“I urge you to immediately stop doing business with ROSATOM!”: Speech by Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense Russia

Vladimir Slivyak, founder of Ecodefense and Alternative Nobel Laureate, speaks at the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Siemens Energy, Klara Butz of urgewald is translating. Photo: Ethical Shareholders Germany

Dear Mr. Bruch, dear Mr. Kaeser,
dear members of the Managing Board and Supervisory Board,
dear shareholders,

My name is Vladimir Slivyak, I work for the Russian non-governmental organization Ecodefense, which has been campaigning for safe energy and climate protection for over 30 years. Because of this work, Ecodefense has had to defend itself for many years against false accusations by the Russian government. Among other things, we have brought court cases before the European Court of Human Rights. Weiterlesen

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Intransparency in the supply chain: Aurubis has a hard time with the new law

Our countermotions for the Aurubis Annual General Meeting on February 16, 2023

Countermotion regarding agenda item 2: Adoption of a resolution for the utilization of the unappropriated earnings

The recommended utilization of the unappropriated earnings should be rejected.


When utilizing the unappropriated earnings, Aurubis AG has to take the harmful consequences of copper mining and copper production for people and the environment much more into account than in the past and urgently take remedial action.
In view of the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (LkSG) that entered into force on January 1, 2023, publicly known information about possible environmental and human rights violations take on a new relevance for all company shareholders. Weiterlesen

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Continued disastrous climate footprint and business with Rosatom: Our countermotions

Regarding Agenda Item 3: To ratify the acts of the members of the Executive Board

The Association of Ethical Shareholders Germany requests that the acts of the members of the Executive Board not be ratified.


The Executive Board has once again failed to implement ambitious measures for climate protection that reflect the consequential damage to the climate that Siemens Energy has contributed to and live up to the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

Instead of coal, expansion of fossil gas business is now causing a catastrophic climate footprint

Siemens Energy urgently needs an ambitious phase-out pathway for all fossil fuels, accompanied by a corresponding expansion of renewable energy business. Weiterlesen

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Online event: Responsible Mining And The Right To Say No

You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hsq3upRsA8

Registration by email to dachverband[at]kritischeaktionaere.de

The mining industry is under greater pressure to demonstrate that it can extract raw materials in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) places particular emphasis on the participation of mining-affected communities and respect for the rights of indigenous communities. Is this just another fig leaf for the industry to continue as before, or are there real chances to be able to implement the Right To Say No – not only for indigenous people?

However, one challenge is that communities can also articulate and implement their own alternatives. Weiterlesen

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10 Years After The Marikana Massacre: Still No Justice

On August 16, the murdered South African miners will be remembered worldwide. Platinum importer BASF bears responsibility for human rights and environmental protection

Marikana Massacre (from left above): South African police with shot miner at Nkaneng Hill; a surviving miner, Mzoxolo Magidwana, speaks at the BASF AGM 2017; protest outside the Lonmin AGM 2018 in London; protesting South African women in Marikana.

On 16 August 2012, 34 miners were shot dead at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa. Plough Back the Fruits (PBTF), the South African-European campaign, reminds on the 10th anniversary of the massacre that miners are still imprisoned and many survivors are still waiting for the promised compensation and an official apology from those responsible. Weiterlesen

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Get out of financing fossil corporations!

Video messages from Patricia Namirembe, Fridays for Future Uganda and Coedie McAvoy, Wangan and Jagalingou, on the occasion of the Deutsche Bank 2022 Annual General Meeting:


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Statement From Market Forces On Deutsche Bank’s Funding For New Coal Production

Deutsche Bank claims to support the goals of the Paris Agreement and achieving net zero global emissions by 2050. The bank is a signatory to the Paris Pledge for Action, the German financial sector’s Climate Commitment and the Net Zero Banking Alliance [1]. CEO Christian Sewing has also publicly stated, “The fight against climate change is probably the greatest challenge facing humanity, and we banks will have to fundamentally align ourselves with it.” [2]

Deutsche Bank’s claims must be measured against what scientific and economic expert bodies say is required to limit global warming to 1.5ºC and achieve net zero global emissions by 2050. Weiterlesen

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Continued funding of coal, illegal mining, nuclear weapons: Our countermotion

Re Agenda Item 3: Ratification of the acts of management of the members of the Management Board for the 2021 financial year

The Association of Ethical Shareholders Germany proposes that ratification of the acts of management of the Management Board be refused.

The Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG has failed to uphold its own commitment to comply with international climate targets and sustainable finance.

Lending to the coal industry continues

Despite the tightened 2020 framework for managing environmental and social risks and having signed the climate commitment of the German financial sector and the Net Zero Banking Alliance, Deutsche Bank is still a major lender to companies in the fuel industry. Weiterlesen

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