Policy: Social

Introduction

Sustainable and responsible investors have been at the forefront of numerous efforts to improve the working conditions in global supply chains, resource extraction practices, international and domestic human rights, and fair labor practices. Social criteria, which include criteria related to issues such as conflict risk, equal employment opportunity and diversity, and labor and human rights, applied to $7.78 trillion in assets under management in 2016.
 
Priority Areas of Action

Pay Ratio Rule: Requiring public companies to disclose the ratio of the median of the annual total compensation of all employees to the annual total compensation of the chief executive officer provides important information to investors seeking to make informed investment decisions and vote their proxies with the benefit of full transparency into a company’s approach to CEO compensation.

Conflict Mineral Rule and Supply Chain Transparency: Sustainable investors value companies' responsible management of global supply chain risks and have been particularly concerned in recent years by the use of four minerals, referred to as "conflict minerals" to fund continuing violence.  Through regulated disclosures, not only do companies and investors benefit, but we all indirectly contribute to a peaceful, prosperous, and stable conflict-free minerals trade in central Africa, thereby further advancing respect for human rights in the global supply chains of US companies.
 
Letters and Statements

US SIF Comment Letter on Reconsideration of Pay Ratio Rule Implementation 03/2017
US SIF Comment Letter on Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation 03/2017
Investor Statement on Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation 02/2017
Multi-stakeholder Group Letter to Special Envoy Feingold 05/2014
Investor Letter on Federal Court Decision Denying Suspension of Conflict Mineral Reporting Rule  05/2014
US SIF Comment Letter to the SEC on Proposed Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule 12/2013
Multi-stakeholder Group Letter to the European Commission regarding conflict minerals 06/2013
Investor Statement on Bangladesh Garment Factory Disaster  05/2013
Investor Statement on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 08/2012
Letter to Republican Leadership re: Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act (HR 2759) 01/2012
US SIF Comment Letter to the SEC on Pay Disparity 04/2011
US SIF Comment Letter on SEC Draft Rule on Conflict Minerals Disclosure  03/2011
US SIF Comment Letter on SEC Draft Rule on Extraction Issuer Payments to Governments  03/2011
US SIF Comment Letter on SEC Draft Rule on Mine Safety Disclosure 01/2011