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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.

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 last proxy season set a new record for proxy votes on social and environmental issues, which received nearly 22% support on average. 

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2015 Shareholder Resolution Focus List

Proxy PreviewThanks to As You Sow, publisher of the 2015 Proxy Preview, for assistance in compiling this list.

The 2015 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 key issues: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals, Carbon Pollution Risk, Renewable Energy, GMOs & Pesticides, Sustainability, Deforestation & Water, Human Rights, Packaging & Recycling, Corporate Lobbying and Corporate Political Contributions.

 

 


▼ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Chevron Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Dillard’s Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Dominion Resources Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Dominion Resources Report on methane & reduction targets May
Energen Report on methane & reduction targets April
ExxonMobil Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Hess Report on methane & reduction targets May
Marathon Oil Report on methane & reduction targets April
Phillips 66 Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Southern Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Time Warner Adopt GHG reduction targets June
Valero Adopt GHG reduction targets May
Walmart Adopt GHG reduction targets June

▼ Address Carbon Pollution Risk

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Andarko Petroleum Report on climate change May
Bank of America Report on GHG emissions from its financing May
Chevron Report on fracking/shale risks May
Chevron Address stranded assets through dividend policy * May
ConoccoPhillips Report on oil and gas transport risks May
Dominion Resources Report on climate change May
Dominion Resources Report on coal ash risks May
ExxonMobil Report on fracking/shale risks May
ExxonMobil Report on oil and gas transport risks May
ExxonMobil Address stranded assets through dividend policy * May
Hess Report on climate change May
Marathon Oil Report on climate change April
Phillips 66 Report on climate change May

*”Stranded carbon assets” refer to fossil fuel assets that will no longer be profitable as countries transition to a low carbon economy.

▼ Renewable Energy

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Dominion Resources Report on biomass and renewables May
DTE Energy Report on energy efficiency/renewables May
Home Depot Set renewable energy targets May
MGE Energy Offer renewable energy purchasing options May

▼ Genetically Modified Food & Pesticides

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Abbott Laboratories Report on GMO risks April
Dean Foods Report on GMO labeling May
DuPont Report on pesticide monitoring April
Lowe’s Report on pesticide product sales risks May
PepsiCo Report on supplier pesticide use May

▼ Sustainability

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Ameren Link executive pay to sustainability metrics April
Chipotle Mexican Grill Report on sustainability issues May
Chubb Report on sustainability issues April
ConocoPhillips Link executive pay to sustainability metrics May
Dominion Resources Link executive pay to sustainability metrics May
Entergy Link executive pay to sustainability metrics May
Facebook Report on sustainability issues May
Home Depot Report on sustainability issues May
Kraft Food Group Report on sustainability issues May
Lowe’s Report on sustainability issues May
Starbucks Establish a board committee on sustainability March
Tootsie Roll Industries Adopt board commitment to sustainability May
Walmart Link executive pay to sustainability metrics June

▼ Deforestation & Water

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Archer-Daniels-Midland Report on supply chain deforestation impacts May
Avon Products Report on palm oil supply chain May
Dean Report on water use risk May
Kraft Foods Group Report on supply chain deforestation impacts May
McDonald’s Report on palm oil supply chain May
Target Report on palm oil supply chain June
Yum Brands Report on palm oil supply chain May

▼ Human Rights

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Alliance One Int’l Adopt policy on supply chain worker fees August
Altria Adopt policy on supply chain worker fees May
Amazon.com Report on human rights & risk assessment May
Aqua America Adopt policy on human right to water May
Caterpillar Adopt/expand human rights policy June
Chevron Report on country selection, human rights May
Corning Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment April
General Electric Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment April
Intel Implement Holy Land Principles for fair employment May
Kroger Report on human rights risk assessment May
Kroger Report on humanitarian engagement policy June
Kroger Join the Fair Food Program; protect workers June
Sears Holdings Report on human rights risk assessment May
Staples Report on human rights risk assessment June
T-Mobil US Report on human rights risk assessment June
Urban Outfitters Report on human rights risk assessment May
Western Union Establish a board committee on human rights May

▼ Packaging & Recycling

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER ISSUE SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Dr. Pepper Report on recycling strategy May
Kraft Food Group Report on packaging May
Kroger Report on packaging June
Mondelez International Report on packaging May
Procter & Gamble Report on packaging October

▼ Lobbying: Corporate Board Oversight & Public Disclosure

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
American Express May
AT&T April
Bank of America May
BlackRock May
Boeing April
Charles Schwab May
Chevron May
Citigroup April
Comcast May
ConocoPhillips May
Dupont April
ExxonMobil May
Facebook May
First Energy May
Goldman Sachs May
Google May
IBM April
JP Morgan Chase May
Lockheed Martin April
Mastercard June
Morgan Stanley May
Phillipp Morris Int’l May
Raytheon May
Spectra Energy April
United Parcel Service May
Walmart 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 te following:

COMPANY SHAREHOLDER MEETING
Amazon.com May
AT&T April
Cabot Oil & Gas May
Charles Schwab May
Delta Airlines June
Duke Energy May
Google May
Nucor May
Raytheon May
Spectra Energy April
Travelers May
United States Steel April
Western Union May

Chevron received a shareholder resolution to ban all political spending. The   shareholder meeting is in May.


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