Beyond the CIR

 

Organizations

As You Sow

As You Sow was founded in 1992 and has grown into two programs that strive to increase corporate accountability. The Environmental Enforcement Program seeks to reduce and remove carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. The Environmental Enforcement Program has reached settlements with hundreds of companies resulting in products being relabled or reformulated to remove hazardous ingredients. Restitution secured through this work is disbursed through grants to support community-based organizations also fighting toxics contamination and exposures throughout the state.

In 1997, As You Sow launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) to use shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze positive change within publicly held companies. It has led or actively participated in shareholder dialogues and resolutions moving companies towards greater environmental sustainability and social equity.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing (US SIF)

US SIF – Formerly the Social Investment Forum (SIF) – is the U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.

US SIF’s members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, community development organizations, non-profit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners. US SIF members practice SRI through methods such as portfolio selection analysis, shareholder advocacy and community investing.

Responsible Endowments Coalition

The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) works to build and unify the college and university-based responsible investment movement, both by educating and empowering a diverse network of individuals to act on their campuses, and by fostering a national network for collective action. We empower young people to defend human rights and the environment while making both corporations and universities accountable to global stakeholders. Our goal is to foster social and environmental change by making responsible investment common practice amongst colleges and universities, and to support the next generation of activists with a new and powerful toolkit.

ProxyDemocracy

ProxyDemocracy provides a set of tools to help investors use their voting power to produce positive changes in the companies they own.

ProxyDemocracy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to making proxy voting a more effective way of holding public corporations accountable to their shareholders and society. We believe society benefits when investors exercise their voting power, and we are building tools designed to make it easier for them to do so.

Publications

REC Student Handbook: Provides an extensive introduction into responsible investment, explaining the general structure of college endowments, the  history of responsible investment, how to organize, and much more! The best place to start to learn about responsible investment.

REC Community Investment Toolkit for Students: Provides a brief introduction to community investment and all you need to run a Move Our Money campaign for community investment.

REC Community Investment Toolkit for Administrators: Outlines the steps a school can take to support low income housing, small businesses and other community projects through profitable investments.

Greening the Bottom Line: Based on the first survey ever conducted about green revolving funds (GRFs) in higher education, Greening the Bottom Line details how GRFs help cut operating expenses and greenhouse gas emissions at 52 schools.  The breakthrough in this approach is how cost savings are used to replenish the fund for investment in the next round of green upgrades.

How to File a Shareholder Resolution: A publication by the Wesleyan CIR.