ICCR is a coalition of faith- and values-based investors who view shareholder engagement with corporations as a powerful catalyst for change. Our mission statement, “inspired by faith, committed to action” sets forth our pledge to be active owners, and to engage meaningfully with the companies in our portfolios through the process of shareholder engagement that we pioneered nearly 50 years ago.
Our guiding principle as shareholders is that sustainable corporations must look beyond the next earnings report to account for the full impact of their business on society, and must view the well-being of all of their stakeholders―including their workers and the communities where they operate — as integral to their long-term value.
ICCR has always been at the vanguard of the shareholder advocacy movement in both the issues we bring to corporations and the strategies we employ to hold them accountable. What motivates us to lead is our connection to communities most impacted by corporate practices and the clear evidence of progress made as a result of our interventions. While our membership comprises a broad range of organizations both religious and secular, our members make common cause through our persistent focus on social and environmental justice and our collective commitment to bring these concerns to companies through direct, collaborative engagement.
Over the years ICCR has developed a growing network of NGOs and civil society groups which serves as an early warning system in identifying and understanding the impacts of corporate practices on the ground and ensures that our corporate engagement strategies are informed by their perspectives. These partnerships are unique among investor coalitions and serve to keep our work grounded and authentic while allowing us to amplify our voice through collective action. Moreover, because so many of the issues we address are systemic in nature, ICCR members believe that investor engagement in public policy debates is critical in advancing social justice and environmental sustainability.
Unique to our coalition is the human rights lens through which we view all our initiatives – whether climate, water, food, worker rights, health, or corporate governance - and our persistent focus on the impact of corporate practices on people and communities. The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights provide key frameworks for our corporate engagements. ICCR’s long-term goal to broaden the base of investors engaging corporations on their human rights impacts is a natural extension of our mission and origins as a coalition of faith-based institutions, and the establishment of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights is critical to helping us achieve this goal.
How We Work
ICCR's members employ 4 key strategies:
Corporate Dialogues: Each year, ICCR members conduct roughly 300 dialogues with over 200 companies on a wide range of issues. These dialogues have very specific goals and often bear fruit in the form of meaningful reforms with long-term impact.
Shareholder Resolutions: When dialogues are unproductive, ICCR may file shareholder resolutions, which are included on company proxy statements and voted on by shareholders at annual meetings. Strong votes are a signal to management that change is needed. ICCR members filed over 300 resolutions in 2017.
Roundtables: ICCR also hosts industry roundtables that convene multiple companies and investors, and other relevant stakeholders like NGOs, community groups, and industry trade associations to accelerate progress on a specific issue.
Policy Advocacy: ICCR uses its institutional voice to promote public policies that directly relate to investor engagements with corporations on environmental and social issues.