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July 19, 2017 AS PROXY SEASON WINDS DOWN, A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS

Source: Bloomberg

There were 231 shareholder proposal no-action letter requests submitted to the SEC in the first half of 2017, compared with 218 proposals submitted for no-action letter relief during the same time period in 2016, according to...

July 17, 2017 United Methodists in US defend the right to boycott and divest

Source: Mondoweiss

In May and June 2017, seven United Methodist annual conferences (regional bodies) with demographically and politically diverse constituencies approved resolutions defending the right to invest church funds according to their...

July 10, 2017 SEC Allows More Companies to Disregard Shareholder Requests

Source: The Street

The SEC allowed an increased number of companies to exclude shareholder proposals during the 2017 annual meeting season, according to a report by law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

July 5, 2017 Thud: Socially Responsible Investing Meets Reality

Source: Wall St. Daily

But I’ll furnish hard proof today that socially responsible investors — among the fastest-growing demographics on the planet — are playing a fool’s game.

June 27, 2017 Investing with ‘green’ ratings? It’s a gray area

Source: Reuters

Buying into companies based on environmental, social and governance factors, has become a hot trend on Wall Street, spawning a new industry that sells investors company ratings based on those factors and funds dedicated to rated...

June 22, 2017 Why this leading shareholder advisory firm is now studying climate change

Source: CNBC

A leading shareholder advisory firm is buying up environmental data and analytics companies, because its says investors are increasingly concerned about the impact climate change will have on their portfolios.

June 20, 2017 What's a woman on the board worth to stock investors? About 300 bps, according to CIBC study

Source: Financial Post

Having women on a company’s board of directors leads to better stock market returns and that’s information institutional investors can use when deploying their portfolio strategies, a new report prepared by CIBC World suggests.

June 20, 2017 Georgetown opens door to divesting from Israel, fossil fuels

Source: Campus Reform

Georgetown University recently passed a policy in favor of divesting from companies involved in “abortion services,” though the new provision could open the door to divestment from fossil fuels and Israel, as well.

June 19, 2017 The truth is finally starting to emerge about socially responsible investing

Source: CNBC

Money is pouring into sustainable investments, which has surged by more than $2 trillion in the last two years. Demand is growing as clients want to increasingly invest responsibly.

June 19, 2017 Swedish pension fund sells out of six firms it says breach Paris climate deal

Source: Reuters

OSLO, – Sweden’s largest national pension fund, AP7, has sold its investments in six companies that it says violate the Paris climate agreement, a decision environmentalists believe is the first of its kind.

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