Selected reading on
social sustainability

Our social criteria examine companies from three different perspectives – workplace, product and community. Workplace criteria include such issues as diversity, equal opportunity, gender empowerment, workplace practices and workplace health and safety, employee relations, vendor standards and human rights. Product integrity criteria include product health and safety, animal welfare, consumer issues and emerging technology issues. Community criteria include companies' commitment to and relationships with the communities in which they do business, philanthropic activities, and in the case of financial institutions, responsible lending practices.

We look for companies that encourage and foster diversity in the workplace, that offer transparency around policies and programs and that report on diversity performance. We favor companies that treat their employees well and have good labor and employee relations. We also favor companies that have positive health and safety policies and procedures in place.

  • Diversity
  • Employee relations
  • Health and safety
  • Human rights

We look for companies with programs and procedures in place to address public health issues associated with product abuse and addiction. As technology advances, we seek companies that implement procedures and practices that safeguard data security and protect consumers' privacy.

  • Product health and safety
  • Consumer issues
  • Emerging technologies
  • Marketing/advertising

We favor companies that foster strong stakeholder relations and demonstrate a commitment to the quality of life in the communities in which they operate. We seek to avoid companies that show disregard for, or are in conflict with stakeholder constituencies or the communities where they do business.

  • Community relations
  • Responsible lending practices
  • Philanthropic activities