GUEST EDITORIAL: First Shareholder Resolution to Del Monte

by Jody Parsons, Northern California Interfaith Committee on Corporate Responsibility, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
July 1976
Publisher: Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
1 page
Type: Article
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, Kenya
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The article says in early June three church groups from California and New York and one individual filed a shareholder resolution with Del Monte Corporation, the world's largest producer of canned fruits and vegetables; the resolution, the first to Del Monte from church shareholders, requests information on labor displacement and cash cropping in Del Monte's domestic and foreign operations. The article says sponsors of the proposal are: the California Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart; Northern California Ecumenical Council, Joint Strategy and Action Commission; John O. Ahern, executive director of the Commission on Social Justice of the Archdiocese of San Francisco; and Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Union, Province of New York. The article says representatives from NC-ICCR raised questions at the 1975 Del Monte shareholders meeting concerning agricultural operations involving the transfer of the white asparagus industry from California to Mexico and the pineapple industry from Hawaii to the Philippines; there were also questions about Del Monte's sardine operations in Namibia (Southwest Africa) and company policy on political contributions and bribes overseas; NC-ICCR continued discussions with Del Monte management over the past year and focused primarily on issues of cash cropping in the Philippines, Mexico, and Kenya. [Note: This article is from The Corporate Examiner, Vol. 5, No. 7.]
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections