Dairyland and Cracker Barrel

We’re heading to Saputo’s shareholder meeting in less than 2 weeks to call on the dairy and food giant to protect human rights in every part of its supply chain. The largest proxy advisory firm in the world just endorsed our proposal -- meaning we could actually win this. An email from you now could decide if this important proposal passes or not.

Will you send a message to your fund manager now to support human rights at Saputo?

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In less than 2 weeks, we’re heading into Canadian dairy and food giant Saputo’s annual general meeting with a hard-hitting shareholder proposal demanding the company identify human rights risks... at every level of its supply chain and operations. This proposal, if it passes, would protect all workers from unfair wages, excessive hours and forced labour.

Our groundbreaking proposal at the company behind brands like Armstrong Cheese, Cracker Barrel, Dairyland, and Neilson was just endorsed by the largest shareholder advisory firm in the world -- meaning we could actually win this.

With just two weeks to go before the AGM, we need your help. If you’ve contributed to CPP, QPP, a retirement savings plan or mutual fund it’s likely invested in Saputo. Even if you don’t have a personal pension plan, the government does. An email from you right now could literally determine if this proposal passes or not. And it will only take a minute -- and could make a massive impact.

Click here to use our easy tool to demand that your fund manager vote FOR our shareholder resolution calling on Saputo to support human rights.

Saputo, the $11 billion Canadian food corporation behind brands like Armstrong Cheese, Cracker Barrel, Dairyland, and Neilson owns 18 different brands that you and your family may shop for every time you are at a grocery store. The company has major operations in four continents around the world. Thousands of people are involved in Saputo’s supply chain and operations, and Saputo needs to ensure that everyone who is involved in the corporation is being treated fairly.

Saputo has already seen its share of scandal -- in 2015 it came under fire for devastating animal abuse at a BC cattle farm that supplied to Saputo.

Human rights abuses are common in supply chains of mega-corporations and, often, corporations claim they didn’t know about what was happening. That’s why Saputo needs to be proactive and identify human rights risks in all aspects of its supply chain and operations. Saputo workers, at all levels, should be protected from exploitation and abuse.

Our groundbreaking proposal could help ensure fair wages and fair treatment for all workers involved with Saputo. And given Saputo’s vocal opposition to Canada’s dairy supply management system, that ensures dairy farmers in Canada can make a living wage, this proposal is more important than ever.

If you hold a pension or have ever contributed the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Québec Pension Plan (QPP), a retirement savings plan, or a mutual fund, you’re probably an investor in Saputo and hold critical influence over the vote.

Most shareholders and financial advisors cast their ballots before the AGM -- that means we need to act now before they cast their ballots. It only takes two minutes for you to send the email with a few quick clicks but the impact can be outstanding.

Click here to use our easy tool to demand that your fund manager vote FOR our shareholder resolution calling on Saputo to support human rights.

Shareholder proposals like this work. This year alone, your pressure helped an unprecedented passing of a shareholder proposal at Kinder Morgan that called for greater sustainability reporting. Not only that, your support got 30% of non-family owned votes at the Loblaw AGM to break up Galen Weston’s stronghold over the company.

The team at SumOfUs in Canada has done lots of important work this shareholder season thanks to a partnership with the BC Government & Service Employees' Union, including pressuring Tim Hortons’ parent company to clean up its palm oil supply chain. This is our last shareholder proposal of the year, and we need your help to make it a success.

With just a few weeks before the AGM, your fund manager needs to hear from you. And with a critical endorsement from the largest proxy advisory firm in the world, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) that advises on billions in shareholder assets around the world, we could actually win this.

Click here to use our easy tool to demand that your fund manager vote FOR our shareholder resolution calling on Saputo to support human rights.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Emma, Amelia, Angus, and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

Saputo Proxy with Shareholder Proposal, Page 59.
Canadian dairy Saputo criticizes supply management system, siding with U.S. in ongoing dispute, Global News, 18 June 2018.


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