Protesting Wells Fargo for their financing of the Dakota Access pipeline, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue 2/22/17
Corporate + Political Accountability
We activate investors and businesses as allies, advocates and leaders on climate and social justice and work to decrease concentrated corporate power and limit corporate influence in our political system. We support partners like Ceres, Open MIC and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and use our standing as an investor to strengthen corporate and political accountability.
As part of the Corporate and Political Accountability portfolio, we support JUST Capital and their mission to build a more just marketplace. From executive compensation to the Fight for $15, and the JUST 100, our partnership with JUST Capital aligns across our focus areas and supports our work to build a more inclusive clean economy.
NCF focuses our corporate and political accountability work on efforts to hold corporations accountable for the ways in which they impact progress on racial and economic justice and the creation of an inclusive clean economy. We use our standing as both a grantmaker and an investor to spur greater transparency, drive changes in philanthropic, corporate and government behavior, decrease concentrated corporate power and wealth, and challenge problematic narratives underpinning our economy and markets.
Specifically, NCF will support organizations working to:
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- Activate Investors: Address inequality and climate change by activating investors to press for increased transparency and drive changes to corporate behavior while challenging the notion that corporations’ primary duty is to their shareholders;
- Decrease Concentrated Corporate Power: Decrease concentrated corporate power through a focus on antitrust law and competition policy, challenging the dominance of the consumer welfare theory and ensuring that the role of concentrated corporate power in driving inequality is widely recognized;
- Leverage Corporations as Allies: Leverage businesses as allies and advocates for progress on important social and environmental issues; and
- Counter Corporate Influence on Government: Highlight and counter undue corporate influence on politicians and regulatory agencies and counter attempts to suppress the role of science and the truth in decision making.
Corporate + Political Accountability
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The First Peoples Investment Engagement Program (FPIEP) case study, Social Cost and Material Loss: The Dakota Access Pipeline, examines the numerous impacts attendant to…
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The Nathan Cummings Foundation recently joined other foundations and institutional investors to call on the SEC to update Regulation S-K…
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March 14, 2016 Following the submission of a shareholder proposal by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Duke Energy has…
On the heels of a historic global climate agreement in Paris, investors have filed a record number of shareholder resolutions…