About Our Methodology

Shareholder Advocacy

  • Defined

    The process of an investor changing a company through conversations or raising issues for formal votes.

  • Engagement

    Investors can meet directly with companies to discuss environmental and social issues. 

  • Resolutions

    Shareholders can file formal proposals, which can change a company, and spotlight issues into the public eye.

  • Proxy Voting

    Shareholders can vote on those formal proposals. Votes are impactful when the management wouldn’t otherwise agree.

ESG Investing

  • Defined

    When the market values performance on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics, companies will improve.

  • Strategy

    How the fund considers ESG in decision-making. Good financial performance encourages more people to invest impactfully.

  • Research

    ESG as a field is yet young. Contributing rigorous research helps advance the ESG lens into the mainstream.

  • Promotion

    Publicly speaking on ESG is a great way to disseminate knowledge among peers and further the field.

Public Sphere

  • Defined

    Investors have an active voice in public policy and civil society. They can use that voice for good.

  • Open Letters

    Investors can sign joint statements or letters on crucial issues, or pen open letters to the companies they own.

  • Policy

    Investors often directly communicate with policymakers. They can advocate for social and environmental issues.

  • Collaboration

    Collaborating with civil society and other investors can amplify initiatives.

Impact Stories

Every fall, the Uzbek government forces over a million citizens to work in the cotton fields, shutting down schools and public offices, subjecting workers to police force. The government barred international monitoring groups; independent activists have been detained and imprisoned.
In 2008, shareholder advocacy nonprofit As You Sow began a letter writing campaign with investors asking American publicly-traded companies if they knew from where their cotton was sourced. These actions, along with boycotts, resulted in the Uzbek government ratifying two International Labor Conventions which would end the worst forms of child labor. Unfortunately, the Uzbek government proceeded to ignore these laws.
The international campaign against forced labor in Uzbek cotton fields provides a case study of industry, investors, and NGOs working to fight human rights violations. Impact of Equity Engagement Report 2015
In June 2013, a group of investors called the Cotton Campaign wrote a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry, requesting international labor monitoring, and that the US government remind companies operating in Uzbekistan to remember their due diligence responsibilities. More than 160 companies signed the Cotton Pledge, committing to “not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of [their] products.”
In 2013, The Uzbek government began allowing the ILO to monitor the fall harvest. In 2016, the government claimed that no one under eighteen will be forced to work. Though forced labor by adults is continuing, investors have made real impact through persistent advocacy.

Our Core Values

Rigorous Research

Our ratings are based on academic research regarding all pathways to impact for investors in public companies.

Focus on what matters

We’re the first to focus only on what is relevant to impact, and on all that’s relevant to impact. We’re about making a difference, not stock selection.

Be the Change

How we all invest has as much impact as anything else we do. By paying attention, we can make sure our money builds towards the future we want to live in.

Build the Movement

When people collectively care about the impact of their investments, corporate mindsets change, and our society changes. We aim to inform and help you join that movement.

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