31 May '12, 12pm

How do sustainability-minded investors decide to keep or dump a stock?

How do sustainability-minded investors decide to keep or dump a stock?

When the Netherlands' biggest pension fund, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds (ABP), with more than $300 billion in assets, announced earlier this year that it was blacklisting the largest retailer in the world for noncompliance with the United Nations' Global Compact principles, many sustainability experts may have been shocked. After all, Walmart has become an innovator in evaluating its supply chain and ramping up its commitment to purchase from manufacturers that meet its new sustainability standards. However, despite its recent efforts, Walmart is still not regarded as an ethical or responsible investment as generally defined by proponents of sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) because of its suppliers’ working conditions, employee wages and benefits, and anti-unionization stance. SRI investors have long known that Walmart employees can’t formally organize, ar...

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