Agenda item 2: Adoption of a resolution for the utilization of the unappropriated earnings

The recommended utilization of the unappropriated earnings shall be rejected.
Reasoning: The utilization of the unappropriated earnings has to take the consequences of copper mining and copper production into account. Copper production pollutes the environment and harms the health of the population in mining regions and at the copper smelter sites. By forgoing a dividend, the shareholders can contribute to mitigating the ecological, health, and social damage brought on by copper production. Aurubis AG’s unappropriated earnings from the past fiscal year shall not be used to pay out a dividend of € 1.30 per no-par-value share (€ 56,756,739.00 in total). Weiterlesen

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

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

Supporting statement:

The Managing Board of Siemens AG has not adequately complied with its obligations as regards human rights due diligence. Moreover, the existing and announced climate protection measures do not fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement.

“We have learned” – a dubious claim

Dr. Roland Busch and Joe Kaeser affirm in the foreword to the latest Sustainability Report that they have learned from past mistakes “such as the controversial delivery of safety systems to Adani’s Carmichael project” (Siemens Sustainability Information 2020, page 4). Weiterlesen

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“Nornickel should not be considered a viable partner”: Open Letter to BASF

Representatives of Indigenous Peoples, environmental and human rights organizations ask BASF not to associate in any way with nickel producer Nornickel

Dr. Wettberg and Dr. Baier:

We understand that BASF SE has long-standing business relationships with Nornickel. We also understand that BASF has publicly stated its strong commitment to fostering a responsible and sustainable battery materials supply chain. In this regard, we, the undersigned representatives of Indigenous Peoples, environmental and human rights organizations ask BASF SE not to associate in any way with nickel producer Nornickel, a company with an extensive and ongoing record of human rights violations and environmental devastation. Weiterlesen

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76 NGOs call on the EU to prohibit the export of banned pesticides and the import of food produced with these chemicals

Open letter signed by 76 Civil Society Organisations sent to European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioners of Health, Environment and Agriculture

Dear First Executive Vice President,
Dear Commissioners,

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, are writing to ask you to prohibit not only the export of hazardous pesticides that are banned in the EU, but also the import of food and agricultural goods produced with such pesticides outside the EU.

Export of banned pesticides

In July this year, 36 United Nations human rights experts issued a statement calling on the EU and other wealthy nations to end the “deplorable” practice of exporting banned toxic chemicals, including pesticides, to poorer countries with weaker regulations. Weiterlesen

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Contribution to consultation on the recommendations of the Ethics Committee for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

Mr. Jan Tore Sanner
Minister of Finance
Postboks 8008 Dep, 0030 Oslo

Dear Minister,

the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has been regarded worldwide for decades as a model of investment based on ethical and ecological criteria. Investors from all over the globe follow the Pension Fund’s recommendations.

This is especially true for Germany and therefore this joint stakeholder letter from German and European organisations takes note of this year´s Ethics Committee review of the ethical investment guidelines made in April this year.

We strongly support many of the recommendations of the GPFG Ethics Committee, in particular those concerning the arms sector. Weiterlesen

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“Green Countries Strategy” Turns into a Hollow Phrase

  • Small arms exports to Singapore, South Korea and the USA show: Voluntary restrictions by Heckler & Koch are not consistently implemented
  • Personnel carousel, neither victim-support fund nor arms conversion: Countermotions demand not to discharge the board of directors and supervisory board of the H&K AG
  • Critical shareholders submit 120 questions (see on the alarming developments of the company, also under Nicolas Walewski (CDE)

On the occasion of the Annual General Meeting of Heckler & Koch AG (H&K) taking place the day after tomorrow, the Alliance of Critical Shareholders of Heckler & Koch demands that the small arms producer does not further undermine its self-imposed “Green Country Strategy” with new exceptions and initiates a turnaround in its corporate development. Weiterlesen

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No effect without liability

Protest for transparency and respect for human rights in supply chains on the occasion of the BASF AGM 2020

For too long, companies such as BASF have been half-heartedly complying with their human rights due diligence, because they did not have to fear any consequences. Now various initiatives for legal regulation at international, European and national level are entering decisive phases. The question of liability will show whether companies or civil society have been able to enforce their demands.

The German-African Business Association knows exactly which German ministry is best placed to assert its interests. It is not the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AA) – which might be obvious for a foreign trade association –, but the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). Weiterlesen

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Countermotions by Jürgen Grässlin

Regarding item 3 on the agenda:
The members of the executive board are not discharged.


The Executive Board of Heckler & Koch AG had originally assured us shareholders and the public that the »Green Country Strategy« would be consistently adhered to in arms exports. Only »the good guys« in NATO states, NATO-associated states or EU states would be supplied with small arms.

This was confirmed after CDE under Nicolas Walewski recently took over the share package of the previous majority shareholder Andreas Heeschen. A press released by H&K on 17 July 2020 stated that the company still stands by the »Green Country Strategy«. Weiterlesen

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