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The mission of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry is to explore CSA's distinct contribution to the ongoing, nonviolent transformation of the world towards peace, justice and ecology. This work embraces the efforts of sisters, associates, co-workers and others who share the CSA vision. We live out the mission to bring about systemic change by using the lens of nonviolence to focus on the issues of women, children, health care, globalization (especially as it affects Latin America), seamless ethic of life.

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CSA Calls Mickey Mouse to Task

December 19, 2019
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

It is CSA’s commitment to “transformation of the world, the Church and ourselves through promoting systemic change for the quality of life” (Mission Statement) that has motivated the community’s many years of engagement in socially responsible investing. CSA continues this facet of its social justice ministry through active membership in Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investing. As members of SGI, CSA also collaborates with the international group, Interfaith Center of Corporate Responsibility. 

So, Mickey Mouse? Well, not exactly Mickey, but the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes has filed a resolution asking Walt Disney to disclose its lobbying expenditures. While Disney has a commendable record of doing good, rationale for the resolution includes the disconnect between Disney’s public positions on issues, such as climate change, and the values and activities of groups it helps fund.

One of the eight co-filers of CSA’s resolution is Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) of England. In an article in the UK publication, Responsible Investor, Paul Hodgson of GMPF calls CSA’s resolution, “one of a range of notable early shareholder proposals” in the 2020 proxy season.  

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the work of Pat Tomiano of Zevin Asset Management who, in the past, filed similar resolutions with Disney and laid the groundwork for much of the progress that Disney has made to this date.  John Keenan of AFSCME gets the credit for crafting our responses to Disney’s efforts to keep our resolution off its 2020 proxy. And Tim Smith of Boston Trust Walden provided invaluable encouragement, support, and advice.