UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework Investor Statement

 

May 2016 – Investor Coalition Includes 83 Investors with $4.8 Trillion Assets Under Management

The investor coalition supporting the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework has grown to include 83 investors representing $4.8 trillion assets under management. Their statement of support is below.

The investor coalition aims to continue to grow in the future. New signatories are invited to join the coalition through this website.

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Investor Statement of 14 June 2016

Many stakeholders, including investors, have asked for guidance on how companies should report on how they are implementing the UN Guiding Principles. The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework has been developed through the Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI) in an open, global, and consultative process coordinated by Shift and Mazars. The undersigned investors, with $4.8 trillion assets under management*, support the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. We hope it will incentivize improved disclosure and see it as an essential tool that enables investors to review companies’ understanding and management of human rights risks. It will also guide us in our engagement with companies going forward.

Beyond ethical concerns, companies that do not proactively assess and manage human rights risks face potential legal, reputational, and other risks with financial implications. Meaningful disclosure of human rights performance can play a significant role in reducing a company’s human rights risks, contributing to a company’s competitive advantage, and strengthening its long-term financial stability by:

  • Cultivating heightened internal attention to policies, processes, and practices to proactively manage and embed respect for human rights
  • Providing greater access to business opportunities with governments, business customers, and buyers who recognize the reduced risks to themselves
  • Improving relationships with key external stakeholders and securing a stronger license to operate
  • Improving the ability to preserve reputation when negative impacts occur
  • Providing a comparative advantage, with a growing number of stock exchanges scrutinizing companies’ non-financial performance, including human rights performance

The Framework is based on the UN Guiding Principles and therefore focuses on how companies meet the ‘corporate responsibility to respect human rights’. It is important to stress that this responsibility goes beyond compliance with local, national, and international laws and regulations. It focuses on a company’s human rights risks and impacts rather than activities that a company undertakes to advocate or promote human rights.

At the core of the ‘corporate responsibility to respect human rights’ is the implementation of human rights due diligence, which includes assessing actual and potential human rights risks, integrating and acting upon the findings, tracking the effectiveness of actions taken to address human rights impacts, and communicating about how a company addresses risks and impacts.

In line with the UN Guiding Principles, the Reporting Framework focuses on a company’s overarching commitment to governance and management of human rights risks. Companies that report using the Framework must identify salient human rights risks (defined as those human rights at risk of the most severe negative impacts, in connection with a company’s business activities). This is a key step in human rights due diligence under the Guiding Principles. Companies then disclose information on the effective management of each salient risk identified.

By definition, this set of risks to human rights converges strongly with risks to the business in the short, medium, and long term, and provides a principled basis to understand material issues for reporting. Finally, the Framework allows that, where it is necessary in the interest of concise and relevant reporting, a company may identify specific geographies for reporting on the salient risks identified, and explain that choice.

We hope that the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework will help companies meet evolving expectations for more robust disclosure. We encourage companies to join Ericsson, H&M, Nestlé, Newmont and Unilever in using the Framework to proactively assess and manage their human rights risks, demonstrate how they meet their responsibility to respect human rights, and support long-term financial stability.

The undersigned signatories welcome and support the creation of the Corporate Human Right Benchmark (CHRB) which has announced it will provide a free public ranking of major companies starting with particularly exposed sectors and based on information published through the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework and other public information from and about companies on human rights issues. We encourage companies to make proper disclosure under the UNGP Reporting Framework.**

*As of the initial release of this investor statement (24 February 2015), the assets under management of the signatory group totaled $3.91 trillion.
**Supplemental CHRB statement added 10 June 2016.

Lead Investor Signatories

Lauren Compere
Managing Director
Boston Common Asset Management
 BCAM
Juan Salazar
Associate Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment
F&C Investments
FCInv
Anna Pot
Senior Sustainability Specialist
APG Asset Management
 APG
Josh Zinner
Executive Director
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
ICCR
Steve Waygood
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
Aviva Investors
Aviva
Mike Lombardo
Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research & Policy
Calvert Investments
Calvert
Danielle Essink
Senior Engagement Specialist
Robeco
Robeco
Sara Nordbrand
Sustainable Investment, Head of Corporate Engagement
Church of Sweden
Svenska
Helena Viñes Fiestas
Head of Sustainability Research
BNP Paribas Investment Partners
BNP_Paribas
Karlijn van Lierop
Head of Responsible Investment & Governance
MN Services
MN
Katherine Garrett-Cox
CEO
Alliance Trust
Alliance_Trust
Farha-Joyce Haboucha
Managing Director
Director of Sustainability & Impact Investing
Rockefeller Sustainability and Impact Investing Group
 Rockefeller
Colin Melvin
CEO
Hermes Equity Ownership Services
 Hermes
Adam M. Kanzer, Esq.
Managing Director
Domini Social Investments, LLC.
Domini
Robert Walker
Vice President Ethical Funds & ESG Services
NEI Investments
NEI
Phillip Vernon
Managing Director
Australian Ethical Investment
Heidi Soumerai
Managing Director
Walden Asset Management
Walden globe Nov 2015 copy

 

Initial Supporting Investor Signatories: 24 February 2015

Pascal Blanqué,
Chief Investment Officer
Amundi

Ulrika Danielson
Head of Communications and HR
AP2

Peter Lundkvist, Senior Strategist
Head of Corporate Governance
AP3

Johan Florén
Head of ESG and Communication
AP7

Steve Mason
Director of SRI Activities
Brethren Foundation Funds Inc.

