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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:


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

27 May 2021

Standard Bank faces barrage of questions on fossil fuel finance at AGM

This morning at Standard Bank’s virtual AGM, the board and executives faced a barrage of questions from activist shareholders about the bank’s approach to financing fossil fuels, and the climate and human rights impacts of oil and gas projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

In addition, 32% of Standard Bank shareholders voted against the... continued

14 May 2021

Anglo’s coal pipe dream

This article was first published in the Financial Mail on 13 May 2021.

Two articles in last weekend’s Business Times aptly reveal the absurd nature of SA’s energy narrative. In the first, Thungela Resources CEO July Ndlovu opines: “Coal doesn’t have to be always dirty: it can be made cleaner depending on [your] technology choices.”

The second, headlined “SA must go green or lose investors”,... 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.