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As You Sow Planting Seeds For Social Change

Our Methods

As You Sow is one of the nation's leading practitioners of shareholder advocacy as a strategy for getting companies to take greater responsibility for their social and environmental impacts - using the power of ownership to promote positive change.

We engage in dialogue with selected companies, file shareholder resolutions, mobilize investor coalitions, and conduct unique shareholder solicitation initiatives to raise awareness and promote more responsible corporate behavior.

We have led or actively participated in over 150 shareholder dialogues or resolutions. Among the many companies whose policies and practices have been improved by our work include Disney, McDonald's, GE, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Target, Gap Inc., and Home Depot.

Our efforts are targeted at creating large-scale systemic change by establishing sustainable and equitable corporate practices. Our approach, once unique, is spreading as its success becomes evident. As investor representatives, we use business arguments to educate corporate executives and advocate for forward looking policies that value the environment and human rights. We focus on developing the business case for positive change that can lower operating risk and benefit corporate identity.

As You Sow also serves as a central resource for foundation and other institutions interested in proxy voting and shareholder action. Our publications explain how foundations can further their missions through the use of proxy voting.

We undertake our work in collaboration with other concerned investors including socially responsible investment (SRI) services firms, religious investors, and foundations. Recent clients include Domini Social Investments and Calvert Group, two of the largest socially screened mutual funds in the U.S., as well as the Educational Foundation of America. We work in alliance with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and such leading SRI firms such as Walden Asset Management and Trillium Asset Management.



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