We create positive change within corporations.
We take a multi-faceted approach to create positive change within publicly traded corporations. Clients may choose to take either a passive or active approach to creating positive impacts with their investments.
We work with fund managers that do the advocacy work on our behalf. We also encourage clients to exercise their shareholder voting rights. For clients who want to have more of a voice, we can assist them with attending shareholder meetings or in finding an advocate to attend a shareholder meeting on their behalf. We can also guide our clients to invest their assets into a community that is in need of capital, which can have a profound impact on individual lives. Finally, we can help clients create or support a shareholder resolution demanding change from a company that they own.
We work with advocacy experts on various social issues to create positive change within publicly traded corporations through shareholder resolutions. A shareholder resolution is a proposal submitted by a shareholder of a publicly traded company for a vote at the company’s annual meeting or in the company’s proxy statement.
Though shareholder resolutions are non-binding, they have been used as an effective tool to gain the attention of management, which can often lead to a dialogue that results in a change in corporate practices. Common issues addressed by shareholder resolutions include corporate governance, executive compensation, global warming, labor relations, human rights, and animal welfare.
Any shareholder owning more than $2000.00 in a company’s stock for over a year can file a shareholder resolution.
We specialize in stewarding relationships between our clients and citizen activists who will act on the clients behalf by voting the clients shares at their request. This has proven effective in raising awareness with shareholders, directors and the media.
We help clients make an investment in underserved communities or to community-based organizations around the world that have a social and/or environmental mission. Our clients who invest in these communities have already had a tremendous impact in the areas of microfinance loans, education, affordable housing, gender equity, and climate change.
Portfolio screening is the process of selecting companies to invest in—or not invest in—based on their social, environmental, and governance practices. We work closely with our clients to develop flexible screening strategies that not only align with their values, but meet their financial objectives. Common screens include:
- Environmental concerns
- Corporate governance
- Gender diversity
- Sexual orientation
- Labor, human rights and equal opportunity issues
- Tobacco, alcohol, and gambling
- Animal welfare/product testing
Sectors we follow:
- Alternative energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal
- Organic food markets
- Water and energy efficiency
- Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS)
An investment’s social policy could cause it to forgo opportunities to gain exposure to certain industries, companies, sectors or regions of the economy which could cause it to underperform similar investments that do not operate under a social policy. Risks associated with investing in ESG-related strategies can also include a lack of consistency in approach and a lack of transparency in manager methodologies. A socially responsible investing style may shift in and out of favor.