.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Unilever Tops Scorecard of Companies Addressing Climate Change
In the fifth annual Scorecard produced by Climate Counts, Unilever supplants Nike for the first time as the leader in corporate emissions reduction, public policy, and reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | STOCK EXCHANGES
Largest South African Companies are Responding to Climate Change but Need to do More
With the COP17 climate change conference occurring in South Africa, EIRIS analyzes the climate change performance of the 40 largest companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

NEWS STORY: 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: 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: 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 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 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 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 BRIEF: SOCIAL ISSUES | HUMAN RIGHTS | FORCED LABOR
Will California Law Help Eradicate Human Trafficking?
A white paper from Verite argues that companies need to go beyond compliance with the law to effectively address forced labor and human trafficking throughout their supply chains.

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.

INTERVIEW: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Why the Newsweek Green Rankings are Important
SocialFunds.com talks with Cary Krosinsky of Trucost about the methodology and the significance of the findings of this year's results.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
Munich Re and IBM Lead Companies in Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings
IBM moves up from third place finish last year to first in US, and HP ranks second for second year in row; Dell drops from first to fifth, and Munich Re tops list of global companies.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
News Corp, Nine Other Firms Singled out for Poor Governance
GMI Risk List highlights ten companies with poor governance issues and other ESG-related concerns.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT | SUPPLY CHAINS
Greenhouse Gas Protocol Sets Standards for Scope 3 Reporting
A new report provides guidance to companies for reporting on indirect emissions in their supply chains.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING
GRI Proposes Reporting Guidelines for Ecosystem Impacts
With health of global ecosystems at risk, the Global Reporting Initiative proposes reporting on ecosystems impacts that go beyond general environmental reporting.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
SRI in the Rockies: Moskowitz Prize Winner Presents Paper
Co-author Sadok El Ghoul explains how corporate social responsibility lowers cost of equity.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
SRI in the Rockies: Public Policy as a Strategic Tool for Sustainable Investment
Leading voices for shareowner action discuss public policy engagement at this year's SRI in the Rockies conference.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Mainstream Support for Environmental Resolutions Grows
A resolution calling for a report on social and environmental risks to Smuckers coffee business, filed by sustainable investors, gains wide support from mainstream shareholders as well.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | EMERGING MARKETS
Asian Companies Show Improvement in ESG Reporting
As sustainable investors increasingly turn their attention to emerging markets, EIRIS finds that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance by Asian companies needs improvement.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | CORPORATE POLITICAL SPENDING
Almost 500 Firms Asked to Disclose Political Spending
Citing the risks posed to corporations by Citizens United, the Center for Political Accountability asks companies to adopt disclosure on political spending in advance of 2012 proxy season.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Winner of 2011 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing is Announced
The winning paper, announced tonight at SRI in the Rockies, finds that cost of equity capital is lowered for companies with good corporate social responsibility practices.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING | INTEGRATED REPORTS
Investors Call for Mandatory Integrated Reporting
The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition, led by Aviva Investors, urges United Nations member states to require companies to include sustainability issues in annual financial reporting.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Sysco Agrees to Report to CDP Water
CalSTRS withdraws shareowner resolution after foodservice giant agrees to transparent sustainability management strategies.

NEWS 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: 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: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | TECHNOLOGY
Google Finally Comes Clean on Energy Usage
The IT giant's energy consumption continues to grow, but with the help of renewable energy sources and the purchase of carbon offset credits the company claims to have been carbon neutral since 2007.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK MARKET INDEXES
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Completes Annual Update
Medtronic and Goldman Sachs are added, while Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft are dropped.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Issues 2011 Report on Progress
While integration of environmental, social, and corporate governance factors remains limited as a proportion of the global market, the report indicates that such integration is growing across asset classes.

NEWS BRIEF: COMMUNITY INVESTMENT | FIXED INCOME ASSETS
Sustainable Initiatives Supported by Fixed Income Investing
A white paper from Community Capital Management describes five categories of fixed income investments that can support environmental and social goals while providing competitive returns.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | AGRICULTURE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI Launches Farmland Initiative
Eight institutional investors join to develop the Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland, to ensure that investment in farmland is sustainable and transparent.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Real Estate Industry Demonstrates Benefits of Energy Efficiency
The findings of a report by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark Foundation suggest that real estate funds and companies have improved their environmental performance since 2009.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Insurers Unprepared for Climate Change
A report from Ceres analyzes responses from insurance companies to a survey by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and calls for mandatory disclosure to correct failures of risk management.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING | POLITICAL SPENDING
Investors Support Call for SEC Rulemaking on Political Spending
The International Corporate Governance Network writes to the Securities and Exchange Commission in support of petition from academics calling for regulation of corporate political spending.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY | HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
SEC Considering Oversight of Hydraulic Fracturing
As investor concerns over the risks of hydraulic fracturing increase, news reports indicate that the Commission is asking companies for information relating to chemicals used in the practice.

