Corporate views on the value of shareholder engagement

ICCR's corporate engagements are founded on the conviction that, when long-term, responsible investors have the opportunity to meet with corporate representatives on a regular basis to discuss social and environmental challenges, an atmosphere of trust and openness is fostered that often leads to out-of-the-box solutions that advance the ends of both the company and its stakeholders - including the people and communities most impacted by corporate practices. As a result of ICCR's ongoing dialogues with some of the world's most influential brands, financial, legal and reputational risks have been significantly mitigated, and through their leadership examples, sectors are being transformed for the better.

Hear from a few of our many corporate counterparts about the value of engaging with ICCR members, below.


"Our long-standing collaborative dialogue with ICCR has been an opportunity for us to understand its concerns and views and to share our thoughts on energy and the environment. We value ICCR's continued guidance and input as we work to find the right solutions for meeting the future energy needs of our customers."

Tom Fanning
Southern Company





Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility has been an important stakeholder for PepsiCo, particularly the expertise of the UUSC and their partnership as we navigate and activate our public commitment to respect water as a fundamental human right. More importantly, ICCR has been a leading voice for bridging the gap between the corporate and non-profit worlds. ICCR's Social Sustainability Resource Guide is a landmark effort which does just that by helping to evolve the dialog around social investment from traditional measurement of inputs and outputs to more granular quantification of the true outcomes and impacts of social sustainability performance."

Dan Bena
Senior Director of Sutainable Development
PepsiCo, Inc.



“I am a firm believer in the power of strong, 2-way consultations with investors. My conversations with ICCR members began as soon as I came to Campbell and they continue today. These dialogues help advance our understanding of emerging issues … the dialogues challenge our thinking and provide the opportunity to share our point of view on a range of topics to a group of stakeholders invested in our company’s  long-term future.” See more 

Dave Stangis, Former Vice President – Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility
The Campbell Family of Brands


“ICCR was a significant catalyst that lead to Coca-Cola’s adoption of the Human Rights Statement and Workplace Rights Policy in 2007… ICCR was the first organization to bring the importance of [human] trafficking to the company’s attention. As a direct result of the discussion in 2010, we included our migrant labor issue in our 2010 and 2011 sustainability reports.” See more

Edward E. Potter, Director, Global Workplace Rights
The Coca-Cola Company





Valerie Smith, Citi

Valerie Smith, Citi

John Viera, Ford

John Viera of Ford

Len Sauers, Procter and Gamble

Len Sauers , Procter & Gamble, Interviewed at Invested in Change

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