Investors Applaud Google's Ban of Payday Loan Ads

Today Google announced it will ban ads for payday loans and other predatory lending products. Payday loans are short-term, high-interest loans that create and perpetuate cycles of debt among low income communities. With its new policy, Google is taking a big step to curtail the harmful impact of predatory lending schemes on its users. Low income people — the primary targets of economically exploitative ploys both online and off — stand to benefit most from the policy change.

22 Public Interest Groups Urge the FCC to Block the Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two public interest organizations have sent a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission to deny Charter’s bid to take over Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Late last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler may be planning to circulate a draft order approving the $90 billion merger.

Investors Urge FCC to Adopt Net Neutrality Rules, Reclassify Broadband Internet Under Title II

A group of investment firms and foundations with widely-diversified investment portfolios today called upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt network neutrality rules that would protect an open Internet. They recommended reclassification of broadband Internet service under Title II of the Communications Act, giving the FCC clear regulatory authority over the Internet network infrastructure that serves millions of individuals, entrepreneurs and established businesses throughout the U.S.

Shareholders Press American Express for Transparency on Privacy and Data Security

American Express shareholders expressed strong support for a consumer privacy proposal filed by sustainable wealth manager, Arjuna Capital in collaboration with open media advocate Open MIC. The proposal was supported by over 21% of shareholders at the company’s annual meeting held Monday in New York, representing a high historic vote on a social issue.

Open Internet Proposal at Verizon Wins $30.6 Billion of Shareholder Vote

A shareholder proposal calling on Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) to report on business risks arising from the company’s opposition to open Internet and network neutrality principles has gained important new support from investors, winning 26.4% of the vote at Verizon’s annual meeting on May 1.

Investors Withdraw Verizon Shareholder Proposal on Government Surveillance Programs

A coalition of investors, which had requested that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) publish regular reports on government and law enforcement requests for confidential customer data, today commended the company for publishing its first report and made recommendations for improving future reports.

Verizon Agrees to Publish Reports on Government Requests for Data

In a victory for shareholders concerned about the role of telecommunications companies in government surveillance programs, Verizon Communications announced that it will begin to publish regular reports on the number of government requests it receives for customer data.

Investment Firms Say Corporate Role in Government Surveillance Programs Raises ‘Serious Concern’

Citing the potential of “unprecedented and dangerous threats to the privacy of hundreds of millions of people” from government surveillance programs, a group of leading sustainable investment firms has called upon publicly-held U.S. companies to demonstrate leadership by adopting “a pro-active, principled approach to protecting the privacy and rights of their users.”

Open Internet Proposal at Verizon Wins 24.1% of Shareholder Votes

About one-quarter of all Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) shareholder votes were cast in favor of a proposal that asks the company to report on business risks from Verizon’s controversial FCC lawsuit and other actions to oppose open Internet and network neutrality principles.

Shareholder Vote on Network Neutrality Surpasses Critical Threshold at AT&T Meeting

A shareholder proposal calling upon AT&T Inc. (NYSE – T) to publicly commit to network neutrality principles on its wireless networks attracted important support in initial voting results released today at the company’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Investors Urge Federal Communications Commission to Adopt Strong Principles to Protect an Open Internet

A coalition representing socially responsible investors in media and telecommunications firms today urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt “clear principles, policies and practices” to guarantee that the Internet remains free and open for all Americans.

Investors Representing Over $580 million in Cisco Shares Urge Cisco to Respond to Human Rights Risk in its Global Operations

In a shareholder proposal led by Boston Common Asset Management, 17 investors representing over 24 million shares of Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: CSCO) totaling over $580 million USD are urging the company to adequately manage human rights related risks in its global operations.