22.46% votes in favour
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ESG theme
  • Environment
ESG sub-theme
  • GHG targets / emissions
  • Net Zero / Paris aligned
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Shareholder proposal
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Company HQ country
United States
Resolved clause
RESOLVED: Shareholders request Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. establish near-and long-term science-based greenhouse gas reduction targets aligned with the Paris Agreement’s ambition of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 °C and disclose plans to achieve them. The targets and plan should cover the Company’s full range of operational and supply chain emissions.
Whereas clause
WHEREAS: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has advised that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be halved by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoid the most severe impacts of climate change. Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions within the United States and accounts for nearly 25 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions todayi. Every incremental rise in temperature above 1.5 degrees Celsius increases physical, transition, and systemic risks for the transportation sector.
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (“Expeditors” or the “Company”) trails competitors in setting holistic GHG emissions reduction targets and managing climate risks. Expeditors has set short-term Scope 1 & 2 intensity-based emissions reduction targets, yet the targets are not science-based, and Expeditors’ absolute Scope 1 & 2 emissions rose approximately 22% from 2020 to 2022ii. Additionally, the Company has not comprehensively inventoried its Scope 3 emissions, set goals to reduce these emissions, nor established programs to increase low-carbon transportation options amongst its carriers. Given Expeditors operates a non-asset model, Scope 3 emissions represent the majority of its total emissions through transportation contracts.
In its 10-K, Expeditors acknowledges it is “uniquely positioned to help [its] customers leverage more fuel- efficient fleets and lower carbon routing options.” As referenced within Expeditors’ sustainability report, the Company’s influence among ocean and airline carriers, representing 28% and 35% of the Company’s revenues respectivelyiii, positions it to consolidate customer interest in decarbonization efforts and support this transition. The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), for example, offers an emissions reduction pathway for non-asset-based logistics companies like Expeditors. Further, the SBTi has developed guidance that applies to Expeditors’ transportation vendors, allowing opportunity for the Company to engage and influence on the topic of GHG emissions reduction targets aligned with the latest climate science.
Ramping up the scale, pace, and rigor of its climate-related initiatives may help prepare Expeditors to mitigate transition risks associated with future climate regulations; bolster resilience to the physical impacts of climate change across its value chain; and capitalize on new market opportunities driven by future customer demand for supply chain decarbonization.
Supporting statement
SUPPORTING STATEMENT: Shareholders recommend Board and Management consider:
· Establishing emissions reduction targets for the Company’s full GHG emissions footprint, aligned with the latest climate science and taking into consideration approaches used by advisory groups, such as the Science-Based Targets Initiative; and
· A transition plan detailing how the Company intends to achieve such targets, including strategies for mitigating physical and transition climate risks.
i https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions#:~:text=Transportation%20(28%25%20of%202021%20greenhouse,ships%2C%20trains%2C%20and%20planes 
ii https://www.expeditors.com/media/3575/expeditorssustainabilityreport2022.pdf 
iii https://otp.tools.investis.com/clients/us/expeditors/SEC/sec-show.aspx?FilingId=16452364&Cik=0000746515&Type=PDF&hasPdf=1 

How other organisations have declared their voting intentions

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Kutxabank Gestion SGIIC SAU. For
KBI Global Investors For Target setting in connection with the company's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and align its operations with Paris Agreement goals would allow shareholders to better understand how the company is managing its transition to a low carbon economy and climate change-related risks.
PGGM Investments For Rationale available here: https://www.pggm.nl/en/our-services/voting-in-the-2024-agm-season/

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