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Institutional Investors Are Pressuring Boards To Focus On Whistleblower Protections. Could That Spur Change At Google?

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A year after Alphabet’s board voted against a measure to review its whistleblower protections, one of its shareholders is pushing the measure again in the hope that institutional investors will bolster support for the effort in light of high profile firings at its subsidiary, Google and complaints of illegally spying on employees.

Brought by Trillium Asset Management, which holds shares in Alphabet valued about $150 million, the resolution calls for an independent third party to review Alphabet’s existing whistleblower policy and bolster protections for employees.

The measure follows a year in which Alphabet has faced an onslaught of pressure after firing Dr. Timnit Gebru, co-lead of Google’s AI Ethics team, who was investigating the risks of technology, including Google’s. She also raised…

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