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Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS)
Nuclear Information and Research Service

(February 22, 2007)

Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS)

Professional Development Program --- EIRIS Internships

spaceAre you interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) issues? Do you want to put your analytical and research skills to work assessing companies' performance in this area? EIRIS' interns learn how to evaluate corporate policies, systems and performance vis a vis various SRI criteria.


spaceEIRIS is a global Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) research consulting firm which conducts research on more than 2,800 corporations world-wide. We conduct research on more than 60 different issue areas to do with social, environmental and governance performance as well as capturing information on areas of specific ethical concern - military involvement, animal testing, genetically modified organisms etc. We work with a number of fund managers who manage socially responsible, or ethical funds in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.

spaceThe Company is an independent not-for-profit organisation based in London, UK with a second, smaller office based in Boston. The EIRIS USA office comprises a small team of Research Analysts who assess companies against our predefined research criteria.

Project Description

spaceEIRIS has recently developed criteria concerning the policies and systems companies have developed to counter bribery. Following the criteria development, individual companies' exposure to risk of bribery must be graded as high, medium or low. We are looking for interns to assess companies' level of exposure to risk of bribery and then assess companies' policies, systems and reports to address the bribery risks they face. Companies must be assessed against EIRIS' risk exposure criteria, considering companies' countries of operation and business activities, giving particular attention to the presence of government contracts.

spaceBy evaluating risk exposure and policies to counter bribery for a number of companies, interns will gain issue-specific analytical and research skills. Interns will learn about the various approaches to countering bribery both within the States and Internationally. By working alongside EIRIS' Research Analysts, Interns will also gain an understanding of the wider issues and approaches in assessing companies' CSR strategies in order to provide information to responsible investors.

Duties and Responsibilities

spaceTo assess companies' exposure to risk of bribery, based on their operations and the countries in which they operate. This will be done by reviewing the company's operations and government contracts by searching their website, annual report and third party sources, notably media sources.

spaceTo assess companies that have been identified as high risk against a pre-defined set of bribery criteria --- assessing companies' levels of bribery policies, systems and reporting. This will predominantly be done by reviewing a company's code of business conduct, available on their website.

(You will be required to assess companies from around the world, including American, British and other European companies.)


spaceEIRIS can be flexible concerning start/end dates and hours per week. Interns are required to work a minimum of six weeks full time (although we can be flexible about whether the intern works part time over a longer period). Interns may work for up to 3 months over the summer --- the deadline for delivery of the project is end of August 2007.

spaceThe Boston office is staffed by two members of the US/Japan research team, based in Faneuil Hall --- a Senior Research Analyst and a Research Analyst.


spaceThe most important 'qualifications' we are looking for is a keen interest in Environmental, Social and Governance Issues and a willingness to learn. We do not require previous experience. Interns are expected to have strong research and analytical skills, and a desire to develop these skills further through the position.


spaceUnpaid but we can cover travel expenses and an allowance of $10 per day for subsistence.

Application Requirements

spaceApplications should be made by email, using the following link:

spacePlease provide a copy of your CV and a brief covering letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position. Please outline what you hope to get out of the internship.

Deadline and Timeline

spaceClosing date for applications is March 12, 2007. We will notify the successful applicant by March 23, 2007. We will only inform the successful applicant(s)

(July 9, 2007)

Nuclear Power Economics/Finance Campaigner

spaceNIRS is seeking to fill a newly-created position focused on the economics and financing of nuclear power. NIRS (and our affiliate WISE, World Information Service on Energy) is a small, extremely active non-profit international information and networking clearinghouse for the grassroots sustainable energy/environmental movement. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of energy economics and financing issues as well as the congressional appropriations process, be able to explain such issues to activists, the media and general public, a desire to initiate and maintain campaigns on such issues, and a dedication to NIRS' mission and to grassroots empowerment. This position reports to NIRS' Executive Director.

spaceThe nuclear power industry is seeking a resurgence. Yet nuclear power has proved to be not only an environmental disaster, but also an economic boondoggle for many utilities and tens of millions of ratepayers and taxpayers. This position will work to eliminate taxpayer subsidies for nuclear projects, to prevent other public and private investment in nuclear facilities, to protect ratepayers and taxpayers from detrimental financing schemes, to expose nuclear power's inability to solve the climate crisis, and to promote economically sound sustainable energy technologies.

spaceFor a full job description, please go to:

spaceThanks and No Nukes!

Michael Mariotte
Executive Director
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 340
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tel: 301-270-NIRS (301-270-6477)
Fax: 301-270-4291

If you have internships or job openings that you would like listed, send information to:

Dr. Ritchie Lowry
Dept. of Sociology - McGuinn Hall
Boston College, Chestnut Hill MA 02467-3807

Fax: 617-552-4283
Telephone: 617-552-3346

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