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Domini Reaches Agreement with Four Companies

In addition to using social, environmental and governance standards to select our investments, each year the Domini Social Equity Fund submits shareholder proposals to corporations in its portfolio, addressing a broad range of social and environmental issues.  Since 1994, the Fund has submitted more than 250 proposals to more than 95 major corporations.

Frequently, companies will reach out to us to see what steps they could take to convince us to withdraw our proposal and avoid a shareholder vote on the issue.  A high vote on a proposal is nice, but we always prefer to withdraw our proposal in exchange for an agreement.  Over the years, often in partnership with other investors or NGOs, we have convinced numerous companies to adopt new policies to protect factory workers and the environment, and to enhance public transparency.

In the first quarter of 2015, we withdrew four proposals in exchange for the following commitments: 

Lowe’s, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, agreed to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides — a leading contributor to global bee declines — from its stores by 2019.  The company will also redouble its pesticide management efforts with its plant suppliers, and will begin a variety of consumer education initiatives focused on pollinator health.  Lowe’s has also informed us that it now offers a full range of natural or organic alternatives to its synthetic pesticide offerings.  Read more about this important announcement.

Avon agreed to review and revise its palm oil purchasing policies to address impacts on deforestation and human rights.  Avon utilizes palm oil derivatives (products derived from palm oil) in a wide variety of products.  About 60% of the palm oil consumed globally is in the form of derivatives. Read more about this important announcement.

Southwestern Energy committed to publishing annual methane emission reduction targets and to include these targets in determining bonuses for management and staff. Methane is a relatively short-lived, but potent, greenhouse gas.  The company is leading a group of companies called the ONE Future Coalition, a collaborative effort to reduce methane leakage below 1%, from the well-head to your kitchen burner. Southwestern, however, has not set its own targets yet.  This is the first time the company has publicly committed to do so.

MeadWestvaco agreed to full disclosure of its political contributions.  Thanks to concerted efforts by investors, including Domini, more than 140 large corporations now disclose their political spending so that they may be held accountable by their investors and consumers. 


The composition of the Funds’ portfolios is subject to change. View the most current list of the Domini Social Equity Fund and Domini International Social Equity Fund's holdings.

The Domini Funds are not insured and are subject to market risks, such as sector concentration and style risk. Investing internationally involves special risks, such as currency fluctuations, social and economic instability, differing securities regulations and accounting standards, limited public information, possible changes in taxation, and periods of illiquidity. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. You may lose money. This information is provided for educational purposes only, and should not be considered investment advice with respect to any of the holdings listed.


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