Praxis co-files proposals to address inequality
Topics include paid sick leave, COVID-19 vaccines, and racial equity
Praxis has co-filed four 2022 shareholder resolutions relating to inequality:
- Vaccine pricing and accessibility – Johnson & Johnson
This proposal asks for a report on how J&J’s receipt of government financial support for vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 is being considered when engaging in conduct that affects access to these products, such as setting prices. J&J has received substantial government funding for research and development and is distributing its vaccine on a nonprofit basis, although that is limited to emergency pandemic use. The company predicted that nonprofit pricing would likely stop by the end of 2021. However, scaling up production of low-cost vaccine is critical to ensuring universal access and optimal outcomes.
- Paid sick leave – The Home Depot
The proposal asks the company to adopt and publicly disclose a policy that all employees, part- and full-time, accrue some amount of paid sick leave as a core benefit. While most essential businesses offered temporary paid sick leave during the first year of the pandemic, many have since withdrawn this benefit or are phasing it out. Minorities, low-wage, part-time, immigrant, and service-industry workers are particularly unlikely to have access to paid sick leave.
- Racial equity – Amazon
The proposal calls for a racial equity audit analyzing Amazon’s impacts on civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion, and the impacts of those issues on Amazon’s business.
- Racial equity – Walmart
This proposal requests that the board of directors oversee a public report on whether and how Walmart's racial justice goals and commitments align with the starting pay for all classifications of Walmart associates. Shareholders want to understand how Walmart is fulfilling its racial justice commitments by building equity for its associates through its wage structure.
Praxis is hopeful that these proposals will lead to constructive dialogue. Through each of them, Praxis’ goal is to build a more equitable world and encourage policy beneficial for all stakeholders.
The resolutions at The Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart were filed on behalf of the Praxis Value Index Fund. The resolution at Amazon was filed on behalf of the Praxis Growth Index Fund.