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Companies that operate in states on the US Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism or in countries with controversial regimes can be subject to significant financial, operational and reputational risk. However, avoiding investments in these companies may expose a portfolio to risks as well. In order to provide fiduciaries with quantitative and qualitative information to address these issues, the Mercer’s Responsible Investment (RI) team has created a framework that assesses risks and impacts of divestment from operating in a particular country or line of business. A number of US states, cities, educational ...
On June 2, 2010, students at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, made history by passing two resolutions supporting human rights, upholding international law, and promoting a just peace in the Palestine/Israel conflict. 1. The first resolution calls for The Evergreen State College Foundation to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, as part of instituting a socially responsible investment policy. 2. The second resolution calls on the College to ban the use of Caterpillar, Inc. equipment from campus. While other US colleges have passed ... Read More
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