You can have impact with your investments.

You don't have to feel voiceless within the financial system.

Your savings and investments construct the fabric of society.

You can have a say through your investments.

We're here to help you take back your voice.

How we can help:

  • Ratings

    Our data-driven approach helps you cut through the greenwashing to figure out which public fund managers take steps towards enacting the values they claim.

  • Certification

    We hold asset managers to a higher standard. We scrutinize what they do across all their assets, and help them improve. If they pass, they win our label.

  • Gap Analysis

    We analyze the strategy, culture, and philosophy of an institution. We identify best practices and recommend pathways to improve.

What Success Looks Like

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.

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Our Founders

Gabe Rissman

former co-leader of the Yale student-run Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund, and filed a shareholder resolution with Exxon on its funding of climate denial.

Cary Krosinsky

teaches sustainable investing at Yale, Brown, and UMD Rob Smith School of business. Co-founder and editor of the Journal of Environmental Investing.

Patrick Reed

former Deputy Director of Inequality Media, Data Scientist, corporate sustainability consultant, former President of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition.

Board of Advisors

Lucia von Reusner is a Campaign Director at Mighty Earth, experienced in both leading national and international shareholder campaigns to advance sustainable agricultural practices, and working directly with companies to develop their sustainability strategies across a variety of sectors.

Prior to Mighty, Lucia led the Shareholder Advocacy program at Green Century Capital Management. In this role, Lucia recruited, trained, and led a global coalition of investors representing trillions of dollars to successfully advance no-deforestation sourcing commitments among several of the world’s largest food and agricultural sector, as well as strengthen industry certification standards for palm oil. She spent a year in Latin America working with social entrepreneurs in Peru and Guatemala to develop their social impact and business expansion strategies.

Nick Robins works at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where he is co-director of the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. Before joining UNEP, he was Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence at HSBC in London from 2007 to 2014, where he produced investment research on issues such as clean tech and climate risk. Prior to HSBC, Nick was first head of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) research and then head of SRI funds at Henderson Global Investors.

Nick is a founding member of the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative, is a visiting fellow with the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and is also a member of the advisory boards of the Climate Bonds and Carbon Tracker initiatives.

Andrew Behar is CEO of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility. Founded in 1992, As You Sow envisions a safe, just, and sustainable world in which environmental health and human rights are central to corporate decision making. Previously, Andrew founded a clean-tech start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies for grid-scale energy storage and a biofuel start-up. He is a member of the board of US Social Investing Forum (US-SIF), on the Real Impact Tracker advisory board, and was named one of 30 “Eco Rock Stars and Environmental Mavericks” in Origin Magazine’s August 2015 issue. His book, The Shareholders Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable was published in November 2016 by Berrett-Koehler.

Sophie Purdom graduated from Brown University in 2016 where she co-created the Brown University Sustainable Investment Fund, an endowed giving option managed by the Brown Investment Office. In parallel, Cary Krosinsky and Sophie co-taught the course “The Theory and Practice of Sustainable Investing” and co-edited the book, Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in Theory and Practice, due for publication in January.

Sophie is an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Boston. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. She will be attending Harvard Business School.

Rob Berridge is Director of Shareholder Engagement at nonprofit Ceres, where he works with investors and companies on climate change, sustainability and governance issues, as well as various projects for the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability.

Rob has a degree in environmental studies from Brown University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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