- Advocacy shareholder proposals
Reynolds American Inc. shareholders have rejected numerous advocacy-group proposals since 2005, including the following:
Creating a human rights protocol for the company and its supply chain suppliers.
Phasing out “conventional” cigarette manufacturing.
Reviewing Internet and traditional advertising strategies for misleading or false information, as well as form an ethics committee on its marketing practices.
Requiring the use of cigarette “fire safe” paper material.
Eliminating flavored cigarettes.
Limiting opposition to potential increases of cigarette and tobacco product taxes.
Supporting comprehensive health-care reform.
Making non-addictive cigarettes for sale to adults between ages of 18 and 21 as part of a two-cigarette strategy.
Ending multi-year terms for board members.
Making future new or expanded cigarette brands non addictive.
Enforcing specific stock ownership holdings by company executives.
Providing more specific details about its lobbying efforts, including financing of American Legislative Exchange Council.
Banning all animal testing on tobacco and nicotine products.
Source: Reynolds American Inc. regulatory filings
Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:19 pm
A civil exchange of dialogue, particularly about labor and living conditions of tobacco farm workers, emerged again today at Reynolds American Inc.’s annual shareholder meeting.
From several years, exchanges at the meetings were often tense and antagonistic between Reynolds’ management and several advocacy groups, particularly the Farm Workers Organizing Committee (FLOC).
Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:19 pm.