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Sustainability Issues

Investment Company Engagements, Policy, Practices

The Opioid Crisis

Parnassus Investments addressed the crisis with Cardinal Health, Inc. and McKesson Corp., two of the largest drug distributors in the U.S.  Parnassus concluded that these two companies neglected their legal obligation to monitor controlled substance distribution and sold both holdings.  It kept CVS Health in its portfolio based on its positive steps to help stem the epidemic.

(Parnassus Engagement Report, February, 2019)

Data Security/Governance

Brown Investments bought Facebook in 2014.  In early 2018, Brown recognized several risks (governance, privacy & data security, and regulatory) and cut its position in half.  It has since sold Facebook due to its failure to address those risks.

(Interview with Karina Funk, Co-manager of Brown Sustainable Growth Fund; Barron’s, April 12, 2019)

   

Environmental, Social, and Governance

 (ESG) Investing Criteria

PIMCO Investments, a global fixed income leader, views ESG-based analysis as a natural part of bond investing.  “ESG investing isn’t just about making the world a better place; it’s about better investment decisions.” 

(PIMCO Secular Outlook, May, 2019)

Executive Compensation

Parnassus Investment proxy voted against ratifying executive compensation where there was a misalignment between executive pay and company performance.  Examples:  Allergan, Disney, Hologic, Qualcomm.

(Parnassus Engagement Report, February, 2019)

Consumer Privacy/Safety

Calvert Investment excludes the following companies from its U.S. Large Cap Core Responsible Index Fund due to material business risks; Facebook, Berkshire Hathaway, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing Company, Walmart, Inc.

(Fund Fact Sheet Q1 2019)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Etho Capital’s Climate Leadership Index U.S. claims an 85% reduction in total emissions from its fund holdings vs. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index.

 (Etho Capital’s Sustainability Data Base, Etho Capital Website)

Environmental Solutions

Parnassus Investments engaged the Clorox Company to reduce its use of single use, plastic trash bags and add a sustainability expert to its board.  Clorox agreed to the engagement.

(Parnassus Engagement Report, February,2019)

 

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