This excerpt taken from the DIS DEF 14A filed Jan 6, 2005.
The Company has been notified that a representative of the Office of the Comptroller of New York City, as custodian and trustee for the New York Retirement Systems, intends to present the following proposal for consideration at the annual meeting:
Whereas, The Walt Disney Company currently has extensive operations in China, and
Whereas, human rights abuses in the overseas subsidiaries and suppliers of U.S. corporations can lead to negative publicity, public protests and a loss of consumer confidence, which can have a negative impact on shareholder value, and
Whereas, the Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee has surveyed over twenty toy manufacturers in south China, including a number of suppliers of Disney and other major U.S. toy companies, and
Whereas, the study found a number of violations of Disneys corporate code of conduct on the part of its suppliers, as well as violations of Chinese Labor Law, and
Whereas, the study found that a large majority of workers surveyed at those supplier factories were unaware of the corporate codes of conduct of Disney and other U.S. toy companies that are supplied by their factories,
Therefore, be it resolved, that shareholders request that the Board of Directors review and report to shareholders by September 2005, on the adherence of Disneys suppliers in China to Disneys corporate code of conduct, to the provisions of the Chinese governments Labor Law, and to the core conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO). This report should be prepared at reasonable expense and contain no proprietary information.
Supporting Statement: The New York City Employees Retirement System, the New York City Teachers Retirement System, and the New York City Police and Fire Department Pension Funds (the Systems), believe that the adoption of this resolution will benefit the company by helping to ensure that it is not associated with human rights violations in the workplace. We urge you to vote FOR this proposal.