As You Sow

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As You Sow is a non-profit foundation promoting environmental and social corporate responsibility (for example on human rights) through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and legal strategies.


As You Sow was founded in 1992 and has grown into two programs that strive to increase corporate accountability. The Environmental Enforcement Program seeks to reduce and remove carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Our Environmental Enforcement Program[1] has reached settlements with hundreds of companies resulting in products being relabled or reformulated to remove hazardous ingredients. Restitution secured through this work is disbursed through grants to support community-based organizations also fighting toxics contamination and exposures throughout the state.

In 1997, As You Sow launched the Corporate Social Responsibility Program[2] (CSRP) to use shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze positive change within publicly held companies. We have led or actively participated in shareholder dialogues and resolutions moving companies towards greater environmental sustainability and social equity. This program accepts foundation grants and individual donations.

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The Corporate Social Responsibility Program[3] engaged in dialogue with senior management and filed shareholder resolutions with hundreds of public companies. These actions have led individual companies and entire industries to increase corporate responsibility resulting in direct and continued positive impact to the environment.

The Environmental Enforcement Program[1] has engaged in litigation with over 300 companies that As You Sow accused of violating California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65). As You Sow reached settlements resulting in thousands of products being reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market.

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  1. ^ a b As You Sow Foundation. "Toxic Enforcement". As You Sow. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  2. ^ As You Sow Foundation. "Our Methods". As You Sow. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ As You Sow Foundation. "Our Work". 

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