Adam M. Kanzer
Managing Director of Corporate Engagement
Adam Kanzer is Managing Director of Corporate Engagement for Domini Impact Investments and a Vice President of the Domini Funds.
His responsibilities include directing Domini’s shareholder advocacy department, where for nearly twenty years he has led numerous dialogues with corporations on a wide range of social and environmental issues. He also manages Domini’s public policy work and is a spokesperson for the firm.
Mr. Kanzer served on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee, created by the Dodd-Frank Act (2012-2016), and served on the SEC’s inaugural Investor Advisory Committee (2009-2010). He is a founder and current board member of the Global Network Initiative, an organization addressing threats to freedom of expression and privacy rights on the Internet and other communication technologies. He also serves on the public policy committee of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the Eminent Persons Group for the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, and the Human Rights Advisory Committee of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. In 2008, he was named to the Directorship 100, Directorship magazine’s listing of the most influential people on corporate governance and in the boardroom. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on socially responsible investing and corporate accountability.
Prior to joining Domini in 1998, Mr. Kanzer was a litigator for four and a half years with the firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City. In October 1997, Mr. Kanzer volunteered as an international observer of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
- The Dangerous “Promise of Market Reform”: No Shareholder Proposals (Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, June 15, 2017)
- The Business Roundtable’s Unreasonable Proposal (Responsible Investor, April 13, 2017) (subscription required. A version of this piece is available on our blog).
- Setting the Record Straight on Sustainability Reporting (Responsible Investor, April 6, 2017)(A version of this piece is available on our blog).
- Corporate tax strategies threaten wealth creation (Pensions & Investments, May 14, 2014)
- Disney's Decision to Leave Bangladesh Was Appropriate (The New York Times, Room for Debate, May 2, 2013)
- Divesting is an exercise in real fiduciary care (Pensions & Investments, February 18, 2013)
- Disclosure Is Hardly Un-American with Lisa Gilbert and Leslie Samuelrich (POLITICO, February 5, 2013)
- Let's Stop Investing Our Retirement Funds in Lethal Weapons (Reuters, The Great Debate, January 9, 2013)
- Fighting Slavery in Brazil: Strengthening Local Solutions, from the Social Sustainability Resource Guide, published by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (June 2011).
- Oral and written testimony to House Committee on Financial Services' subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade: "Investments Tied to Genocide: Sudan Divestment and Beyond" (November 30, 2010). View video of the hearing (select "Archived Webcast" in middle of page)
- Toward a Model for Sustainable Capital Allocation, from The Landscape of Integrated Reporting: Reflections and Next Steps, published by Harvard Business School (November 2010)
- When CSR and Financial Reporting Meet: Integrated Reporting, summary of session at BSR Conference (November 4, 2010)
- BP, the 1960s, and Greed, an interview conducted by author and journalist Marc Gunther (August 2010)
- HRIC Talks with Adam Kanzer, an interview on engagement between social investors and Cisco Systems regarding human rights in China (China Rights Forum, July 2010)
- The Use of Shareholder Proposals to Address Corporate Human Rights Performance from Finance for a Better World: The Shift Toward Sustainability (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2009)
- Oral and written testimony to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus briefing on Genocide-Free Investing (September 10, 2008).
- SRI and the Law: Evolution of Fiduciary Duties (audio),panel discussion at SRI in the Rockies conference moderated by Adam Kanzer (October 26, 2008).
- Human Rights and the Financial Sector, excerpt from summary of testimony to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, March 6, 2007. A summary of Domini’s testimony is available at pp. 11-12.
- Amicus Brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Nike v. Kasky, April 2003, with Cynthia A. Williams, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, and Michael R. Siebecker, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College.