Periodically investor groups coordinate public statements or letters in support of various initiatives or policies related to sustainability, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and other materials investment considerations. The Intentional Endowments Network shares these statements here as opportunities for endowments to add their names and offer support, at their own discretion. If you have any questions, please contact us and we can connect you with the organizer(s) of the statements.
PRI invites investors to sign on to a statement committing to support a just transition on climate change. Investors can make an important contribution as stewards of assets, allocators of capital and as influential voices in public policy to make sure that the transition produces inclusive and sustainable development.
Investor Statement on Corporate Accountability for Digital Rights
Deadline: November 21, 2018
The Investor Alliance for Human Rights (IAHR) invites investors to engage with ICT companies on human rights due diligence, with a focus on salient digital rights risks. ICT companies drive global innovation, economic growth, and the fulfillment of human rights for millions of people. Yet, these same companies can contribute to human rights abuses through their activities, or as a result of their business relationships.
The statement calls for internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies to respect human rights and refer to the Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) Corporate Accountability Index as a tool to help them improve their governance systems and performance on salient human rights risks related to privacy and freedom of expression. The statement includes a clear set of recommendations for companies in ICT, as well as investor statements of support for the RDR Index.
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Investors with assets totaling more than $5 trillion have petitioned the SEC to develop a comprehensive framework requiring public companies to disclose identified ESG factors that are material to the companies operations. Several of our asset manager members and non-profit partners as well as professors from the law schools of University of Toledo, Yale University, the University of Idaho, Georgetown University, Boston University, Wake Forest University and the University of California signed the original petition.
Comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or a paper comment letter can also be sent. Commenters are encouraged to send letters or emails before the SEC holds its proxy voting roundtable on November 15th. Emails and paper letters need to follow a particular format. More detailed instructions are provided here.
IEN will be submitting its own comments of support which we will post on our sign-on opportunity page as well.
Deadline: November 15, 2018
This statement calls on governments to: Achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals; Accelerate private sector investment into the low carbon transition; and Commit to improve climate-related financial reporting. The statement has already been signed by 345 investors managing $30 trillion in assets, and has had significant impact. As well as the statement, you can read an accompanying briefing paper (not for signature) that provides additional information. The statement was sent to world Governments in September. The final, updated version will be published ahead of the G20 Summit and showcased at COP24. To add your organization’s name to the statement, please complete the short form at this link https://theinvestoragenda.org/areas-of-impact/policy-advocacy/
Please visit the past sign-on opportunities page to review older letters and statements, and the endowment signatories.