International Human Rights Day: Statement on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

BOSTON, MA –  December 10th is International Human Rights Day.  Boston Common is one of 500 global organizations to endorse the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility’s (ICCR) Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices to Confront Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery.  As part of ICCR’s Human Trafficking Leadership Team, Boston Common helped to draft the document.

As part of our long term focus on engaging companies to proactively address modern day slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains—right down to the fields, mines, and factories—we support ICCR’s Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices.

“Boston Common led the first human trafficking engagement with Marriott Hotels in 2005,which led to the formation of ICCR’s Human Trafficking Working Group in 2006,” said Lauren Compere, Managing Director Boston Common Asset Management.

In November, Lauren Compere was a panel speaker at the 4th Annual Mary Robinson Speaker Series in New York City convened by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre “The Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh: Taking Stock Half a Year On” moderated by New York Times reporter Steve Greenhouse.

About Boston Common Asset Management, LLC

Boston Common Asset Management is an investment manager and a leader in global sustainability initiatives. Boston Common specializes in long-only equity and balanced strategies and pursue long-term capital appreciation by seeking to invest in diversified portfolios of high quality, socially responsible stocks. Through rigorous analysis of financial and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, we identify what we believe to be attractively valued companies for investment. As shareholders, Boston Common urges portfolio companies to improve transparency, accountability, and attention to ESG issues.  Boston Common’s focus is global; it manages international and U.S. portfolios to meet the needs of institutional and individual investors.  As of September 30, 2013, Boston Common managed approximately $2 billion, including subadvised assets. We are independent, employee-owned, and field a seasoned, close-knit team of professionals.

For more information, contact

Lauren Compere, Managing Director — Boston Common Asset Management | lcompere@bostoncommonasset.com | phone: 617-720-5557

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