One Shareholder Uprising Thing: Dupont Loses Big Vote on Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pellets        Photo: Gentlemanrook, Wiki CC

It’s annual meeting season, and corporations are increasingly on the defensive about their carbon footprint, climate change policies, and other social issues.  Most of the time, corporate leaders manage to fend off such resolutions.  But this year, DuPont lost big on a shareholder proposal, filed by a group called As You Sow, that received 81.2 percent support.  As a result, the company is on the hook to disclose annually ‘trends in the amount of plastic in various forms released to the environment by the company annually, and concisely assess[es] the effectiveness of the company’s policies and actions to reduce the volume of the company’s plastic materials contaminating the environment.’

“This vote confirms a tidal wave of support by investors to confront a deadly contributor to the global plastic pollution crisis, as well as a historically high-vote result for a common sense request that the company provide public reporting on spills of pre-production plastic pellets,” Conrad MacKerron, senior vice president at As You Sow said in a statement.

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