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Want Increased Recycling? Bottling Companies Pass the Buck to Government

As You Sow’s work reveals that Coca-Cola and Nestlé Waters North America have started to push for extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws for…
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Oil Company Shareholders Vote Against Fracking in Record Numbers

Opponents of fracking have taken their cause to energy companies’ shareholders, and the results are impressive. Recent shareholder resolution votes on fracking resulted…
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No Concessions from Chevron on Ecuador

Among the developments this week at Chevron’s raucous annual shareholder meeting—some surprising, some not so—was the oil company’s continuing refusal to settle an…
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Taco Bell, Other Fast Food Chains Ditch BPA Laced Paper Receipts

Industry use of BPA may be on its decline. Yum! Brands, the fast food giant with a portfolio that includes Taco Bell, KFC,…
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Pressing Starbucks to Follow Through on Recycling Commitments

By Conrad MacKerron, Senior Program Director, As You Sow How would you feel if a company publicly promised to reduce reliance on disposable…

Investors with Combined $240B Portfolio Ask EPA to Adopt Tough Coal Ash Ruling

California-based As You Sow has highlighted the dangers of coal ash disposal, and has put pressure on publicly-owned large utilities through shareholder resolutions.…
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CSR: How Investor Proxy Votes Win

Shareholder resolutions and proxy votes haven't been that successful in the past, but recent initiatives by As You Sow on coal show they're…
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Starbucks Pilot Program Recycles Cups into Napkins

This fall, Starbucks' stores in Chicago will start sending used cups to a Green Bay, WI, paper mill, where a Georgia Pacific facility…
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Investors Raise Coal Ash Disposal Issues with Coal Utilities

by Amy Galland of As You Sow As regulators debate emission caps and utilities install filters and scrubbers to reduce toxic particles from…
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Starbucks Shareholders Vote Down Recycling, Company Resists Cooperation

Starbucks, a company not new to environmental criticism, was recently faced with a seemingly modest proposal by a Starbucks shareholder to consider a…
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Shareholder Activists Hit Starbucks on Recycling

As I stood and watched the line of 12 in front of me at Starbucks the other day, I daydreamed about the load…
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Apple Snubs Green Shareholders, Refuses Sustainability Reporting

Fresh from our praise of Apple’s accidental green cred, the computer giant’s board of directors plans to oppose two upcoming shareholder resolutions concerning…