Steve Mason
Director of SRI Activities
Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust

Ellen Friedman
Executive Director
Compton Foundation

Sr. Mary Ellen Gondeck
Justice Team Member-Shareholder Activity
Congregation of St. Joseph

Sister Louise Gallahue, D.C.
Provincial
Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise

Rev. W. Thomas Soeldner
Director, Board of Directors
Deaconess Community

Susan Vickers, RSM
VP Corporate Responsibility
Dignity Health

Neville White
Head of SRI Policy & Research
Ecclesiastical Investment Management Ltd.

Judy Byron, OP
Director
Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment

Deborah Fleming
Chair
Northwest Women Religious Investment Trust (NWRIT)

Fredric Nyström
Head of Responsible Investment
Öhman

Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing
Pax World Management LLC

Dr. M. Jeucken
Managing Director Responsible Investment
PGGM Investments

Denis Branche
Directeur Général Délégué
PhiTrust Active Investors

Lura Mack
Director
Portfolio Advisory Board, Adrian Dominican Sisters

Jo Marie Chrosniak
HM, Coordinator
Region VI Coalition for Responsible Investment

Joy Facos
Senior Sustainable Investing Research Analyst
Sentinel Sustainable Funds

Sr. Patricia Daly, OP
Corporate Responsibility Representative
Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ

Sisters of St. Dominic
Congregation of the Most Holy Name

Sr. Helen Sullivan, CSJ
Director, Office of Justice and Peace
Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston

Sr. Carole Anne Griswold, HM
Treasurer
Sisters of the Humility of Mary

John Arnold
Executive Director
Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility

Mark Regier
VP of Stewardship Investing
Everence and the Praxis Mutual Fund

Steven Schueth
President
First Affirmative Financial Network

Ossian Ekdahl
Head of Communications and ESG
First Swedish National Pension Fund (AP1)

Jeffery Perkins
Executive Director
Friends Fiduciary Corporation

Lisa Heinz
Chief Financial Officer
Mennonite Education Agency

Molly Murphy
Chief Investment Officer
Mercy Health

Susan Makos
VP of Social Responsibility
Mercy Investment Services

Luan Steinhilber
Director of Shareholder Advocacy
Miller/Howard Investments, Inc

Herve Guez
Director of Research
Mirova

Herve Guez
Director of Research
Natixis Asset Management

Sr. Janice Bemowski
Treasurer
North American Province of the
Congregation of Our Lady of the Cenacle, Inc.

Julie N.W. Goodridge
CEO
NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.

Danielle Ginach
Impact Manager
Sonen Capital

Nichola Marshall
Head of Responsible Investment
Sparinvest

Lisa Laird
VP, Investments and Cash Management
St. Joseph Health

Sr. Carmen Schnyder
Treasurer & Leadership Team
St. Mary’s Institute / Sisters of the Most Precious Blood

John Swift
President
Swift Foundation

Dominique Bangasser Slavin
Managing Director
Treehouse Investments, LLC

Jonas D. Kron
Senior Vice President
Trillium Asset Management, LLC

Mary Beth Gallagher
Acting Director
Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment

Timothy Brennan
Treasurer & CFO
Unitarian Universalist Association

Heidi Soumerai
Managing Director
Walden Asset Management

Ellen Dorsey
Executive Director
Wallace Global Fund

Kirsty Jenkinson
Managing Director and Sustainable Investment Strategist
Wespath Investment Management

Sonia Kowal
President, Director of Socially Responsible Investing
Zevin Asset Management

 


New Supporting Investor Signatories after 24 February 2015

Erik Jan van Bergen
CIO
ACTIAM

Paul Robinson
CEO
Alquity Investment Management

Louise Davidson
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI)

Neville White
Central Board of Finance
of the Methodist Church of Great Britain

Neville White
Ethical Investment Consultant
Epworth Investment Management

Emilie Westholm
Deputy Head, Responsible Investments
Folksam

Hanna Roberts
CEO
GES International

Marieke de Leede
Director Responsible Investment
Kempen Capital Management

Sonia LeRoy
Senior Wealth Advisor
LeRoy Wealth Management Group

Betty-Anne Howard
President
Making Dreams a Reality Financial Services

David Schreiber
Investment Advisor Consultant
Progressive Asset Management Group/FWG

Hans Ek
Deputy CEO
SEB Investment Management

Stephen Whipp
Managing Director
Stephen Whipp Financial

Michael Jongeneel
Managing Director
Triodos Investment Management

Dermot Foley
Manager ESG Analysis
Vancity Investment Management Ltd.

George Wilbanks
Managing Partner
Wilbanks Partners LLC