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Tim Smith Columns

Timothy Smith serves as Senior Vice President and Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement at Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management Company.

Tim leads Walden’s ongoing shareholder engagement program to promote greater corporate leadership on ESG issues. This includes company dialogues, shareholder proposals, proxy voting and public policy advocacy. He also contributes to research of existing and potential securities relative to ESG factors. As a leading authority on corporate responsibility and ESG investing, Tim is actively involved in representing Walden at public speaking events and in fostering long-term client relationships. He is also chair of Walden’s Research & Engagement Committee.

Prior to joining Walden in 2000, Tim served as executive director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) for 24 years. ICCR coordinates corporate responsibility programs for 275 institutional investors committed to using shareholder advocacy to influence corporate conduct and promote social justice. Tim previously served as chair of the Social Investment Forum, an industry trade group, for five years, and presently serves as chair of their Public Policy Committee.

In 2007, Tim was named as one of the top 100 most influential people in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Institute. In 2008, he was elected as a board member of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church, one of the largest pension funds in the U.S. In 2010, Tim received the Bavaria Award for Impact at the third annual Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets.

Tim also serves on the boards of Shared Interest, a South Africa development fund, World Neighbors, an international development organization, and is a member of the Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Advisory Board. Previously, Tim served on the Domini Social Equity Fund Board for ten years. He also served on the Calvert New Africa Fund Board and chaired the Advisory Council for the Calvert Group’s social investment funds.

Tim earned a B.A. from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.

Email: tsmith@bostontrust.com

Walden Asset Management, One Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Tel  (617) 726-7250  (617)227-2690 FAX

December 1, 2015 Monsanto Takes Action to Fight Climate Change with Carbon Neutral Crop Production Program

Company States Crops Can Be Grown to Mitigate Climate Change; Commits to Carbon Neutral Footprint across its Operations by 2021 DESCRIPTION:ST. LOUIS,?Dec. 1, 2015 /3BL Media/?? As agriculture and farmers around the world work to...

July 25, 2012 Ready For Their Close-Up: Corporate Secretaries and "The Shape of Things to Come"

DESCRIPTION:The TakeAway:?The recent annual conference of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals focused on ?The Shape of Things to Come??that is, key issues and trends affecting corporate...

February 19, 2011 Say-When-on-Pay Voting at US Issuers

Source: Tim Smith

Boston -- A strange thought just hit me . Obviously I have been strongly opposed to the 3-year proposals on Say-on-Pay (SOP) and frustrated that we even had to have a frequency vote (thanks to Idaho Senator Crapo’s midnight...[more]

February 7, 2011 SAY ON PAY – CELEBRATE THE MOMENT; THEN GET TO WORK TO MAKE IT STICK!

Source: Tim Smith – Walden Asset Management

On January 25th the SEC adopted new rules for the shareholder advisory vote on executive compensation, popularly know as Say-on-Pay, as required under the Dodd-Frank bill passed in 2010. This year, all companies must place an...[more]

December 1, 2010 A FAILURE IN GOVERNANCE!

Source: Tim Smith, Walden Asset Management

Many leading companies strive to follow best practices in corporate governance, demonstrating responsiveness to investors and protecting shareowner value in the process. Paradoxically these same companies often appear to leave...[more]

May 5, 2010 Forging the Roadmap to Sustainability: 2010 Joan Bavaria Awards Go to Tim Smith and Center for Political Accountability

Source: Ceres PRESS RELEASE: (3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) BOSTON, MA - May 5, 2010 - Investment advocate Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management in Boston and the Center for Public Accountability in Washington D.C. were honored last night...

May 5, 2010 Forging the Roadmap to Sustainability: 2010 Joan Bavaria Awards Go to Tim Smith and Center for Political Accountability

Source: Ceres PRESS RELEASE: (3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) BOSTON, MA - May 5, 2010 - Investment advocate Tim Smith of Walden Asset Management in Boston and the Center for Public Accountability in Washington D.C. were honored last night...

September 27, 2007 Testimony Of Timothy Smith Senior Vice President, Walden Asset Management Chair, Social Investment Forum

Source: COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES U.S. House of Representatives

The Securities & Exchange Commission has been pressured from all sides in recent years to address the rules for shareholders having access to corporate proxy ballots. More access? Less access? No access? All of these are on...[more]

September 6, 2007 Shareholder Resolutions Challenged By SEC

Source: Tim Smith

Actions by the SEC have put the shareholder resolution process in jeopardy. Investors are playing an important role in efforts to preserve essential shareholder rights.[more]

May 3, 2007 Dover: The Stockholder Meeting That Wasn’t

Source: Walden Asset Management – by Tim Smith

Dover is a relatively large company based in New York City which holds its stockholder meeting in Wilmington, Delaware. Walden had a shareholder resolution requesting a Sustainability Report. [more]

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