NEWS 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: 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 | 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: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | BOARD DIVERSITY | PROXY ACCESS | CORPORATE REPORTING
Sustainable Investors Respond to European Corporate Governance Report
Eurosif and UKSIF submit responses to the European Commission's green paper of corporate governance, calling for measures to improve board oversight, corporate reporting, and shareowner engagement.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT
New Research Supports Outperformance of ESG Portfolios
A white paper by RCM studies data compiled by MSCI ESG Research and finds that a portfolio comprised of best-in-class companies outperforms benchmark over five years.

NEWS 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 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: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS | MINING INDUSTRY
EIRIS Notes Some Progress in ESG Performance of Vedanta Resources
One year after finding that the mining company had breached international norms in its Indian operations, the sustainable investment researcher sees signs of progress on some fronts but insufficient attention paid to risk management.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | EMERGING MARKETS | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Sustainable Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa Is Growing
A report by IFC finds that private equity and sustainability initiatives undertaken in South Africa have led to $125 billion in sustainable investment in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING
Governance & Accountability Institute Chosen as Global Reporting Initiative Data Partner
The Institute is the GRI's only US-based Data Partner, and will monitor and collect the sustainability reports of US-based corporations.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL ISSUES | CORPORATE GOV ERNANCE
ICCR Launches Initiative to Improve Social Sustainability Measures
The Social Sustainability Resource Guide argues for a focus on long-term impacts of corporate activities in communities, and emphasizes a multi-stakeholder approach in addressing social issues.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | COAL INDUSTRY
As You Sow Reports on Investment Risks Associated with Coal
As shareowner support grows for resolutions addressing risks of reliance on coal and coal ash, a white paper details the decline of the industry's profitability.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
UK to Review Long-Term Performance of Equity Markets
The review will seek to determine how to establish an equity investment regime that provides accountability and supports the long-term interests of companies and investors.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Shareowner Support for Environmental Resolutions Continues to Grow
Tracking by Ceres of this year's environmental resolutions reveals that the average support for hydraulic fracturing proposals increased to 40% in 2011, up from 30% in 2010.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | HUMAN RIGHTS
ICCR Leads Investor Effort to Address Human Trafficking in Corporate Supply Chains
A coalition of over 90 investors calls on 27 companies in six high-risk industry sectors to join in multi-stakeholder initiatives to combat a practice that currently enslaves tens of millions of men, women, and children.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
PRI to Revamp Reporting Framework
The Principles for Responsible Investment will introduce in 2013 a new reporting framework for signatories that is aimed to improve transparency and produce key performance indicators.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE REPORTING | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Don't Believe in Climate Change? Then Adapt for Competitive Reasons.
SocialFunds.com talks with Hunter Lovins, author of Climate Capitalism and President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, about the business opportunities presented by adaptation to climate change.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE RESEARCH
MSCI Launches MSCI ESG Manager
The MSCI ESG Manager, designed to help asset managers and owners manage ESG research, analysis, and compliance, includes on a single platform all of MSCI's research and analysis of companies listed on the MSCI World index.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | HUMAN RIGHTS
UN Human Rights Council Endorses Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Authored by Special Representative John Ruggie, the Principles state that business enterprises are responsible for remediation of human rights violations in which they are involved.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | CARBON MANAGEMENT
Report Recommends Private Sector Adaptation to Climate Change
While corporate signatories to the Caring for Climate initiative understand the risks and opportunities presented by climate change, few are taking concrete steps to formulate adaptive strategies.

NEWS BRIEF: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | WATER SCARCITY
Risk Management in Water-Intensive Sectors Insufficient
EIRIS reports on corporate responses to water scarcity, finding that most demonstrate limited or no evidence of taking action to mitigate water risks.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Layne Christensen Publishes First Sustainability Report
Despite rebuffing efforts by Walden Asset Management to engage on the issue, the company recommended a vote in favor of a resolution calling for sustainability reporting, and publishes a first report that is informed by Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Is Corporate Social Responsibility a Distraction?
A paper by consultants at Dalberg Global Development Advisors argue for the return of a focus on the single bottom line of corporate profitability, but calls for a long-term horizon that coincides with the interests of sustainable investors.

