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Shareholder Activism

Holding corporations accountable

From dismantling apartheid in South Africa to encouraging equal treatment for gay and lesbian workers, from convincing corporations to address climate change to pressuring financial institutions to drop their predatory lending practices, shareholders around the world are using their economic power to encourage corporate responsibility.

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Thanks to As You Sow, publisher of the 2014 Proxy Preview, for assistance in compiling the charts below.

Shareholder votes on social and environmental issues are receiving historically high levels of support. In order to be resubmitted for consideration by shareholders in the coming year, resolutions need to receive at least 3% support in their first year, at least 6% in their second year, and at least 10% in their third year of facing a vote.  The 2013 proxy season marked a ten-year high for proxy votes on social and environmental issues, which received 21% support on average. 

Find our sample proxy ballot here (it walks you through the voting process), and find information on the 2014 shareholder season below:

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2014 Shareholder Resolution Focus Lists

Below we've organized some of this year's most pressing resolutions, grouped by issue area. If you own stock, please check our lists on the following social, environmental, and governance topics, and vote your proxies in favor of corporate responsibility.


Banking | Climate Pollution | Corporate Lobbying
Corporate Political Campaign Spending | Deforestation, Water, Palm Oil
Fracking | GMOs | Human Rights | Packaging & Recycling | Toxic Chemicals

Banking    
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Bank of America Report on ethics & oversight MAY
Bank of America Review home mortgage policies MAY
JP Morgan Chase Report on ethics & oversight MAY

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Climate Pollution    
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Dominion Resources Reduce methane emissions & report on progress MAY
Marathon Oil Reduce methane emissions & report on progress APRIL
Occidental Petroleum Reduce methane emissions & report on progress MAY
Range Resources Reduce methane emissions & report on progress MAY
Spectra Reduce methane emissions & report on progress APRIL
     
Ameren Report on steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions to meet national goal of 80-percent reductions by 2050 APRIL
CMS Energy Report on steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions to meet national goal of 80-percent reductions by 2050 MAY
Entergy Report on steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions to meet national goal of 80-percent reductions by 2050 MAY
Southern Report on steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions to meet national goal of 80-percent reductions by 2050 MAY
     
Berkshire Hathaway Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
Cabot Oil & Gas Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
ConocoPhillips Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
Dominion Resources Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
ExxonMobil Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
Lowe's Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
Phillips 66 Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
Valero Set quantitative goals for greenhouse gas reductions MAY
     
Alpha Natural Resources Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
Anadarko Petroleum Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
Chevron Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
CONCOL Energy Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
ExxonMobil Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
Hess Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
Peabody Energy Report on climate-change-related risks APRIL
Travelers Report on climate-change-related risks MAY
     
PepsiCo Study elimination of Canadian tar sands fuel in company’s trucking fleet MAY
     
Bank of America Report on greenhouse gas emissions from lending, investing, and financial activities MAY
PNC Financial Services Report on greenhouse gas emissions from lending, investing, and financial activities APRIL

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Corporate
Lobbying
   
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Abbott Laboratories Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. APRIL
Allstate Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
Altria Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
AT&T Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. APRIL
Bank of America Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
Boeing Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. APRIL
Citigroup Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. APRIL
Comcast Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
Dominion Resources Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
ExxonMobil Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
Facebook Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. JUNE
General Dynamics Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
Google Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. JUNE
JP Morgan Chase Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. MAY
Pfizer Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. APRL
Wal-Mart Report on lobbying activities, payments, etc. JUNE

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Corporate Political
Campaign Spending
   
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Amazon.com Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions MAY
Ameriprise Financial Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions APRIL
Charles Schwab Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions MAY
Dean Foods Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions MAY
Duke Energy Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions MAY
Fifth Third Bancorp Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions APRIL
Jetblue Airways Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions MAY
Newmont Mining Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions APRIL
Waste Management Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions MAY
Yahoo! Disclosure of policies for making political campaign constributions JUNE

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Deforestation, Water,
Palm Oil
   
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Alpha Natural Resources Report on water use MAY
Arch Coal Report on water use APRIL
Kraft Foods Group Report on supply chain deforestation MAY
Mead John Nutrition Implement a sustainable palm oil sourcing policy APRIL
Mondolez International Report on supply chain deforestation MAY
Panera Bread Implement a sustainable palm oil sourcing policy MAY
PepsiCo Report on supply chain deforestation MAY

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Fracking    
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Chevron Report on risks of hydraulic fracturing MAY
ExxonMobil Report on risks of hydraulic fracturing MAY
Occidental Petroleum Report on risks of hydraulic fracturing MAY
Pioneer National
Resources
Report on risks of hydraulic fracturing MAY

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GMOs    
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Abbott Laboratories Label GM products APRIL
Safeway Label GM products MAY

Resolutions to ban political spending were filed at the companies below in response to
their funding of efforts to defeat GMO labelling ballot initiatives at the state level.

Coca-Cola Ban Political Spending APRIL
Dow Chemical Ban Political Spending MAY
DuPont Ban Political Spending APRIL
General Mills Ban Political Spending SEPTEMBER
Kraft Foods Group Ban Political Spending MAY

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Human Rights    
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Aqua America Adopt a policy on the human right to water MAY
Con-way Report on human trafficking policies MAY
Halliburton Report on human rights risks MAY
JP Morgan Chase End investment in genocide-connected firms MAY
Kroger Report on human rights risks JUNE
Mead Johnson
Nutrition
Adopt a policy on the human right to water APRIL
Motorola Adopt/extend human rights policy MAY
PepsiCo Report on indigenous peoples' policy MAY
Target Establish a board committee on human rights JUNE
Yahoo! Establish a board committee on human rights JUNE

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Packaging &
Recycling
   
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Dr. Pepper
Snapple Group
Adopt recycling goals MAY
Kraft Foods Group Report on use of non-recyclable packaging MAY
Kroger Report on package recycling JUNE
Mondolez
International
Report on use of non-recyclable packaging MAY
Safeway Report on package recycling MAY

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Toxic Chemicals    
COMPANY SHAREHOLDER RESOLUTION MEETING DATE
Avon Products Report on using safer chemicals MAY
Dow Chemical Report on ongoing risks of Bhopal disaster* MAY
Dunkin Donuts Report on health issues, nanoparticles in products/packaging MAY
Jarden Report on using safter chemicals MAY

*Dow bought Union Carbide; a 1984 Union Carbide gas leak killed more than 20,000 people.