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Microsoft Shareholders are Encouraged to Hold the Company Accountable on Its Public Commitment

Boston, MA (November 29, 2021) – NorthStar Asset Management, Inc. (“NorthStar”), an asset management firm based in Boston, seeks to hold Microsoft Corporation accountable for a public commitment the company made on hiring practices related to people with criminal records. Created in 2015, the ...
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Facebook Shareholders Seek Better Oversight

Boston, MA (October 27, 2021) – Highlighting the ongoing controversies at the social media giant Facebook, shareholders NorthStar Asset Management, Inc. (“NorthStar”) of Boston and co-filed by the New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fu...
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Delivering Inequality at the Top: FedEx Shareholders Support a Review of Systemic Racism in Company Culture

At the recent FedEx Corp. shareholder meeting, nearly 19% of shareholders voted in favor of NorthStar's proposal related to an evaluation of systemic racism in FedEx’s corporate culture. “FedEx likes to say that ‘diversity starts at the top’ but we don’t see it that way...
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85% of Badger Meter Shareholders Pass Proposal on Diversifying the Company’s Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Boston, MA (May 19, 2021) – At the late April shareholder meeting of Badger Meter, Inc., a supermajority – 85% — of Badger Meter shareholders voted in favor of a shareholder proposal by NorthStar Asset Management, Inc. related to Badger Meter’s lack of diversity on ...
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Facebook Shareholders Seek Better Oversight

At the May 27th annual meeting of shareholders, Facebook shareholders will vote on a proposal that asks CEO Mark Zuckerberg eliminate his oversized control of the company and create a governance structure that would allow all shareholders one vote per share....
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NorthStar encourages shareholder support of Microsoft proxy vote

NorthStar Asset Management, Inc. urges fellow shareholders of Microsoft to support shareholder proposal #1 in the proxy statement, going to a vote this week at the Microsoft annual meeting. Read more to access our rebuttal to Microsoft's management's statement....
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Costco Commits to Continued Reporting on Prison Labor

Due to successful negotiations from a shareholder proposal filed by NorthStar, Costco has become the first U.S. corporation to commit to public reporting on the prison labor in its supply chain....
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Over 90% of Independent Alphabet Shareholders Seek Equal Voting Rights

At the 2019 annual meeting of stockholders of Alphabet last month, an estimated 92% of independent class A shareholders supported a NorthStar proposal that asked the company to adopt a plan to allow all outstanding stock to have equal voting rights....
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Shareholders Press Alphabet for Better Governance at Company AGM

At Alphabet's annual shareholder meeting this Wednesday, NorthStar and a dozen other shareholders that have filed proposals seek answers from Alphabet's management team and board of directors on a range of corporate governance and human rights issues. ...
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TJX Companies’ Shareholders Support Disclosure on Prison Labor

From the TJX Companies’ annual shareholder meeting on June 4th, a preliminary vote report indicated that approximately 38% of shareholders voted in favor of a shareholder proposal that asked for disclosure of prison labor in the company’s supply chain. Click through to learn more....
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Views

Looking Ahead — Our CEO’s 3Q 2021 Letter to Clients

Looking Ahead Eighteen months into this pandemic and we have all had enough. Stock market volatility at the end of September was the icing on the cake for those of us on the Investment Committee. Soaring oil prices, the unresolved debt ceiling, fear of inflation, the reconciliation bill, the Build B...
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Corporate Leaders, We Know You Can Do Better

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, corporate leaders from 66% of the S&P 500 companies made public statements, many of which condemned racism or affirmed the need for a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. But these same corporate leaders run companies where Black people’s existence is r...
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Are We Going Forward? — Our CEO’s 1Q 2021 Letter to Clients

I don’t know about you, but I am taking a rest from my constant monitoring of the evening news. I am tired of five years of unrelenting political controversy. This does not mean that violent shootings of unarmed black men and mass shootings are not on my radar, but in order to remain hopeful that ...
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One Step Forward? — Our CEO’s Q4 2020 Letter to Clients

On January 20th, like many of you, I sat glued to the television. I needed to see Donald Trump walk out of the White House, get into that helicopter, and leave. What he had to say to his loyal followers was of no interest. I just wanted him out....
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Our CEO’s 2Q 2020 Letter to Clients

I am afraid. I am not afraid of stock market volatility; I am afraid that we are leaving Democracy behind and sinking into Trumpian Fascism...
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NorthStar Issues 2019-2020 Social Change and Activism Annual Report

Today, NorthStar issued its Social Change and Activism Annual Report. Read more to learn about the goals we've pursued in 2019 and download this report. ...
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Driving Change as an Inclusive Leader

NorthStar is proud to announce that CEO Julie Goodridge will be speaking on a panel at YW Boston’s 2019 Elevating Lives Series....
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New Report: Prison Labor in the Corporate Supply Chain

NorthStar has published a white paper outlining its perspective on the issue of domestic (U.S) prison labor in company supply chains, and recommending best practices for companies and investors to uncover and respond to abusive labor practices. "Prison Labor in the United States: An Investor Perspe...
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An Open Letter to Governor Charlie Baker (4/1/16)

AN OPEN LETTER TO CHARLIE BAKER: Dear Governor Baker, Almost 12 years ago gay and lesbian citizens of the Commonwealth were allowed to marry. My family played a big role in the case that made this possible, and it included much disruption to our lives and the life of our daughter, Annie. We all surv...
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Ideas. To inspire, inform, and challenge

Leslie Christian, our Senior Investment Advisor who also runs our Outside Investments department, maintains a blog of her thought leadership outside the NorthStar website....
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