While we do not invest in companies that are actively involved in the manufacturing, sales or distribution of firearms or ammunition, we are working diligently on the issue of gun violence by using our status as shareholders to advocate for changes that will save lives. Beginning in 2017, we have engaged with more than 10 companies in diverse industries—from technology and entertainment to retail and financial services—on this critical issue. Some of our efforts to date include:
- Encouraging the CEO of one of the largest food and beverage retailers to ban all firearms from retail locations, even in those states where open carry is legal.
- Encouraging companies to sever all ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), including discount or preferential programs for NRA members.
- Urging financial institutions to end relationships with manufacturers of military-style arms.
- Encouraging media and entertainment companies to adopt and enforce policies regarding responsible depiction of firearms.
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