Intel's Community Environmental Information Sharing
(Shareholder Resolution) (Submitted and withdrawn in 1995)
WHEREAS socially responsible stockholders (including a considerable number of philanthropic foundations and concerned religious investors) have filed this resolution asking Intel for an environmental policy commitment, because of the continuing controversy and unanswered community concerns about water usage, emissions, risks and consequences of accidents, worst-case accident scenarios, at Intel's facilities, including Rio Rancho, New Mexico;
We believe that Intel, which presents itself as a socially responsible company, has an extra obligation to have a policy of being accountable to the communities in which it operates;
Intel's Environmental Health and Safety Policy (September 1991) speaks of "sharing knowledge with employees, customers, the scientific community, and the government," but there is no mention of "sharing" with communities. The policy states only that the company will be "responsible members of the communities in which it lives and works." We assume that being "responsible" would include sharing information (or "knowledge") with communities, which we believe the company has not done voluntarily to date;
Although Intel's response to last year's stockholder proposal states that it "routinely works with local communities to assure communication and make available information concerning [its] plans and actual performance," this contact is largely made through Community Advisory Panels (CAPs) that are appointed by Intel and not by the community. The CAPs are not the voice of the community and are not responsible to the community. Demographic representation does not replace democratic process. Only through democratic process can community residents exercise a right to know what is happening in and to their communities and to have a dialogue with the company if they believe that they have grievances caused by the company. Without this, we believe that companies are not accountable and therefore not "responsible." Responsibility requires a change in policy to commit Intel to "sharing" information and being accountable;
We believe that shareholders' involvement and filing a stockholder proposal last year, coupled with a growing concern among local communities, brought about Intel's willingness to meet with those communities - evidenced by the fact that Intel reversed its previous refusal to meet with the Electronics Industry Good Neighbor Campaign, representing people in New Mexico, Arizona, and California, all states in which Intel has operations. These meetings were ad hoc, however, and not held as a matter of policy;
The company's failure to agree on a policy of community sharing and community right-to-know, despite months of discussion between stockholders and the company is profoundly disturbing, given the image that Intel wishes to project as a socially responsible company.
RESOLVED: that the company adopt a policy to make publicly available, at each facility, non-confidential (non-proprietary) information that will allow concerned persons or organizations (i) to assess the facility's [a] actual environmental and safety hazards to local communities, [b] pertinent Company policies and procedures, and [c] arrangements for emergency preparedness; and (ii) to inspect such facilities with regard to these hazards, in a way that is not disruptive.
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