Speaker encourages Catholics to become responsible clothing consumers

DE PERE — When you compare prices today to 30 years ago, one of the few products that is now actually cheaper is clothing.

“When you think about a car, adjusted for inflation, a car costs you more today,” explained Christopher Cox, campaign manager for The Human Thread, Catholics for Clothing with a Conscience. “If you pull out a circular from 1985, a pair of jeans will cost you less in dollars than it did back in 1985. Why is that? Have the costs for the energy to run the mills gone down? No. Has the cost for the cotton or synthetic gone down? No. The only thing that has gone down is the labor.”

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Investor groups representing $65 trillion tell Trump Administration that current shareholder resolution process is working well to protect investors

Demonstrating strong investor opposition to special interest efforts to weaken key elements of the shareholder resolution process (SEC rule 14a-8), a group of leading investor organizations representing $65 trillion in assets wrote last week to the Trump administration urging support for the SEC’s existing shareholder proposal process, which is providing wide-ranging benefits.

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Cox to address SGI members in De Pere on April 5

Christopher Cox, Campaign Manager of The Human Thread Campaign, will address representatives of SGI members at 1:30 pm, Wednesday, April 5, Killeen Room, St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere.  He will address how consumer choice and socially responsible investing enhance human rights of workers in the clothing factories in the developing world.  For more information, contact Br. Steve Herro, O. Praem., 920-337-4353.  Reservations appreciation.

Forest Trends report documents corporate involvement in reforming supply change practices

Seventh Generation Interfaith members engage companies  to promote responsible sourcing and eliminate deforestation impacts of their supply chain.  Forest Trends, an international NGO whose mission is to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets, and other payment and incentive mechanisms, has released “Supply Change:
Tracking Corporate Commitments to Deforestation-Free Supply Chains, 2017.”  The report tracks companies, their commitments, and their progress towards these commitments over time to support stakeholders’ decision-making and, ultimately, to drive transformational change.  A press release and the report are available on the Web.

Investors with $3 Trillion in Assets Call for CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure

Seventh Generation Interfaith members Congregation of St. Agnes, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Dana Investment Advisers,  Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order, Racine Dominican Sisters, Priests of the Sacred Heart (U.S. Province), School Sisters of St. Francis,  and Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, joined over 100 institutional investors in a letter to the SEC in support of maintaining existing CEO-to-worker pay ratio disclosure requirements.