NEWS STORY: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES | INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Report Surveys Climate Change Strategies of Global Investors
Three investor networks collaborate on a new report that details the different approaches to climate change among investors in North America, Europe, and Australasia.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE REPORTING
Initiative Aims to Standardize Ratings of Corporate Social Responsibility
Ceres and Tellus Institute announce the launch of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings, which aims to provide a single standard for rating the sustainability performance of companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Study Compares Perception and Reality of Corporate ESG Risk Management
A report from Brandlogic and CRD Analytics warns that companies whose reputations exceed actual performance risk loss of value due to inaccurate assumptions by key stakeholders.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT | STOCK INDEXES
Report Describes Ten Years of the FTSE4Good Index Series
The groundbreaking index series, launched by FTSE and EIRIS in 2001, has led to improved ESG performance of companies through evolving standards and corporate engagement.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE REPORTING
Investors Call on Russell 1000 Companies to Address Sustainability
Led by Ceres, a coalition of investors representing more than $1 trillion in assets under management writes to the CEOs of Russell 1000 companies, urging them to increase corporate attention to sustainability issues.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE REPORTING
GRI Calls for Input into New Sustainability Guidelines
The Global Reporting Initiative announces that it will publish the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines in 2013, and invites public input into their formation.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Shadow Banking Scrutinized for Role in Financial Crisis
A report from Standard & Poor's details the effect of unregulated financial institutions on the financial crisis, and calls for regulatory oversight based on function rather than institutional charter.

NEWS BRIEF: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
Overall CEO Pay Saw Marginal Decline in 2009
The latest in a series of annual reports by The Corporate Library on executive compensation finds the greatest decrease in tax gross-ups, or payment by companies of taxes on compensation packages.

NEWS STORY: SHAREOWNER ACTION | CORPORATE GOVERNANCE | SUPPLY CHAINS | APPAREL COMPANIES
As You Sow Reports on Supply Chain Compliance Programs of Apparel Companies
The report surveys the supply chain compliance programs of 15 US-based apparel companies, and finds that most have codes of conduct and audit their suppliers, but few hold senior executives responsible for improved compliance.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Investors Want More Disclosure of Climate Risk Data from Corporations
CDP survey of signatory investors finds that integration of climate risk considerations into investment decisions is growing.

NEWS BRIEF: EMISSIONS STANDARDS: AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Investors Call on Auto Industry to Improve Disclosure on Emissions
The risks and opportunities for carbon reduction strategies for the automobile industry are considerable and warrant particular attention from investors.

NEWS BRIEF: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: SHAREOWNER ACTIVISM
Role of Corporate Boards in Sustainability Issues Is Growing
Survey of board directors finds that as shareowner resolutions increase, more boards of directors are addressing the risks and opportunities of sustainability issues.

NEWS BRIEF: ACQUISITIONS: SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT RESEARCH
Riskmetrics to Acquire Innovest
RiskMetrics cites expansion of research on environmental, social, and strategic governance issues as major reason for purchase.

NEWS STORY: SOCIAL INVESTMENT REPORT
ESG Criteria Creeping Slowly into Mainstream Investing
New report lays out the five hurdles ESG investing has to clear before it can be incorporated on a large scale.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
The Assurance Industry Grows in League with ESG Reporting
With more companies publishing sustainability reports, more third parties are stepping in to validate the information in CSR reports.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABILTY REPORTING
Half of S&P 100 Companies Published Sustainability Reports in 2007
More leading US companies are publishing their sustainability work and embracing the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE:CORPORATE RESPONSIBLITY
Large UK Companies Put Their Best Foot Forward
New study of the FTSE 100 finds most companies, but not all, are improving their performance on environmental, social and governance issues.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
More Companies in Emerging Markets Create Corporate Governance Websites
A growing number of large companies in Central and Eastern Europe are publishing environmental, social and governance reports on-line in English, but the area still lags behind other emerging markets’ disclosure rates.

NEWS STORY: CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Measuring Companies with a Ruler of Responsibility
With 21 return businesses from the 2007 list, CRO's 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2008 ranks large-cap companies' corporate responsibility.

NEWS BRIEF: INDEXES
Two New Indexes of SRI Interest
Standards & Poor's launches ESG-screened index of Indian companies and FTSE introduces its environment technology index.

NEWS STORY: SUSTAINABILITY
Yearbook Presents Sustainability Trends and Leaders
SAM and PricewaterhouseCoopers offer insights into the sustainability efforts of cutting-edge companies.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
Vast Majority of Emerging Market Companies Disclose Their Sustainability Efforts
New SIRAN/KLD report upbeat about sustainability reporting, but improvements still need to be made.

NEWS BRIEF: SUSTAINABLITY
100 Most Sustainable Global Corporations Published
Corporate Knights and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors announced their fourth annual list of sustainable corporations.

NEWS STORY: CLIMATE CHANGE: BANKING
Are Banks Getting Caught With Their Umbrellas Down?
A new report from the RiskMetrics Group ranks 40 of the world's largest banks responses to climate change risks and possibilities.

NEWS STORY:
Sustainability Issues All Over the Map at Large Cap Companies
An extensive study from RiskMetrics shows sustainability governance among companies varies widely from country to country, and from sector to sector.

NEWS STORY:
Wal-Mart's First Sustainability Report: Just a Gesture or a Just Account?
Many call the biggest retailer's sustainability report a good first step on a long road.

