Source

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility records

Title
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility records, 1966-2011
Description
137.5 linear ft. (110 records boxes)
Abstract
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) grew out of an interest in socially responsible investing that arose from concerns of clergy that churches might be profiting from the Vietnam War through their investments. In 1973, the Interfaith Committee on Social Responsibility in Investments (ICSRI) merged with the Corporate Information Center (CIC) to form the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Today, the ICCR is comprised of nearly 300 organizations with collective investments of over $100 billion, which continues to influence corporate policy on environmental, social, and economic issues.
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in eleven series and several subseries: Series I. Early History, 1971-1982 Series II. ICCR Governing Board, 1993-2000 Series III. Annual General Meetings, 1975-1995, 2008 Series IV. Issues and Programs, 1966-2010 Subseries IV.1. Corporate Governance, Equality, and Indigenous Issues, 1971-2009 [Bulk Dates: 1989-2007] Subseries IV.2. Environment and Energy, 1979-1980, 1999-2010 Subseries IV.3. Human Rights/Labor Rights/Global Accountability Programs, 1996-2011 Subseries IV.4. Infant Formula, 1972-1993 Subseries IV.5. Militarism and Violence, 1990-2007 Subseries IV.6. South Africa, 1966-1996 Subseries IV.7. Tobacco, 1985-1999 Series V. Company Files, 1966-2009 Series VI. SEC Files, 1972-2007 [Bulk Dates: 1990-2004] Series VII. Publications, 1974-2011 Series VIII. Member & Subscriber Services, 1995-2003 Series IX. Communications and Publicity, 1971-1999 [Bulk Dates: 1971-1979, 1996] Series X. Audiovisual Materials, 2000-2002, Undated. Series XI. General Organizational Records, 1986-2011
Finding Aid
Finding aid in repository and online.
Summary
The records of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) primarily document the work of the center's staff, although the collection also includes records relating to the activities of its governing board and individual member organizations. The strength of the collection lies in its documentation of ICCR's programs, its work on issues, and its work with individual corporations and the SEC.
The collection includes many records related to programs and issues coordinated through the ICCR, which originate from both Program Directors and Executive Directors. There is extensive documentation of the ICCR's work on issues related to apartheid South Africa and the responsible distribution of infant formula. In addition, there are records documenting work on issues related to the environment, corporate governance, discrimination and equality, health, labor, militarism, and violence. These records include action and campaign materials, correspondence, minutes, meeting files, reports, and working group materials, as well as research materials and general subject files.
ICCR's work with individual companies is also well-documented in the records. The company files include materials on companies, their business practices, and proxy resolutions filed by ICCR members. Some files also include information requests, clippings, and communications with other entities such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The collection also documents ICCR's work with the SEC. These records include documentation of ICCR's advocacy work on SEC policies and rule change proposals that relate to its work, such those related to as corporate disclosure, proxy rules, and shareholder rights and resolutions. The ICCR also works with the SEC on issues related to its shareholder resolutions, and this work is documented through correspondence, information on the resolutions, and responses to corporate challenges.
There is some information on members and subscribers in the collection. Much of the communication with members, particularly on issues and resolutions, is with those files. In addition, the ICCR's staff was often copied on members' direct communication with companies and other entities. There are some membership files, which include information on the member organizations, pledges, mailings, and subscriptions, but only for 1995-2002.
Coverage is less comprehensive for high-level administrative records of the ICCR. The collection does not include any large sets of executive records, per se, rather, the executive records in the collection primarily relate to work with specific issues and companies. In addition, there is limited coverage of the activities of ICCR's governing board. The collection includes board mailings (1993-2000), and while these include some memos and minutes, there are no other records related to the board's regular activities in the collection. However, there is coverage of annual planning meetings (1975-1995). Initially, ICCR held annual long range planning meetings or retreats. By the early 1980s, these meetings became Annual General Meetings. These records include minutes, questionnaires, evaluations, reports, and development papers.
Coverage of publicity materials is also limited within the collection. There are files of clippings and press releases from the 1970s, but they are not well-organized. In addition, some material exists that relates to the 15th, 20th, and 40th anniversaries. Otherwise, there is no comprehensive coverage of publicity or promotional materials. There is good, but not comprehensive, coverage of major publications, such as the Corporate Examiner and the Proxy Resolutions Book.
There is also very little audiovisual material in the records; there are a few audio and video recordings, and no photograph files.
Restrictions
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Notes
Additions are expected.
Cite As
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Records; Box and Folder; Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Format
Manuscript Manuscript/Archive
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