SHARE 2018 Engagement Snapshot

See where SHARE’s engagement team will be focusing its efforts in 2016 including our priority issues and focus companies.

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Trustee Guidance on Decent Work

This guide is a product of the VALUING DECENT WORK INITIATIVE – a joint initiative of SHARE and the Atkinson Foundation. We are increasing the visibility of decent work as an important investment consideration in capital markets and mobilizing investors to advocate for robust decent work policies and practices in investee companies.

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Valoriser le travail décent: un guide pour les investisseurs

Nous augmentons la visibilité du travail décent comme facteur d’investissement important dans les marchés de capitaux et nous mobilisons les investisseurs dans la défense de politiques et de bonnes pratiques de travail décent dans les sociétés

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Canada’s lobbyist registries: What can they tell investors about corporate lobbying?

This briefing note rates federal and provincial lobbyist registries against a series of transparency measures in order to determine how effective current public registries are in providing disclosure of corporate lobbying. It includes five key recommendations to enhance the transparency and usefulness of lobbyist registries in Canada.

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Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century: Canadian pension regulation analysis – Alberta

This report, co-published by SHARE and the UNPRI, provides an international analysis of pension regulation to support the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance (ATBF) in updating regulation and guidance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure. The report demonstrates how ESG disclosure requirements, if enacted in Alberta, would support the government’s stated policy priorities.

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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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