Key Collaborative Partners
Tri-State CRI works with a number of other investors through coalitions in order to amplify our shareholder advocacy for systemic change. In particular, Tri-State CRI has been a member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) for decades, starting with the movement of faith-based investors using shareholder advocacy to help address Apartheid in South Africa.
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
Tri-State CRI has been a proud member of ICCR since the 1970s, working with ICCR and its members in every area of the group’s work. Tri-State CRI actively collaborates with ICCR in particular on climate change, human trafficking, water stewardship and sustainable agriculture. ICCR staff and its membership of faith-based investors and socially responsible asset managers are important resources and allies in the Coalition’s work. In particular, the research and communications support provided by ICCR, and the participation and leadership of other ICCR members in corporate dialogues is critical to Tri-State CRI’s shareholder advocacy.
Coalitions for Responsible Investment
Coalitions for Responsible Investment (CRI) were created around the founding of ICCR as a regional organizing structure for Catholic institutional investors. Tri-State CRI works in close collaboration with the eight other regional coalition members of ICCR, which are Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment, Pennsylvania Area CRI, Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, Region VI CRI, Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, California CRI, Socially Responsible Investment Coalition, and CCRIM.
Tri-State CRI has worked with Ceres since its inception in 1989, working with its membership of faith-based investors, foundations, public pension funds, and asset managers to promote corporate environmental responsibility. Tri-State CRI is an active member of the Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk, which coordinates shareholder engagement and provides support for public policy engagement. INCR’s research has helped shape the agenda for Tri-State CRI, including its work on the “Clean Trillion” related to climate finance, and Ceres’ expertise in transportation, water, and electric utilities has been an important resource for the Tri-State CRI’s advocacy in these areas.
New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking
The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking was formed in 2011 and is made up of a diverse group including nonprofits, faith-based organizations, government agencies, law enforcement, and direct service providers based in New Jersey. The NJCAHT works to serve as the hub of community efforts statewide to increase coordination and visibility of NJ’s commitment to end human trafficking. Our vision is for New Jersey Free from Human Trafficking. Tri-State CRI participates as a Co-Chair of the Slave Free Commerce Committee.
Many Tri-State CRI members have a commitment to support community investments that provide access to capital to underserved populations. In 1983, members of the Tri-State CRI worked together to respond to an identified need to directly support financing mechanisms for low-income communities and helped to found the Leviticus Fund. Many Tri-State CRI members continue to support the Leviticus Fund as lenders and support projects in the Tri-State area. The Fund provides flexible capital and financial services for the development of affordable housing and community facilities, especially child care centers, throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Tri-CRI recently became a member of Jersey Renews, “a broad-based coalition of labor, faith, community, and environmental organizations urging our elected officials to act now.”