Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is one of the ways we can attend to the common good and promote our four commitments through socially responsible investing. For SSNDs, working together with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, this is done primarily by our vigilance and engagement with the economic factors, and specifically the corporations, where we and many religious congregations and other faith-based organizations invest our retirement funds.
SSNDs have been actively involved in bringing about change in the questionable practices of many companies. For example, pertaining to our commitment to Justice for Immigrants, pressure from socially responsible investors persuaded J.P. Morgan Chase to withdraw from funding privately owned prisons used for immigrant families. Similarly, pertaining to our commitment to WATER’s accessibility and sustainability, Hormel (meat and poultry producers) agreed to assess its water risks and improve its water management. Recently, through corporate social responsibility work, Monster Beverage (energy drinks) was asked by socially responsible investors to report on Human Trafficking in the sugarcane supply chain.