The Greening of the Proxy Season

Investors are targeting more companies than ever before with environmental proposals. And they're going beyond oil to homebuilding, retail, and more

Dan Nielsen is on a mission. As a manager of the pension fund for the United Methodist Church in Evanston, Ill., he helps steer $14 billion in assets into "socially responsible" investments. He won't touch companies that make money from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, or weapons. And each year, he looks beyond those sectors to target companies in the fund's portfolio where he thinks improvements need to be made.

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