NEWS STORY:
Leave Only Footprints: Measuring and Managing Corporate Carbon Emissions
Corporate carbon footprinting is on the rise, but so too is the number of footprint methodologies, challenging companies and investors to discern the best options. Part two of a two-part article.

NEWS STORY:
Many Sustainability Reports Upbeat, Ignoring Climate Change Risks
A new study from GRI and KPMG on sustainability reports notes that companies highlight new business opportunities created by climate change and shy away from risks associated with climate change.

NEWS STORY:
SustainAbility Predicts How Sustainable Development Will Play Out Over Next Two Decades
Part two of this two-part article looks at a recent report from SustainAbility that projects four scenarios of potential developments in sustainability over the next 20 years.

NEWS STORY:
Grading Sustainability Reports: Creating the Curve
As more and more companies publish sustainability reports, awards and studies of these reports help raise reporting standards.

NEWS STORY:
If You Tag It, It Will Be Used: Sustainability Reporting in XBRL
Weeks after the latest SEC roundtable on interactive data, the Global Reporting Initiative releases a draft taxonomy of XBRL tags mapped to G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

NEWS STORY:
S&P 500 Lags on Climate Disclosure, Electric Utilities Burning Economic Value Into Carbon
Two recent reports use findings of the 2006 Carbon Disclosure Project to assess limits of transparency on climate risks and opportunities and drag on value creation at electric utilities.

NEWS STORY:
Global 100 List Raises the Profile of Sustainability at the World Economic Forum (and Beyond)
Competition to make the third annual list of the 100 most sustainable companies--based on ratings by Innovest--continues to spur strong corporate social and environmental performance.

NEWS STORY:
The Problem with Voluntary Corporate Initiatives Is -- Well, They Are Voluntary
A Harvard study identifies the voluntary nature of such corporate social and environmental initiatives as their pitfall, limiting the ability to gauge their effectiveness.

NEWS STORY:
Costs of Carbon and Coal: Examining Emissions Trading Scheme Impact on Shareowner Value
WWF and SAM Group collaborate on a study modeling impacts of rising costs of carbon dioxide emissions on the valuation of German utility RWE, the biggest private carbon emitter in Europe.

NEWS STORY:
Corporate Accountability Improves, Progressing on Stakeholder Engagement But Not Assurance
Vodafone, BP, and Shell top the annual Global Accountability Rating by AccountAbility and CSRnetwork, with Home Depot rising 10 percentage points and Chevron falling 20.

NEWS STORY:
Merrill Lynch and World Resources Institute Issue Second Auto Sector Climate Change Report
The report again balances stock picking and investment analysis with in-depth discussion of regulatory and market developments in response to global warming and energy security concerns.

NEWS STORY:
Sustainability Reporting Improving, But Not Necessarily Contributing to True Sustainability
The biennial survey of global reporters by SustainAbility assesses disclosure on sustainability performance, but refrains from directly assessing corporate sustainability performance.

NEWS STORY:
As Climate Debate Matures, Companies Strategize Solutions and Investors Push for Disclosure
Companies are taking tangible actions to minimize risks and seize opportunities related to climate change, while investors promote more robust climate-related disclosure.

NEWS STORY:
Global Compact Aligns with GRI and the Practical Side of the Change Agenda
In part two of this two-part interview, SocialFunds.com speaks with Georg Kell about new alliances facilitating Communication on Progress reporting as well as broader issues facing the Global Compact.

NEWS STORY:
Global Compact Puts 335 Companies in Deep Freezer Until They Communicate on Progress
In part one of this two-part interview, SocialFunds.com speaks with Georg Kell about the de-listing of 335 companies from the Global Compact for failing to issue Communication on Progress reports.

NEWS STORY:
Investors Call on S&P 500 Companies to Use New Global Reporting Initiative G3 Guidelines
Only 13 percent of the S&P 500 issues GRI reports--those that do see the move as insulating them against the possibility of future mandated disclosure on issues such as climate risk.

NEWS STORY:
FTSE4Good Deletes Nine Companies on Environmental and Supply Chain Labor Standards
FTSE4Good criteria promote incremental progress in corporate social responsibility performance, and climate change is the latest topic covered in newly proposed standards.

NEWS STORY:
Mainstreaming of SRI Boosts Assets in Europe Over One Trillion Euros
The latest report by Eurosif on socially responsible investing in Europe notes the distinction between core SRI, which is steady, and broad SRI, which is fueling the growth.

NEWS STORY:
Canadian Social Investment Organization Recommends Mandating Global Reporting Initiative
In a submission to the National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility, SIO advocates for amending the Canada Business Corporations Act to mandate annual GRI reporting.

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:
DJSI Takes Holistic Approach to Assessing and Promoting Corporate Sustainability
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes assesses overall sustainability performance, driving constant improvement through the competitiveness to attain best-in-class status.

