Shareholder Advocacy Newsletters

Miller/Howard 2017–2018 ESG Engagement Report Miller/Howard 2017–2018 ESG Engagement Report  | Summer 2018
This report covers Miller/Howard’s ESG and Shareholder Advocacy activities from summer 2017 through spring 2018.
Disclosure is Fundamental Disclosure is Fundamental  | Winter 2017
Miller/Howard believes that company transparency and public disclosure support informed investment decisions.
Risk Is An Opportunity Risk Is An Opportunity  | Summer 2017
Recent successes and developments in MHI’s Shareholder Advocacy work
Keeping income flowing in a constantly changing world Keeping income flowing in a constantly changing world  | Winter 2016
Miller/Howard looks for companies that pay dividends. Why? Because dividends are accretive--period. Whether share price is static or dynamic, dividends will be income for our clients.
Pollution: Just The Cost of Doing Business? Pollution: Just The Cost of Doing Business?  | Summer 2016
Pollution is an investment concern as well as an environmental concern: a source of opportunity, an indicator of management quality, and a portfolio risk. Miller/Howard actively engages companies by asking them for material disclosure and improved practices.
Benefits of Gender Diversity on Boards Benefits of Gender Diversity on Boards  | Winter 2015
Miller/Howard is excited to announce the beginning of a new initiative which will focus on a crucial aspect of governance: the "who" part, specifically, gender diversity on corporate boards.
Engaging the Energy Sector Engaging the Energy Sector  | Summer 2015
Investing for the future requires a realistic view of what there is, what we--client, investor, advisor--want, and what we can accomplish. Indeed, investing for the present requires similar considerations.
Engagement Over Divestment Engagement Over Divestment  | Winter 2014
Miller/Howard Investments views engagement as an effective way to create change. Owning shares of a company gives shareholders the opportunity and power to influence--while divestment takes away that power.
Methane Emissions Methane Emissions  | Summer 2014
Climate change policy in the United States is moving forward in an attempt to address its biggest source of pollution associated with global warming. On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled proposals to slash carbon emissions from power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Update Greenhouse Gas Emissions Update  | Winter 2013
If there is a given in modern society, it is the need for electricity. Since William Gilbert coined the word ‘electricus’ in 1600, electricity has only become more important to modern civilization. The various methods used to generate it, however, have changed over time, and policies have evolved along with them.
Investing in Energy Efficiency Investing in Energy Efficiency  | Summer 2013
One of the best ways to increase profitability is to decrease costs, and one of the best ways to decrease energy usage is to use less energy. In our experience, we have found that investors want their companies to maximize efficiency in energy usage, and also want policies that mitigate risk and ensure sustainability of the business model.
Cookin' With Gas Cookin' With Gas  | Winter 2012
In the United States, electricity derived from coal has fallen from 52% of all energy production in 2000 to 39% in 2012. Over that same period, energy derived from natural gas production increased from 16% to 34%. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWAE), wind energy has installed 35% of America's new electrical generating capacity (more than twice coal and nuclear combined) since 2007.
Proxy Voting Proxy Voting  | Summer 2012
A proxy vote is a key piece of communication between shareholders and company management. When shareholders file a resolution for consideration at the annual meeting, the outcome of the shareholder vote can affect policy.
Change By Proxy Change By Proxy  | Winter 2011
One thing investors can never get enough of is information. A crucial detail can help make an informed decision, so it is Miller/Howard Investments' preference that the companies we hold in our environmental and socially-screened portfolios be as transparent about their business activities as possible.
Lessons From a Sea Change Event Lessons From a Sea Change Event  | Summer 2011
Compact, recently released "Universal Ownership--Why Environmental Externalities Matter to Institutional Investors."
Governance, Best Practices & Risk Management Governance, Best Practices & Risk Management  | Winter 2010
The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI), in concert with the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Finance Initiative and the UN Global
Hydraulic Fracturing Hydraulic Fracturing  | Summer 2010
In 1987 the United Nations General Assembly’s Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future included a clear definition of “sustainability”: an entity that “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.”