1. Why Amazon’s Board Might Pay Attention to Shareholder Proposals — Even Ones That Fail

    Why Amazon’s Board Might Pay Attention to Shareholder Proposals — Even Ones That Fail

    Amazon ( AMZN ) shareholders voted on a wave of proposals tied to worker safety at their annual meeting this week — and rejected every last one. However, the concerns that shareholders brought up could have long-term implications for Amazon and its board. Those proposals range from addressing environmental issues and Amazon’s use of non-disclosure agreements, to ending fulfillment center quotas and conducting an independent audit of warehouse working conditions...

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    1. The proposals can be an echo of that broader reputational challenge that a company faces.
    2. We're used to democratic processes so we're used to something passing meaning something symbolic, but legally it's non-binding.
    3. People are focusing on ESG proposals more than they did, because they're getting more votes than they did [even a few years ago].
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