Our Activism


At Nia our impact does not stop at portfolio construction. We use our RIA platform to advocate both with our portfolio companies as well as out in the world for issues of diversity, equality and sustainability. Below is a list of some of our most recent actions and engagements.

Tell your Senators: We need real climate and farming solutions!

The Senate is trying to give Big Polluters a license to keep driving us toward climate disaster while harming front line communities through the “Growing Climate Solutions Act.” This bill allows "big agriculture" to greenwash their operations and continue to pollute communities. Similarly, the bill leaves small to medium family farmers at a greater disadvantage. Nia has signed Friends of the Earths petition to stop the "Growing Climate Solutions Act." 

Protect a Free and Fair Competitive Marketplace

Nia opposes the Department of Labor’s proposed rule, “Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments,” which relates to ERISA-regulated retirement plans. This rule should be withdrawn, as it goes against the ethos of free and fair market principles to which the American Sustainable Business Council and Social Venture Circle subscribe.  Fiduciaries should have the right to consider all material risk factors and should have access to fair and free competitive investment opportunities, including those that meet ESG criteria.  

WeTheChange Demands Justice and Equity for Black People. Now.

WeTheChange is a global network of women and gender nonconforming

business leaders of B Corps and other purpose-driven organizations, committed to creating a radically inclusive and richly regenerative global economy. We believe in business as a force for good to generate abundance and prosperity for all. Nia has signed We the Change's Anti Racism statement and stands in solidarity with our Black sisters and brothers.

Response to new SEC rule change proposal

In November of 2019 the SEC proposed changes to their rules and regulations that would significantly impact shareholder's rights. We are active investors, creating open dialogues with our companies around best practices that will move us towards a just, inclusive, and sustainable economy. This new proposal would limit our access to company executives, ultimately putting a block in our line of communication. Nia has written to the SEC in regards to our concerns.

KFC and Pizza Hut: take deforestation off the menu!

Rainforests in both Asia and South America are being cut down and set ablaze in order to produce palm oil, soy, beef and paper. As a result this irresponsible practice is driving out many endangered animals that live in those trees. KFC and Pizza Hut, both owned by Yum! Brands have provided little to no transparency on their practices that may be contributing to this deforestation. Nia has signed on with Sum of Us to demand that Yum! Brands be more transparent in their practices and stop contributing to the decline of our rainforests. 

Request that banks support gun-control legislation

Nia and 43 other members of First Affirmative's investor coalition have reached out to 18 major banks requesting disclosure and action in regards to gun-control legislation. 

Take Action: Don’t let the Trump Admin. destroy Bears Ears

Our current administration is doing everything they can to open up what is left of Bears Ears National Monument to drilling and mining. Nia has signed on with the Daily Kos and The Trust for Public Land to demand that our public lands remain out of the hands of private corporations. 

Sign SB 24 into law

Many students at public universities are unable to receive abortion care on campus, forcing them to travel to access these services. SB 24 would require all on-campus health centers at public universities to offer medication abortion. Nia has signed on with NARAL Pro-Choice California asking for the support of reproductive freedom by signing SB 24 into law.

Tell Your Representative: Vote "yes” on bills to protect our coast from offshore drilling

The house will soon be voting on two critically important acts that would provide the most protection to our coasts we have seen in decades. Nia has signed on with League of Conservation voters to urge our representatives to ban offshore drilling from some of our most important coastlines. 

Investor Respect for Human Rights and the Case for Stakeholder Primacy

In the 1970s economist Milton Friedman popularized the philosophy know as "shareholder primacy". The premise being that shareholder profit is the sole purpose of corporations. At Nia, we feel that the sole purpose of a corporation is much more than simply generating shareholder profit. This is why Nia has signed on with Business Round Table on the release of an an updated Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, opening the lens from shareholders to all stakeholders including customers, employees, suppliers and communities. 

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