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This year saw a record high in mutual fund support for climate-related resolutions tracked by Ceres (Mutual fund companies show record high support for climate change shareholder resolutions). Voting records show that mutual funds voted favourably 29% of the time in the 2013 proxy season, an all-time high for the annual survey conducted by Ceres […more…]

CookESG recently reviewed five hundred and two shareholder-sponsored resolutions voted during the 2013 U.S. proxy season (July 2012 to June 2013).1 Two-thirds are governance-related: board practices, executive pay, director elections, shareholder rights and shareholder value.  These averaged 41% support, slightly down on the 10-year high of 45% in 2009. One-third address social and environmental issues […more…]

In a move that paves the way for a closer link between climate-related performance and investment decision making, the UK government has announced that it will require large public companies to disclose in their annual reports their greenhouse gas emissions. This will affect approximately 1,600 large companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and will […more…]

As universal owners with some 35% of US$11.8 trillion in assets under management invested in domestic stocks, mutual funds have both the rationale and power to move the corporate and legislative agenda on climate change in the US. Yet, their proxy voting guidelines remain mostly silent on specific environmental issues, including climate change. In a […more…]

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The US Mutual Fund industry is the largest in the world, with $11.8 trillion in assets under management. Around 35% of this is invested in domestic stocks (see: “Investment Company Institute 2011 Factbook, 51st Edition“). U.S. Mutual fund voting data shows that, on average, the largest of the mutual fund complexes held stocks in around […more…]

This year's Proxy Preview was published by As You Sow Foundation, the Sustainable Investment Institute (Si2) and Proxy Impact today.   Authors Heidi Walsh and Michael Passoff provide a detailed picture of the upcoming proxy season, tracing trends in shareholder resolution filing, proxy voting and engagement activities.   Some of the biggest issues that they identify for this […more…]

The year 2010 tied with 2005 for the hottest year on record, globally. In 2010 CO2 levels reached a record high. Rising waters threatened coastlines and rendered properties in some parts of the world uninsurable. In less than a year Australia recorded its driest ever month, June 2010, and its costliest-ever flooding, in January 2011. […more…]