2016 RESOLUTIONS

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Sortable List of Resolutions

Company
Initiative
Resolution Filing Documents Year
Filing Status
Abbvie Pharmaceutical Waste BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of AbbVie request that the board of directors issue a report, at reasonable expense and excluding proprietary information, reviewing the company’s existing policies for safe disposition by users of prescription drugs to prevent water pollution, and setting forth policy options for a proactive response, including determining whether the company should endorse partial or full industry responsibility for take back programs by providing funding or resources for such programs. Resolution 2016 7.5%
Amazon.com Electronic Waste BE IT RESOLVED THAT: Shareholders request that Amazon.com’s Board of Directors prepare a report, at reasonable cost and excluding confidential information, on the company's policy options to reduce potential pollution and public health problems from electronic waste generated as a result of its sales to consumers, and to increase the safe recycling of such wastes. Resolution 2017 Blocked by Company at SEC
Ameren Executive Compensation BE IT RESOLVED: The shareholders of Ameren urge the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors (the “Committee”) to adopt a policy requiring that senior executives retain a significant percentage of shares acquired through equity compensation programs until two years following the termination of their employment (through retirement or otherwise), and to report to shareholders regarding the policy before the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders. The policy shall apply to future grants and awards of equity compensation and should address the permissibility of transactions such as hedging transactions which are not sales but reduce the risk of loss to the executive. Resolution 2016 40.6%
Ameren Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Ameren produce a public report, omitting proprietary information and prepared at reasonable cost, analyzing how Ameren could protect shareholder value, reduce the risk of stranded assets, and decrease its climate change impacts by aggressive renewable energy adoption including: Increasing Ameren’s energy mix to 30 - 50% renewable energy by 2030; Increasing Ameren’s energy mix to 70 - 100% renewable energy by 2050; Propose changes to Ameren’s strategic plans that could help Ameren achieve the targets identified in (1) and (2) of this resolution. Resolution 2016 11.2%
AEP Carbon Asset Risk BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request AEP prepare a report by September 2016, omitting proprietary information and at reasonable cost, quantifying the potential financial losses to the company associated with stranding of its fossil fuel generation facilities under a range of climate regulation scenarios requiring greenhouse gas reductions beyond Clean Power Plan reductions. Shareholders suggest, at a minimum, that AEP quantify its exposure under a scenario limiting global carbon emissions to 2 degrees Celsius. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Anadarko Carbon Asset Risk BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request Anadarko to prepare and publish a scenario analysis report by September 2015, omitting proprietary information, describing how the Company will address the risk of stranded assets presented by global climate change and associated demand reductions for oil and gas, including analysis of long and short term financial and operational risks to the company. Resolution 2016 42.0%
Avista Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: With board oversight, shareholders request that Avista create a report by October 2016 (at reasonable cost, omitting proprietary information) describing how Avista could adapt its company-wide business model to significantly increase deployment of distributed-scale non-carbon-emitting electricity resources as a means of reducing societal greenhouse gas emissions and protecting shareholder value. For purposes of this resolution “distributed-scale non-carbon-emitting electricity resources” refers to renewable power infrastructure located on customer property. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Carrizo Hydraulic Fracturing BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board Compensation Committee prepare a report assessing the feasibility of integrating sustainability metrics into the performance measures of senior executives under Celgene’s compensation incentive plans. Sustainability is defined as how environmental and social considerations, and related financial impacts, are integrated into corporate strategy over the long term. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Celgene Executive Compensation BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board of Directors report to shareholders, using quantitative indicators, by December 31, 2016, and annually thereafter, the results of company policies and practices above and beyond regulatory requirements, to minimize the adverse environmental and community impacts from the company’s hydraulic fracturing operations associated with shale formations. Such report should be prepared at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Chevron Carbon Asset Transition BE IT RESOLVED: Proponents request that, by February 2017 and annually thereafter in a publication such as the annual or CSR report, Chevron quantify and report to shareholders its reserve replacements in BTUs, by resource category, to assist the Company in responding appropriately to climate-change induced market changes. Such reporting shall be in addition to reserve reporting required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and should encompass all energy resources produced by the company. Resolution 2016 6.8%
