Adam Kanzer is Managing Director and General Counsel of Domini Social Investments and Chief Legal Officer of the Domini Funds. His responsibilities include directing Domini’s shareholder advocacy department, where for the past ten years he has led numerous dialogues with corporations on a wide range of social and environmental issues. He served for two years as co-chair of the Contract Supplier Working Group at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, focusing on improving working conditions in corporate global supply chains. In 2008, Mr. Kanzer was named to Directorship Magazine’s Directorship 100, the magazine’s listing of the most influential people on corporate governance and in the boardroom. He is the author of “Putting Human Rights on the Agenda: The Use of Shareholder Proposals to Address Corporate Human Rights Performance,” a chapter in “The Shift to Sustainability,” forthcoming from Palgrave-McMillan (UK).
Prior to joining Domini in 1998, Mr. Kanzer was a litigator for four and a half years with the firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City. In October 1997, Mr. Kanzer volunteered as an international observer of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Mr. Kanzer holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.
I am particularly interested in questions surrounding fiduciary duty and responsible investment, and in developing the argument that responsible investment strategies are not merely consistent with, but are the fulfillment of, fiduciary duty. I am also very interested in shareholder rights issues as they relate to responsible investment (the ability to file shareholder proposals, for example). Currently, I’m beginning to work with other investors to promote more sustainable stock exchange listing standards.