Nabors Sustainability Report 2013
|Company||Nabors Industries Ltd.|
|Sector||Oil and Gas|
|Subject(s)||Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Sustainability Reporting; Water Pollution; Water Scarcity|
|Resolved Clause Summary||Sustainability report including ESG performance, greenhouse gas reductions, and water usage|
|Status||No Vote For Technical Reasons|
WHEREAS: We believe tracking and reporting on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) business practices makes a company more responsive to a global business environment which is characterized by finite natural resources, changing legislation, and heightened public expectations for corporate accountability. Reporting also helps companies better integrate and gain value from existing sustainability efforts, identify gaps and opportunities in products and processes, publicize innovative practices, structure aligned and prudent executive compensation policies, and recruit and retain employees.
Corporate reporting on sustainability is quickly becoming common practice. Greater than 80% of Global Fortune 250 companies produce sustainability reports; more than three out of four of these reports are based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines. Of the top 100 U.S. companies by revenue, approximately 75% produce sustainability reports. Increasingly, companies are identifying environmental, social, and governance factors relevant to their business and addressing them strategically through sustainability programs and reports.
Comprehensive environmental, social, and governance data on individual companies are readily available through services such as Bloomberg and are used by thousands of institutional investors around the world in their investment decision-making processes.
Nabors Industries does not currently issue a comprehensive report on environmental, social, and governance factors, giving rise to our concern that the company is falling behind its peers in the disclosure and management of these issues. For example, in recent years, Nabors Industries became the focus of public ire over what many saw as extremely excessive executive compensation schemes. Outrage over excessive compensation and the governance practices surrounding Nabors’ executive compensation policies have led to shareholder derivative lawsuits and negative press coverage for Nabors Industries.
RESOLVED: Shareholders request that the Board of Directors prepare a sustainability report describing the company’s short- and long-term responses to ESG-related issues, including goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water usage, and adverse environmental impacts of operations. Shareholders request that the report discloses the linkage between executive compensation, including departure arrangements, and the organization’s financial, environmental, and social performance. The report, prepared at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information, should be published and made available to the public by November 2013.
SUPPORTING STATEMENT: We recommend that the report include a review of policies, practices, and performance metrics related to ESG performance and that Nabors Industries commit to continuous improvement in reporting. We encourage use of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (www.globalreporting.org), a globally accepted reporting framework considered the gold standard of reporting.