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Just Share is a non-profit shareholder activism organisation. We believe that responsible investment is necessary to create a just, inclusive and sustainable economy.

We use research, engagement, advocacy and activism to drive urgent action to combat climate change and reduce inequality.

Our work focuses on three key ESG issues:

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23 June 2022

Can greenwashing help define ESG?

This article was first published in the Independent Online on 21 June 2022.

German law enforcement officers recently raided the Frankfurt headquarters of Deutsche Bank and DWS (a German asset manager that is 80% owned by Deutsche Bank), as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of greenwashing by DWS. The prosecutors told media afterwards that they had evidence that... continued

20 June 2022

No clearing the (Joburg) air

This article was first published in the Financial Mail on 16 June 2022.

When SA weakened air pollution limits in 2020, it likely set a world record for regression on air pollution regulation. That makes it difficult to take seriously the latest promises of reform.

Despite Covid’s resetting of business travel expectations, some trips remain unavoidable. Last Tuesday evening I flew into... continued

15 June 2022

2022 AGM Roundup 1 (15 February – 3 June)

In this roundup:

  • Overwhelming shareholder support for climate risk resolution filed by Just Share & Aeon Investment Management at Standard Bank.
  • Coal miners Thungela & Exxaro challenged on climate change disclosure and transition plans.
  • Absa unable to back up its claims that coal provides “reliable, safe, and affordable energy”, and that oil and gas development is important... continued

31 May 2022

Just Share’s comments on the Climate Change Bill

Just Share has submitted comments on the Climate Change Bill to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (“the Committee”). Our submissions focus on the compliance and enforcement provisions in the Bill, which are wholly inadequate to ensure that South Africa plays its part in limiting global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to as... continued

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What is responsible investment?

Responsible investment means making investment decisions with a focus not simply on short-term financial gain, but on long-term value creation. It involves an investment approach that integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into financial analysis and decision-making: i.e., it is premised on the belief that the concept of “value” in the investment system must extend beyond financial returns, to encompass the impacts of a company’s operations on the environment within which it operates and the people who work for it and who are affected by it.

What is shareholder activism?

Shareholder activism refers to the ways in which shareholders in a company can exercise their rights as partial owners of that company to influence management to behave in a particular way. The steps taken can range from engaging with management in private, to the use of shareholder resolutions and litigation to force changes in company behaviour.