GOP Lobbyists Helping U.S. Companies Exploit the Amazon

The Intercept has an excellent expose of the role of US lobbyists in promoting the catastrophic destruction of the Amazonian rainforest. This summer, fires are being used to clear wide swaths of the Amazon at an unprecedented rate. One-fifth of the Amazon has already been destroyed in the past 50 years; further industrialization of the rainforest risks destroying…

Abortion Likely to Spark Shareholder Activism

The recent adoption of unprecedented restrictions on abortions in states including Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and Alabama is a legal and political controversy that is likely to become a corporate governance controversy as well.  Judd Legum at Popular Information dug through the disclosure of corporate political contributions and revealed that these corporations supported politicians who sponsored…

UCF Leads a Resolution that Generates 79.7% Support from Shareholders « United Church Funds

United Church Funds (UCF) is celebrating the very successful campaign at pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt, where a resolution that UCF sponsored on lobbying disclosures generated 79.7% support from the company’s shareholders.United Church Funds and Investors for Opioids Accountability (IOA) members congratulate Mallinckrodt for supporting the shareholder proposal regarding a report on lobbying activities and agree with…

These Six Corporations Are Supporting the Controversial New Abortion Bans

Investigative reporter Judd Legum of Popular Info has identified six major corporations who are supporting the state legislators behind the controversial new abortion bans: Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, Aetna, ATT, Walmart, and Pfizer. He explains in the Twitter thread the laborious process of getting the information, the exact dollar amount of each contribution to each legislator…

Shareholder Proposal Calls on Exxon to Disclose Lobbying Expenses and Policies

To ExxonMobil Shareholders: The United Steelworkers International Union (USW) urges shareholders to vote FOR Item 10, Report on Lobbying at the ExxonMobil Shareholder Meeting on May 29, 2019. The proposal, Item 10, calls on ExxonMobil to prepare a report, to be updated annually, disclosing: 1) ExxonMobil’s policies and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect,…

Most oil giants still fighting shareholder pressure to address climate

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in this article about the disconnect between what fossil fuel companies tell their investors and customers they believe on climate change and what they actually do. The world’s largest oil companies, including Exxon, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and BP, are responding to that pressure in varying degrees. Some are…