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Trillium and FAFN Successfully Withdraw Palm Oil Proposal with Yum!

April 1, 2015
APRIL 1, 2015: Following an extensive engagement with Trillium Asset Management (Trillium) and our colleagues at First Affirmative Financial Network (FAFN), in the first quarter of 2015 Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM*) publicly committed to sourcing 100% of its palm oil from responsible and sustainable sources by 2017. Yum, the world’s second largest fast food corporation... Read More

eBAY Publicly Commits to Gender and Racial Diversity

March 26, 2015
MARCH 26, 2015: New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Trillium Asset Management today announced that they have withdrawn the shareholder proposal they filed at eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) after the company agreed to revise its Governance Guidelines to include gender and racial diversity among the qualities its seeks in its board members. When... Read More

Non-Discrimination Proposal at National Fuel Gas Receives 33% of Vote

March 25, 2015
March 25, 2015: Shareholders sent a strong message to the management of National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE: NFG) earlier this month, with one in three votes cast in favor of a company-wide non-discrimination policy inclusive of gender identity or expression. This is the second consecutive year that Trillium Asset Management’s shareholder proposal garnered more than... Read More

Trillium Successfully Withdraws Privacy-Related Shareholder Proposal at Priceline

March 18, 2015
MARCH 18, 2015: In response to Trillium’s recent shareholder proposal regarding privacy issues, Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN) has committed to update its Board’s Audit Committee charter and proxy materials to include responsibility regarding regulatory, legislative, and reputational privacy and data security risks that confront the company. Trillium’s proposal, which highlighted the business and social privacy... Read More

Trillium Successfully Withdraws Political Spending Shareholder Proposal at KSU

March 9, 2015
MARCH 9, 2015: Trillium Asset Management (Trillium) is pleased to announce that we have withdrawn our shareholder proposal with Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), following the company’s commitment to provide strong reporting of its political spending, both direct and indirect. Kansas City Southern has made a public commitment to inform the trade associations that it... Read More

Investors Urge Companies to Use New UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework

March 5, 2015
MARCH 5, 2015: Trillium Asset Management has joined a group of over 60 investors, from Europe, North America and Australia with a combined $3.9 trillion of assets under management, who are urging leading companies to use new guidance to help them “know and show” their management of human rights risks. In a joint statement the... Read More

Trillium Successfully Withdraws Renewable Energy Shareholder Proposal at HD

March 4, 2015
MARCH 4, 2015: Trillium Asset Management (Trillium) is pleased to announce that we have withdrawn our shareholder proposal at The Home Depot (NYSE: HD), which was filed on behalf of Paul LeFort and co-filed with Zevin Asset Management, after the company set quantitative goals for the sourcing and/or production of renewable energy. In making these... Read More

125+ Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Bees, Pollinators From Pesticides

March 3, 2015
Letter Comes Ahead of Pending Report From White House Pollinator Task Force MARCH 2, 2015: Trillium Asset Management has joined more than 125 conservation, beekeeping, food safety, religious, ethnic and farming advocacy groups who are urging President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency to take swift and meaningful action to protect honey bees and other... Read More

Trillium Successfully Withdraws Workplace Discrimination Proposal at MTX

March 2, 2015
MARCH 2, 2015: Following a productive dialogue between Trillium Asset Management (Trillium) and Minerals Technologies (NYSE: MTX), Trillium has withdrawn our shareholder proposal after the company expanded its Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment policies to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Trillium believes that companies and workers benefit from consistent, corporate-wide, efforts to... Read More

Verizon Investors Urge Company to Support New Network Neutrality Rules

February 25, 2015
FEBRUARY 25, 2015: Investors in Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) today welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s anticipated adoption of new network neutrality rules and urged Verizon to do the same by publicly committing not to initiate or support litigation that would undercut the rules. A shareholder proposal asking Verizon’s board to report on the risks to... Read More

Investors Encourage More Transparency, Standardization to Spur Green Bond Market Growth

February 11, 2015
FEBRUARY 10, 2015: As the green bonds market continues to show impressive growth, leading investors including Trillium Asset Management, today released a Statement of Investor Expectations to support the development of a consistent, durable framework for the green bonds market, which has enormous potential to grow, especially in regard to clean energy financing and other... Read More

VZ Investors Applaud FCC Chair Wheeler, Urge Co to “Get Real” on Net Neutrality

February 5, 2015
February 4, 2015: Shareholders of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) welcomed today’s announcement by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler that he intends to propose strong new network neutrality rules and regulate Internet providers with Title II of the Communications Act, the most powerful law available to the FCC. The investors also urged Verizon... Read More
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