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…

A Professor Filed a Shareholder Lawsuit to Restrict Shareholder Rights

“An enormous zeal for the overdog” — a good description of this effort to get the shareholders of J&J to waive their right to file shareholder lawsuits — permanently. Over the past two years, some senior officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission have indicated that they would be open to corporations foisting mandatory arbitration on…

CtW wants to put an employee on Google’s board – The Washington Post

CtW Investment Group, a group that works with union-sponsored pension funds, filed an unusual proposal late last year at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, that calls for the board to nominate a non-executive employee to be elected by investors as a director at next year’s annual meeting.If the proposal ends up on the company’s proxy this…

SEC Chairman Clayton: Statement on Shareholder Proposals Seeking to Require Mandatory Arbitration Bylaw Provisions

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton on a shareholder proposal to require mandatory arbitration of shareholder claims: A domestic, publicly-listed company has received a shareholder proposal that would require the company to take steps to adopt mandatory arbitration provisions. The company has asked the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance for informal guidance on whether the…

Shareholder activism is on the rise, but companies are fighting back – CNN

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in a CNN story about shareholder activism and the way corporate executives are pushing back, including the fake front groups ACCF and Main Street Investors Coalition. Leveraging shareholder votes for environmental and social ends isn’t new, but such resolutions have been on the rise in recent years. Shareholders…

The Prescience of 5% of Investors: A Monsanto Case Study

Even though a proposal receives only a fraction of shareholder support, it may still be the best available opportunity to bring more foresight to investors, board, and management on an issue that may eventually prove costly to a company. Only a small portion of investors may be exercising prescience on risk management or governance issues…