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Shareholder Activism

Shareholder rights can endow trade union pension trustees with powerful tools for holding companies where workers capital is invested to the highest social and environmental standards, so that these investments can provide sustainable returns to fund beneficiaries over the long term. By exercising their proxy voting rights, engaging companies in dialogue, participating in relevant public policy debates and when necessary, divesting from sustainability laggards, trustees can play a pivotal role in advancing responsible investment practices. Employing active oversight over companies held in a fund’s portfolio is an integral aspect of a trustee’s duties.  

The CWC conducts research, coordinates investor initiatives on sustainability issues and encourages a community of practice among trade union trustees to advance active ownership.  Find out more about our shareholder activism work here:

Investor initiatives


Files from past investor campaigns and initiatives are available on CWC’s members-only intranet site.  Sign in to search the archives.


Shareholder Activism Chair: John Keenan, AFSCME

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