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U.S. Chamber/Health Care Reform -- Faith-Based Investors Asking Top U.S. Companies to Clarify If Chamber's Opposition Reflects Their Views

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 General News J E 4
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Efforts Focusing on 30 Companies That Have Agreed to Health Care Principles That Are Inconsistent With Chamber Position; The Question: Does the Chamber Speak For You?

In the face of an aggressive U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbying blitz to kill health care reform legislation in Congress, faith-based institutional investors belonging to the 300-member Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) will announce that they are formally asking 30 major publicly traded companies to clarify whether or not the Chamber speaks for them on health care reform.

According to ICCR, all of the companies -- including American Express, DuPont, Eli Lilly and Xerox -- have agreed as a result of shareholder engagement to embrace health care principles that are at odds with the anti-reform efforts of the U.S. Chamber. The companies in question are being asked to clarify if their position on health care reform is being reflected by the U.S. Chamber and, if not, to make a public statement to that effect.

News event speakers will be:

TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the "health care/U.S. Chamber" news event.

CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available on the Web at http://www.iccr.org as of 6 p.m. EST on November 10, 2009.

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The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (http://www.iccr.org) is a coalition of nearly 300 faith-based institutional investors, representing well over $100 billion in invested capital. ICCR members bridge the divide between morality and markets by envisioning a civic economy that integrates ethical, environmental and social values. Inspired by faith, committed to action, ICCR members work to build a just and sustainable global community.

CONTACT: Ailis Aaron Wolf, +1-703-276-3265, aawolf@hastingsgroup.com, for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), New York City and Washington, D.C.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Nov. 9/

-- Laura Berry, executive director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility; -- Edward Gerardo, director, Community and Social Investments, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.; and -- Donna Meyer, Ph.D., former senior system director, Community Health, CHRISTUS Health.

SOURCE Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), New York City and Washington, D.C.
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