Universal human dignity is among our long-term investment objectives. On behalf of our funds’ shareholders, we are working to ensure that it becomes an objective of the corporations in which we invest as well.
At Domini Impact Investments, we believe that all companies confront basic issues of fairness and justice in their dealings with their employees, their customers, their suppliers, and their communities. In the long run, companies that recognize and promote matters of human dignity in the daily conduct of their business can increase their effectiveness and efficiency, bolster their reputations, assure sustainable relations with their stakeholders, create a shared pool of societal and cultural wealth, and avoid potential risks and liabilities.
"The idea of human rights is as simple as it is powerful; treating people with dignity.”
--John Ruggie, former Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Business and Human Rights
Domini’s Impact Investment Standards direct our investments toward companies that promote human dignity and enrich the natural environment, while seeking a competitive return. Our standards relating to human dignity focus on three broad areas:
- respect for human rights, including workplace rights and indigenous peoples’ rights,
- concern for the safety and well-being of customers, and
- assurance of fair and just conduct in the workplace.
We do not expect perfection in the companies in which we invest, nor do we claim to have a portfolio free of companies with human dignity challenges. We expect companies to have appropriate policies and procedures in place to address these issues and to work with us when we ask them to remedy problems that occur.
Domini engages companies directly on human rights, through shareholder proposals, direct dialogue, and proxy voting. For more details, visit our Shareholder Activism and Proxy Voting pages. Our Proxy Voting Guidelines cover a range of human rights issues including affordable drugs for developing countries, child sex tourism, vendor standards, infant formula, questionable overseas payments, and human rights in countries with repressive regimes.
Learn more about how Domini works towards universal human dignity.