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3 Areas Where Shareholder Resolutions Can Advocate for Systemic Change

A look at how shareholders pursued racial justice in the 2020 proxy season, and what we expect in 2021.

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The national conversation ignited by the killing of George Floyd in May 2020 has evolved from a narrow focus on police brutality to a much broader evaluation of systemic racism and discrimination in society.

Shareholder resolutions are one of the ways that investors can challenge companies to deliver fairer, more sustainable outcomes and assume responsibility for social and environmental “externalities” or negative impacts. 

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Jackie Cook does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.