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Undermining corporate accountability

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These are tumultuous times at the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) as the agency undertakes efforts to revise rules governing shareholder rights and corporate accountability. The SEC has proposed extensive changes resulting from concerted corporate lobbying effort aimed at Trump appointees to the SEC to roll back investor protections and insulate CEOs from accountability to shareholders.

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Why SHARE is engaging with oil & gas companies on climate change lobbying

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Even as some energy sector leaders publicly endorsed the Paris Agreement, they engaged in intensive direct lobbying and financed trade associations, think tanks or political campaigns that hindered development of effective climate regulations. The misalignment between corporate rhetoric and political advocacy also constitutes a material risk for investors.

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Responsible Banking – Part 2: Aligning finance with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement

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Urgently, banks must fully integrate climate change considerations into their business strategies, lending policies and practices to enable Canada to reduce its greenhouse gases in a way that limits the harmful impacts of climate change. Over the past several years, SHARE has been engaging with Canadian banks, asking them to do just this – and we are seeing some positive momentum begin to take shape

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It ain’t broke… yet

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Emboldened in part by the Trump administration and its appointees to the SEC, a number of industry associations are driving attacks on corporate accountability with a full-court press, arguing that shareholder proposals and proxy advisory services are creating an undue burden for companies.

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