Shareholder advocacy seeks to change corporate behavior through proposing and representing resolutions at annual stockholder meetings. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has engaged in shareholder activism for more than forty years, and has celebrated some key victories. We work together with other religious organizations through the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). Our resolutions have advocated for many issues such as good corporate governance, non-discriminatory employment practices, ending predatory lending programs and reasonable pricing of medications for treatment of AIDS. Our resolutions have helped bring press and public attention to the exploitation of Third-World women and children working in cruel labor conditions.

Partnership with New York City Comptroller’s Office
In early 2002, the office for New York City Employees’ Pension Funds contacted the UUA, asking our assistance with a number of shareholder activism projects. With one thousand congregations across the country, we were aptly situated to send representatives of their Comptroller’s Office to the annual shareholder meetings of the companies New York City wished to target.

If you would like to present shareholder resolutions in your area or would like to protest outside of a meeting where the UUA will be presenting a shareholder resolution, please sign up here.

2018 Shareholder Advocacy Season

The UUA has taken on a heavy load in this year’s advocacy season. Climate change is again a large focus with us taking on filings at five companies. Political Spending and Lobbying Disclosure also have a large focus with 10 companies being called out. Rounding out the season is a filing on Proxy Voting at T. Rowe Price, an Executive Compensation filing at Wells Fargo, and two diversity filings at Amazon.com and eBay. You can see the filing packages below for details.

Climate Change:

Devon Energy

Noble Energy

Marathon Petroleum

Range Resources

Valero Energy Co.

Political Spending/Lobbying Disclosure:

BlackRock Inc.

Chesapeake Energy

Cisco Systems Inc.

Exxon Mobil

Ford Motor Company

Goldman Sachs

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Northern Trust

Diversity:

Amazon.com

eBay, Inc.

Proxy Voting:

T. Rowe Price

Executive Compensation:

Wells Fargo

2017 Shareholder Advocacy Season

2017 is shaping up to be another busy advocacy year. As with previous seasons, the heavy lifting on climate change continues, the UUA is set to file, co-file or engage with Air Products & Chemicals, American Electric Power, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Exelon, Exxon Mobile, Marathon Petroleum, Praxair, and Xcel Energy. Political Spending/lobbying disclosure is another large focus seeing us target American International Group (AIG), Cisco Systems, Ford Motor Company, Occidental Petroleum, Pfizer, and Pinnacle West Capital. And, once again, we have stepped into the ring of sexual orientation/gender identity in engaging with Newmont Mining and executive compensation in filing at Wells Fargo.

Climate Change:

Devon Energy

Goldman Sachs Group

Marathon Petroleum

Chevron Corporation

ConocoPhillips

Exxon Mobil

Xcel Energy, Inc.

Political Spending/Lobbying Disclosure:

American International Group (AIG)

Cisco Systems

Ford Motor Company

Occidental Petroleum

Oracle

Pfizer, Inc.

Pinnacle West Capital

Executive Compensation:

Wells Fargo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summaries of 2017 and prior Shareholder Advocacy Seasons