NEWS STORY:
Trucost Joins Yale Professor to Devise Tool to Gauge Financial Cost of Environmental Impacts
Professor Robert Repetto and Trucost Researcher Dan Dias apply the TRUEVA methodology for measuring externalities in financial terms to the US electric sector, which scores terribly.

NEWS STORY:
Benchmarking Corporate Climate Change Mitigation to Scientific Targets
The Center for Sustainable Innovation launches a new tool for measuring corporate sustainability using emissions reductions goals set by science, not business or politics.

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

NEWS STORY:
ADVANCE Converts Corporate Environmental Metrics Into Monetary Terms
The transparent methodology stands to advance corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing, but it remains to be seen if it measures true sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
BP, Suncor, and Shell Top Oil Sector Sustainability Rating; Chevron and ExxonMobil Rank Low
The report by Jantzi Research examines 23 oil companies worldwide on environmental issues such as greenhouse gas emissions as well as human rights and other social issues.

NEWS STORY:
UN Advances Business Case for Materiality of SRI, Leaving Skeptics Little Wiggle Room
A new UNEP FI report assesses how investment banks are integrating environmental, social, and governance factors and linking them to financial performance in their research.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--The Triple Bottom Line: How Today's Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success--And How You Can Too
The book lays out a framework for companies to follow on the path toward integrating the triple bottom line of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
Some Applaud Rise in Sustainability Reporting, Others Say It Masks Corporate Un-sustainability
A new study documents the increase in sustainability reporting, but a paper by St. Andrews researchers considers corporate sustainability an unrealistic goal under current economic system.

NEWS STORY:
World Resources Institute and Citigroup Team Up to Report on Solutions to Climate Change
The report recommends a dozen companies poised to profit from a carbon-constrained future, including Archer Daniels Midland, Caterpillar, Cypress Semiconductor, GE, Itron, Johnson Controls, Monsanto, and Waste Management

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--Managing the Business Case for Sustainability: The Integration of Social, Environmental, and Economic Performance
The book presents a wide breadth of academic and practitioner perspectives on corporate social and environmental sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
Applying an Ant Colony Mentality to Extra-Financial Factors and Enhanced Analytics
A report from the Universities Superannuation Scheme, a member of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, calls for diverse, community-wide advocacy of factoring extra-financials into research.

NEWS STORY:
United Nations Endorses SRI Strategies in Launching Principles for Responsible Investment
Some 50 institutional investors globally representing $4 trillion in assets have signed on to the Principles, which promote the consideration of environmental, social and governance factors.

NEWS STORY:
Social Footprint Introduces Simple Elegance in Measuring Corporate Sustainability Performance
The method conceived by the Center for Sustainable Innovation for quantifying corporate social and environmental impacts uses quotients to compare company action to sustainability goals.

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:
US Banks Sink to the Bottom of the Barrel on Latest Sustainability Ratings from Oekom
Most US banks fail to disclose enough information on their social and environmental performance to qualify for analysis, and only four of 21 analyzed earned above D-level grades.

NEWS STORY:
Wells Fargo Issues Alternative Energy Report to Join Ranks of Banks Advancing SRI Research
The report provides an overview of the alternative energy market as well as the pros and cons of investment opportunities in wind, solar, hydroelectric, hydrogen, biomass, and even nuclear.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Community Adding Its Two Cents to Comments on GRI G3 Guidelines
The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking public comments on its new sustainability reporting guidelines by March 31st.

NEWS STORY:
Financial Wonks Meet Treehuggers: New Tool Places Valuation on Corporate Sustainability
The sdEffect analytical framework takes the next step in establishing metrics to translate sustainable development into valuation.

NEWS STORY:
How to Determine the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World
Innovest Strategic Value Advisors and Corporate Knights announce the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies at the World Economic Forum, documenting financial outpeformance.

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:
UK Kills Operating and Financial Review of Environmental and Social Information
The move, which was seen as capitulation to the business community, leads to legal challenges.

NEWS STORY:
A Light Bulb Turns On: Goldman Sachs First Investment Bank to Adopt Environmental Policy
The policy matches the robustness of other such policies recently adopted by global financial institutions, but the status of Goldman Sachs as an investment bank brings added significance.

NEWS STORY:
Citigroup Smith Barney Report Seeks to Bridge Divide Between SRI and Traditional Analysis
The report seeks to cross the metaphorical river dividing socially responsible investing analysts, who assess sustainability, from traditional analysts, who examine financial fundamentals.

NEWS STORY:
One Year On: Global Compact Maps Progress on Mainstreaming ESG Considerations
Two recent reports paint a vivid picture of developments over the past year on integrating environmental, social, and governance considerations into traditional financial analysis.

