20 May '11, 2pm

Social and Environmental Shareholder Proposals Gain Traction #csr #sustainability #social #investing

Social and Environmental Shareholder Proposals Gain Traction #csr #sustainability #social #investing

Shareholder proposals on social and environmental issues constitute about half of all resolutions in the 2011 proxy season and have become a serious strategic consideration for corporate boards and their members, according to a new report from the consulting firm Ernst & Young . The report found that the number of shareholder proposals related to environmental issues rose from from 150 in 2000 to 191 in 2010, while those proposals garnered average voting support of 18.4% of votes cast in 2010, compared to just 7.5% a decade earlier. “And it’s not just that there are more of these proposals than there have been previously. Rather, the degree of support for these types of resolutions is growing among mutual funds and other important investors” the report says. “Partly, this is because investors and regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are becoming ...

Full article: http://business-ethics.com/2011/05/20/social-and-environm...

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