THE BOEING COMPANY | Report on lobbying in line with Paris Agreement at THE BOEING COMPANY

36.94% votes in favour
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Report on or disclose
ESG theme
  • Environment
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  • Lobbying / political engagement
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United States
Resolved clause
John Chevedden, 2215 Nelson Avenue, No. 205, Redondo Beach, CA 90278, owner of 20 shares of Boeing common stock, has advised that he intends to present the following resolution at the annual meeting.

Shareholders request that the Board annually conduct an evaluation and issue a report (at reasonable cost, omitting confidential or proprietary information) describing if, and how, Boeing’s lobbying and policy influence activities (both direct and indirect through trade associations, coalitions, alliances, and other organizations) align with the Paris Agreement’s ambition to limit global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, and how Boeing plans to mitigate the risks presented by any misalignment. In evaluating the degree of alignment, Boeing should consider not only its policy positions and those of organizations of which Boeing is a member, but also the actual lobbying and policy influence activities.
Whereas clause
Climate scientists assert that greenhouse gas emissions must decline by 45 percent by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.1
Boeing has publicly committed to maintaining net zero operations, achieving interim targets to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 55 percent and achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, and supporting the commercial aviation industry’s ambition to achieve net zero for global civil aviation operations by 2050.2 The company reports its interim target is aligned with a 1.5C scenario. To achieve its stated climate goals, supportive public policy is essential. Boeing should ensure that all public policy advocacy activities and spending are aligned and coordinated.
Two Boeing customers have reached agreements with investors regarding Paris aligned lobbying disclosure. Both Delta and United published reports evaluating their trade associations’ positions on climate policy.3 Investors lack sufficient information regarding how Boeing ensures its lobbying activities, both direct and indirect, align with the Paris Agreement’s goals, and what actions are taken to address misalignment.

Despite the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, critical gaps remain between the United States’ Nationally Determined Contributions and necessary climate action. Domestically and internationally, companies have an important role to play in enabling policymakers to close these gaps.
Corporate lobbying inconsistent with the Paris Agreement presents increasingly material risks to companies and their shareholders, as delays in emissions reductions undermine political stability, damage infrastructure, impair access to finance and insurance, and exacerbate health risks and costs. Further, companies that appear to delay or block effective climate policy face increasing reputational risks from consumers, investors, and other stakeholders.
Supporting statement
In evaluating the degree of alignment between the Paris Agreement goals and the Company’s lobbying, the proponents recommend that the Company include in its analysis Boeing’s direct and indirect policy positions and lobbying actions, such as comment submissions, regarding climate provisions of key international, federal and state legislation and regulation. The proponents believe this request is generally consistent with the investor expectations described in the Global Standard on Responsible Climate Lobbying, and that this Standard is a useful resource for implementation.

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