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Key proxy vote rationales for 2020-21

Shareholder proposal votes that fall into the social category include those that address a business’s relationship with employees, contractors and suppliers, the communities in which it operates and its consumers.

Vote rationales on shareholder proposals at S&P 500 companies: Social

COMPANY NAME INDUSTRY MEETING DATE PROPOSAL TEXT NUVEEN SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL CATEGORY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATION VOTE INSTRUCTION ISSUE VOTING PRINCIPLE                    VOTE RATIONALE
Tesla, Inc. Automobiles 9/22/2020 Additional Reporting on Human Rights Communities Against For We believe that a healthy workforce is a key driver of company productivity, retention and reputation. Companies should endeavor to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those engaged in their supply chain. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking a review of a company’s human rights standards and the establishment of global human rights policies, especially regarding company operations in conflict zones or areas of weak governance. Support for the proposal is warranted based on the materiality of the outcome as it relates to the risks and opportunities that will drive long-term value for the company and industry.
Tesla, Inc. Automobiles 9/22/2020 Report on Employee Arbitration Talent Management Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on the materiality of the thematic issue addressed and the need for the company to be more accountable in furthering the outcome as stated [or intended] in the proposal.
The Procter & Gamble Company Household Products 10/13/2020 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against Against We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is not warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
Oracle Corporation Software 11/4/2020 Report on Gender Pay Gap Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Food & Staples Retailing 1/28/2021 Report on Health Risks of Continued In-Store Tobacco Sales in the Age of COVID 2021 Customers Against Against We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on how the intended outcome will change the risks and opportunities for the company and industry in creating long-term value.
Tyson Foods, Inc. Food Products 2/11/2021 Report on Human Rights Due Diligence Communities Against For We believe that a healthy workforce is a key driver of company productivity, retention and reputation. Companies should endeavor to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those engaged in their supply chain. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking a review of a company’s human rights standards and the establishment of global human rights policies, especially regarding company operations in conflict zones or areas of weak governance. Support for the proposal is warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
The Coca-Cola Company Beverages 4/20/2021 Report on Sugar and Public Health Product Responsibility Against Against Companies can impact customers at multiple points along the product lifecycle, including production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, and end use. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure relating to the quality, safety and impact of a company’s goods and services on the customers and communities it serves. Support for the proposal is not warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
Bank of America Corporation Banks 4/20/2021 Request on Racial Equity Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Lockheed Martin Corporation Aerospace & Defense 4/22/2021 Report on Human Rights Due Diligence Communities Against Against We believe that a healthy workforce is a key driver of company productivity, retention and reputation. Companies should endeavor to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those engaged in their supply chain. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking a review of a company’s human rights standards and the establishment of global human rights policies, especially regarding company operations in conflict zones or areas of weak governance. Support for the proposal is not warranted as the proposal is not an effective or practical means to address the underlying issue or achieve the intended outcome.
Pfizer Inc. Pharmaceuticals 4/22/2021 Report on Access to COVID-19 Products Customers Against Against Customers are a critical stakeholder for businesses, as they are the purchasers of the products and services that a company provides. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. Companies can face reputational risks and loss of consumer goodwill if perceived as engaging in discriminatory business practices with the intent or appearance of reducing access and affordability to essential goods and services. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to significant public health impacts resulting from company operations and products, as well as the impact of global health pandemics on the company’s operations and long-term growth. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals 4/22/2021 Report on Civil Rights Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against Against We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on company-specific factors related to outcomes associated with past and future commitments by the company.
Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals 4/22/2021 Report on Government Financial Support and Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Therapeutics Customers Against For Customers are a critical stakeholder for businesses, as they are the purchasers of the products and services that a company provides. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. Companies can face reputational risks and loss of consumer goodwill if perceived as engaging in discriminatory business practices with the intent or appearance of reducing access and affordability to essential goods and services. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to significant public health impacts resulting from company operations and products, as well as the impact of global health pandemics on the company’s operations and long-term growth. Support for the proposal is warranted based on company-specific factors related to outcomes associated with past and future commitments by the company.
Abbott Laboratories Health Care Equipment & Supplies 4/23/2021 Report on Racial Justice Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Citigroup Inc. Banks 4/27/2021 Report on Racial Equity Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Exelon Corporation Electric Utilities 4/27/2021 Report on Child Labor Audit Communities Against Against We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
Wells Fargo & Company Banks 4/27/2021 Report on Incentive-Based Compensation and Risks of Material Losses Talent Management Against Against Executive compensation should be used as a tool to drive and reward long-term sustainable value creation while also attracting and retaining top talent. We expect boards of directors, who are in the best position to take all of the relevant factors into consideration, to establish executive compensation programs that appropriately incentivize executive management. We are mindful that each company’s situation is unique, and encourage boards to craft compensation programs that are appropriately tailored to the company’s business strategy. We will consider on a case-by-case basis shareholder resolutions related to specific compensation practices. Generally, we believe specific practices are the purview of the board. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on factors related to a past company or industry controversy, as it is not material to ongoing business operations or has been addressed adequately.
