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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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13 July 2021

More balance, less boasting

This article was first published in the Financial Mail on 8 July 2021.

Reading corporate reports has always been a somewhat soul-destroying business. But the pressure on companies to demonstrate their environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials is giving rise to longer and increasingly fragmented corporate disclosures that fail to provide a balanced account of impacts, and... continued

8 July 2021

Time for the JSE to walk its talk on climate

This article was first published in the Business Day on 6 July 2021.

In its public reports, and at public events, the JSE repeatedly trumpets its “sustainability credentials”. When it comes to action, however, the JSE has not taken even some of the most basic steps required by the many grand global initiatives in which it plays a role.

The JSE has been a signatory to the... continued

21 June 2021

Just Share 2021 AGM Roundup 1: 21 May – 9 June

Just Share has attended seven virtual annual general meetings (AGMs) since 21 May 2021:

  • Old Mutual Limited: 21 May
  • Standard Bank Group Limited: 27 May
  • Exxaro Resources Limited: 27 May
  • Nedbank Group Limited: 28 May
  • JSE Limited: 3 June
  • Absa Group Limited: 4 June
  • Sanlam Limited: 9 June

At these AGMs, we have asked company directors and executives a total of 22 questions... continued

10 June 2021

Why mind the wage gap?

This article was first published in the Financial Mail on 10 June 2021.

Trade, industry & competition minister Ebrahim Patel recently announced that his department would table amendments to the Companies Act aimed at tackling “the gross injustice of executive pay”. These will require disclosure of the wage gap between a company’s highest and lowest earners.

Looking at the public responses to... 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.