Shareholder Activists Drag Companies Into U.S. Culture Wars

Businesses face proposals on abortion, guns and climate change as groups with various viewpoints strive to get their agendas heard at this year’s annual meetings

Mastercard is facing shareholder pressure on the possible tracking of gun-related transactions. Photo: Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg News

A backlash against companies taking on issues ranging from climate change to abortion rights is helping to push shareholder proposals to record numbers this year.

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