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Recent SEC Staff Interpretation Bodes Well for Gender Lens Investor Advocacy


by Beth-ann Roth of RK Invest Law 

The newest SEC staff interpretation relating to shareholder proposals is poised to make it easier for ESG issues to get onto the ballot at company annual meetings. Investors should take steps to put issues of gender and diversity front and center. While terms like “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “gender lens investing” are becoming part of corporate and investing vocabulary, implementation of the values for which those concepts stand is far from complete.

ESG Issues Should Lie With Senior Executives

Investors and asset managers are calling for holding board members and senior executives accountable for the management of ESG issues. BlackRock, SSGA, and Vanguard are some of the asset managers who have highlighted the need for board accountability in ESG management. 

SRI and ESG Investors on Advocacy and Shareholder Engagement


From 2018 through the first half of 2020, according the the US SIF on Trends Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends, 149 institutional investors and 56 investment managers collectively controlling nearly $2.0 trillion in assets at the start of 2020 filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues. 

Moody’s Joins Ceres Company Network and Ceres Investor Network

Press Release

BOSTON and NEW YORK March 28, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The sustainability nonprofit organization Ceres and Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) announced today that Moody’s has joined both the Ceres Company Network as a member and the Ceres Investor Network as an associate member.

A Proxy For The Next Generation

ESG issues and fiduciary duties are not mutually exclusive.

We spoke to Michael Judin about the nature of fiduciary duties in the 21st century. What became clear is that ESG issues and fiduciary duties are not mutually exclusive.

Taking Stock of the PRI on Its Tenth Anniversary


In April the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative marked ten years as the world's leading proponent of responsible investing. Launched as collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact and the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative, the PRI promotes six principles involving environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues that should be integrated into the investment practice. 

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