Dollar General investors voted in support of a shareholder resolution at its May 31 annual meeting for an independent third-party audit of “worker safety and well-being.”
Sponsored by Domini US Impact Equity Fund, the measure accuses DG management of cutting corners and putting profit over worker safety.
Since 2017. the Occupational Safety and Heath Administration has fined DG $12.3M for numerous, willful, repeated and serious workplace safety violations.
OSHA designated DG a “severe violator” in 2022, issuing citations for blocked safety exits and unsafe storage areas, inaccessible fire extinguishers, storage of boxes in front of electrical panels, exposure of workers to electrocution risks, and failure to provide exit signs and required stair handrails.
The Domini resolution says understaffing and poor security measures may also contribute to increased risk of gun violence to staff and communities.
The Gun Violence Archive reports that 49 workers and customers have been shot dead at DG stores and 172 more injured since 2014.
DG’s board opposed the resolution, saying local store manager and district leaders reinforce “our culture of safety.”
The Goodlettsville (TN)- based company operates 19,294 stores that chalked up a 6.8 percent jump in Q1 revenues to $9.3B. Net income slipped 6.9 percent to $552.7M.
The Domini fund is committed to promoting universal human dignity and ecological sustainability.