NEWS STORY:
Fiduciary Duty Redefined to Allow (and Sometimes Require) Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations
A report commissioned by UNEP FI and prepared by Freshfields attorneys dispels the persistent myth that laws prevent fiduciaries from considering environmental, social, and governance issues.

NEWS STORY:
Insurers at the Crossroads: Intersection Between Insurance and Sustainability is a Busy Corner
Swiss Re exemplifies global sustainability leadership, as the chair of its US arm gives the keynote address at a summit on climate change and insurance in Connecticut.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Research from UBS Strikes Balance Between Ethics and Economics
The new socially responsible investing team at UBS quantifies the costs of corporate social and environmental impacts as a means of effecting ethical and economic rectification.

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:
Business Roundtable May Be Seeing the Light with New Initiative
The SEE Change program hints at a tipping point for US business community engagement of social, environmental, and economic issues, but the program's success may depend on how critics view its performance.

NEWS STORY:
Lighthouse G3: Third Generation GRI Guidelines Shine a Beacon for Sustainability Reporters
The Global Reporting Initiative dubbed its guidelines overhaul and update "G3," in which it is defining metrics for the Indicators and integrating the Principles with the Indicators.

NEWS STORY:
Insurers Behind the Curve on Addressing and Disclosing Risks of Climate Change
Two reports, one from Ceres and one from Friends of the Earth, concur that climate change is catching insurance companies, which are particularly impacted by global warming, unawares.

NEWS STORY:
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Launch United States and North America Indexes
The new indexes apply a best-in-class approach that differs from the approach of US socially responsible investing indexes currently available, which focus on exclusionary screening.

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:
AccountAbility Cooks Up a New Recipe with Stakeholder Engagement Standards
An exposure draft of new AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standards to be released next week may prove useful to the socially responsible investment community of shareholder activists.

NEWS STORY:
Taking Account of Corporate Social Responsibility Reports
A Pleon survey of CSR reporting finds differing opinions on best practice for report assurance and verification amongst respondents as well as professional experts.

NEWS STORY:
Banks and Financial Service Providers Figure Prominently in FTSE4Good Attrition, DJSI Matriculation
Corporate social responsibility plays an important role at banks and financial service companies, which are not only recipients but also increasingly purveyors of socially responsible investment.

NEWS STORY:
Arthur D Little Study Identifies Trends in Sustainability Innovation
The report finds increasing corporate commitment to sustainability innovation, though it demonstrates room for more growth.

NEWS STORY:
Ethical Investment Research Service Follows Socially Responsible Investing Growth around the Globe
Spawned by the anti-apartheid movement seeking information on companies operating in South Africa, EIRIS has since grown astride with the expansion of SRI.

NEWS STORY:
The Lowdown from Corporate Governance and Proxy Advisory Experts on ISS-IRRC Merger
Implications of the buyout of the Investor Responsibility Research Center by Institutional Shareholder Services on social research and competition in proxy advisory services.

NEWS STORY:
Gap and Nike Engage Stakeholders For Assurance Statements on Sustainability Reports
Sustainability reports, whose credibility is enhanced by such stakeholder engagement and assurance statements, are gaining in significance, as KLD indexes add Nike due in part to its report.

NEWS STORY:
Vigeo-Ethibel Merger Forms New European Socially Responsible Investment Research Firm
The Vigeo Group becomes the largest corporate social responsibility rating agency in Europe, with global operations that the newly-created company plans to expand.

NEWS STORY:
KPMG Finds More Than Half of Fortune 250 Issuing Standalone Sustainability Reports
Surveying the top 250 companies in the Fortune 500, the percentage rises to almost two thirds when considering annual financial reports that address corporate responsibility.

NEWS STORY:
Merrill Lynch and World Resources Institute Analyze Climate Change Investment Opportunities
The jointly-produced report, the first such collaboration between a mainstream US investment bank and a environmentalist nonprofit, breaks new ground by issuing stock recommendations.

NEWS STORY:
Business for Social Responsibility Suggests Improvements to the Global Reporting Initiative
A BSR report surveys 19 member companies on their experience and opinions of sustainability reporting according to GRI guidelines, identifying both strengths and weaknesses.

NEWS STORY:
Canadian Corporate Sustainability Reporting In Its Infancy, Shows Signs of Growth
A lengthy report released yesterday by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada provides a primer on sustainability reporting as well as a statistical snapshot.

NEWS STORY:
The Value of Local Expertise in SRI Research: Jantzi Research Knows Canada
Jantzi Research conducts socially responsible investment research and corporate social responsibility rating and ranking focused on the Canadian market primarily for institutional investors.

NEWS STORY:
Report Ranks Best German Corporate Sustainability Reports
Henkel, adidas-Salomon, Volkswagen, BMW, and Deutsche Telekom rank in the top 10 of the 150 German companies surveyed.

