PANNA: Resource Pointer #295 (Shareholder Activism)


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Resource Pointer #295 (Shareholder Activism)
October 10, 2002

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*The Environmental Fiduciary: The Case for Incorporating Environmental Factors into Investment Management Policies, 2002* Susanna Blake Goodman, Jonas Kron and Tim Little, The Rose Foundation for Communities & the Environment. Argues that fiduciaries who manage funds for institutional investors, such as pension funds, foundations and charitable trusts, should incorporate environmental factors into their portfolio management policies. Illustrates that a corporation’s strong environmental performance often has a positive influence on financial performance. Chapter topics include environment as a value driver and academic and legal perspectives. 73 pages. US$10. Contact Rose Foundation for Communities & the Environment, 6008 College Avenue, Suite 10, Oakland, CA 94618; phone (510) 658-0702; email; Web site

*Off the Books! Environment and Human Rights, 2002* Video. Sanford Lewis. Describes the potential and limits of an enforceable, disclosure-based strategy for corporate accountability on environmental, health and human rights issues. Calls for better enforcement and clearer reporting standards from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 30 minutes. US$18 for individuals, US$50 for businesses and institutions. Contact Friends of the Earth, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; phone (202) 783-7400; fax (202) 783-7400; email; Web site or

*Beyond Good Deeds: Case Studies and a New Policy Agenda for Corporate Accountability, 2002* Natural Heritage Institute, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development and Human Rights Advocates. Report examines human rights and environmental challenges faced by multinational corporations using case studies of two industry sectors: oil and information technology. Presents a policy agenda based on strengthening the government’s role in maintaining corporate accountability. 185 pages. Download free at Contact Natural Heritage Institute, 2140 Shattuck Ave, 5th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704; phone (510) 644-2900; fax (510) 644-4428; email; Web site

*Directory of Socially Responsible Investment Services, 2002* Social Investment Forum. Lists institutions, services and general resources for socially and environmentally responsible investing. Sections include banks, credit unions, consultants, venture capital and community development groups, mutual funds and loan funds companies, periodicals, information services and advocacy groups. 55 pages. Directory information is also available online at Contact Social Investment Forum, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 650, Washington, DC 20006; phone (202) 872-5319; fax (202) 822-8471; email; Web site

*Confronting Companies Using Shareholder Power: A Handbook on Socially-Oriented Shareholder Activism, 1999* Michelle Chan-Fishel, ed. Written for socially-conscious or mission-based investors interested in exercising ownership responsibilities of the companies they hold. Chapters cover shareholder activism in a campaign context, shareholder-company dialogues, and how to prepare and promote shareholder resolutions. Available at Contact Friends of the Earth, 1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; phone (202) 783-7400; fax (202) 783-7400; email; Web site

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