International

Shareholders analyze priorities for the coming year

July 14, 2022
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For faith-based investors, collaboration strengthens our voice and increases our impact on people and communities. As part of this collaborative work, Mercy Investment Services participated in the annual Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) planning sessions with other faith-based organizations to determine shareholder priorities for the coming advocacy year. 

ICCR members’ priorities closely align with Mercy’s focus on healthy planet, healthy persons & communities, and human rights and equity. ICCR’s priorities include: 

  • Climate change and environmental justice – A multipronged effort will include a continued focus on methane reduction, lobbying alignment and just transition, as well as monitoring of the anti-ESG movement that may negatively impact shareholder advocacy and corporate behavior.  
  • Health equity –  A priority will be advocating for access to childhood vaccinations, COVID vaccines and to all medicines in low- and middle-income countries. Shareholders will also look at lobbying alignment, racial equity in advertising and distribution, and health technology. 
  • Advancing worker justice – Shareholders identified the need to center the worker voice in the engagement process, while reviewing the growth of standards and codes that support workers’ rights.

Mercy Investment Services will continue to analyze how our work can align with the efforts of ICCR and other coalitions working on similar issues.