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Alphabet shareholder pushes Google for better whistleblower protections

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Alphabet shareholder Trillium Asset Management is pushing Google to adopt better whistleblower protections in light of the firing of prominent AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru.

5 billion sustainable investment firm has filed a shareholder resolution asking the board of directors for a third-party review of current policies.

“Reporting suggests that many Google employees who have resigned or been fired … publicly report retaliation after voicing human rights implications of company practices, including systemic workplace racism and sexism,” the resolution reads.

Open MIC, a nonprofit that works with shareholders to advocate for greater corporate accountability and is helping to organize the proposal, says Mitchell’s firing may have been retaliatory.

“The justification they use is ‘this person violated our data security work,’” says associate director Hannah Lucal.

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The sentiment is echoed by the Alphabet Workers Union, which launched in January in part to protect employees and contractors from retaliation.

“Whistleblowers protect investors, not management,” says Jonas Kron, chief advocacy officer at Trillium.

Whistleblowers are always an embarrassment to management and always a way for investors to protect the long term value of the company.

While Trillium and Open MIC are hoping to get more Google shareholders on board with the proposal, their larger goal is making company leaders aware of the problem.

Trillium and Open MIC organized a similar proposal in 2020 but were shot down.

Gebru and ongoing protests by Google employees, which suggests that things aren’t working well, that there are these red flags that indicate something needs to change.


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