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Investors can have a significant impact on the behavior of companies if they are willing to become active shareholders. We own these companies - it's our responsibility to make sure they do the right thing.
Most shareholders send corporate management a very simple message: “Make me money.” Social investors are sending a new message: “Make me money, but not at the expense of the planet and its people.”
Domini takes an active role with the corporations in its portfolios, raising a broad range of social, environmental, and corporate governance issues with management. Through the Domini Social Equity Fund and Domini International Social Equity Fund, we have the opportunity to help bring about change around the world.
These efforts have produced important successes, including agreements by companies to provide environmental reports, manage their emissions and the disposal of their waste, treat their employees fairly, and monitor their suppliers’ compliance with basic human rights standards.
Social investors are playing a critical role in holding corporations accountable.
We ask management to consider the impact their decisions have on all of their stakeholders — their employees, their local communities, their customers, and the environment that we all share — as well as their shareholders. Socially responsible investors build bridges between corporations and stakeholders who are often ignored because they don’t hold shares in the company.
By exercising our responsibilities as owners, we can change corporate practices — and we have. We view these issues not only as questions of right and wrong, but as matters that affect long-term financial performance as well. To pollute, to discriminate, to violate basic human rights, is just not good for business.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. The Domini Social Equity Fund and the Domini International Social Equity Fund are not insured and are subject to market risks, such as sector concentration and style risk. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. You may lose money.
Investing internationally involves special risks, such as currency fluctuations, social and economic instability, differing securities regulations and accounting standards, limited public information, possible changes in taxation, and periods of illiquidity. You may lose money.