AAPL shareholder proposal: a transparency report on freedom of expression

A AAPL shareholder proposal calls for the Cupertino, California, company to add it to its list of the transparency and accountability of reports, with a new freedom of expression as a human right.

He expressed his concern about Apple’s cooperation with the Chinese government to take measures that would diminish the freedom of expression in the country, and wants the iPhone maker to outline the steps it has taken and the monitoring mechanisms for its policies in this area…

The proposal has been made by consumer group SumOfUs.

SumOfUs does not have a dead hand when it comes to explaining his arguments in favour of the proposal.

Independent proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has that Apple shareholders vote in favour of the proposal for freedom of expression reports.

Resolved: Shareholders of Apple Inc. (“Apple” or the “Company”) request that the Board of Directors annual report to shareholders, at reasonable expense and excluding confidential and proprietary information concerning the Company’s policies on freedom of expression and access to information, including whether it is publicly committed to respect freedom of expression as a human right; the monitoring mechanisms for the formulation and administration of policies on freedom of expression and access to information; and a description of the actions Apple has taken in the last year at the request of the government or other third-party applications that are reasonably likely to limit freedom of expression or access to information.

The Apple shareholder meeting was held on February 26, 2020.

Resolved: Shareholders of Apple Inc. (“Apple” or the “Company”) request that the Board of Directors annual report to shareholders, at reasonable expense and excluding confidential and proprietary information concerning the Company’s policies on freedom of expression and access to information, including whether it is publicly committed to respect freedom of expression as a human right; the monitoring mechanisms for the formulation and administration of policies on freedom of expression and access to information; and a description of the actions Apple has taken in the last year at the request of the government or other third-party applications that are reasonably likely to limit freedom of expression or access to information.

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