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Briefing21 July 2023
EMS-Chemie Holding AG - why investors should vote against re-electing the chair of the board of directors
ShareAction is calling for investors to vote against the reelection of Mr Bernhard Merki, chair of the board of EMS-Chemie Holding AG (EMSN, SWX), at the company’s AGM on 12 August 2023. This briefing sets out why Mr Merki is failing to perform his duties, and why it is in investors’ interests to vote to remove him.
Briefing10 July 2023
As the source of 6.1 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the chemical sector is a major driver of the deepening climate crisis. Chemical companies bear a responsibility to reduce their impact on the climate, and this is the critical decade to do so. Companies are increasingly looking to biomass—biological material derived from living or recently living organisms, usually plant matter—as an ostensibly low-carbon alternative to fossil fuel feedstocks in primary chemical production. Yet biomass is not automatically low-carbon, and it also faces other major sustainability challenges related to its intensive use of land resources and its impacts on biodiversity. In this briefing, we outline the risks of turning to biomass as an alternative feedstock, and set out how companies can minimise their exposure to these risks.
Briefing10 July 2023
To ensure that finance is driving action to tackle social and environmental challenges at the scale and pace we urgently need, ShareAction is urging the investment community to align with its ambitious new definition of responsible investment. We believe that “Responsible investment is a transparent approach, embedded throughout the investment process, that takes the negative and positive impacts on people and planet as seriously as financial risk and return.” ShareAction is supporting the investment community to meet this ambition by releasing a series of guidance papers that will set out Responsible Investment Standards & Expectations (RISE) for asset managers across specific topics. This guidance, grounded in detailed research, recommends actions that asset managers can – and should – take in today’s investment environment in pursuit of being a truly responsible investor. Paper 1 focuses on how asset managers can set interim net zero targets.
Briefing22 June 2023
This toolkit looks at barriers companies face to disclosing their pay gap, and helps investors constructively engage with them to take action.
Report05 June 2023
This report looks at the climate and biodiversity policies and practices of 77 of the world’s largest asset managers, who collectively hold over $77 trillion in assets under management.
Report04 May 2023
Globally, companies are failing to respect human and labour rights and to avoid damaging public health.
Report12 April 2023
ShareAction organises the Good Work Coalition of investors with £2.37 trillion of assets under management. In this open letter, the coalition sets out its expectations for companies on supporting low-paid workers, paying the real Living Wage and providing secure work.
Briefing27 March 2023
Pesticides are fuelling the global biodiversity crisis. But investors can push the industry to transform, helping reverse the decline in pollinators and other species. Our new briefing highlights why pesticide companies, and their investors, must urgently address the industry’s contribution to biodiversity loss.
Report08 March 2023
Rankings / Surveys27 February 2023
Ranking 77 of the world’s largest asset managers’ approaches to responsible investment