Terms frequently used in finance and Shareholder Engagement
A classic metaphor for the three levels of social investment: Screening, Community investment, and Shareholder engagement.
A portion of SEC Rule 14a-8 that generally requires the topic of a shareholder resolution to apply to more than 5% of a company’s business.
American Stock Exchange
A company certified as a B Corp (regardless of their legal corporate structure). See bcorporation.net for more information.
A company legally chartered as a benefit corporation in one of the States or jurisdictions that has adopted benefit legislation. See benefitcorp.net for more information.
Community Development Financial Institution
See Privately held
A type of investment that makes available necessary capital access and banking services to groups of people or regions of the world traditionally underserved if not outright excluded from receiving them (= micro-credit lending)
Coalition for Responsible Investment
Corporate Social Responsibility
Donor Advised Fund
Domini Social Index
Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval. This is the SEC system by which public companies make their required filings, such as quarterly reports, annual reports, and other mandated disclosures.
Electronic funds transfer
Environmental, Social & Governance factors
Exchange Traded Fund
Global Impact Investing Ratings System
A proxy reporting service
Global Reporting Initiative
Institutional Shareholder Services, a proxy reporting service
Kinder, Lydenberg, Domini. A company originally formed by Peter Kinder, Steve Lydenberg and Amy Domini. KLD created the first SRI index in 1990 called the KLD 400 Index.
Low-Profit Limited Liability Corporation
See Community investment
See Community investment
A thought leader invitational forum created by Amy Domini. Originally, meetings were convened in Cuernavaca, Morelos State, Mexico (hence, the name).
Bangladeshi banker, economist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. He developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.
Non-Governmental Organization or non-profit entity
New York Stock Exchange
A leading Community Development Financial Institution.
A portion of SEC Rule 14a-8 that generally requires a shareholder resolution to not focus on matters that might be considered under management’s routine, day-to-day purview.
Program Related Investment
A company whose shares are not publicly traded.
The document sent by a company to its shareholders, that contains items on the formal agenda for consideration and a vote at the annual meeting of shareholders.
Proxy reporting service
A company or service that makes vote recommendations for items found in corporate proxies; a company or service that will vote shares on behalf of clients.
Shares of stock that can be bought-or-sold on a stock exchange by members of the public.
(a) Avoiding companies whose practices are unfavorable; (b) seeking companies whose practices are better than others.
Securities and Exchange Commission.
SEC Rule 14a-8
The primary SEC rule that defines the rights and obligations of shareholders wishing to file shareholder resolutions.
See shareholder engagement.
Using one’s rights as a shareholder to advocate for changes in a company’s practices. (Also known as shareholder advocacy).
See Shareholder resolution.
An item for inclusion in a company’s proxy for a vote of all shareholders, that is submitted by a shareholder (as opposed to put forward by management). (Also known as a shareholder proposal).
The former Social Investment Forum, now known as US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
Sustainable Investment Research Analysts Network.
The Social Capital Conference.
Social Purpose Corporation, enacted by WA State June 7, 2012.
Socially Responsible Investment, or Socially Responsive Investment, or Sustainable & Responsible Impact investment.
Self Regulated Organization.
An entity or organization that creates a market for publicly traded shares of stock.
United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.