Shareholder Campaign: PPG Industries
PPG Industries is a leading diversified
manufacturer that markets a wide range of products and services, including
industrial chemicals, sealants, adhesives, and fiberglass. Most of the animal
testing at PPG is conducted by the company's chemical division, either
voluntarily or as part of government-sponsored testing programs, including the
Environmental Protection Agency's high production volume (HPV) chemical-testing program.
The animal protection community considered PPG to be a serious corporate
offender in the HPV chemical-testing program because it attempted to hide its
identity while proposing to kill large numbers of animals in toxicity tests.
2004 Resolution: 'Give the Animals 5'
With the help of PETA supporters who held stock
in PPG, a resolution was
filed in the fall of 2003, calling on the company to "Give the Animals 5"—replace five crude and cruel
animal tests with state-of-the-art and scientifically valid non-animal methods
that were already in use in other countries.
PPG opposed our resolution and sought permission
from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to exclude our resolution
from its proxy statement, arguing that it dealt with ordinary business matters
that are not subject to a vote by stockholders. Regrettably, the SEC staff
concurred with PPG's arguments, and PETA's resolution did not appear in PPG's
proxy materials that year.
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