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The Sustainable Investment Institute (Si2), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues.

Si2 closely follows shareholder resolutions proposed by investor activists, analyzing changing reform campaigns and identifying key points of contention in reports that enable institutional investors to make informed, independent decisions about their votes and views on these proposals. In addition to educational proxy research materials for members, SI2 publishes reports for the interested public on related emerging issues.

Si2 seeks to elevate the debate on investor responsibility and expand the market for robust, impartial analysis of corporate sustainability concerns. Much of the extant research on socially responsible investing and corporate performance is gathered and maintained in proprietary databases by financial service firms, which limits the ability of academic researchers and the public at large to independently and accurately assess corporate behavior. By conducting original research on these issues and making reports more readily available, Si2 will enrich civil society’s knowledge and understanding. It will both inform investors and spur dialogue between key stakeholders and corporations, helping to identify solutions that benefit the world.

Founding members believe that a public interest research institute best realizes the organization’s intended mission; establishment as an independent institute differentiates Si2 from other companies, activists and research firms in the field. We avoid conflicts of interest by not taking a position on the issues we cover.

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Si2's analysis of the 2015 proxy season is complete and found that while there will be a record 468 proposals filed in 2015 on social and environmental issues, company agreements to produce sustainability reports evaporated this year and support for setting greenhouse gas emissions targets slipped. (See Media tab for our press release.)

Si2 is working on a new study for release in early 2016, with funding from the IRRC Institute, that is examining patterns in state-level corporate lobbying expenditures and the extent of corporate governance oversight.
In addition to the new proposals from Oxfam America on working conditions in chicken processing plants--which investors consider in February at Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms, shareholders this month at Apple are being asked to consider whether the company should set a goal to become carbon neutral not only in its direct operations but also in its supply chain. Investors at Apple also will consider a proposal from the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research that borrows language from a previous campaign from religious and labor groups about human rights to question what it says is a discrepancy between the company's support for gay rights domestically and its operations in the gay-unfriendly Middle East, among other issues. Similar proposals also have surfaced and survived SEC challenges by companies; they will appear at Eli Lilly and General Electric for consideration later in the spring.