ECCR supports local groups of members in undertaking work on corporate and investor responsibility. Local ECCR groups have a ‘federal’ relationship to the organisation as a whole and are corporate associate members. They may act on their own authority as well as in concert with ECCR nationally. Local groups have tended to be concerned with one issue or one company.
ECCR’s Oxford Group
was the first formed. In 1997 it took the lead in sponsoring the first-ever shareholder resolution to a British company (Shell Transport & Trading Plc) on environmental and human rights issues. This arose from long-term work on Shell over several years and related to the company’s activities in Ogoni, Nigeria. The group has continued to dialogue with Shell, with ECCR’s partner organisation in the Niger Delta, the Centre for Social and Corporate Responsibility, and with communities in County Mayo, Ireland, affected by Shell’s Corrib gas project. In 2006 the group worked with ECCR nationally to sponsor a further shareholder resolution at Shell’s AGM. The Group is currently working on issues around the Campsfield Immigration Removal Centre and has purchased token shares in owners Mitie to further this work. Group contacts: Paula Clifford
ECCR West Midlands Group
formed in September 2008. The group meets quarterly and tries to engage with local businesses and business people. The group hosted the successful public launch of ECCR’s report The Banks and Society: Rebuilding Trust in March 2011 and is currently undertaking follow-up work on a variety of banking issues. Group membership covers a wide geographical area from Birmingham to Worcestershire. Group contact: Barbara Hayes.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of setting up a new group in your locality, please contact John Arnold: firstname.lastname@example.org.