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Sr. Pat Daly Moves Shareholder Proposal at Exxon Mobil Annual Meeting

Dallas, TX –Sr. Pat Daly, OP, Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, moved the shareholder proposal on behalf of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ calling on ExxonMobil to establish goals to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its products and operations for the eighth year in a row.  The proposal, co-filed by 35 other investors, received support of 22% of outstanding shares. The urgency for aggressive measures by oil and gas companies to reduce the GHG in their products is undeniable.  Investors believe that establishing goals and a business plan to reduce GHG emissions is a critical step to reducing their impact on climate change and to propelling the transition to low-carbon fuels.  In her remarks at the annual meeting on May 28, 2014, Sr. Pat urged ExxonMobil to join its peers in an effort to bring about “a new generation of fuels that will be economically and environmentally sustainable.” She concluded that the “world is at your door, you must respond.”

Mounting scientific, social, and financial evidence demonstrates the urgency to establish and meet specific, measureable, and sustainable goals to reduce GHG emissions.   As faith based investors concerned about the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable populations, including on food security and poverty reduction, the actions from ExxonMobil to address their role in climate change has been wholly inadequate.  Implementation by ExxonMobil of science-based goals to reduce GHG in line with the most recent reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are necessary to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and reduce risks.  At least sixty percent of Fortune 100 and Global 100 companies have made these efforts and set GHG reduction goals.

Fellow shareholders presented statements to move shareholder proposals on governance, public policy and lobbying disclosure, and board diversity.

 
Tri-CRI Commends ADM For Human Rights Statement

Tri-CRI COMMENDS ADM FOR ADOPTING HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT

Commitment regarding ethical recruitment practices models best practices to safeguard workers in agri-business supply chains

Shareholders in Archer Daniels Midland and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility welcomed the company’s announcement at its general meeting on May 1, 2014 that it had formally adopted a human rights statement.

The decision was reached after successful engagement with ADM management led by Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment members, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell New Jersey, along with other ICCR members.  In a shareholder resolution, the shareholders requested a comprehensive sustainable agriculture policy that in addition to environmental requests around best management practices for water, GHG emission reductions, and nutrient management, included provisions that would protect the human rights of workers throughout ADM’s supply chain. The company responded by adopting a Respect for Human Rights statement with policies for fair wages, safe working conditions, freedom of association, and ethical recruitment standards that expressly prohibit workers paying recruitment fees. As a result of this development, the shareholders withdrew their resolution.

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Congratulations, Sr. Pat!

ICCR and TRI-CRI PROUDLY HONOR SR. PATRICIA DALY, OP
2014 WINNER OF THE CERES-TRILLIUM JOAN BAVARIA AWARD

Executive Director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment and long-time member of the Interfaith Centeron Corporate Responsibility celebrated for 35-year legacy in shareholder advocacy and the advancement of environmental justice at today’s Ceres conference.

NEW YORK, NY - Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 – Fellow members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (Tri-CRI) proudly congratulate Sr. Patricia Daly, OP, recipient of the prestigious 2014 Joan Bavaria Award. The Joan Bavaria Award, which was conferred to Sr. Pat by William Clay Ford Jr. via video at today’s Ceres conference in Boston, honors unique investor, business, and NGO leaders who are working to transform the capital markets into a system that balances economic prosperity with social and environmental concerns.

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May 18th Event: "Just Water: Making Water Visible in Theology and Ethics"

One of Tri-CRI's members, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, is hosting a lecture on water, specifically the global fresh water crisis. They've invited Christiana Peppard, Ph.D, to speak on the water crisis and how we can look to Catholic Social Teaching to consider and respond to this issue.

Tri-CRI engages companies on the issue of water sustainability and how they can responsibly use this precious resource throughout their supply chains.

Please attend "Just Water: Making Water Visible in Theology and Ethics" with Christiana Peppard on Sunday, May 18 from 2:30 - 4pm.

At 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY 10562.

 
Update on our Super Bowl Hotel Outreach

Super Bowl 2014: Hotel Outreach Launched in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania

In advance of Super Bowl 2014, Tri-State CRI, in partnership with the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and ECPAT-USA, led a large scale human trafficking awareness campaign. Sr. Patricia Daly OP and Margot Morris, have led five trainings of over 400 volunteers who reached out to over 1,200 New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania hotels that may be at risk for human trafficking during the Super Bowl.  Among those hotels contacted, volunteers met a positive response at 78% of hotels, who agreed to either post materials on "red flags" of trafficking, conduct training of staff, or receive more information on the issue.  We were very pleased with this response and believe it was critical to the heightened awareness of the risks of trafficking around this event.

In addition to volunteer outreach, the team held a training for hotel General Managers to raise awareness about the risk of trafficking and encourage hotels to adopt policies and protocols to respond to human trafficking situations that may occur on their property.Volunteers also encouraged hotels to train their staff using the online training created by ECPAT USA and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, available here.

Volunteers include women religious, high school and college students, and people from civil society groups and faith communities who are inspired by the urgency of the issue. Margot has successfully coordinated volunteers from the Tri-State area, mobilizing them with the tools needed to meet with hotels.  This is an issue that transcends hotel brands – all hotels are at risk for human trafficking. This outreach is a way of establishing relationships and partnerships with hotel management to work together to prevent human trafficking and provide support when needed, well beyond Super Bowl 2014.

Please reach out to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like more information about the campaign and how it complements our ongoing work around corporate social responsibility.

 
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