This excerpt taken from the C DEF 14A filed Mar 13, 2008.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND OUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO
The issue of human rights increasingly impacts investors and companies alike. Company reputations are affected by both direct and indirect involvement in human rights violations. Operating in countries with clear patterns of violations, such as Sudan and Burma, may heighten reputational and financial risk. Furthermore, companies can face risks when they or their suppliers are found to use forced labor or discriminate against employees, among other abuses. In our companys Statement on Human Rights, human rights responsibilities are acknowledged in relation to our operations, supply chain and clients, but not our investments.
Proponents believe that institutional investors, including asset management firms such as Citigroup, bear fiduciary and moral responsibilities as owners of stock in companies that may be connected to human rights violations. Thus we encourage our company to report on policies and guidelines that address these issues. This report can address how Citigroup as a shareholder can most effectively respond to these human rights