An Intimate Gathering with 50 Billion Dollars
By Laura Isanuk

This past June, I presented a resolution filed with TJX Companies by NorthStar Asset Management, Inc., ("NorthStar") a Boston-based socially responsible investment firm. The proposal requested the company link the CEO's compensation to progress on racial/ethnic and gender diversity in senior management. In preparation for the meeting, I met with NorthStar's Coordinator of Shareholder Activism, Read more »

Posted: August 16, 2016

A Minor Force for Impact Investing
By Mike Sakraida

An Insider's Look at Presenting a Shareholder Resolution With the 2016 Proxy voting season nearly over, we wanted to highlight our experiences presenting resolutions at a selection of annual meetings.  In the past companies have not been the most welcoming to our community. They cannot prevent our resolution from taking place, but when the meeting Read more »

Posted: August 12, 2016

Straight Shooting with Financial Firms
By Laura Isanuk

An Insider's Look at Presenting a Shareholder Resolution With the 2016 Proxy voting season nearly over, we wanted to highlight our experiences presenting resolutions at a selection of annual meetings.  In the past companies have not been the most welcoming to our community. They cannot prevent our resolution from taking place, but when the meeting Read more »

Posted: August 11, 2016

Two Companies, Two Experiences
By Laura Isanuk

An Insider's Look at Presenting a Shareholder Resolution With the 2016 Proxy voting season nearly over, we wanted to highlight our experiences presenting resolutions at a selection of annual meetings.  In the past companies have not been the most welcoming to our community. They cannot prevent our resolution from taking place, but when the meeting Read more »

Posted: August 5, 2016

The Rising Tide of Chief Sustainability Officers
By Will Linkenheil

Over the past 20 years, the inclusion of sustainability practices in business has become widely prevalent. With this increased focus on sustainability, companies have created a new position dedicated to the cause: Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). These executives focus on their company's sustainability strategies and run the company's internal sustainability committees; they usually report to Read more »

Posted: July 29, 2016

Are Coal Companies in a Death Spiral?
By JJ Jahania

The First Industrial Revolution in the United States, between about 1820 and 1870, was a period of extraordinary growth. Our nation's entire economy transformed dramatically as technological developments allowed businesses to expand their production systems in a big way. Traditional hand tools and other manual processes were replaced with powerful machinery. Of course, a reliable Read more »

Posted: July 18, 2016

Finding Palm Oil: The Journey Continues
By JJ Jahania

Instant noodles. Laundry detergent. Ice cream. Shampoo. At first glance, it may appear that these items are unrelated; however, they actually have more in common than you might think. All of these products can be found in your local grocery store, and they all contain palm oil. Palm oil is the most widely-used type of Read more »

Posted: July 12, 2016

Chemical Footprint Project Releases First Report
By JJ Jahania

Last week, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) published its introductory annual report on corporate progress toward reducing chemical footprints. This report is the first of its kind to shed light on the chemical management practices of some of the world's largest and most recognizable brands. The CFP initiative was launched in 2014 with the support Read more »

Posted: June 2, 2016

Shareowners to Companies: Take Action on Climate!
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Originally published as a Future 500 blog. Shareowners have the opportunity every year to weigh in on issues they believe companies should address by filing shareholder resolutions at the company's annual meeting. By taking a close look at the resolutions filed each year, investor priorities emerge. According to the latest Proxy Preview, a comprehensive overview Read more »

Posted: May 26, 2016

How Far Would You Travel to Save Your Homeland?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Small shareowners may feel powerless to have any impact on the decision-making of the enormous public corporations in which they invest. However, there are times when a few shares and a lot of teamwork can make a difference. Here is a case where a coalition of players, including shareowners, worked together to give a voice Read more »

Posted: May 19, 2016

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