Wells Fargo & Company Banks 4/27/2021 Report on Racial Equity Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
International Business Machines Corporation IT Services 4/27/2021 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion For For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted based on the materiality of the thematic issue addressed and the need for the company to be more accountable in furthering the outcome as stated [or intended] in the proposal.
Charter Communications, Inc. Media 4/27/2021 Adopt Policy to Annually Disclose EEO-1 Data Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures are not aligned with this best practice reporting framework, which provides for consistent ESG data that allows for integration into the investment process.
Charter Communications, Inc. Media 4/27/2021 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures do not provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Banks 4/27/2021 Report on Risk Management and Nuclear Weapon Industry Product Responsibility Against Against Companies can impact customers at multiple points along the product lifecycle, including production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, and end use. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure relating to the quality, safety and impact of a company’s goods and services on the customers and communities it serves. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
Cigna Corporation Health Care Providers & Services 4/28/2021 Report on Gender Pay Gap Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures do not provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
DuPont de Nemours, Inc. Chemicals 4/28/2021 Adopt Policy to Annually Disclose EEO-1 Data Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Capital Markets 4/29/2021 Report on Racial Equity Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Diversified Financial Services 5/1/2021 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures do not provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
Paycom Software, Inc. Software 5/3/2021 Report on Plans to Improve Diversity of Executive Leadership Diversity and Inclusion None For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures are not aligned with this best practice reporting framework, which provides for consistent ESG data that allows for integration into the investment process.
American Express Company Consumer Finance 5/4/2021 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
PepsiCo, Inc. Beverages 5/5/2021 Report on External Public Health Costs Customers Against Against Customers are a critical stakeholder for businesses, as they are the purchasers of the products and services that a company provides. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. Companies can face reputational risks and loss of consumer goodwill if perceived as engaging in discriminatory business practices with the intent or appearance of reducing access and affordability to essential goods and services. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to significant public health impacts resulting from company operations and products, as well as the impact of global health pandemics on the company’s operations and long-term growth. Support for the proposal is not warranted as the proposal is not an effective or practical means to address the underlying issue or achieve the intended outcome.
PepsiCo, Inc. Beverages 5/5/2021 Report on Sugar and Public Health Product Responsibility Against Against Companies can impact customers at multiple points along the product lifecycle, including production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, and end use. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure relating to the quality, safety and impact of a company’s goods and services on the customers and communities it serves. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on the company demonstrating sufficient accountability in addressing the intended outcome associated with the thematic issue.
United Parcel Service, Inc. Air Freight & Logistics 5/13/2021 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted based on company-specific factors related to outcomes associated with past and future commitments by the company.
Union Pacific Corporation Road & Rail 5/13/2021 Publish Annually a Report Assessing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Union Pacific Corporation Road & Rail 5/13/2021 Report on EEO Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Intel Corporation Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 5/13/2021 Report on Global Median Gender/Racial Pay Gap Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Intel Corporation Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment 5/13/2021 Report on Whether Written Policies or Unwritten Norms Reinforce Racism in Company Culture Diversity and Inclusion Against Against We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on the company demonstrating sufficient accountability in addressing the intended outcome associated with the thematic issue.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Banks 5/18/2021 Report on Racial Equity Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Northrop Grumman Corporation Aerospace & Defense 5/19/2021 Report on Human Rights Impact Assessment Communities Against For We believe that a healthy workforce is a key driver of company productivity, retention and reputation. Companies should endeavor to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those engaged in their supply chain. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking a review of a company’s human rights standards and the establishment of global human rights policies, especially regarding company operations in conflict zones or areas of weak governance. Support for the proposal is warranted based on factors related to material stakeholder risks that have not been addressed fully.
State Street Corporation Capital Markets 5/19/2021 Report on Racial Equity Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted as the proposal is the most appropriate or practical means for the company to address the intended outcome of a material issue.
The Home Depot, Inc. Specialty Retail 5/20/2021 Report on Prison Labor in the Supply Chain Communities Against Against We believe that a healthy workforce is a key driver of company productivity, retention and reputation. Companies should endeavor to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those engaged in their supply chain. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking a review of a company’s human rights standards and the establishment of global human rights policies, especially regarding company operations in conflict zones or areas of weak governance. Support for the proposal is not warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
Altria Group, Inc. Tobacco 5/20/2021 Report on Underage Tobacco Prevention Policies and Marketing Practices Customers Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures do not provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
McDonald's Corporation Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 5/20/2021 Report on Antibiotics and Public Health Costs Product Responsibility Against Against Companies can impact customers at multiple points along the product lifecycle, including production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, and end use. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure relating to the quality, safety and impact of a company’s goods and services on the customers and communities it serves. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
McDonald's Corporation Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure 5/20/2021 Report on Sugar and Public Health Product Responsibility Against Against Companies can impact customers at multiple points along the product lifecycle, including production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, and end use. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure relating to the quality, safety and impact of a company’s goods and services on the customers and communities it serves. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on how the intended outcome will change the risks and opportunities for the company and industry in creating long-term value.
