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FIDUCIARY GUIDE TO TOXIC CHEMICAL RISK

Jane Ambachtsheer, Jonas Kron, Richard A. Liroff, Tim Little, Rachel Massey
March 2007
This report states the case for institutional investors — especially state and local government pension funds — to engage investment advisors, managers, and portfolio companies on safer chemical issues so to preserve and enhance shareholder value — and provides a toolkit for doing so.
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Synopsis

The Fiduciary Guide to Toxic Chemical Risk examines the financial dimensions of toxic chemical risk- in products, in supply chains, and in many investors’ portfolios It explores how these risks may be quantified, and offers fiduciaries a policy framework to view these long-term (but often poorly understood) threats to shareholder value. It also highlights some of the emerging investment opportunities that inevitably arise when the power of the market dynamic is harnessed to move towards commercializing new technologies and increasing the efficiency of existing technologies. We also profile the growing wave of shareholder concern around toxic chemicals and associated financial liabilities, as well as responses by a broad spectrum of companies after the 2006 proxy season. While the companies that acted cited various reasons for adopting more health protective policies, all acknowledged the role of shareholder dialogue in advancing the issue of toxics to the forefront of management’s attention.


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