Investors Against Genocide
, a Boston-based advocacy group, has accused Vanguard
of misleading investors with its policy, Bloomberg
The group noted that Vanguard hiked its holdings in PetroChina Co.
in the three months ended January 31. On March 11, Vanguard officials said they started
a policy in the previous six months to identify companies tied to human rights abuses.
"Ordinary investors would be misled into thinking Vanguard was taking appropriate action," Investors Against Genocide chairman Eric Cohen
The $6.41 billion Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index
fund upped its stake in PetroChina from 149.6 million shares on October 31 to 155.7 million shares as of January 31.
Vanguard spokesman John Woerth said the fund firm will identify and monitor
firms "whose direct involvement in crimes against humanity or patterns of egregious abuses of human rights would warrant engagement or potential divestment."
Woerth declined to comment specifically on PetroChina.
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