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Policymakers should stop using heavy-handed regulation to promote behavioural change in the pensions sector and focus instead on encouraging fit-for-purpose business models and governance structures, says influential research body ShareAction.


In its budget, the UK Government has just announced an open consultation on the UK pensions system, acknowledging that consumers’ expectations around savings products have shifted in light of a range of factors, many of which are highlighted in ShareAction’s report. 


National Express is bringing in a wheelchair priority policy on its buses after a disability rights campaigner raised a question on the issues at its Annual General Meeting in May.

Until now, National Express had had a “first come, first served” policy of wheelchair boarding on its buses, where passengers with pushchairs were entitled to occupy the wheelchair bays on their buses, even if they were needed by a wheelchair user looking to board.  


The Chairman of Marks & Spencer, Robert Swannell, and the company’s board, have praised a creative campaign coordinated by the Craftivist Collective and ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer, to press the company to pay the Living Wage. They have also agreed to meet with the campaigners to discuss paying the Living Wage. 

The campaigners coordinated a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencer across the UK, for craftivists to sew messages onto Marks & Spencer handkerchiefs, which were delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant in advance of its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium today.


ShareAction and Global Witness are calling on MEPs to vote in favour of amendments to the Shareholder Rights Directive on 8th July, which could improve the transparency of businesses to their investors, and help prevent tax avoidance and environmental and human rights abuses.

Camilla de Ste Croix, Senior Policy Officer at ShareAction, said: “By supporting these amendments, Parliamentarians will send a clear signal to citizens and companies alike that Europe is taking steps to curb corporate abuse and intends to strengthen the rights of shareholders to hold the companies they invest in to account.”


The Craftivist Collective is joining forces with ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage. The campaigners are coordinating a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencer across the UK, for crafters to sew hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on July 7th.


An online poll shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencer if it paid staff a Living Wage. (Source: Opinium survey, 12th-16th June 2015, based on 2002 online interviews across the UK).


ShareAction has launched a new public-facing campaign to engage French oil giant Total, asking it to clarify its position on climate change. 

The website offers members of the public the opportunity to email the company’s chief executive, Patrick Pouyanne, asking him to clarify the company’s position on climate change legislation, and to consider withdrawal from four trade associations that, according to independent research, have lobbied in Europe against tough and binding climate legislation.