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October 18, 2018

Q3 Advocacy Update

In the third quarter of 2018, we continued using shareholder advocacy for positive impact and long-term risk management. We resumed our dialogue with Amazon in light of its recent change in wage policy; we wrote to 14 companies encouraging them to disclose energy and water use data; we began advising a local campaign to divest Boston’s retirement funds from private prisons; we saw our impact deepen as Intel, after pushing from Zevin, convinced the Responsible Business Alliance to adopt stricter supply-chain policies around prison labor; and we published our firm's first-ever comprehensive Impact Report. Pat Miguel Tomaino has our quarterly advocacy update.

Category: Shareholder Activism

September 17, 2018

Impact Report 2018

Zevin Asset Management proudly presents our first comprehensive review of the positive impact we create on behalf of our clients. Watch this video and read our new Impact Report below.

Our socially responsible investing approach creates positive impact in the world. When we help convince companies to develop greenhouse gas targets, that helps address climate change. And when we press big tech firms to strengthen their diversity strategies, each success potentially impacts the lives of thousands of workers.

We’re pleased to review all of this work in our first-ever Impact Report. Read to learn more about how we press companies for change, our approach to voting at shareholder meetings, our portfolio footprint, and the sound business practices that have made us an industry leader and a Certified B Corporation.

Click to download the report

Categories: Shareholder Activism, Presentations

August 21, 2018

Impact Brief: Skin in the game. Why we’re leading a push for inclusion & accountability in the tech sector

The technology sector has historically excluded minority and women workers. Underrepresented people of color hold just nine percent of technical roles in the sector with above-average attrition rates. And women hold about one-third of entry-level tech jobs.

But inclusion isn’t just a matter of racial and gender justice. McKinsey & Company research shows that companies with leading approaches to inclusion are more likely to have above-average financial returns.

That’s why Zevin Asset Management began researching companies’ strategies to promote diversity and retain the most talented tech workers, no matter where they’re from or what they look like. We also channeled our clients’ investor voices for positive impact, challenging companies to link reasonable inclusion goals to the CEO’s paycheck.

Pat Miguel Tomaino has the story on our tech sector work and a look ahead in our latest Impact Brief. 

Thanks for reading, watching the video above, and sharing comments with pat@zevin.com.

Category: Shareholder Activism

July 27, 2018

Impact Brief -- Caretaking & Human Capital: Why we’re leading an investor project on paid family leave.

America faces a caregiving crisis. Approximately 87 percent of private sector workers in the United States do not have access to a single day of paid family leave. This can drive risk and opportunity for companies. Companies offering paid family leave to all workers, not just those at the top, report improved morale, as well as cost savings from less employee turnover.

In the absence of policy at the federal level, last year Zevin Asset Management decided it was time for responsible investors to ask companies about paid family leave policy and push big employers in the right direction. As featured in a recent issue of Fortune, our shareholder advocacy has already helped win key changes at major companies like CVS Health, Starbucks, and Walmart.

Pat Miguel Tomaino has the story on our paid family leave work and a look ahead in our latest Impact Brief.

Thanks for reading, watching the video above, and sharing comments with pat@zevin.com.

Category: Shareholder Activism

July 13, 2018

Q2 Advocacy Update

In the first quarter of 2018, we continued using shareholder advocacy for positive impact and long-term risk management. We won a landmark majority vote on climate risk management at Kinder Morgan; we joined with fellow investors to call out companies enabling the Trump administration’s risky and inhumane immigrant detention policies; we moved Google’s parent company Alphabet, and other tech companies, closer to racial and gender inclusion; we challenged Verizon on privacy and net neutrality; and, we joined a global coalition of investors pushing for access to medicines in the global South countries that need them. Pat Miguel Tomaino has our quarterly advocacy update.

Category: Shareholder Activism

April 11, 2018

Q1 Advocacy Update

In the first quarter of 2018, we continued using shareholder advocacy for positive impact and long-term risk management. We joined with fellow socially responsible investors to urge gunmakers, retailers, and financial firms to address the risks of gun violence; we moved hotel giant Marriott toward greater diversity and equity; we joined a campaign to push companies toward carbon disclosure; and we continued work pressing employers on paid family leave policy, with new wins at CVS Health and TJX Companies. Pat Miguel Tomaino has our quarterly Advocacy Update.

Category: Shareholder Activism

January 30, 2018

Zevin Asset Management Named a Leading Money Manager for Positive Impact

Zevin Asset Management has been honored as a leading socially responsible investment manager by experts at Real Impact Tracker. Real Impact Tracker is an easy-to-use, new tool to help individuals and institutions find money managers that create positive social and environmental benefit with their investments. Real Impact Tracker estimates that only 7 percent of investment funds would qualify for the certification Zevin Asset Management has received. Read more about this new tool and Zevin's rating.

Categories: Shareholder Activism, Organizational News

January 10, 2018

Q4 Advocacy Update

In the fourth quarter of 2017, we continued using shareholder advocacy for positive impact and long-term risk management. We led climate risk proposals at oil and gas majors, continued our push on paid family leave and human capital management, pushed TJX on supply chain working conditions, and co-filed a first-ever proposal for opioid accountability in the pharmaceutical sector. Pat Miguel Tomaino has our quarterly Advocacy Update

Category: Shareholder Activism


November 30, 2017

Pat Miguel Tomaino is "One to Watch"

Our shareholder advocate Pat Miguel Tomaino has been honored by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of 20 people who will change business in 2018. Download a full press release, or check out the list and learn about the impact investing work Pat and Emily DeMasi are leading on paid family leave.

Categories: Shareholder Activism, In the Press

November 8, 2017

Investors "Take the Lead" on Advocating for Gender Equality

Amid the #MeToo campaign, the fight for pay equity, and under an administration that ignores women’s health, investors, consumers & lenders must push for gender equality. Read more about ZAM’s upcoming collaboration with Take The Lead and Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy and how we are addressing gender equity issues in our portfolios.

Category: Shareholder Activism

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