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By Ross Kerber
(Reuters) – U.S. firms face an unprecedented wave of shareholder resolutions targeted on ESG themes for 2022, a brand new evaluation exhibits, as activists look to construct on favorable regulatory modifications and extra executives appear prepared to make offers.
Shareholders have filed a report 529 resolutions associated to environmental, social and governance (ESG) points for the annual conferences of publicly traded U.S. corporations thus far this 12 months, up 22% from the identical level in 2021, in accordance with a examine launched Thursday by activist group As You Sow and researchers together with the Sustainable Investments Institute.
Many search particulars on carbon emissions or workforce range. Successes activists scored final 12 months comparable to altering administrators at Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:) may make administrators take a look at proposed modifications extra favorably, mentioned sponsors of the evaluation.
“Corporations are realizing that their buyers need them to have much less danger,” mentioned Andrew Behar, CEO of As You Sow. He and others mentioned shareholders might profit from new steerage from the U.S. Securities and Change Fee which makes it more durable for corporations to skip votes.
Wins for activists thus far this 12 months embrace a March 4 vote on the annual assembly of quick meals firm Jack within the Field Inc, the place 95% of votes forged had been in favor of a decision coping with sustainable packaging sponsored by Inexperienced Century Capital Administration.
Jack within the Field had really helpful buyers vote in opposition to the measure. A Jack within the Field consultant didn’t instantly remark.
In one other case, activist Boston Belief Walden agreed to withdraw a shareholder decision filed for the spring assembly of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:)
In return, the Wall Avenue financial institution agreed to offer extra particulars in a report this fall together with about its lobbying actions and commerce affiliation memberships, in accordance with a securities submitting.
A JPMorgan spokesperson declined additional remark.
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