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24 Apr 2020

Investor Advocates for Social Justice

IASJ encourages companies to focus on equity & justice in Covid-19 response

Investors are concerned about the impacts of coronavirus on their investment portfolios, but also on communities, workers, and society... Investor Advocates for Social Justice (IASJ) and its Affiliates have taken several actions, including in coordination with other investors and worker-driven groups... encouraging companies to center equity, justice, and the rights of those individuals who are most negatively impacted and most vulnerable... 

  • ... Signing onto an Investor Statement...[calling on] companies to take 5 action steps to prioritize workers
  • ... IASJ sent an investor letter to Tyson Foods to encourage the company to: provide personal protective equipment..., create hand washing stations and make adjustments to facilities to enable  social distancing, paid sick leave, premium pay, ensure incentives offered to employees align with public health goals, and address the unique impacts on the immigrant workforce. 
  • ... IASJ Affiliates signed onto a letter organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis calling on the state to address the specific risks facing farmworkers and calling for special protections. 
  • ... A shareholder proposal filed by IASJ at Amazon.com, will go to a vote on May 27th on customer due diligence. As stakeholders and government use of Amazon products and services, including surveillance, is poised to increase among the coronavirus, it is even more important for investors to assess the effectiveness of Amazon’s oversight of customer use of its products and services to ensure it does not violate human rights.