Meyer Burger: Ethos recommends not to approve the election of the representative of Sentis Capital at the extraordinary general meeting to be held on 30 October 2019

Ethos Foundation recommends to support the board of directors and not to approve the election of Mark Kerekes at the extraordinary general meeting to be held on 30 October. This meeting was convened by the group of shareholders led by Sentis Capital (owned by the Russian investor Petr Kondrashev) and other shareholders (together holding 11% of the company's capital) to elect their representative to the board of directors. Meyer Burger's board unanimously recommends that this election be rejected.

New members elected to the boards of Ethos Services and of Ethos Foundation

The general meetings of Ethos Services SA and Ethos Foundation were held on 13 June 2019 in Bern. All the proposals were unanimously accepted respectively by the shareholders of Ethos Services and members of Ethos Foundation. The general meetings were concluded with a public event and a panel discussion on the Responsible Business initiative. This event brought together nearly 120 people.

UBS AGM: Ethos recommends to oppose all remuneration proposals

At the annual general meeting of UBS to be held on 2 May 2019, Ethos recommends to oppose all proposals related to the remuneration of the board of directors and the executive management. Ethos considers that the CHF 73.3 million requested for the 2018 bonus of the 13 members of the executive management is excessive in light of the bad performance of the bank’s share price in 2018. 

Credit Suisse AGM: Ethos recommends to oppose all remuneration proposals

At the Annual General Meeting to be held on 26 April 2019, Ethos recommends to oppose all proposals related to the remuneration of the board of directors and the executive management of Credit Suisse. The proposed increase in the executive management’s variable remuneration is excessive in light of the bank’s financial results.

2018 general meetings of SPI companies : Stabilisation of remuneration

Since the entry into force of the Ordinance against excessive remuneration (the Minder initiative), the different votes on board and executive remuneration are the proposals most contested by the shareholders, which is reflected in a stabilisation of overall remuneration in SPI companies and a slight decrease in the largest listed companies.

New chairpersons for Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services

The annual general meetings of Ethos Foundation and the company Ethos Services took place today in Fribourg. All the agenda items were approved. Rudolf Rechsteiner was elected unanimously to the chairmanship of Ethos Foundation and Beth Krasna unanimously to the chairmanship of Ethos Services. They succeed Dominique Biedermann who did not stand for re-election after 21 years of uninterrupted commitment to the development of Ethos.

Sika: Ethos applauds the agreement that brings an end to the conflict

Ethos is very satisfied that an overall agreement has been signed between the board of directors of Sika, the Burkard family and Saint-Gobain to the benefit of all parties concerned and that safeguards the independence of the company. As an accessory party alongside the board of directors in the legal procedure opposing the company to the Burkard family, Ethos Foundation has always supported the efforts to maintain the independence of Sika. Ethos welcomes the decision of the board of directors to call an extraordinary general meeting on the 11th of June 2018 that will establish the equal treatment of all shareholders.

Ethos urges Shell’s shareholders to support resolution to protect climate

Ethos calls on investors to vote FOR the shareholder proposal submitted by the Dutch shareholder association "Follow this" at the Annual General Meeting of Royal Dutch Shell on 22 May 2018 (agenda item 19). The shareholder proposal calls on Shell to set targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. The board of directors has advised its shareholders to vote against the resolution on the grounds of the resolution not being in the best interests of the company and its shareholders.

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