Chevron Hydraulic Fracturing BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board of Directors to report to shareholders via quantitative indicators on all shale plays where it is operating, by September 30, 2016, and annually thereafter, the results of company policies and practices, above and beyond regulatory requirements, to minimize the adverse water resource and community impacts from the company's hydraulic fracturing operations associated with shale formations. Such reports should be prepared at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information. Resolution 2016 30.7%
Chipotle Consumer Packaging BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Chipotle request the board of directors to prepare a report on the feasibility of developing a comprehensive recycling policy for on-site food and beverage packaging by the end of 2016. The report, to be prepared at reasonable cost, may omit confidential information. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Coca-Cola Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Coca-Cola produce a report assessing the feasibility and climate benefits of adopting enterprise-wide, quantitative, time bound targets for increasing Coca-Cola’s renewable energy sourcing. The report should be produced at reasonable cost and excluding proprietary information, by October 2016. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Devon Energy Executive Compensation BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Devon Energy issue a report that assesses, in light of global concerns about climate-change and the resultant pressures to transition to a low carbon economy, the benefits and risks of continuing to use oil and gas reserve additions as a metric in named executives’ compensation. The report should be produced at reasonable cost and omit proprietary information. Resolution 2016 3.8%
Dominion Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that a committee of the Board of Directors oversee a study of the potential future threats and opportunities presented by climate change driven technology changes in the electric utility industry, and prepare a report to shareholders that includes the company’s plan to meet these challenges, protect shareholder value, and reduce the company’s substantial carbon emissions. The report to shareholders should be prepared at reasonable cost and omit proprietary information and be completed by September 1st, 2016. Resolution 2016 21.3%
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Consumer Packaging BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group request that the board of directors adopt a comprehensive recycling strategy for beverage containers sold by the company and prepare a report by September 1, 2016 on the company's efforts to implement the strategy. The strategy should include aggressive quantitative recycled content goals, and container recovery goals for plastic, glass and metal containers. The report, to be prepared at reasonable cost, may omit confidential information. Resolution 2016 37.7%
Dunkin' Donuts Consumer Packaging BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Dunkin’ Brands request the board of directors to prepare a report on the feasibility of developing a comprehensive recycling policy for on-site food and beverage packaging to conserve resources, and reduce water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2016. The report, to be prepared at reasonable cost, may omit confidential information. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
DuPont GMOs & Pesticides BE IT RESOLVED: The shareowners of DuPont request the preparation of a report, updated annually, disclosing: 1. Company policy and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect, and grassroots lobbying communications; 2. Payments by DuPont used for (a) direct or indirect lobbying or (b) grassroots lobbying communications, in each case including the amount of the payment and the recipient; 3. DuPont’s membership in and payments to any tax-exempt organization that writes and endorses model legislation; 4. Description of the decision making process and oversight by management and the Board for making payments described in sections 2 and 3 above. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Emerson Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request Emerson Electric issue a sustainability report describing the company’s present policies, performance, and improvement targets related to key environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. The report should be available on the company website by September 1, 2016, prepared at reasonable cost, omitting proprietary information. Resolution 2016 47.3%
Emerson Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request Emerson Electric adopt time-bound quantitative, company-wide goals, taking into consideration the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidance for reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and issue a report by September 2016, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, on its plans to achieve these goals. Resolution 2016 36.8%
Entergy Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: With board oversight, shareholders request that Entergy create a report by October 2016 (at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information) describing how Entergy could adapt its company-wide business model to significantly increase deployment of distributed-scale non-carbon-emitting electricity resources as a means of reducing societal greenhouse gas emissions and protecting shareholder value. Resolution 2016 37.0%
ExxonMobil Carbon Asset Transition BE IT RESOLVED: Proponents request that, by February 2017 and annually thereafter in a publication such as its annual or CSR report, Exxon quantify and report to shareholders its reserve replacements in BTUs, by resource category, to assist the Company in responding appropriately to climate-change induced market changes. Such reporting shall be in addition to reserve reporting required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and should encompass all energy resources produced by the company. Resolution 2016 5.6%
