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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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2014 PROXY PREVIEW: Si2ís forecast of the 2014 annual meeting season and all social and environmental shareholder proposals known as of February 14 was available to subscribers in mid-February and appears in Proxy Preview 2014, a collaboration with the As You Sow Foundation and Proxy Impact. It documents a continued flood of resolutions on corporate political activity and spending, climate and energy resolutions and many more. Key proxy season advocates and issue experts also provide their perspectives on the season and related dialogues, including views from students, investors and companies, as well as a U.S. Senator. A recording of the March 5 event and other materials, including a full download of the report, is available here.

Court ruling invalidates part of the conflict minerals provision of Dodd-Frank: On April 14, the D.C. Circuit Court said a portion of the conflict minerals rule promulgated under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law is invalid under the First Amendment because it improperly compels speech. The decision is available here .
April 3: At the start of April, a total of 229 social and environmental shareholder resolutions were still pending for votes in 2014, the largest number ever. Thirty eight votes are slated to occur in April and 86 in May. In all for the year, Si2 projects that 42 percent of the votes will concern corporate political activity (96 resolutions), 27 percent the environment (62 proposals), and 20 or fewer proposals on diversity, sustainable governance, human rights or other issues.