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Moving the Needle by

Investing Responsibly

Positive Corporate Actions

Sometimes it can be easy to look around at the problems surrounding us and start to feel hopeless or cynical. It can be tempting to wonder what difference you can really make or doubt the impact of these corporations we seek to invest in. But, in fact, there are plenty of stories of companies who are making an IMPACT.

Below there are three examples of how the specific business decisions of companies can move the needle on real positive change.

positive corporate actions



Intel, socially responsible investing

  • Intel treats and returns approximately 80 percent of its water withdrawals to local communities.
  • Since 1998, Intel has conserved enough water to sustain 520,000 U.S. homes for an entire year.
  • In 2016, Intel established a 2020 water goal: invest in new global water conservation projects that are expected to save about 1.2 billion gallons of water per year.
  • In 2016, Intel completed 289 energy conservation projects, saving 121 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity.
  • Since 2008, Intel has been the largest corporate purchaser of green power in the U.S., totaling 24billion kWh of green power.

Praxair, socially responsible investing

  • From 2010 to 2016, Praxair’s investments in energy efficiency resulted in nearly $700 million in savings, including avoiding more than 4.3 million megawatt hours (mWh), 2.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and 5.3 million cubic meters of water.
  • This savings is equivalent to 763 wind turbines installed or electricity use for 446,000 homes for one year or energy use for 319,000 homes for one year.
  • In 2015, Praxair’s eco portfolio represented 33 percent of its revenue or $3.5 billion.

Capital One, socially responsible investing

  • Capital One’s community finance team manages a $5 billion loan and investment portfolio focused on affordable rental housing.
  • While many low- and moderate-income families aspire to homeownership, they often require affordable, quality rental housing while working to achieve their goal. Capital One works with local developers to invest in affordable rental housing and create local jobs.
  • In 2015, Capital One provided $1.4 billion in loans and investments, creating more than 11,000 safe, affordable places to live and more than 13,000 jobs across our markets.

Source: Calvert Research and Management, July 2017.


Corporate Changes Creating IMPACT


There are also changes being made at a leadership level through intentional shareholder engagement with corporate leadership on specific issues. Here are examples of how Calvert Funds, one of the leaders of sustainable investing, has initiated positive changes at two companies.


Colgate-Palmolive socially responsible investing

  • Calvert engaged Colgate-Palmolive on palm oil, a major source of deforestation, via shareholder resolution and dialogue.
  • The company committed to “responsibly source palm oil and other forest commodities to reach zero net deforestation.”
  • It has contributed $8 million to support sustainable palm oil production since 2013, and 77% of its palm oil and palm kernel oil purchases are now certified sustainable oils.

Smucker's socially responsible investing

  • Calvert filed shareholder proposals calling upon J.M. Smucker’s to make commitments to source sustainable coffee.
  • The company now sources 10 percent of coffee from certified sustainable sources.
  • In light of risks from climate change, Calvert has engaged Smucker’s to help farming communities adapt their methods for more resilient coffee production, helping millions of farming families worldwide.