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Diverse Approaches to Holding Profits Accountable to Values: SPN and Yes Labs event

April 26, 2013

Panelists with Moderator Mr. Conan Magee

The Panelists: Andy Bichlbaum, co-founder of the Yes Men;  Amielle DeWan, Director of Conservation Research and Monitoring at RARE Conservation; Shin Furuya, Vice President of Investment Research and Engagement Specialist at Domini Social Investments; Josh Levin, Senior Program Officer in Finance & Commodities at World Wildlife Fund;Soledad Milius, Director of Standards, Governance, & Accountability at Equitable Origin

I attended the event on ‘Diverse Approaches to Holding Company Profits Accountable to Values’ organized jointly by the The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) and Yes Labs last evening.

Here are the salient points raised during the discussion:

  • How can you influence the citizens/investors when you are not part of a corporation?
  • Where do the issues surface from/emerge and how do you identify and decide to work on them?
  • How do you define success or setbacks?
  • Do people bring to you attention that some issues are no longer relevant to work on?
  • Domini Social Investments looks over 2400 companies. How do you keep track of what all of those are doing?
  • How do you work with the oil and gas companies when it comes to best practices issues?
  • Do the corporations target in terms of what the costumers/investors care for?
  • What drives the corporations to embrace sustainability?
  • How does the social marketing strategy work for RARE’s programs?
  • What are the actions, approaches to the issues after you have a strategy in place at Yes Labs? Is it a strategic decision to create a stir about an issue through media?
  • Do you have solutions in mind at Domini Social Investments and Equitable Origin?
  • Where does the issue of community investment stands?
  • What benefits strategic interventions have in community investment?
  • How do an organization quantifies success?
  • How do you follow up with the companies?
  • Are there any citizen groups involved?

Question from the audience:

  • Is there an attempt to separate sustainability practices of a good company from a not so good one?
  • What about the regulations for corporations? Why they cannot be politicized?
  • What about the new generations ideology on sustainability, especially students?
  • Has there been any changes in the pricing in any of the companies that you follow as an organization?
  • How about the personal responsibility towards sustainability when you are within the corporation? How is that addressed?
  • Do all the panelists consider themselves activists? Mixed. More like a pragmatic realist.


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