23 Jul '12, 9pm

How shareholders are learning to say "Yes, but": Divestment is no longer the only game in town when it comes to

How shareholders are learning to say "Yes, but": Divestment is no longer the only game in town when it comes to

Socially responsible investors have long practiced the art of saying no. Now, many are learning that saying "Yes, but" can be just as effective -- and sometimes even more so. A growing number of investors are using the power of share ownership to engage management in dialogue about corporate practices. Their reasoning: environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues can pose material financial risks to companies, and therefore shareholder value may be affected. Several hundred institutional investors totaling over $1.5 trillion in assets have filed nearly 2000 resolutions in the past few years, and through this work have persuaded numerous companies to make changes from better disclosing climate risk to allowing employees to unionize. Such moves take socially responsible investing (SRI) beyond the standard strategy of steering clear of certain sectors (like tobacco, mil...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/sri-shareholders-dialogue-resolut...

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