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:
Pharma and Biotech Companies Just Starting to Pass the Transparency Litmus Test
oekom research rates the social and environmental sustainability performance of 27 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and finds disclosure lacking across the board.

NEWS STORY:
Not Just for Corporations: Six Microfinance Banks on Three Continents Use GRI Guidelines
Microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, and South America are issuing sustainability reports using Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, as are other non-corporate entities such as GRI itself.

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Tale of Two Reports: Sustainability Yearbook Compares Extra-Financial to Financial Reporting
Published jointly by Sustainable Asset Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the yearbook shows how adding extra-financial data to a financial report increases buy recommendations.

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Web Design, Lobbying Disclosure Fuel Co-Operative Bank Win of UK Sustainability Reporting Awards
The award judges distinguished between sustainability and corporate social responsibility reporting, noting that many reports identifying themselves as the former (which are more rigorous) were actually the latter.

NEWS STORY:
Latin American Forest Products Company Illustrates Best Practice Sustainability Reporting
Terranova issues its second Global Reporting Initiative-based sustainability report, exhibiting many exemplary practices such as stakeholder engagement and external verification.

NEWS STORY:
Calvert First SRI Firm to Issue Global Reporting Initiative-Based Sustainability Report
While many small-to-medium-sized enterprises consider sustainability reporting prohibitive, Calvert finds value in doing what it asks publicly traded companies to do.

NEWS STORY:
Report Finds Bank Sector Assessment of Impact on Disadvantaged Communities Lacking
AccountAbility and Business for Social Responsibility to apply their new assessment methodology to the pharmaceutical, agricultural, and extractive sectors next.

NEWS STORY:
UNEP Report Takes First Steps Toward Understanding Slow Consumer Uptake of Sustainability
While advancing interesting findings, the report is marred by lack of adequate documentation.

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Rating Corporate Sustainability: Behind the Scenes at Oekom Research
SocialFunds.com visits Oekom Research to get a more in-depth look at corporate social and environmental sustainability research.

NEWS STORY:
Sustainability Reporting Improves, But Falls Short on Linking to Financial Performance
A new benchmarking survey correlates the top 50 corporate non-financial reports to credit ratings, but reports themselves fail to link financial and sustainability performance.

NEWS STORY:
European Utilities Top Oekom Sustainability Rankings, US Utilities Crowd the Bottom
Corporate sustainability rating firm Oekom Research rewards climate change mitigation and enhancing energy accessibility for the economically disadvantaged in its latest report.

NEWS STORY:
Shell and BP Top Innovest CSR Ratings of Integrated Oil and Gas Companies
Marathon and several companies operating in emerging markets sink to the bottom of the rankings of corporate social responsibility performers.

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:
EHS Auditors Slow to Take Up GRI
Part two of this two-part article addresses changes Environmental, Health & Safety auditors are making in response to the Global Reporting Initiative.

NEWS STORY:
Sarbanes-Oxley Moves EHS Auditing From the Backroom to Boardroom
Part one of this two-part article addresses changes Environmental, Health & Safety auditors are making in response to Sarbanes-Oxley; part two addresses changes prompted by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

NEWS STORY:
Report Advocates Breaking Down Barriers to Global Corporate Sustainability Reporting
An Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and CorporateRegister.com report tracking sustainability reporting worldwide finds its growth hampered by obstacles.

NEWS STORY:
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Add General Electric and Drop Electrolux
The annual change in the DJSI is based on recent assessment of corporate economic, environmental and social performance.

NEWS STORY:
Stakeholder Engagement, Verification, and Transparency in ISO Social Responsibility Standards: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses these issues and more in the final installment of this three-part interview article.

NEWS STORY:
ISO and Social Responsibility--A Closer Fit Than You Might Think: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses divergences and convergences of ISO technical standards with social responsibility guidelines (part two of a three-part article).

NEWS STORY:
Answering the Market Call for Social Responsibility Standards: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses the history and implications of ISO's new social responsibility standards (part one of a three-part article).

NEWS STORY:
Trends in Sustainability Reporting
Part two in this two-part article looks at how the present trends in sustainability reporting project into the future.

NEWS STORY:
A Brief History of Sustainability Reporting
Part one of this two-part article outlines the history of sustainability reporting up to the present; part two projects trends in sustainability reporting into the future.

NEWS STORY:
Auditing Sustainability Reporting
As sustainability reporting increases in significance, so too does the auditing of it.

NEWS STORY:
UK Prepares To Mandate Environmental and Social Reporting
Proposed guidelines for Operating and Financial Review reports require British company directors to discuss the effects of social and environmental issues on business.

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:
Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Renault Lead Movement Toward Sustainable Mobility
Two Japanese carmakers rank highest on the environmental rating of Innovest's latest sector report, while two European companies rank highest on the social rating.