ExxonMobil Hydraulic Fracturing BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board of Directors report to shareholders, using quantitative indicators, by December 31, 2016, and annually thereafter, the results of company policies and practices above and beyond regulatory requirements, to minimize the adverse environmental and community impacts from the company’s hydraulic fracturing operations associated with shale formations. Such report should be prepared at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information. Resolution 2016 24.5%
FirstEnergy Carbon Asset Risk BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that FirstEnergy prepare a report by September 2016, omitting proprietary information and at reasonable cost, quantifying the potential financial losses to the company associated with stranding of its coal generation facilities under a range of climate change driven regulation scenarios that mandate greenhouse gas reductions beyond those required by the Clean Power Plan. Resolution 2016 31.9%
Freeport McMoran Hydraulic Fracturing BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board of Directors report on company actions being taken (excluding actions taken to comply with law) to reduce and mitigate potential health harms, environmental harms, and negative community impacts that arise from Freeport’s enhanced oil recovery operations (such as hydraulic fracturing, steam injection, gravel packing, and acidizing) in urban areas of California. This report should be prepared at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information, by November 30, 2016. Resolution 2016 21.9%
Great Plains Energy Carbon Asset Risk BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request Great Plains Energy prepare a report by September 2016, omitting proprietary information and at reasonable cost, quantifying the company’s potential financial losses associated with stranding of its fossil fuel generation facilities under a range of climate regulation scenarios requiring greenhouse gas reductions beyond Clean Power Plan reductions. Shareholders request that Great Plains quantify its exposure to stranding of its fossil fuel generation facilities under a scenario limiting global carbon emissions to 2 degrees Celsius. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Hershey Company Nanomaterials BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board publish, by October 2016, at reasonable cost and excluding proprietary information, a report on Hershey’s use of nanomaterials, including the products or packaging that currently contain nanoparticles, the purpose of such, and actions management is taking to reduce or eliminate risk associated with human health and environmental impacts, such as eliminating the use of nanomaterials until or unless they are proven safe through long-term testing. Resolution 2016 3.7%
Hess Carbon Asset Risk BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Hess prepare and publish a report by September 2016, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, disclosing the financial risks to the Company of stranded assets related to climate change and associated demand reductions. The report should evaluate a range of stranded asset scenarios, such as scenarios in which 10, 20, 30, and 40 percent of the Company’s oil reserves cannot be monetized. Resolution 2016 22.8%
Hormel Antibiotics & Factory Farms BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the board adopt a policy, for both the company's own hog and turkey production and (except when precluded by existing contracts) its contract suppliers of hogs and turkeys, to phase out the routine use of antibiotics in classes of drugs used in human medicine. Shareholders request that the Board report to shareowners within six months of the annual meeting, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, on the timetable and measures for implementing this policy. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Waste BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Johnson & Johnson request that the board of directors issue a report, at reasonable expense and excluding proprietary information, reviewing the company’s existing policies for safe disposition by users of prescription drugs to prevent water pollution, and setting forth policy options for a proactive response, including determining whether the company should endorse partial or full industry responsibility for take back programs by providing funding or resources for such programs. Resolution 2016 7.2%
Kroger Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Kroger produce a report, by year end 2016, assessing the climate benefits and feasibility of adopting enterprise-wide, quantitative, time bound targets for increasing Kroger’s renewable energy sourcing. The report should be produced at reasonable cost and exclude proprietary information. Resolution 2016 28.0%
Kroger Consumer Packaging BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Kroger request that the board of directors issue a report, at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information, assessing the environmental impacts of continuing to use unrecyclable brand packaging. Resolution 2016 26.3%
McDonald's Antibiotics & Factory Farms BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board update the 2015 McDonald’s Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals by adopting the following policy regarding use of antibiotics by its meat suppliers: Prohibit the use of antibiotics important to human medicine globally in the meat supply chain (including for chicken, beef, and pork), for purposes other than disease treatment or non-routine control of veterinarian-diagnosed illness (e.g. prohibit use for growth promotion and routine disease prevention also known as prophylaxis); Identify timelines for global implementation of vision including for meats currently not supplied by dedicated suppliers. Resolution 2016 26.3%