Merck & Co., Inc. Pharmaceuticals 5/25/2021 Report on Access to COVID-19 Products Customers Against Against Customers are a critical stakeholder for businesses, as they are the purchasers of the products and services that a company provides. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. Companies can face reputational risks and loss of consumer goodwill if perceived as engaging in discriminatory business practices with the intent or appearance of reducing access and affordability to essential goods and services. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to significant public health impacts resulting from company operations and products, as well as the impact of global health pandemics on the company’s operations and long-term growth. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on company-specific materiality and factors related to the strategy and oversight of the underlying issue.
PayPal Holdings, Inc. IT Services 5/26/2021 Report on Whether Written Policies or Unwritten Norms Reinforce Racism in Company Culture Diversity and Inclusion Against Against We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on the company demonstrating sufficient accountability in addressing the intended outcome associated with the thematic issue.
Amazon.com, Inc. Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5/26/2021 Oversee and Report on a Civil Rights, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on the materiality of the thematic issue addressed and the need for the company to be more accountable in furthering the outcome as stated [or intended] in the proposal.
Amazon.com, Inc. Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5/26/2021 Report on Customers' Use of its Surveillance and Computer Vision Products Capabilities or Cloud Products Contribute to Human Rights Violations Customers Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on factors related to material stakeholder risks that have not been addressed fully.
Amazon.com, Inc. Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5/26/2021 Report on Gender/Racial Pay Gap Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Amazon.com, Inc. Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5/26/2021 Report on Potential Human Rights Impacts of Customers' Use of Rekognition Product Responsibility Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on factors related to material stakeholder risks that have not been addressed fully.
Amazon.com, Inc. Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5/26/2021 Report on Promotion Data Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Facebook, Inc. Interactive Media & Services 5/26/2021 Report on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Customers Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on factors related to material stakeholder risks that have not been addressed fully.
Facebook, Inc. Interactive Media & Services 5/26/2021 Report on Platform Misuse Product Responsibility Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on factors related to a material company or industry controversy that have not been addressed fully.
Biogen Inc. Biotechnology 6/2/2021 Report on Gender Pay Gap Diversity and Inclusion Against For We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is warranted on the basis that more robust disclosures are required on the issue to improve market-wide transparency and support integration into the investment process.
Alphabet Inc. Interactive Media & Services 6/2/2021 Report on Whistleblower Policies and Practices Communities Against Against We believe that a healthy workforce is a key driver of company productivity, retention and reputation. Companies should endeavor to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees and those engaged in their supply chain. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking a review of a company’s labor standards and enforcement practices, as well as the establishment of global labor policies based upon internationally recognized standards. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on how the intended outcome will change the risks and opportunities for the company and industry in creating long-term value.
Comcast Corporation Media 6/2/2021 Report on Risks Posed by the Failing to Prevent Workplace Sexual Harassment Talent Management Against Against We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is not warranted based on factors related to a past company or industry controversy, as it is not material to ongoing business operations or has been addressed adequately.
Walmart Inc. Food & Staples Retailing 6/2/2021 Report on Alignment of Racial Justice Goals and Starting Wages Diversity and Inclusion Against For We generally support shareholder resolutions seeking reasonable disclosure of the environmental or social impact of a company’s policies, operations or products. We believe that a company’s management and directors should determine the strategic impact of environmental and social issues and disclose how they are dealing with these issues to mitigate risk. Support for the proposal is warranted based on the materiality of the outcome as it relates to the risks and opportunities that will drive long-term value for the company and industry.
The TJX Companies, Inc. Specialty Retail 6/8/2021 Report on Animal Welfare Product Responsibility Against Against Companies can impact customers at multiple points along the product lifecycle, including production, quality assurance, marketing and sales, and end use. We believe that companies should carefully analyze the potential material risks to their business related to customer impacts at each point of the product lifecycle, develop policies and procedures to manage any potential concerns, and disclose those policies and practices to shareholders. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure relating to the quality, safety and impact of a company’s goods and services on the customers and communities it serves. Support for the proposal is not warranted on the basis that the current state of disclosure on the issue is sufficient to evaluate performance and support integration into the investment process.
Caterpillar Inc. Machinery 6/9/2021 Report on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Diversity and Inclusion Against Against We believe promoting diversity and inclusion among employees and suppliers can help companies improve decision making, attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce and compete more effectively. Firms that foster a diverse talent pipeline at all levels of the workforce, including among executives, senior management, and recruitment pools, tend to be well positioned to generate high-performing teams and an attractive corporate culture. We will generally support reasonable shareholder resolutions seeking disclosure or reports relating to a company’s workforce, board diversity, and gender pay equity policies and practices. Support for the proposal is not warranted on the basis that the company’s current disclosures provide sufficient transparency to evaluate fully the risks and opportunities associated with the underlying issue.
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