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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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JULY 18: Si2 and the IRRC Institute are providing a webinar on July 19 about our report on the 25 largest U.S. investor-owned utilities and their comparative performance on 12 key metrics about climate change and related corporate governance and corporate political activity (spending and governance of lobbying and campaign spending). The webinar includes an update on the report's section about 2016 proxy season results.

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Si2's analysis of the proxy season and its results will be available to clients in mid-August. The results as of mid-July include nine resolutions (seven opposed by management) that earned a majority from the shares cast, on the following:

Kellogg - animal welfare policy - 98.2%*
FleetCor Technologies - board diversity - 72.4%*
Fluor - political spending - 61.9%
Clarcor - sustainability report - 60.8%
J.B. Hunt Transport Services - LGBT anti-bias - 54.7%
Joy Global - board diversity - 52.4%
eBay - female pay disparity - 51.2%
WPX Energy - methane emissions - 50.8%
NiSource - political spending - 50.3%
*Not opposed by management