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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Investors Call For Mining Companies To Address Climate Risks

A group of shareholders called the ‘Aiming for A’ investor coalition is asking three giant mining companies to be more transparent about climate…
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ExxonMobil Seeks to Limit Shareholder Action on Climate Change

ExxonMobil is trying to exclude a climate change proposal from this year’s proxy ballot, and if the oil and gas giant succeeds, its…
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Shareholder Activists Tackle Methane Emissions

2015 was a big year for shareholder activism against oil and gas companies. Less than a month in, 2016 is looking like it…
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Ceres CEO: Forget Bleeding Hearts, Pursestrings Will Win Paris

"What makes this Paris set of discussions different than any before is that the financial leadership and corporate leadership are here in strength,…
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How Some Long-Term Investors are Fighting for Sustainability

Last week, Ceres released an illuminating analysis of how some major companies are responding to shareholder engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG)…
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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

Dunkin Brands shareholders vote against investigation of nanomaterials in food products. Sounds like a failure? Not in the world of shareholder resolutions.
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Four Sustainability Reporting Highlights of 2013

2013 marks an increased trend toward mandatory sustainability reporting. Here's why.
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Humane Investing: How to Get Animals Out of Your Portfolio

By Brenda A. Morris If you choose not to eat animal products or are trying to limit your meat consumption for ethical reasons,…
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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.