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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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APRIL 27: A shareholder resolution asking the trucking company J.B. Hunt to adopt a non-discrimination policy for LGBT employees has earned support from 54 percent of the shares voted and the company says in a filing at the SEC that it will study the issue and report back with recommendations for policy changes at the company's July board meeting.

APRIL 14: We released a comprehensive look at climate change, corporate governance and politics, examining the 25 largest U.S. investor-owned utilities and their performance on twelve separate comparative metrics. Included in the report is up-to-date information on 2016 shareholder resolutions at these companies. More information appears in the press release and full report, which are on the IRRC Institute website.
April: We're in the heart of proxy season, with a total of 97 social and environmental issue shareholder proposals slated for votes between April 1 and mid-May. Investors may want to take note of a new resolution that raises particularly sticky issues connected to contested territory, hydraulic fracturing, the discovery of new oil and gas reserves, and related environmental matters--at Genie Energy, a Long Island utility that is also active in the Golan Heights. The proxy statement is here .