As You Sow

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As You Sow is a non-profit foundation chartered to promote corporate social responsibility (for example on human rights) through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and legal strategies.[1]


As You Sow was founded in 1992[citation needed] and use five programs areas to address its environmental and social concerns: Energy, Environmental Health, Waste, Power of the Proxy, and Human Rights.[2] Most of As You Sow's Programs utilize shareholder advocacy to pressure companies to adopt responsible policies. According to As You Sow, "Shareholder advocacy leverages the power of stock ownership in publicly traded companies to promote environmental, social, and governance change from within." [3]

Under the Environmental Health Program, As You Sow's Toxic Enforcement Initiative seeks to reduce and remove alleged carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. As You Sow claims that its Environmental Enforcement Program[4] has reached settlements with hundreds of companies resulting in products being relabeled or reformulated to remove allegedly hazardous ingredients. Funds secured through these settlements are disbursed through grants to support other organizations throughout the state.[citation needed]

Engagements with Corporations[edit]

Dunkin Donuts announced they would remove titanium dioxide from their powdered donuts after being pressured by As You Sow.[5][6]

With a coalition of other investment organizations, As You Sow has pressed oil and gas companies to disclose and address the risks of hydraulic fracturing.[7]

Through its Energy Program, As You Sow has engaged Supermajor oil companies, including ExxonMobil, which for the first time issue a report about corporate assets that could be at risk from Climate change.[8]

As You Sow regularly publishes reports on issues relating to corporate social responsibility, including executive compensation[9] and recyclable packaging in the food and beverage industries.[10]


In 2010, As You Sow received the California Stewardship Bow and Arrow Award for Coalition Building, sponsored by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), which recognized As You Sow's engagement of the three largest U.S. beverage companies, leading each to commit to commit to recycling a majority of their post-consumer containers over the next six years.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IRS Form 990
  2. ^ "Our Work". As You Sow. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  3. ^ As You Sow Foundation. "Shareholder Advocacy". As You Sow. Retrieved 2015-06-19. 
  4. ^ As You Sow Foundation. "Toxic Enforcement". As You Sow. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  5. ^ Amy Westervelt. "Dunkin' Donuts to remove titanium dioxide from donuts | Guardian Sustainable Business". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  6. ^ Isidore, Chris (2015-03-10). "Dunkin' Donuts to remove titanium dioxide from donuts - Mar. 10, 2015". Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  7. ^ Casey, Tina (2013-05-23). "Shareholders press oil and gas companies to disclose fracking risks". Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Wall Street: Your Climate War Has Arrived". Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  9. ^ Francis, Theo (2015-02-12). "Study Finds Trends in Votes About 'Say on Pay'". WSJ. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  10. ^ Marc Gunther. "What a waste: study finds big US brands stuck on disposable packaging | Guardian Sustainable Business". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  11. ^ "NetApp, As You Sow and More Lauded for Product Stewardship". GreenBiz. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 

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