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.

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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

 

2016 Shareholder Advocacy Season

2016 saw the UUA filing several shareholder resolutions concentrating on climate change, executive compensation, and political spending and lobbying disclosure. We joined with The Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment in filing at Chevron and Sisters of St. Dominic in filing at ExxonMobil on climate change. We also joined in with The Christopher Reynolds Foundation in filing at Pfizer, Inc. and Fonds de solidarite des travailleurs de Quebec F.T.Q. in filing at Bank of America Corp. on political spending and lobbying disclosure. The full lineup of filings can be found below.

Climate Change:

Chevron

Devon Energy

Exxon Mobil

Marathon Oil

Occidental Petroleum

Political Spending/Lobbying Disclosure:

Bank of America

Pfizer, Inc.

Spectra Energy

Executive Compensation:

ConocoPhillips

2015 Shareholder Advocacy Season

2015 was another busy shareholder season at the UUA. We continued our advocacy work on climate change in addition to other topics such as Political Spending/Lobbying Disclosure and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Disclosure. This year we expanded our approach on climate change by asking companies to tie it to executive compensation. The UUA filed or co-filed on the following topics at the following companies.

Climate Change: 

Chesapeake Energy

Devon Energy

Marathon Oil

Newfield Exploration

Occidental Petroleum

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Non-Discrimination:

Exxon Mobil

Political Spending/Lobbying Disclosure:

Aetna, Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Google

Pfizer, Inc.

Spectra Energy

Executive Compensation:

Chevron

ConocoPhillips

Human Rights:

Dow Chemical

Summaries of 2014 and prior Shareholder Advocacy Seasons