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Shareholder Proposals

Trillium exercises the shareholder’s right to file a shareholder proposal asking companies to implement a specific policy or action. These proposals can come up for a vote at the company’s annual meeting and can be a key rallying point of a larger campaign to a change a corporation’s behavior. In some cases, companies agree to make changes in exchange for the withdrawal of the proposals prior to the vote.

Note: Trillium is a co-filer on proposals marked with an asterisk (*).

You can filter proposals by year, issue type or by company.
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Hain Celestial Group - Sustainable Agriculture (2014)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to include information on their pesticide use in their next Corporate Sustainability Report, which is targeted for publication by the end of 2014.
Lincoln Electric Holdings - Emissions and Climate, Environment (2014)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following commitments from the company that it will publish long-term goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PepsiCo - Emissions and Climate, Environment (2014)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. Company has adopted a zero tolerance policy for illegal activities in its supply chain regarding land displacements of any legitimate land tenure holders.
Panera Bread Company - Environmental Reporting / Disclosure, Governance (2014)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to publish a sustainability report by December 1, 2015. Panera will conduct a materiality assessment in 2014 in order to identify and prioritize issues that are material to the company.
Cerner Corporation - Board / Executive Diversity, Governance (2014)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. The Company will amend its Corporate Governance Guidelines and Nominating, Governance and Public Policy Committee Charter in order to seek increased diversity among Board members.
Jarden Corporation - Environment, Environmental Reporting / Disclosure (2014)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company has agreed to enter into a good faith dialogue concerning product chemical content and opportunities and risk facing the company's brands.
Lowe's Company - Emissions and Climate, Environment (2014)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following commitments from the company to set quantitative targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Church & Dwight Co. - Emissions and Climate, Environment (2014)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following commitments from the company that it will set quantitative goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in its products and operations.
Valmont Industries - Emissions and Climate, Environment (2014)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following commitments from the company to improve disclosures of measurement around greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.
Hess Corporation - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2014)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company has committed to fully disclose its trade association memberships and the other tax exempt organizations which it makes contributions to, as well as the portion of those payments that are used for political activities.
AT&T - Emerging Technology Issues, Social (2014)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. Company will publish semi-annual reports regarding requests for customer information by U.S. and foreign governments.
Westinghouse Air Brake Tech - Board / Executive Diversity, Governance (2014)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company will amend its Corporate Governance Principles, Proxy Statement, and Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Charter to ensure that women are in the pool from which Board nominees are chosen.
Amgen - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2014)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. Beginning in 2014, Amgen will annually disclose its membership in trade associations along with the amounts the trade associations spend from its fees for non-deductible lobbying activities.
eBay - Emerging Technology Issues, Social (2013)
Outcome: This post contains information for eBay Shareholders Regarding Trillium’s 2013 Shareholder Proposal
East West Bancorp - Social, Workplace Diversity (2013)*
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company has updated their employment and non-discrimination policies to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.
Endo Pharmaceuticals - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2013)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company is now providing some of the highest level of lobbying spending transparency in the pharmaceutical industry.
Lowe's Company - Board / Executive Diversity, Governance (2013)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to amend their governance documents to include a clear definition of diversity, inclusive of gender and race, and make diversity an intentional part of board nominee search criteria.
Amgen - Governance, Workplace Diversity (2013)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Superior Energy Services - Board / Executive Diversity, Governance (2013)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to amend its governance documents to include a clear definition of diversity, inclusive of gender and race, and make diversity an intentional part of board nominee search criteria.
Hartford Financial Services - Board / Executive Diversity, Governance (2013)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to amend their governance documents to include a clear definition of diversity, inclusive of gender and race, and make diversity an intentional part of board nominee search criteria.
CenturyLink - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2013)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to publish a semi-annual political spending report.
Sealed Air Corporation - Social, Workplace Diversity (2013)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company has updated their employment and non-discrimination policies to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.
Yum! Brands - Environment, Sustainable Agriculture (2013)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following dialogue and firm commitments from the company to move away from unsustainable palm oil.
