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From urging companies to address a wide range of climate change issues to reporting on female pay disparity, from addressing deforestation to linking executive pay to progress on sustainability goals, shareholders are using their economic power to encourage corporate responsibility.

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2016 Shareholder Resolution Focus List

Proxy PreviewThanks to As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute, and Proxy Impact, publishers of the 2016 Proxy Preview, for assistance in compiling this list.






The 2016 shareholder season is underway! More than 400 shareholder resolutions have been filed on a wide range of social, environmental, and corporate governance issues. If you own direct company stock, be sure to vote your proxy ballots to let corporate management know you want corporate practices that support people and the planet.

Below you’ll find examples of shareholder resolutions on the following key issues: Climate Change Strategies, Hydraulic Fracturing & Methane Emissions, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals, Renewable & Distributed Energy, Deforestation, Recycling & Water Risk, Fair Labor, Human Rights, Sustainability Reporting, Corporate Lobbying, and Corporate Political Contributions.

As a shareowner, you are a part-owner of the company, and voting your proxy is an important responsibility. Thank you for reading your proxies and supporting shareholder resolutions that advance social and environmental accountability and sound corporate governance.


▼ Climate Change Strategies

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
American Electric Power Report on stranded asset risk* April
Andarko Petroleum Report on stranded asset risk May
Chevron Report on climate change strategy May
Dominion Resources Report on climate change strategy May
Duke Energy Report on climate change strategy May
ExxonMobil Report on climate change strategy May
FirstEnergy Report on stranded asset risks May
Kinder Morgan Report on climate change May
Marathon Oil Report on climate change April
Occidental Petroleum Report on climate change May
PG&E Report on climate change strategy May
Southern Report on climate change strategy May
Southern Report on stranded asset risk May

* “Stranded assets” refer to fossil fuel reserves that cannot be burned due to the transition to a clean energy economy and therefore lose investment value.

▼ Hydraulic Fracturing & Methane Emissions

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Chevron Report on hydraulic fracturing May
Continental Resources Report on hydraulic fracturing May
Energen Report on methane emissions; reduction goals April
ExxonMobil Report on hydraulic fracturing May
KinderMorgan Report on methane emissions; reduction goals May
Occidental Petroleum Report on methane emissions; reduction goals May
Pioneer Natural Resources Report on methane emissions; reduction goals May

▼ Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Goals


*All of the following companies received shareholder resolutions to adopt GHG reduction goals:

COMPANY VOTING RESULTS
CBS May
Chevron May
Dillard's May
General Dynamis May
Marathon Petroleum April
McDonald's May
Nucor May
Phillips 66 May
Wal-Mart June

▼ Report on Renewable & Distributed Energy


* Distributed energy refers to energy produced on-site, such as solar panels and wind turbines

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Ameren Report on distributed energy * April
Best Buy Set renewable energy goals June
Coca-Cola Report on renewable energy goals April
CVS Health Set renewable energy goals May
Duke Energy Report on distributed energy May
Entergy Report on distributed energy May
Kroger Report on renewable energy goals June
Nordstrom Set renewable energy goals May
PepsiCo Set renewable energy goals May
Verizon Communications Set renewable energy goals May

▼ Deforestation

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Domino's Pizza Report on supply chain deforestation impacts April
Dupont Report on supply chain deforestation impacts May

▼ Recycling & Water Risk

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Amazon.com Report on electronics recycling June
Chipotle Mexican Grill Adopt recycling goals May
Dean Foods Report on water use risks May
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Adopt recycling goals May
Dunkin Brands Report on recycling strategy May
Fresh Del Monte Produce Report on water use risk April

▼ Fair Labor

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Alphatbet (formerly Google) Report on female pay disparity June
Amazon.com Report on female pay disparity June
CVS Adopt minimm wage reform principles May
CVS Report on pay disparity May
Best Buy Adopt minimum wage reform principles June
Marathon Petroleum Report on accident prevention measures April
Panera Adopt minimum wage reform principles May
Staples Adopt minimum wage reform principles June

▼ Human Rights

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Chevron Report on operations in Burma May
Coca-Cola Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment April
Kroger Report on human rights risk assessment June
Kroger Ban assault weapons sales June
Las Vegas Sands Report on human trafficking policies/practices June
McDonald's Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment May
Netflix Report on indigenous peoples policy June
PepsiCo Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment May
United Parcel Service Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment May
Wendy's Report on human rights risk assessment June
Yum Brands Report on human rights risk assessment May

▼ Sustainability Reporting

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Amazon.com Publish sustainability report June
Chevron Link executive pay to sustainability metrics May
Chipotle Mexican Grill Publish sustainability report May
ConoccoPhillips Link executive pay to sustainability metrics May
Facebook Publish sustainability report June
WhiteWave Foods Link executive pay to sustainability metrics May

▼ Corporate Lobbying


A resolution calling for a report on company policies and procedures governing lobbying; disclosure of corporate lobbying contributions (the amount of the payment and the recipient); information on company’s membership in and payments to organizations that write and support model legislation; and a description of board oversight of political payments has been filed with dozens of companies, including the following:

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Allergen April
Alphabet (formerly Google) June
American Airlines Group June
CharlesSchwab May
Citigroup April
ExxonMobil May
Facebook June
FirstEnergy May
General Electric May
Verizon Communications May
Wal-Mart June
Wells Fargo April

▼ Corporate Contribution to Elections


A resolution calling for disclosure of company policies and procedures for making contributions (monetary and non-monetary) to political campaigns has been filed at dozens of companies including the following:

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Allstate May
Alphabet (formerly Google) June
Amazon.com June
American Airlines Group June
Coca-Cola Enterprises April
CVS May
Johnson & Johnson April
Southern May
Spectra Energy April
Waste Management May
Western Union May
Western Union May


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