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AP7 co-files shareholder resolution at Tesla AGM

AP7 co-files shareholder resolution at Tesla AGM together with Nia Impact Capital to strengthen workers’ rights 

The shareholder resolution, led by Nia Impact Capital, will be brought to Tesla’s AGM for the third consecutive year. The proposal, which seeks to strengthen workers’ rights, gained 27% of votes in 2020 and 45% of votes in 2021.

The resolution (Proposal #9) asks Tesla to report on the impact of the use of mandatory arbitration for resolving disputes between workers and Tesla as an employer. Tesla should evaluate the effects on Tesla’s brand, employees and workplace culture.

Arbitration is an out-of-court method. When disputes are handled through arbitration the underlying facts and the outcome of the case often remain secret. This prevents other employees from learning about and acting on shared concerns.

A number of companies have already stopped requiring employees to arbitrate discrimination claims and legislators have looked to ban or restrict the use of such provisions when harassment or discrimination has occurred.   

AP7 has been in dialogue with Tesla for several years regarding concerns over workers’ rights. Given limited progress in those discussions AP7 has chosen to actively support this shareholder resolution which aims at strengthening employee rights and improving transparency on disputes such as discrimination and harassment, says Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, Head of ESG at AP7.

Tesla’s valuable brand would be harmed by an association with racist, sexist, or other discriminatory behaviors. Its future success also relies on its ability to innovate, and to implement those innovations effectively. For investors to have confidence that it will be able to do this well, Tesla must also have confidence that the company has effective human capital management systems, Nia Impact Investors writes in the Shareholder proposal. https://www.niaimpactcapital.com/tesla-resolution-2022