Plan Goals and Objectives

 

Every year, the Social Responsibility Committee reviews the shareholder advocacy plan and objectives, which outline the priorities we will address, the companies we will engage, and our goals for these engagements.

 

Strategy: Protection of Human Rights

 

Issue: Human Trafficking 

Goal: In support of the dignity of each person and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices that ensure basic human rights for all peoples and deter exploitation, with a special focus on improving the treatment of women and children, related to migration, forced labor, slavery and sexual exploitation.

 

Objectives

  • Engage travel companies such as hotel, airline and trucking companies on compliance with best practice standards to mitigate child and women sexual trafficking.

 

Issue: Fair Treatment of Workers

Goal: In support of the dignity of each person and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices that ensure compliance with recognized human rights standards, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Core Labour Standards, with regard to worker concerns in the company’s workplace and supply chain, with a special focus on improving the working standards of the economically poor. 

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies on human rights policies and their implementation and metrics.
  • Engage companies on efforts to ensure compliance with human rights standards in their own workforce and supply chains, including outsourced labor brokers, requirements in subcontractor contracts, compliance audits and performance/improvement measurement.
  • Engage companies operating in areas of civil and/or labor strife or racial/tribal warfare and racial disparagement (e.g., Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, Indonesia and U.S.) on due diligence processes to ensure they are not directly or indirectly financially benefiting armed groups or engaged in repressive practices impacting indigenous peoples.

  

Issue: Immigration

Goal: In support of the dignity of each person, our intercultural reality, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices that protect the human rights of immigrants based on recognized human rights standards or that prevent migration of persons from countries due to unfair labor practices or treatment of persons in company supply chains.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies that employ migrant workers (documented and undocumented) directly or in their supply chain, based on issues such as fair treatment, adequate health care and shelter, wage theft, job training, child labor or other labor/human rights issues in companies and/or their supply chains.
  • Engage private prisons with immigrant facilities on human rights policies, implementation, and disclosure with implementation metrics.
  • Engage companies on advocating for just immigration reform in the United States.
  • Engage companies that enable family detention.

 

 

Strategy: Healthy Persons and Communities

 

Issue: Access to U.S. health care

Goal: In support of the human right to health and the dignity of each person, promote fair and transparent corporate policies and practices that are designed to achieve access to quality, effective and affordable health care for all persons living in the United States.

 

Objectives

  • Engage pharmaceutical companies on their drug pricing practices. 
  • Engage health sector companies to develop pricing, business models, alignment with executive compensation, governance models, and communication strategies that support healthcare access for all, with a focus on the most vulnerable. 
  • Engage opioid manufacturers and distributors about their corporate policies on the marketing or promotion of drugs that lead to addiction and how the company takes responsibility for these practices.
  • Engage pharmaceutical companies to address political spending, lobbying and trade association contributions and other financial support such as political ads and trade association memberships to address advocacy priority of access to health.

 

Issue: Global access to medicines in developing countries

Goal: In support of the human right to health, the dignity of each person, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices of global companies to enhance access to treatments for serious diseases in developing countries.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies to advance the global availability of safe and affordable vaccines, drugs and supplies that address critical health needs, including noncommunicable diseases, HIV/TB/malaria/HCV and neglected tropical diseases with emphasis on reporting outcomes of these efforts. 
  • Encourage companies to promote the human right to health with a focus on health issues that impact all levels of society, including the most vulnerable, such as: women, indigenous persons, and people who are impoverished, and to advance strategies that will enhance innovation and open access to new markets.

 

Issue: Healthy food practices

Goal: In support of the human rights to health and food, the dignity of each person, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices designed to make healthy food accessible to all.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies across sectors (food producers, grocery retailers and restaurant chains) on company food policies and practices addressing obesity and undernutrition in both developed and low- and middle-income countries.
  • Engage food companies, including those making breast milk substitutes (BMS) and infant formulas, on improved labeling of food products and responsible marketing practices, especially as they impact children.
  • Engage on food-related policies, practices and marketing that impact peoples and economies of lower-income populations and communities in the U.S.
  • Engage on food waste issues, as appropriate, to encourage less wastage of food products throughout the food supply chain. 

 

Issue:  Health and environmental impacts of chemicals, products and technologies

Goal: In support of the human right to health, the commitments to reverence Earth and care for people and communities, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, encourage corporate policies and practices so that products, as well as chemicals and technologies used to manufacture products, ensure long-term safety of the consumer and environment. 

 

Objectives

  • Engage on footprint metrics to screen and compare toxicity of suppliers’ products, testing chemicals for human health and environmental impact (e.g., agriculture, water, rare earth minerals), striving for greener use and achieving best practices on company transparency and disclosure of data on the safety hazards of company products (e.g., REACH).
  • Engage with companies and communities where they are located to avoid harm to local plants and animals and to create healthy sustainable environments for all, with a focus on the most vulnerable such as: women, indigenous persons, and people who are impoverished.
  • As a public health issue, engage gun manufacturers to adopt more smart technologies for weapons and retailers to restrict which weapons they sell and under what conditions; engage both to adopt principles, such as those contained in the Sandy Hook Principles, which protect the rights of gun ownership and the rights of citizens to be safe and secure; and to report on their lobbying activities and expenses for gun rights.
  • Engage companies to reduce the use and availability of plastics and improve recycling programs and capability.

