We approach our engagements with companies to further meaningful changes to corporate policies and practices to reduce the potential harm on communities or the planet. We believe collaboration and relationship building with stakeholders impacted by corporate activities is an essential part of this strategy to ensure our work supports their goals and is well-informed. Investor Advocates for Social Justice (IASJ) seeks out and builds relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders representing different constituencies and points of view to increase the effectiveness and impact of our shareholder advocacy work.
Our Key Stakeholders
- Fellow Investors: IASJ leads collaborative shareholder advocacy campaigns on behalf of investors with faith-based values. We seek to partner with other asset owners and asset managers that share our goals to influence corporations to adopt more just and sustainable practices. Working collectively helps investors increase their leverage with companies and demonstrate the widespread support for our goals. IASJ participates in the following investor networks:
- Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)
- Stakeholders Affected by Business Activities: As we work on sensitive environmental and social issues impacting workers and fenceline communities, we seek to consult with representatives of groups directly impacted by business activities and center their experiences and needs to inform our shareholder advocacy strategies. If we are unable to consult with workers or communities directly, we seek out civil society groups that represent their interests.
- Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) & Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): IASJ engages with NGOs and CSOs representing the interests of workers, immigrants, environmental justice communities, and people who are vulnerable. We also engage and partner with NGOs in the broader business and human rights space.
- Companies: Constructive, transparent, and respectful engagements between investors and companies are an essential element of our work. As responsible investors, we advocate for responsible business conduct not only because it is the right thing to do, but also is good for business. We conduct extensive research to understand the business model and potential barriers to change within the companies we engage. We seek to work with companies as opposed to against them to find areas of common ground and explore ways to address environmental, social, and corporate governance that lead to positive outcomes for affected stakeholders as well as the companies and shareholders.