Is Canadian trade association lobbying aligned with Canada’s Paris Agreements commitments?

This briefing note examines arguments made by over 20 Canadian trade associations representing publicly-traded companies that actively lobby on climate change issues, and provides a set of questions that member companies and their shareholders can raise to ensure greater clarity as the climate policy debate continues.

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Submission to the Canadian Securities Administrators’ Climate Change Disclosure Project

SHARE and Addenda Capital wrote to the CSA to provide input into their consultation on climate change disclosures. Comments included ways in which investors are using climate-related disclosures as well as what is needed to better assess and mitigate climate-related risks in investment portfolios.

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Letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada

SHARE, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risks and Sustainability (INCR) wrote a joint statement to The Honorable Catherine McKenna MP to express support for strengthening regulations that would reduce the release of methane and certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the upstream oil and gas sector.s.

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Business and Reconciliation: How can investors evaluate the efforts of Canadian public companies?

This report introduces a new investor-led effort to put reconciliation on the agenda for Canadian companies. Step one: bring reconciliation and Indigenous relations into the open through better corporate disclosure, which the report finds is often incomplete, inconsistent or lacking altogether.

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Submission to the Ontario Securities Commission’s 2017-18 Draft Statement of Priorities

SHARE wrote to Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) to comment on its annual priorities, asking that it initiate a market-wide consultation on the practicality of requiring issuers to adopt advisory “say on pay” votes.

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Submission to the House Financial Services Committee

SHARE wrote to the US House Financial Services Committee about the draft legislation for the Financial Choice Act asking the committee to reject the seriously flawed anti-investor provisions. The bill aims to revoke various financial sector reforms introduced under the Dodd Frank act after the 2008 financial crisis.

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Off the Ballot: Why Alberta’s business laws need to catch up on shareholder democracy

Shareholders of Alberta-incorporated companies face regulatory impediments under the Alberta Business Corporations Act (ABCA) making it effectively impossible for shareholders to file resolutions to be voted at companies’ annual meetings. This report compares Alberta-incorporated companies on the TSX-Composite Index to their peers and finds Alberta-incorporated companies lag on the issues of gender diversity, corporate governance, and disclosures of information related to climate change.

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SHARE Annual Report 2016

SHARE’s organization-wide annual report outlines our activities and achievements over 2016. The report highlights our work in the areas of climate change, political spending, decent work and building sustainable capital markets.2015.

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The Rise of Supply Chain Transparency Legislation: What is at stake for Canadian investors?

Canada’s regulatory framework for human rights due diligence in global supply chains lags that of other jurisdictions, and that’s a concern for Canadian institutional investors. This report reviews supply chain transparency legislation around the world and argues that similar federal legislation here in Canada could be beneficial to investors if properly crafted.

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SHARE Lignes directrices vote par procuration 2017

SHARE provides comprehensive model guidelines to help institutional investors expand their own voting guidance, particularly on environmental and social issues. SHARE’s proxy voting guidelines incorporate international conventions and standards including the United Nations Global Compact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, CDP and GRI.

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SHARE Model Proxy Voting Guidelines 2017

SHARE provides comprehensive model guidelines to help institutional investors expand their own voting guidance, particularly on environmental and social issues. SHARE’s proxy voting guidelines incorporate international conventions and standards including the United Nations Global Compact, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the ILO Declaration on the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, CDP and GRI.

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Taking Climate on Board: Are Canadian energy and utilities company boards equipped to address climate change? 

Despite growing attention to the physical, financial and regulatory impacts of global climate change, this report finds that companies in Canada’s most carbon-intensive sectors are not demonstrating “climate competency” in the boardroom.

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