Slipping Through the Cracks: an Issue Brief on Nanomaterials in Foods

Slipping Through the Cracks is designed to inform companies, investors, and consumers about the emerging use of engineered nanomaterials in food and food related products. It highlights the potential risks of nanotechnology for companies who are knowingly or unknowingly using it in their products and for public health.

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Proxy Preview 2012

This eighth edition of the Proxy Preview provides an overview of upcoming votes on environmental and social shareholder resolutions—including advocacy sections for 2012´s most prominent issues and case studies of successful dialogues.

Our team of issue experts highlight this year´s key issues, including corporate political spending, lobbying, sexual orientation non-discrimination, board diversity, coal, fracking, supply chain transparency, extended producer responsibility, and animal welfare.

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Clean & Green: Best Practices in Photovoltaics

This report presents, in non-scientific language, the process of manufacturing PV panels, the risks involved, and how companies mitigate those risks. It focuses on practices and policies companies use to mitigate risks from hazardous compounds, reduce environmental impact, and responsibly manage their supply chains.

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    Update: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal

    As You Sow’s Update to the White Paper provides a snapshot of the current trends underlying five financial risks for investments in coal: for mining companies, they are driving shifts in generator demand away from coal; for electric utilities, they are making “cheap coal” costly compared to other generating options or increased efficiency.

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      Unfinished Business: the Case for Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Packaging

      In Unfinished Business: The Case for Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-Consumer Packaging, As You Sow describes how extended producer responsibility would boost the U.S. packaging recycling rates and transform how recycling is funded.

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        White Paper: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal

        The White Paper demonstrates that these risks combine to make current and future investments in coal-dependent utilities and coal mining companies exceedingly precarious.

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            Sourcing Framework for Food and Food Packaging Products Containing Nanomaterials

            As You Sow’s first-of-its-kind framework is designed to help food companies make informed decisions regarding sourcing products containing nanomaterials.

             

             

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              Proxy Preview 2011

              Proxy Preview 2011 is the seventh edition of an annual report than in 2008 the Chicago Tribune called the “Bible for socially progressive foundations, religious groups, pension funds, and tax-exempt organizations.”

              It is a comprehensive review of the nearly 400 social and environmental resolutions investors filed in 2011.

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              Waste & Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report

              Waste & Opportunity 2011 is based primarily on responses to As You Sow’s Beverage Container Recycling Survey. The Survey was sent to 45 companies, double the number of the 2008 report, and includes beverage companies, grocery manufacturers with private label beverage brands, fast food restaurant chains, and packaged food companies.

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                Best Current Practices in Purchasing: the Apparel Industry

                For the past 15 years, many apparel companies have been actively monitoring their supply chains. Throughout, the majority has looked to factory owners and managers to make changes in factory conditions and operations to comply with local laws and meet brand compliance requirements. To meet requirements, demands were placed on suppliers to increase wages, minimize excessive overtime hours, secure freedom of association, and improve health and safety systems for workers. Simultaneously, brands were dictating lower and lower prices for products. Increasing demand for products at lower prices frequently prevents suppliers from having the resources necessary to abide by the standards laid out in codes of conduct.

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                  Toward a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs

                  “Toward a Safe, Just Workplace: Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs” provides a scorecard and report focus on company programs such as: factory auditing, remediation, continuous improvement, collaboration, company management accountability, and transparency. Participating companies include: WalMart Stores, Inc., Target Corp., Nordstrom Inc., The Gap Inc., and Levi Strauss & Co.

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                    Seeking Safer Packaging: Ranking Packaged Food Companies on BPA

                    Nearly every canned food and beverage product on the market today contains a highly controversial chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), in its lining. BPA has been linked to serious diseases and has been the focus of increasing consumer concern and regulatory restrictions. As investors, As You Sow and Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) believe companies may face financial risks from the presence of BPA in product packaging and should act quickly to eliminate the chemical to help protect shareholder value and preserve company reputations.

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                      Proxy Preview 2010

                      This sixth edition of Proxy Preview focused on helping investors align their values with their investments.

                      It provides an overview of upcoming votes on environmental and social shareholder resolutions—including advocacy sections for the year’s most prominent issues.

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                        Seeking Safer Packaging: Ranking Packaged Food Companies on BPA

                        Seeking Safer Packaging, published in April 2009, ranks food and beverage companies on their efforts to address BPA in their product packaging. Consumers, the media, and public officials alike are becoming increasingly concerned about bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine-disrupting chemical used in hard clear plastic and can linings.

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                          Proxy Preview 2009

                          This fifth edition of Proxy Preview focused on helping investors align their values with their investments.

                          It provides an overview of upcoming votes on environmental and social shareholder resolutions—including advocacy sections for the year’s most prominent issues.

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                            Proxy Preview 2008

                            This fourth edition of Proxy Preview focused on helping investors align their values with their investments.

                            It provides an overview of upcoming votes on environmental and social shareholder resolutions—including advocacy sections for the year’s most prominent issues.

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                              Waste & Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report

                              The second edition of As You Sow’s beverage container recycling scorecard report evaluates new and ongoing efforts by beverage producers to:

                              1. reduce materials use
                              2. increase recycled content in containers
                              3. raise recovery and recycling rates
                              4. support public policy initiatives to increase container recycling rates
                              5. disclose such activities to stakeholders
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                                Proxy Preview 2007

                                This third edition of Proxy Preview focused on helping investors align their values with their investments.

                                It provides an overview of upcoming votes on environmental and social shareholder resolutions—including advocacy sections for the year’s most prominent issues.

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                                  Proxy Preview 2006

                                  This second edition of Proxy Preview focused on helping investors align their values with their investments.

                                  It provides an overview of upcoming votes on environmental and social shareholder resolutions—including advocacy sections for the year’s most prominent issues.

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                                    Waste & Opportunity: U.S. Beverage Container Recycling Scorecard and Report

                                    Every year in the U.S. nearly 200 billion beverage containers are sold, two-thirds of which are landfilled, incinerated or littered. Increased recycling efforts have been unable to match increases in beverage sales, resulting in a decline in beverage container recycling rates from 53.5% in 1992 to 33.5% in 2004. Containers and packaging form the largest segment of municipal solid waste and beverage containers comprise nearly 15% of all packaging. Beverage bottles and cans are not only among the most recyclable but also the most economically valuable materials in the municipal waste stream. Replacing these cans and bottles with new containers made from virgin materials consumes large amounts of energy, water and other natural resources.

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