Grassroots public pressure can have an impact, and not just in Washington.
Last summer, shareholders in a major American gun company, Sturm Ruger & Co., ordered the CEO to issue an annual report on the company’s efforts to reduce the harm associated with its guns. Why? Simply to put and keep the issue on the agenda.
The shareholders’ resolution was drafted by a group of religious leaders — the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility — and a grassroots advocacy group — the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation.