The 2023 shareholder season is underway! Over 500 shareholder resolutions have been filed on a wide range of social, environmental, and sustainable governance issues. This year brings more and new resolutions on the climate crisis, racial justice, and reproductive health.
If you own company stock directly (not in a mutual fund), you can vote on the company's resolutions, which may address climate, corporate lobbying on climate, deforestation, racism, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, human rights, gender and minority pay disparity, workplace diversity, and corporate spending on lobbying and elections.
Below you’ll find many of the companies at which resolutions have been filed, followed by a sampling of the issues of major concern raised by shareholders this year.
If you own stock directly in these or other companies, read your proxy ballots carefully to vote in favor of resolutions that reflect your values. Here are quick tips on how to read a proxy ballot.
Use your shareholder power to Vote Your Values – it’s important to vote your proxy ballots to let management know you want corporate practices that support people and the planet.
*Here are definitions of key abbreviations and terms you’ll see in our short descriptions of the shareholder resolutions:
*GHG = greenhouse gas
*Net-zero GHG emissions = “net zero means cutting greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions to as close to zero as possible, with any remaining emissions re-absorbed from the atmosphere, by oceans and forests for instance” – United Nations
*Paris-compliant = Ensuring that actions support the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. U.N. Climate Change; The Paris Agreement
*Scope 3 = “….emissions a company is responsible for outside of its own walls—from the goods it purchases to the disposal of the products it sells? In fact, the majority of total corporate emissions come from Scope 3 sources,…” Greenhouse Gas Protocol
*ILO Labor Standards = International Labor Standards; United National International Labor Standards
Thanks to As You Sow, the Sustainable Investments Institute, and Proxy Impact, publishers of the 2023 Proxy Preview, for assistance in compiling the lists below that provide a sample of some of the key resolutions facing Corporate America.
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