23 Sep '11, 11am

Investors Who Ignore Sustainability Issues May Be Failing their Clients

Investors Who Ignore Sustainability Issues May Be Failing their Clients

The 2011 proxy season saw shareowner support for environmental and social resolutions top 20 percent for the first time. Still, according to a new report from Ceres , "The largest asset managers often fail to take advantage of this opportunity to promote key governance and sustainability reforms at large public companies, including the types of reforms that may have averted the recent financial crisis." "Investors can no longer afford to ignore or abstain from taking a position on increasing environmental and social challenges companies are facing, including climate change, water scarcity and human rights," Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, stated. "Shareholders have a fiduciary responsibility to vote their proxies on these issues, but in too many instances it isn't happening due to weak voting guidelines." The report, entitled "Proxy Voting for Sustainability ," seeks to ...

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