Reynolds Shareholders Meeting
Every year, Reynolds executives, shareholders, and board members gather to discuss and decide issues regarding Reynolds’ profits and corporate policies. As FLOC’s calls for an end to abuses in Southern tobacco fields have continually been ignored by Reynolds CEO, we have committed to bringing the discussion to the yearly shareholders meeting until the issues are resolved.
Each year since 2008, FLOC members and supporters have gathered outside of Reynolds’ corporate headquarters for the past two years in an impressive show of community solidarity, bringing the issues that Reynolds refuses to discuss to their corporate boardroom.
At the 2011 Shareholders Meeting, Reynolds announced that they would take part in a multi-stakeholder group including FLOC, growers, other tobacco companies, and government agencies, to work toward a solution to the human rights abuses in the fields.
At the 2012 Shareholders Meeting, Reynolds finally agreed to meet one-on-one with FLOC, after 5 years of pressure from farmworkers and their allies.
As these talks continue, it is crucial to keep the pressure up and let the Reynolds leadership know that the community is united and will not give up until conditions are improved for the workers at the bottom of their supply chain.
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