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Just Share is a non-profit shareholder activism organisation. We believe that responsible investment can help to create a more just and inclusive economy.

We use advocacy, engagement and activism to drive good corporate citizenship by South African-listed companies and institutional investors.

Our work focuses on three key ESG issues:

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8 July 2020

#CorporateUnkindness: board unmoved on rejection of Covid-19 claims at Santam AGM

Yesterday afternoon, Just Share attended Santam’s electronic annual general meeting (AGM). We asked the insurer’s board about the company’s refusal to pay out hundreds of policyholders from the tourism and hospitality industry for Covid-related losses.

Santam and other insurers are refusing to pay out under business interruption policies... continued

24 June 2020

Q&A: Climate risk & board conflicts at Standard Bank

On 8 June 2020, 14 climate justice NGOs led by Just Share wrote to asset managers with shares in Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank), calling on them to vote against the election of five climate-conflicted directors at the bank’s AGM on 26 June.

Seven of Standard Bank’s 18 board members have close ties to the fossil fuel industry. Of those, the following five... continued

8 June 2020

Standard Bank board: fossil fuel ties brought to light

Seven of Standard Bank’s 18 board members are conflicted on climate change-related matters by virtue of their ties to the fossil fuel industry. Fourteen climate justice NGOs 1 from around the world, led by shareholder activist organisation Just Share, have called on Standard Bank’s shareholders to vote against the election / re-election of climate-conflicted... 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.