Since 1992 As You Sow has been using shareholder advocacy to move corporations into greater responsibility.
We have filed hundreds of shareholder resolutions and led hundreds more shareholder dialogues. These shareholder engagements have resulted in long-term positive change in behavior at the largest companies in the world.
The Paris Agreement
In December 2015, over 190 countries reached an unprecedented international agreement to halt climate change, and As You Sow was there supporting strong action. Today in New York, the global push for climate action — by citizens, NGO’s, shareholders, businesses, and local, state, and federal leaders, among a broad range of other actors demanding action — will be realized in the official ratification of the treaty to hold global warming at 2 degrees Celsius, or less.
• Abbott Labs committed to offering a non-GMO Similac infant formula, a major victory that was announced and featured in the New York Times. GMO-free Similac is now on store shelves.
• Dunkin’ Donuts announced it would remove titanium dioxide nanomaterials from its doughnuts. Press coverage included Time Magazine, CNN Money, live interviews on Al Jazeera, and a mention on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
• Disney committed to not show images of smoking in its youth-rated films, and our resolution with Time Warner became the first of its kind to be voted on by shareholders.
• Honest Kids juice drink, a Coca-Cola brand, started testing recyclable paper cartons, to replace its current nonrecyclable foil pouches.
• General Mills agreed to improve policies down their entire supply chain to protect bees and other pollinators from the impacts of pesticides.
• Filings with ExxonMobil and Chevron greatly expanded the conversation around stranded carbon assets and the growing riskiness of owning fossil fuel stock.
• First-of-its-kind resolutions seeking to link utility executive bonuses to carbon reductions, including at Ameren, Entergy, and Dominion, earned strong votes. Utilities in aggregate generate 33% of U.S. carbon emissions.
• Signatories to our Cotton Pledge Against Forced Labor exceeded 200 companies and brands, with Costco, Walgreens, and the parent company to Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein joining industry leaders such as Levi’s, Walmart, and Gap.