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August 1, 2022

The Investor Case for Supporting Worker Organizing Rights:

How should different stakeholders, including investors, think about and react to union formations?

The Investor Case for Supporting Worker Organizing Rights: How should different stakeholders, including investors, think about and react to union formations?The Investor Case for Supporting Worker Organizing Rights: How should different stakeholders, including investors, think about and react to union formations?

Dear U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Members of Congress,

Unionizing activity is the strongest it’s been in decades. How should investors think about and react to union formations? In our recent paper and video, we highlight the financial and social benefits unions can have on companies related to productivity, health and safety, attrition rates, and more.

After being on the decline for decades, unions are making a comeback in the context of rising economic inequality, declining working standards, pent-up demand for a greater voice at work, and the growing pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers in the United States have long faced a tilted playing field when trying to organize—despite the important economic and societal benefits unions offer. How should different stakeholders, such as investors, think about and react to union formations?

As an investment firm, Trillium seeks to advance humankind towards a global sustainable economy, a just society, and a better world through activating our clients’ capital. We believe sustainable economic growth cannot be built on abuses of power or the exploitation of workers. Profits should not supersede basic worker and human rights. For a healthy society and healthy economy, we believe there must be a balance of power and interests―and unions offer an important check to the enormous power of company executives compared to individual workers.

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