shareholder activism

Shareholder Activism is the process of dialogue with company executives and filing shareholder resolutions generates investor pressure on corporate executives, garners media attention (which adds even more pressure on corporations to improve their behavior), and educates the public on often-ignored social, environmental, and labor issues. The process has served as a powerful tool to encourage corporate turnaround in social and environmental policies. Ultimately, this can lead to a more sustainable company.

Shareholder activism, also known as shareholder advocacy, first gained momentum during the 1970s when religious investors formed a coalition (the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility) to advocate for socially responsible changes in corporate policies.

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Ceres and BlackRock Launch Guide on CSR Engagement

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, teamed up with Ceres to issue a guide for institutional investors seeking engagement on sustainability and corporate…
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Chevron Called to Carpet for Trying to Buy Local Election

Ahead of Chevron's shareholder meeting on May 27, community members from Richmond, California, delivered over 100,000 petition signatures in support of a shareholder…
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Majority of BP Shareholders Vote For Climate Change Resolution

An overwhelming majority (98 percent) of shareholders voted for a resolution on climate change at a BP annual general meeting held on April…
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ADM Bows to Shareholder Pressure, Commits to New Deforestation Policy

Food and commodities giant ADM, which has reached over US$80 billion in revenues, says it will develop a no-deforestation policy in a move…
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Talk to the Hand: Engagement With Fossil Fuel Companies Offers Little Promise

As more and more institutions face pressure to divest from fossil fuel companies, some are looking to shareholder engagement as an alternative. Decades…
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PwC: Sustainability is Moving Into the Investment Mainstream

Eighty percent of institutional investors surveyed by PwC's Resource Institute said sustainability factored into one or more investment contexts in the past year.…
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One in Five Dunkin’ Donuts Shareholders Want Nanomaterials Report

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Four Sustainability Reporting Highlights of 2013

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Bangladesh Government Promises to Increase Minimum Wage

The Bangladesh government made promises last week to increase the minimum wage, Reuters reported.
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General Mills Shareholders Reject Producer Responsibility Recycling Strategies

Environmental advocates say they are disappointed that General Mills shareholders have rejected a resolution that would have led to the company's adoption of…
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McDonald’s Says Bye Bye to Polystyrene Foam Cups

McDonald’s announced this week that it will replace its polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper cups.
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Humane Society Pressures Tyson Foods to Drop Pork Gestation Crates

The Humane Society has joined forces with a green investment firm and a Methodist Church to pressure the world’s second-largest pork producer to…
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Is Your Portfolio Melting the Polar Caps?

Vote with your investments. You determine whether a company that is polluting the water or treating its employees poorly is in your list…
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Politics of Climate Change: A Well-Oiled Machine

The politics of climate change are a lot like the politics of gun control, at least in the sense that President Obama meant…