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Amazon shareholders on Wednesday voted against all investor-led resolutions that challenged the company’s policies — including its use of plastics and certain concealment clauses in contracts — at the company’s annual meeting.

A total of 15 investor resolutions were considered, including one introduced at the meeting. The figure was a record for the retail and cloud computing giant, as socially minded investors scrutinize its treatment of workers

Investors voted for proposals to approve executive compensation, board members and a stock split. 

The boost in the number of resolutions, which Amazon recommended investors vote against, comes as tech company shareholders push for more transparency on social issues such as pay equity, workplace culture and safety, and sustainability practices.

Antoine Argouges, CEO of activist investor Tulipshare, said in a statement that the company will continue its push for workers’ rights at Amazon.

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Antoine Argouges, CEO of activist investor Tulipshare (not shown here), said the company will continue its push for workers’ rights at Amazon.

“Whilst we are disappointed that our proposal did not pass today, this vote was just the beginning in the fight for workers rights,” Argouges said.

The number of proposals also reflects changes under securities regulators appointed by President Joe Biden that have made it easier for investors to file proposals and more difficult for companies to convince regulators that these resolutions should not go to a shareholder vote. 


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