IASJ has a long history of engaging stakeholders impacted by corporate activity to advocate for an equitable economy. Continuing to develop these deep, trusting, equitable, and accountable relationships with impacted stakeholder groups is a critical piece of IASJ’s shareholder advocacy strategy. Our approach is deeply rooted in IASJ’s commitment to applying a racial equity lens across all our engagements, both in the content of our work and our approach to relationship building.
IASJ’s Participation Guidelines for Impacted Stakeholder Engagement, published in 2022, articulates our stakeholder engagement approach for investor partners that may join us in this work.
Our Key Stakeholders
- Investor Partners: 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 advocate for human rights, climate justice, racial equity and the common good. 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)
- Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN)
- Racial Justice Investing (RJI) Coalition
- Stakeholders Impacted by Business Activities: Corporate activities may adversely impact workers, communities, tribes, and other stakeholders. IASJ seeks to collaborate with groups directly impacted by business activities and center their experiences and needs to advance shared shareholder advocacy goals.
- Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) & Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): IASJ engages with NGOs and CSOs representing the interests of workers, immigrants, environmental justice communities, and other marginalized groups. 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 explore ways to address environmental, social, and corporate governance that lead to positive outcomes for impacted stakeholders as well as the companies and shareholders.