Right now, we have an opportunity to ensure investors and the media hear the truth about some of the world’s most dangerous corporations.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be organizing around the shareholders’ meetings of corporations like ExxonMobil, and McDonald’s.
Just last week, we and our allies attended the shareholders’ meeting of one of the world’s largest tobacco corporations, Philip Morris International (PMI).
We ensured PMI heard the voices and stories of the people most affected by the tobacco industry loud and clear from the floor of the meeting. And our Associate Campaign Director, Michél Legendre, demanded that PMI’s Board Chair Louis Camilleri respond to a Reuters exposé that revealed the underhanded tactics the corporation has used to sabotage lifesaving public health policies around the world.
This is exactly why we speak out during corporate shareholders’ meetings. At these meetings, corporations put on an elaborate performance for their investors and the media, completely glossing over the devastation they cause. We’re there to expose the truth.
We take on some of the most powerful and dangerous corporations in the world. Corporations like ExxonMobil, which has played a leading role in blocking climate policy for over 20 years. Corporations like PMI, which pushes a product that takes the lives of seven million people each year. Corporations like McDonald’s, which devastates ecosystems, workers’ lives, and children’s health.
That’s why we need to be in the room at these shareholders’ meetings. We’ll show these corporations that we are watching and will hold them accountable for their actions.
Challenging corporations on their own turf isn’t easy. It takes careful planning and the support of thousands of people like you to pull off. Will you stand with us as we speak truth to power?