Merck Pharmaceutical Waste BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Merck & Co. request that the board of directors issue a report, at reasonable expense and excluding proprietary information, reviewing the company’s existing policies for safe disposition by users of prescription drugs to prevent water pollution, and setting forth policy options for a proactive response, including determining whether the company should endorse partial or full industry responsibility for take back programs by providing funding or resources for such programs. Resolution 2016 5.7%
Mondelez International Consumer Packaging BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of Mondelez International request the Board to issue a report at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information, by October 1, 2016 assessing the environmental impacts of continuing to use non-recyclable brand packaging. Resolution 2016 26.7%
Mondelez International Nanomaterials BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board publish, by October 2016, at reasonable cost and excluding proprietary information, a report on Mondelez’ use of nanomaterials, including describing the products or packaging that currently contain nanoparticles, why nanoparticles are being used, and actions management is taking to reduce or eliminate the risk nanoparticles may pose to human health and the environment, including eliminating the use of nanomaterials until or unless they are proven safe through long-term testing. Resolution 2016 Blocked by Company at SEC
Monsanto GMOs & Pesticides BE IT RESOLVED: The shareowners of Monsanto request the preparation of a report, updated annually, disclosing: Company policy and procedures governing lobbying, both direct and indirect, and grassroots lobbying communications. Payments by Monsanto used for (a) direct or indirect lobbying or (b) grassroots lobbying communications, in each case including the amount of the payment and the recipient. Monsanto’s membership in and payments to any tax-exempt organization that writes and endorses model legislation. Description of the decision making process and oversight by management and the Board for making payments described in sections 2 and 3 above. For purposes of this proposal, a “grassroots lobbying communication” is a communication directed to the general public that (a) refers to specific legislation or regulation, (b) reflects a view on the legislation or regulation and (c) encourages the recipient of the communication to take action with respect to the legislation or regulation. “Indirect lobbying” is lobbying engaged in by a trade association or other organization of which Monsanto is a member. Both “direct and indirect lobbying” and “grassroots lobbying communications” include efforts at the local, state and federal levels. The report shall be presented to the Audit Committee or other relevant oversight committees and posted on Monsanto’s website. Resolution 2016 20.8%
Newfield Hydraulic Fracturing BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board of Directors report to shareholders using quantitative indicators, by December 31, 2016, and annually thereafter, the results of company policies and practices, above and beyond regulatory requirements, to minimize the adverse environmental and community impacts from the company’s hydraulic fracturing operations associated with shale formations. Such report should be prepared at reasonable cost, omitting confidential information. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Pinnacle West Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Pinnacle West prepare a public report, updated and presented to the appropriate Board committee annually, disclosing monetary and in-kind expenditures on political activities that cannot be deducted as an “ordinary and necessary” business expense under section 162(e) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) because they are incurred in connection with: (a) influencing legislation, (b) participating or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, and (c) attempting to influence the general public, or segments thereof, with respect to elections, legislative matters, or referenda. Shareholders request the report detail: • contributions to or expenditures in support of or opposition to political candidates, political parties, political committees; • dues, contributions or other payments made to tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations and “political committees” operating under sections 501(c)(4) and 527 of the Code, respectively, and to tax-exempt entities that write model legislation and operate under section 501(c)(3) of the Code; and • the portion of dues or other payments made to a tax-exempt entity such as a trade association that are used for an expenditure or contribution and that would not be deductible under section 162(e) of the Code if made directly by the Company. The report shall identify all recipients and amounts paid to each recipient from Company funds. Resolution 2016 34.5%
Portland General Electric Climate Change BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that PGE prepare a climate change adaptation report, by October 2016 and with board oversight (at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information), quantifying the financial and operational risk to the company associated with climate-change driven “mega-droughts”, such as those that reduce hydroelectric resources by 75 to 100% for an extended period of years. Shareholders request the report also describe how the company would avoid increased GHG emissions in mega-drought conditions. