The COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol have left us in a changed world.
Investors are questioning brands on their role in contributing to racial disparities. They are also pressing for paid sick leave as a standard benefit, as frontline workers -- including meat processing and retail workers -- continue to be at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the global climate crisis is prompting action from all corners of the investment community, including an urgent call for businesses to express their support for science-based climate policy.
On Friday, 2/26 from 11:30am-12:30pm ET, we will share an overview of our members' 2021 resolutions and preview ICCR's 2021 Proxy Resolutions and Voting Guide.
Our webinar will help contextualize the more than 239 resolutions that were filed by ICCR members for this proxy season, with a deeper discussion of key campaigns led by the ICCR members responsible for these initiatives.
As always, there will be a Q&A at the end where you will be invited to ask questions of the presenters. All registrants will receive a link to download the Guide directly following the webinar
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Guest Speakers Include:
Bianca Agustin, Senior Campaign Researcher, United for Respect
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to spike around the globe. According to the DoL, four out of ten hourly workers don’t have access to paid sick leave (PSL). Without this guarantee, many employees are faced with the choice of either going to work sick and infecting others, or losing a day’s wages, further exacerbating the financial pain employees and their families are already experiencing as a result of the pandemic. Workers without PSL also face the risk of retaliation from supervisors, or being fired for calling out sick. Bianca Agustin will discuss the investor campaign asking 7 corporations to consider adopting PSL policies as a standard benefit for their workers.
Rob Fohr, Director of Faith-Based Investing and Corporate Engagement for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (PCUSA)
Each year, companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying to block or delay federal, state and local legislation and regulation designed to avert the climate crisis. They do this through both direct lobbying and indirectly through trade associations, non-profit organizations, and other groups that lobby or participate in public advocacy on climate change. Many publicly traded corporations are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which, despite a recent statement acknowledging the reality of man-made climate change, continues to fight progress on climate-related policies. Rob Fohr will discuss how investors this year are petitioning companies to align their lobbying activities with the goal of limiting average global warming to well below 2° Celsius, consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Christopher Cox, Associate Director for Seventh Generation Coalition for Responsible Investment
In an effort to save lives and curb the spread and lethality of COVID-19, governments made large investments in health technologies, mainly global pharma companies, to spur the development of breakthrough vaccines and medicine. Chris Cox will discuss the investor campaign at 6 pharmaceutical companies seeking disclosure on how the companies will price COVID medicine developed with public monies, in order to prevent price-gouging.
Meredith Benton, Workplace Equity Program Manager for As You Sow; Principal & Founder of Whistle Stop Capital
In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police officers, a number of corporations made aspirational public statements expressing their intent to address racial justice throughout their operations. Investors are holding them accountable for those commitments. Twenty-one resolutions this year are asking companies to evaluate the success of their diversity initiatives, and a new group of resolutions calls for action on racial inequities that persist in the workplace. People of color, for instance, fill 33% of entry level positions, but just 13% of C-suite roles. Meredith will discuss the two groups of resolutions.