Proxy Preview 2017
Webinar Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Proxy Preview 2017, now in its 13th year, hailed as the “Bible for socially progressive foundations, religious groups, pension funds and other tax-exempt organizations” by the Chicago Tribune, provides an overview of all environmental and social shareholder resolutions filed — including expert insights into the most prominent issues investors are raising at companies this year on and off proxy ballots.
The webinar will feature experts in the field and a synopses of the social and environmental shareholder proposals in 2017, including a detailed look at corporate political activity and environmental resolutions. This will be followed by a 15 minute audience Q&A session.
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| ||Andrew Behar, CEO of As You Sow|
Andrew Behar is CEO of As You Sow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility. Founded in 1992, As You Sow envisions a safe, just, and sustainable world in which environmental health and human rights are central to corporate decision making. Previously, Andrew founded a clean-tech start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies for grid-scale energy storage and a biofuel start-up. He is a member of the board of US Social Investing Forum (US-SIF) and was named one of 30 “Eco Rock Stars and Environmental Mavericks” in Origin Magazine’s August 2015 issue. His book, The Shareholders Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable was published in November 2016 by Berrett-Koehler.
| ||Heidi Welsh, Executive Director of Si2|
Heidi Welsh, executive director of the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2), has analyzed and written about corporate responsibility since 1987. She oversees Si2’s impartial, in-depth social and environmental research, which is primarily supported by U.S. higher education endowments and North American pension funds that collectively manage more than $1 trillion in assets, as well as grants from the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute. Welsh started her career at IRRC in 1987, monitored fair employment in Northern Ireland for 16 years and co-authored the CDP's S&P 500 report in 2007. She holds a BA from Carleton College, cum laude, and an MS from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
| ||Michael Passoff, CEO of Proxy Impact|
Michael Passoff is the founder and CEO of Proxy Impact. Michael has over 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility, shareholder advocacy, philanthropy, and proxy research and education. For more than a decade Michael served as the Senior Program Director for As You Sow’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. In 2005 he founded Proxy Preview to alert investors to upcoming shareholder resolutions on key environmental, social and governance issues. Michael has led and participated in more than 300 shareholder dialogues and resolutions and worked closely with shareholder advocates in the sustainable, responsible, impact investor (SRI), pension fund, labor, philanthropic, and faith-based communities. His shareholder advocacy work led him to be named as one of 2009’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere Magazine. He also received the 2009 Climate Change Business Journal award for a shareholder campaign on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy that resulted in the first environmental resolution to receive a majority vote.
| ||Timothy Smith|
Tim Smith serves as the Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement at Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management Company. Walden has been a leader in sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) since 1975. As of June 30, 2015, Walden managed approximately $2.7 billion in assets for individual and institutional clients.
Mr. Smith joined Walden in 2000 to lead Walden’s ongoing shareholder engagement program to promote greater corporate leadership on ESG issues. This includes company dialogues, shareholder proposals, proxy voting, and public policy advocacy. One of Walden’s priority issues is Board diversity pursued through letters, company dialogues, shareholder resolution and proxy voting. Previously, Mr. Smith served as executive director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) for 24 years.