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The Beta Steward Proxy Review 2021

The Beta Steward Proxy Review 2021

This is the first yearly edition of The Shareholder Commons’ (TSC) Beta Steward Proxy Review, a progress report on how investors are reframing their shareholder engagement practices to prioritize beta stewardship.

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From Alpha to Beta: BlackRock and the ABCs of Sustainability

From Alpha to Beta: BlackRock and the ABCs of Sustainability

Last week saw the replaying of an annual ritual in the financial world. The ritual goes like this: Larry Fink, the Chairman of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, issues a letter talking about the importance of something other than financial measurements in...

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How Shareholders Can Save the Planet

How Shareholders Can Save the Planet

David Webber’s new book, The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, might just as well have been titled, “How Shareholders Can Save the Planet.” Webber, a professor at the Boston University School of Law, has written a book that tells a...

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The Problem with Political Spending

The Problem with Political Spending

One key area of focus at The Shareholder Commons is equipping shareholders with the tools to limit corporate political spending. This article takes a few steps back in order to explain why limiting such spending is essential to our mission and to creating a just and...

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This Month’s Ramble: The Purpose of Purpose

This Month’s Ramble: The Purpose of Purpose

Given that The Shareholder Commons is all about making private enterprise act more responsibly, readers might believe we would be all about the current efforts to endow corporations with greater purpose. Larry Fink, who runs the largest asset management firm in the...

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Accountability Now: An Investor Call to Action

Accountability Now: An Investor Call to Action

5 Investment Principles to Measure and Manage Systemic Impact Worldwide equity markets are valued at $70 trillion, and venture capital and other private equity at $10 trillion. The owners of these securities control the private economy, which allocates most of our...

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Together, we're embarking on a fundamental transformation of our financial system...