Case Study: Ensuring American Workers Do Not Become Climate Change Collateral Damage at Marathon Petroleum

The proposal: Shareholders requested that Marathon prepare a report examining how Marathon is addressing the impact on workers and communities from shutting down fossil fuel production as part of its climate change strategy.

Why it matters: Protecting the environment is a good thing, but increasingly, U.S. workers and U.S. security are collateral damage of the sustained campaign to shut down fossil fuel production. Myopic focus on climate change puts the livelihoods of American families in the fossil fuel industry and the communities that rely on energy production at risk. To address these concerns and ensure that company policy is aligned with the interests of the communities they serve, companies should have to consider the interests of workers alongside climate change goals.

The outcome: Unfortunately, the proposal failed, with 15.97% of the vote. We hope that we will continue to see proposals like these that seek to stand up for the interests of U.S. workers.