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.

Largest Fund Manager Remains Resistant to Shareholder Action on Climate

At the behest of shareholders, financial firms are beginning to recognize climate risk as a material risk. But not Vanguard, America's largest fund…

Shareholder Resolution Asks Walgreens To Review Tobacco Sales

“We’re asking the company to review the financial, reputational and legal risks of continuing to sell this deadly product," Tom McCaney of the…

Corporate Cheat Sheet for Engaging Shareholder Activists

When it comes to corporate investor engagement, the socially responsible investing (SRI) community can be a unique challenge. Investor relations experts share 10…

Shareholder Resolution Urges Yum! Brands to Ditch Antibiotics

The shareholder activist group As You Sow filed a shareholder resolution this week urging Yum! Brands to phase out the use of antibiotics.

Shareholder Activism on Sustainability Issues is Surging

Concerns over environmental and social sustainability challenges are the the fastest growing cause behind today's shareholder proposals, suggests a Harvard Business School study.

Germany Investigates VW for Market Manipulation, Shareholders Call for Resignations

Rough waters are far from over for German carmaker Volkswagen. This week, angry shareholders called for board resignations, while the German regulatory agency…

ExxonMobil, Chevron Reject Climate Resolutions at AGMs

ExxonMobil and Chevron shot down every climate-related shareholder resolution put forth at their annual general meetings on Wednesday. But some came closer to…

It’s a Watershed Year for ExxonMobil and Chevron

Both companies held their annual shareholder’s meetings on Wednesday, and both were called on to do more about climate change.

‘Dump Trump’ Members Pressure Amazon to Stop Selling ‘Sexist-Promoted’ Products

Trump is in trouble again, this time with the women's rights organization Ultraviolet. The group has trained its sights on Amazon, which carries…

SEC Overrides ExxonMobil Efforts to Stifle Shareholder Activism on Climate

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission ruled in favor of several important climate resolutions brought forth by ExxonMobil shareholders that the company…

Shareholder Resolution Urges Chipotle to Link Executive Pay and Sustainability

In a 10-page filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission, two financial advisory firms are urging Chipotle’s shareholders to vote in favor…

Oil Sands Giant Tells Shareholders to Vote ‘Yes’ on Climate Change Disclosure

Suncor, a $31 billion integrated energy giant based in Calgary, Alberta, is advising its shareholders to vote “yes” on a proposal that mandates…

Shareholders Ask the SEC: Stop ExxonMobil’s Attempts To Block Climate Resolutions

Shareholders representing more than $1 billion in ExxonMobil shares asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to reject the oil giant’s plan to…

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…

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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