Our Issues

The Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment

Our Issues

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2016-2017 Priority Issues:

Climate Change

In 2015-2016, Climate Change remains a top priority for Tri-State CRI shareholder engagement, focusing on the oil and gas, utility, and automotive sectors. This shareholder season, the Paris Climate Accord has been a dominant topic, shaping conversations around long-term business planning for low-carbon scenarios as well as engagement on public policy. With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, as well as climate statements or declarations from a number of other faiths, the moral dimensions of climate change have taken on a more important role than ever before. In addition, ExxonMobil’s historical role in spreading misinformation on climate change has re-entered the spotlight with revelations about Exxon’s internal climate change research dating from the 1960’s and a new investigation into the company by the New York Attorney General and a growing number of other states Attorneys General.

Companies we engage in this area
  • ExxonMobil
  • Chevron
  • Apache Corp.
  • The Southern Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors

 

Human Rights in the Supply Chain

Tri-State CRI’s work on human trafficking and modern slavery will continue to focus on child labor, ICCR’s “Ethical Recruitment” initiative, and promoting the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act. On child labor, Tri-State CRI will maintain our long-standing work with Hershey’s, focusing on the Cacao supply chain. In 2014, we successfully prompted ADM to establish a human rights policy including ethical recruitment provisions, and since then we have worked to monitor the company’s implementation of this policy. In 2015, Tri-State CRI persuaded New Jersey Congressman Leonard Lance to co-sponsor the Business Supply Chain Transparency Act, and along with our colleagues at ICCR we will continue to lobby for this bill which would broaden and deepen reporting requirements on trafficking and slave labor by corporations.

Companies we engage in this area
  • ADM
  • Hershey Company
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors
  • The Kroger Co.

 

Water Stewardship

We engage corporations to promote water stewardship policies that apply throughout their global supply chains. This includes assessing water risk, recognizing the Human Right to Water, establishing policies to prevent contamination and taking steps to remediate pollution.

Companies we engage in this area include:
  • Tyson Foods
  • GE
  • ADM
  • PepsiCo.
  • Campbell Soup Co.