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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Priya Bala-Miller

An interview from Emerging ESG

Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Priya Bala-Miller, Director, International Programs, Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), Vancouver, Canada – August 10, 2012
By Geoffrey on August 10, 2012

Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about SRI.” The interview features a practitioner’s insights about SRI in emerging markets and through Emerging Markets ESG shares this expertise with a wide global audience. The goals of Five Questions about SRI are fourfold:

To collect a catalogue of examples of SRI in practice in emerging markets;
To raise awareness about SRI in emerging markets;
To reflect on what SRI in emerging markets means to practitioners; and
To enable SRI practitioners in emerging markets to network with peers around the world.
This week’s interview is with Priya Bala-Miller, Director, International Program, Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), Vancouver, Canada.

The Global Unions’ Committee on Workers’ Capital (CWC) is an international labour union network for dialogue and action on the responsible investment of workers’ capital. The CWC Secretariat is hosted at the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), a leader in responsible investment services for institutional investors. In her capacity as International Program Director at SHARE, Priya Bala Miller executes strategic planning, coordination and program development for the CWC. Prior to joining SHARE, Priya worked with UN agencies and international NGOs as an advocate for corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She has authored numerous policy reports on these themes, and published peer-reviewed papers in Consumer Policy Review and the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment. Currently, Priya is a Liu Scholar and doctoral student with the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), focuses on understanding the impacts of shareholder engagement in conflict-affected areas and emerging markets.

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