“I would not want to argue that the promise of profits was so great that I had to look away while Uyghurs were annihilated.”


Speech by Kendyl Salcito, Executive Director of NomoGaia

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Board of Management, dear Supervisory Board,

I am Kendyl Salcito, the Executive Director of NomoGaia and the co-author of the report Driving Force. This report links automotive supply chains to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where Crimes Against Humanity are underway. My comments have been translated into German by colleagues.

VW has positioned itself to lead western automakers into the EV era, investing heavily in a green future. Its business development strategy prioritizes China first, followed by Europe and North America. China has mandated a green transition, and it is already VW’s largest single market representing over a third of global sales and fully 38% of production facilities. Weiterlesen

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“If it is committed to cleaner supply chains, BASF has a commitment to these people”: Speech by Niren Tolsi


My name is Niren Tolsi, and I am a journalist from South Africa.

Since the massacre in Marikana in August 2012, which left 34 men dead, photojournalist Paul Botes and I have documented what has happened to some of the mine-workers who survived that fatal day and the forty-four families who lost loved ones at Marikana — a project we called After Marikana.

Through this project, we aimed to investigate the real cost of the Marikana massacre to families, to communities and — through this microscope of the intimate — this strange new South Africa that Marikana has ushered in by echoing the bloody massacres of our apartheid past. Weiterlesen

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Completely inadequate consequences of forced labour risks in China: Our countermotions

Re agenda item 2: Appropriation of profit

The Association of Ethical Shareholders Germany proposes that the appropriation of profit proposed by the Board of Executive Directors and the Supervisory Board be rejected.

Rationale:

The proposed dividend, which remains the same as in the previous year, is too high. A significant reduction would be appropriate in view of BASF’s investment needs and its ailing economic situation. A look back shows that income from operations (EBIT) fell significantly in 2022. In addition to the write-downs on Nord Stream 2, it is above all the massive write-downs on Wintershall Dea’s fossil fuel business in Russia that have given BASF an investment result of a record-breaking minus €4.9 billion in 2022. Weiterlesen

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“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.

Reasoning:

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.

Rationale:

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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