NEWS STORY:
Number of US Retail Firms That Oekom Recommends for Sustainable Investment: Zero
Oekom Research finds 15 US-based retail companies insufficiently transparent to recommend for sustainable investment, while five of the top six firms recommended hail from the UK.

NEWS STORY:
Oekom Revamps Its Rating System, Dividing Companies According to Transparency
Oekom Research now provides Outside Ratings for companies with insufficient transparency to qualify for the more robust Inside Ratings.

NEWS STORY:
Sustainability Report Awards Reward Disclosure on Environmental, Social Performance
Canada-based Suncor and Dofasco, Texas-based Dell and Kinko's, and Michigan-based Ford win sustainability reporting awards from CERES and ACCA.

NEWS STORY:
Oekom Rates Food and Beverages Industry Average in Sustainability Performance
The example of Starbucks illustrates how Oekom Research rates food and beverage companies as average performers in social and environmental sustainability.

NEWS STORY:
Wisconsin Energy Reaps External and Internal Benefits from Social and Environmental Reporting
Wisconsin Energy won accolades for its Global Reporting Initiative-based report, which also raised internal awareness of social and environmental performance.

NEWS STORY:
Report on SRI Research Organizations Characterized as Valuable But Also Controversial
A recent report from SustainAbility, onValues, and Mistra provides valuable insight on SRI research organization methodologies but lacks some needed transparency.

NEWS STORY:
Welcome to the Jungle: CSR Questionnaire Incompatibility Hampers Applicability
A Nordic Partnership report finds wide variance in questions posed in corporate social responsibility surveys, calling into question their comparability and applicability.

BOOK REVIEW:
Book Review--The Corporate Responsibility Code Book
This book is no thriller, but it is indispensable for anyone seeking to grasp the complex landscape of the multitudinous tools that measure corporate social responsibility.

NEWS STORY:
The Rashomon Effect: Why Do Innovest and Oekom Rate Toyota's Environmental Performance So Differently?
A Japanese film may help investors understand the discrepancy between the environmental ratings of Toyota by Innovest and Oekom.

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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:
Underreporting of Material Environmental Liabilities Persists
Despite clear documentation of the problem, multiple solutions proposed, and petitioning to enhance enforcement, corporate underreporting of material environmental liabilities continues.

NEWS STORY:
Survey Says: NGOs Believe Corporate Social Responsibility Reports That Reveal Faults
In a recent survey, nongovernmental organizations say they believe CSR reports that disclose noncompliance, poor social or environmental performance, and big challenges.

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

NEWS STORY:
Members of Congress Consider Social and Environmental Disclosure in SEC Filings
A group of Senators and Representatives summoned a symposium on the need for social and environmental disclosure by companies in their SEC filings.

NEWS STORY:
AccountAbility Launches Assurance Standard for Corporate Responsibility Reporting
Investors and other stakeholders stand to benefit from the standardized verification of corporate reporting on social, environmental, and economic performance.

NEWS STORY:
Corporate Social Responsibility Rating Agencies Balance Standardization and Differentiation
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating agencies are struggling to balance the need to standardize CSR ratings with the need to differentiate their ratings from competitors'.

NEWS STORY:
SRI Ratings Need Greater Independence and Standardization, Says New Dutch Guide
A new guide from Holland profiles 28 SRI rating agencies from around the world and recommends greater independence, standardization, and transparency in SRI research.

NEWS STORY:
SEC Urged to Strengthen Rules Governing Corporate Disclosure of Environmental Risks
The Rose Foundation is petitioning the SEC to require more comprehensive disclosure of environmental liabilities, allowing investors to assess the potential effect on shareowner value.

NEWS STORY:
Companies Skirt Disclosure of Environmental Liabilities
New study echoes social investors' call for the SEC to strengthen its rules regarding corporate disclosure of environmental liabilities.

NEWS STORY:
New French Law Mandates Corporate Social and Environmental Reporting
French social and environmental rating agency offered both kudos and criticism for a new law requiring French companies to disclose social and environmental performance.

NEWS STORY:
Swedish Foundation Reports on Socially Responsible Asset Management and Research
MISTRA, a Swedish environmental research foundation, recently released a report that assesses asset managers and research firms as its first step toward adopting socially responsible investing principles.

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

NEWS STORY:
Major UK Fund Manager to Require Environmental Reporting
Institutional investors are increasingly seeing the need for environmental disclosure.

NEWS STORY:
SEC Asked to Enforce Its Environmental Disclosure Rules
Socially responsible financial firm and international think-tank believe shareholders need more information about their companies' environmental risks.

NEWS STORY:
Wal-Mart’s First Sustainability Report: Just a Gesture or a Just Account?
Many call the biggest retailer’s sustainability report a good first step on a long road.

NEWS STORY:
Wal-Mart’s First Sustainability Report: Just a Gesture or a Just Account?
Many call the biggest retailer’s sustainability report a good first step on a long road.

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