 

Strategy: Environmental Sustainability

 

Issue: Water access and sustainability

Goal: In support of the commitment to reverence Earth, to care for people and communities, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices that respect the human right to water and the responsible and effective use and discharge of water (“water stewardship”) by companies in their business operations.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies on science-based water stewardship targets and the human right to water, in their operations and their supply chains.
  • Engage companies to ensure positive community impact of company operations on society, local economy and environmental concerns are appropriately assessed, with a special focus on environmental justice concerns and the impacts on the most vulnerable such as: women, indigenous persons, and people who are impoverished.

 

Issue: Climate change and the environmental impact of company operations in various sectors

Goal: In support of the commitment to reverence Earth, to care for people and communities, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote corporate policies and practices designed to move toward a just transition to a low-carbon economy by improving the environmental impacts of company operations and products in industry sectors that are significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies to adopt science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adopt technologies to monitor and reduce methane emissions, adopt new and cleaner energy technologies, promote efficiency, promote transparency in reporting, and protect consumers, particularly low-income consumers.
  • Engage companies, particularly in the energy and utility sector, to improve public disclosure and transparency in reporting presented by current and future company operations and products including company plans to manage carbon asset risk and comply with a regulatory scenario that holds global temperature rise below a 1.5/2-degree Celsius threshold. 
  • Engage companies to ensure positive community impact of company operations on society, local economy and environmental concerns are appropriately assessed and transparently reported (sustainability reports) including environmental justice concerns and the impacts on the most vulnerable such as: women, indigenous persons, and people who are impoverished.
  • Engage financial institutions to ensure policies address socioeconomic and environmental concerns, particularly climate and freshwater resources, as well as pipeline financing in their lending practices.  In addition, engage asset managers on their proxy voting practices.
  • Engage companies to address political spending, lobbying and trade association contributions and other financial support such as political ads and trade association memberships to address advocacy priorities of climate change and environmental sustainability.

 

Issue: Sustainable food production

Goal: In support of the human right to food, the commitment to reverence Earth, to care for people and communities, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote company practices and policies designed to promote sustainable food production that is safe for humans and the environment.

 

Objectives

  • Engage food producers to promote reporting and adoption of practices supporting sustainability and reduction of environmental impacts at all levels of the supply chain including antibiotics overuse in animal agriculture, genetically modified seeds, water use and water pollution, herbicide and pesticide use, greenhouse gas emissions, and food waste.

 

Issue:  Extractive industry practices and technologies

Goal: In support of the commitment to reverence Earth, to care for people and communities, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, promote company practices and policies designed to be accountable and ensure transparency about the extractive industries, including mining processes, water use/contamination, and safety for persons, communities and environment.

 

Objectives

  • Improve transparency and reporting on current practices, implementation of best practices and industry standards, human rights impact assessments and community development and impacts. 
  • Assess company risks related to conflict minerals, and the environmental and public health impacts.
  • Ensure community impact of company operations on socio-economic-environmental concerns are assessed (especially in water-stressed areas), including impact on the most vulnerable such as: women, indigenous persons, and people who are impoverished.
  • Assess water use and pollution by extractive industries, such as hydraulic fracturing, coal mining, deep-water drilling and oil sands production, including community impacts.
  • Engage pipeline companies to ensure free prior informed consent (FPIC) is used in siting projects, and obtaining community consent during the entire project with a special focus on indigenous communities.
  • Engage companies on adopting technologies to monitor and reduce methane emissions.

 

Strategy:  Financial Sector Practices

 

Issue: Responsible financial sector practices

Goal: Promote practices and policies of financial companies that protect domestic and international financial systems and enhance consumer access to fair and equitable lending and capital to achieve a fair, just and sustainable financial system.

 

Objectives

  • Engage financial companies on compliance with legal standards on high-risk financial practices, such as derivatives, asset securitization, predatory mortgage lending and consumer credit practices.
  • Seek transparency and reporting of mortgage foreclosure data and Community Reinvestment Act lending, including rental housing, environmental criteria and implementation of corporate governance policies on business standards.

 

Strategy:  Corporate Accountability

 

Issue:  Responsible governance practices, including inclusiveness, just executive compensation practices

Goal: Promote transparent and understandable policies and practices on executive compensation in support of just and fair compensation for all classes of workers and achieve board member diversity to advance women and promote our intercultural reality.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies to address board diversity.

  

Issues: Political contributions and lobbying policies, practices and transparency

Goal: Promote clear and transparent policies and practices on political and trade association contributions and financial support as a means of addressing an underlying cause that undermines companies’ progress on shareholder advocacy priorities and goals.

 

Objectives

  • Engage companies to address political spending, lobbying and trade association contributions and other financial support such as political ads and trade association memberships to address advocacy priorities.