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Restaurant Brands International Antibiotics & Factory Farms BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the company adopt an enterprise-wide policy to phase out the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in the meat supply chain (including for poultry, beef, and pork). “Non-therapeutic use” of antibiotics is defined as: (i) administration of antibiotics to an animal through feed and water (or, in poultry hatcheries, through any means) for purposes (such as growth promotion, feed efficiency, weight gain, or disease prevention) other than therapeutic use or non-routine disease control; and includes (ii) any repeated or regular pattern of use of antimicrobials for purposes other than therapeutic use or non-routine disease control. Shareholders request that the Board report to shareowners within six months of the annual meeting, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, on the timetable and measures for implementing this policy. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Southern Company BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders of The Southern Company (the "Company") hereby request the Company to prepare and semiannually update a report, which shall be presented to the pertinent board of directors committee and posted on the Company’s website, that discloses the Company’s– (a) Policies and procedures for making political contributions and expenditures (both direct and indirect) with corporate funds, including the board (and pertinent board committee’s) role in that process, and (b) Monetary and non-monetary political contributions or expenditures that could not be deducted as an “ordinary and necessary” business expense under section 162(e) of the Internal Revenue Code; this would include (but not be limited to) contributions to or expenditures on behalf of entities organized and operating under sections 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as the portion of any dues or payments that are made to any tax-exempt organization (such as a trade association) and that are used for an expenditure or contribution that, if made directly by the Company, would not be deductible under section 162(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. The report shall be made available within 12 months of the annual meeting and identify all recipients and the amount paid to each recipient from Company funds. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Southern Company Carbon Asset Risk BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that Southern Company prepare a report by September 2016, omitting proprietary information and at reasonable cost, quantifying potential financial losses to the company associated with stranding of its coal assets under a range of scenarios for climate change driven regulations that mandate greenhouse gas reductions beyond those required by the Clean Power Plan. Such report should include possible financial losses if coal gasification and/or CCS is rejected by policymakers as a technical climate mitigation strategy, or if they cannot be cost effectively implemented. Shareholders also request that Southern disclose, in the report, its total investments in CCS and coal gasification technologies. Resolution 2016 29.7%
State Street Executive Compensation BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners request that the Board of Directors issue a report to shareholders by December 2016, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, which evaluates options for bringing its voting practices in line with its stated principle of linking executive compensation and performance, including adopting changes to proxy voting guidelines, adopting best practices of other asset managers and independent rating agencies, and including a broader range of research sources and principles for interpreting compensation data. Such report should assess whether and how the proposed changes would advance the interests of its clients and shareholders. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Smucker's Nanomaterials BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board publish, within six months of the 2016 annual meeting, at reasonable cost and excluding proprietary information, a report on the company’s use of nanomaterials. This report should identify products or packaging that currently contain nanoparticles, the purpose of such use, and actions management is taking to reduce or eliminate the risk nanoparticles may pose to human health and the environment, including eliminating the use of nanomaterials until or unless they are proven safe through long-term testing. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Vertex Executive Compensation BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request the Board Compensation Committee prepare a report assessing the feasibility of integrating sustainability metrics into the performance measures of senior executives under Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ compensation incentive plans. Sustainability is defined as how environmental and social considerations, and related financial impacts, are integrated into corporate strategy over the long term. Resolution 2016 18.6%
Wendy's Antibiotics & Factory Farms BE IT RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the company adopt a policy to phase out the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in the meat supply chain (including for poultry, beef, and pork). “Non-therapeutic use” of antibiotics is defined as: (i) administration of antibiotics to an animal through feed and water (or, in poultry hatcheries, through any means) for purposes (such as growth promotion, feed efficiency, weight gain, or disease prevention) other than therapeutic use or non-routine disease control; and includes (ii) any repeated or regular pattern of use of antimicrobials for purposes other than therapeutic use or non-routine disease control. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address
Yum! Brands Antibiotics & Factory Farms BE IT RESOLVED: Shareowners of YUM! Brands request that the board of directors adopt a comprehensive recycling policy for on-site food and beverage packaging. The board shall prepare a report on the company’s plans to implement this policy by the end of 2016. The report, to be prepared at reasonable cost, may omit confidential information. Resolution 2016 Withdrawn; Company will address