Shareholder Advocacy

At Clean Yield, we’re committed to using our voice and our rights as shareholders to challenge corporations to develop and maintain strong policies and practices on environmental, social, and governance matters.

Shareholder advocacy has a rich tradition going back to the 1960s, when stockholders challenged Honeywell and Dow Chemical to discontinue the manufacture of napalm. Hundreds of shareholder proposals are filed every year now, and in recent years, about 40% are typically withdrawn in a given “proxy season” due to agreements reached between their proponents and management, producing greater transparency or changes in corporate policies.

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Clean Yield’s shareholder advocacy program extends back two decades. We’ve engaged with scores of companies on environmental and energy issues, board diversity, political contributions and lobbying transparency, LGBT workplace rights, excessive executive compensation, and more.

Read more about our recent shareholder engagement activities.