AT&T - Emerging Technology Issues, Social (2013)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Zimmer Holdings - Board / Executive Diversity, Governance (2013)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to amend their governance documents to include a clear definition of diversity, inclusive of gender and race, and make diversity an intentional part of board nominee search criteria.
Apple Inc - Privacy, Social (2013)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn after the company updated its Board’s Audit and Finance Committee charter to include responsibility regarding regulatory, legislative, and reputational privacy risks that confront the company.
Smuckers - Environment, Sustainable Agriculture (2012)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following the announcement of new initiatives that are outlined in Smucker’s 2012 corporate responsibility report.
Anadarko Petroleum - Environment, Environmental Reporting / Disclosure (2012)*
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company agreed to expand and improve its public reporting on hydraulic fracturing.
Chubb - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2012)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to  make improvement in their transparency and accountability in its corporate spending on political activities.
Halliburton - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2012)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to  make improvement in their transparency and accountability in its corporate spending on political activities.
Newell Rubbermaid - Product Integrity, Social (2012)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn.
State Street - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2012)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following a commitment from the company to  make improvement in their transparency and accountability in its corporate spending on political activities.
FedEx - Human Rights, Social (2012)*
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Sysco - Emissions and Climate, Environment (2011)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company agreed to participate in the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Carbon Disclosure Project Water Survey, and to fully develop its sustainability strategy to include areas such as water scarcity and sustainable agriculture
Lowe's Company - Social, Workplace Diversity (2011)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. The company responded very positively and quickly to our request, and now its 200,000 employees are protected by an up-to-date policy that includes gender expression.
Dentsply - Environment, Product Integrity (2011)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Gardner Denver - Social, Workplace Diversity (2011)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. The company's nondiscrimination policies now cover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered workers.
CenturyLink - Privacy, Social (2011)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. The company has agreed to incorporate privacy and freedom of expression responsibilities into its governing documents.
3M - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2011)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn after the company demonstrated that they had improved their oversight of political contributions and the procedures in place for vetting potential recipients.
Target - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2011)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn after the company demonstrated that they had reviewed and improved their oversight of political contributions and the procedures in place for vetting potential recipients.
Best Buy - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2011)*
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn after the company demonstrated that they had reviewed and improved their oversight of political contributions and the procedures in place for vetting potential recipients.
State Street - Governance, Political / Lobbying Spending (2010)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. The company agreed further dialogue with Trillium and the Center for Political Accountability to explore expanded disclosure options.
Questar - Social, Workplace Diversity (2010)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn following confirmation that the company's nondiscrimination policies cover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered workers.
Plum Creek Timber - Executive Compensation, Governance (2010)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn. The company agreed to begin putting executive compensation to a vote beginning in 2011.
Intel - Governance, Shareholder Rights (2010)
Outcome: Successfully withdrawn after the company discontinued plans to conduct shareholder meetings exclusively online.
Google - Environment, Environmental Reporting / Disclosure (2010)
Outcome: 5.47% (Note: 33.94 of non-executive, non-director shares)
Whole Foods Market - Board Accountability, Governance (2010)*
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn. After the shareholder proposal was filed, CEO John Mackey stepped down as Chairman of the Board
Macy's - Environment, Product Integrity (2009)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Goldman Sachs - Responsible Lending, Social (2009)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Intel - Executive Compensation, Governance (2009)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Nucor Corp - Human Rights, Social (2008)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Pentair - Social, Workplace Diversity (2008)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Merrill Lynch - Human Rights, Social (2008)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Halliburton - Social, Workplace Diversity (2007)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Nucor Corp - Social, Workplace Diversity (2007)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Pfizer - Executive Compensation, Governance (2007)*
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn.
Apple Inc - Environment, Product Integrity (2007)*
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Wal-Mart - Social, Workplace Diversity (2005-2006)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Ford Motor - Environment (2004-2005)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Avon - Environment, Product Integrity (2004)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn.
ChevronTexaco - Human Rights, Social (2002-2003)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn
Citigroup - Responsible Lending, Social (2001-2002)
Outcome: Successfully Withdrawn