As You Sow Harnesses the Power of Shareholders and Their Values to Enact Corporate Change for a Better, More Sustainable Future

In March 2018, Adrian Grenier delivered As You Sow’s shareholder proposal to Starbucks annual meeting encouraging the company to move away from using plastic straws in its drinks. Starbucks accepted the proposal and pledged to eliminate 3 billion single-use plastic straws by 2020.

Grenier didn’t come to the coffee giant as the lead actor from “Entourage” or the co-star of “The Devil Wears Prada.” He approached Starbucks as an environmentalist, Co-Founder of the clean-ocean nonprofit the Lonely Whale Foundation, and — perhaps most importantly — as a Starbucks shareholder.

Grenier’s proposal was actually the product of the nonprofit, As You Sow. Since 1992, the organization has worked to leverage the voices of corporate shareholders to enact change across a wide range of environmental and social issues. Read Full Article - CardRates, March 25, 2019