Words from corporations, collaborators and thought leaders
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Bruce Herbert and Larry Dohrs are… major players in the shareholder advocacy movement.[They seek] open dialogue to find more creative approaches and ensure that shared values are considered. [Their work] does not attempt to intervene in how companies are run; that is management’s job. Instead, it brings attention to the effects of decisions and practices on all stakeholders, particularly shareholders.– Carol Sanford, AuthorThe Responsible Business: Reimagining Sustainability & Success
Thank you for the very kind and thoughtful words at the Annual Meeting yesterday. I was out with a sick 3-year old and came into the office this morning to a standing ovation by my team. It has been a true pleasure working with you. I look forward to continuing a strong working relationship so that we can keep our company in the forefront of good business practices.– Mary Ellen FukuharaInvestor Relations
As a result of negotiations with Investor Voice, Starbucks – the nation’s largest specialty coffee retailer – adopted leading-edge policies for disclosure of political contributions and payments to trade associations. To learn more about our work with Starbucks, visit our News posts.
Thank you again for your willingness to engage, your candor, and your collaborative style. We wish you the best success in the future.– James BarnettVice President and Associate General Counsel
The Board of Cardinal Health – America’s 21st largest corporation – agreed to amend its Code of Regulations (bylaws) to adopt what Investor Voice’s resolution called the “SEC Standard” for fair and democratic vote-counting. To learn more about our work on vote-counting, visit our News posts.
What I can influence – and Gary and I are working on this diligently – is to recommend a change in WaMu policy to be in full compliance with the proposed shareholder resolution. We are fairly confident we can get this approved and implemented… That is what we collectively agreed to… and we are honor-bound to see this through.– Scott GaspardSenior VP, Government and Industry Relations
Investor Voice worked with WaMu – at that time America’s largest bank – to adopt leading-edge policies around disclosure of corporate political spending and payments to trade associations.
Thank you for the respectful and productive dialogue we have had concerning the shareholder proposal… This letter is to confirm the agreements we have reached under which Microsoft will implement enhanced disclosure of political contributions… Once again, thank you for working collaboratively to find a mutually satisfactory path to address this topic.– Peter A. KrausSenior Attorney, Corporate
During negotiations with Investor Voice, Microsoft’s Board established industry-leading standards for disclosure of political contributions and payments to trade associations.
After reviewing [your] proposal, we realize there are additional opportunities in this area and have reset our objective around the issue of water waste and pollution… thank you.– Robert B. SariExecutive VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
To learn more about our work with Nordstrom, visit our News posts.
Thanks for all you did to make Ethiopia’s request of Starbucks a prominent topic at the Annual General Meeting. You were wonderful partners! We raved about your hospitality, savvy advice, and masterful advocacy.– Marjorie VictorPolicy Advisor, Private Sector Team
Starbucks trademarked the most famous names of the Ethopian birthplaces of coffee. The Ethiopian government, unsuccessful in its petition for Starbucks to return these legal trademarks to the people and land of Ethopia, sought the help of Oxfam America. Oxfam created a campaign to move Starbucks, and they called on the Investor Voice team to elevate the conversation to Starbucks’ shareholders, Board, management, and the business press. In the end, Starbucks agreed to return the trademarks they had captured, and pledged not to pursue any additional trademarks of Ethopian placenames.
You wowed them. I loved hearing you speak with such authority and clarity on such a complicated issue.– Georgia H. HerbertGeneral Counsel, Piedmont Environmental CouncilBoard Member, Southern Environmental Law Center
One of Virginia’s leading environmental organizations sought help turning back plans for two massive new electric transmission lines. These power lines were envisioned under special “national security” clauses embedded within the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that effectively allowed companies to circumvent all established siting protocols and environmental protections by designating so-called “National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.”
These two corridors would impact more than 100 million acres of land across ten States, and critics saw it not as a matter of national security, but solely as a scheme to sell electricity from outdated and dirty coal-burning facilities in Ohio into lucrative Northeast markets.
The Investor Voice team crafted the nation’s first-ever shareholder resolution dealing with provisions of Homeland Security legislation, and presented it at two power companies. These efforts brought new attention to the matter and contributed to slowing down the process. The national security designations were then struck down in federal court in February, 2011.
You have accomplished so much and built an incredible movement within the shareholder community. I am humbled by the stories I hear of folks like you making such a big difference.– Emily StoneShareholder Advocate
You did an OUTSTANDING job. I think many will enjoy your take on the season and your other important remarks regarding SRI. Thanks so much for the work you do.– James McRitchiePublisher
I’ve always found Bruce Herbert and his team to be incredibly responsive and keyed into the social investing arena. They are a pleasure to work with, and have consistently provided thought and action leadership in this field.– Tim FreundlichPresident, Impact AssetsCo-founder & Managing Partner, Good CapitalCo-founder, Social Capital Markets (SOCAP)Co-founder, HUB Bay AreaSpecial Consultant, Calvert FoundationCo-founder, Community Investment Partners
I admire your work immensely.– Rich LiroffExecutive Director
You were amazingly generous with your time… and with something that matters more than time. Call it ‘listening’ or ‘attention’ or ‘human kindness and caring.’ It’s a rare and special quality even in a friend, never mind a business.– Anne HermanCitizen Collaborator
Just heard your segment on KUOW. A beautiful story, beautifully told in your beautiful low-key way. It is a privilege to be your friend and colleague.– David Korten, AuthorAgenda for a New Economy, When Corporations Rule the World, and The Great TurningCo-founder & Board Chair, YES! MagazineCo-founder, Social Venture Network (SVN)Co-chair, New Economy Working Group
Congratulations on some more fine work.– Gifford Pinchot, III, AuthorIntrapreneuring, Intrapreneuring in Action, and The Intelligent OrganizationCo-founder, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
(The Bainbridge Graduate Institute created the nation’s first sustainability-oriented MBA program.)