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Affirmative Impact June 2019

on Jul 25, 2019 4:01:54 PM By | Holly Testa | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Finally: Significant Progress on Board Diversity By Holly Testa Download the PDF First Affirmative has seen frustratingly slow, but nevertheless steady progress when it comes to board diversity. Of note this proxy season were our successful withdrawals of board diversity proposals at Masimo and Cambrex after both companies took steps to revise nominating committee guidelines and improve their search process to enhance board diversity.
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Affirmative Impact March 2019

on Apr 25, 2019 1:10:10 PM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Government Shutdown Impacts 2019 Proxy Season By Holly Testa Download the PDF The start of this year’s shareholder proposal season was shrouded in uncertainty, as the government shutdown late last year included the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that is responsible for oversight of the process. Companies have the option of filing no action requests with the SEC that, if granted, allow them to omit certain proposals that the SEC deems deficient in accordance with current rules. Shareholders have the option to defend their proposals. The SEC is back in action, but the back log of no action requests is substantial, according to a recent preview, with about three –quarters of over 50 no action requests filed still yet to be decided as of April 1.
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Affirmative Impact October 2018

on Oct 23, 2018 11:34:16 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Targets for Positive Impact By James Griffitts Download the PDF On September 25th, 2015, all 193 member states of the United Nations adopted a set of 17 goals aiming to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda,” to be met by 2030. Building on the successes and aspirations of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) laid down in 2000, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to surpass them through a more comprehensive set of goals and a concerted effort to include all stakeholders in the solutions: The MDGs were aimed primarily at governments, whereas the SDGs are a call to action for international institutions, governments, individuals, and public and private organizations at every level.
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Affirmative Impact Q3 2018

on Jul 1, 2018 2:53:00 PM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Can 43 Shares Make a Difference? YES! By Holly Testa Download the PDF The issue: The retail sale of products containing methylene chloride and N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). Commonly found in paint strippers, these chemicals have been linked to dozens of deaths by asphyxiation and heart attack, and are suspected carcinogens. In spite of the serious hazards presented, these chemicals are still widely available at many retailers, including Lowe’s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a ban of these two chemicals from retail shelves in January 2017, but implementation has been delayed. The non-profit partner: Mind the Store, a campaign of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
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Affirmative Impact Q2 2018

on Apr 1, 2018 11:18:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Affirmative Impact - Spring 2018
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Affirmative Impact Q1 2018

on Jan 1, 2018 11:06:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Affirmative Impact – Winter 2018
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Affirmative Impact Q3 2017

on Oct 1, 2017 10:50:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Affirmative Impact - Fall 2017
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