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April 25, 2017

Dear Wells Fargo:

You have made a business model out of preying on communities of color, exploiting working
families, and destroying the planet. We join concerned shareholders in demanding change. Your
$467 million in investments in companies building the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the water,
lands, sacred sites, and burial grounds of Indigenous Nations. Your underwriting of predatory bond
deals to Puerto Rico is responsible for the severe cuts to public services and education that have
sparked the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico. Your record of discriminatory mortgage
lending, financing private prisons, immigrant detention centers, and payday lenders, and funding
the militarization of local police departments by supporting police foundations has devastated
Black and Latino communities across the country.

When Wells Fargo workers organizing with the Committee for Better Banks blew the whistle on
your illegal sales practices and culture of corruption, they faced intimidation and retaliation from
management. Your executives tried to hide the scandal for years by using forced arbitration
agreements, which make it impossible for consumers or workers to sue you and get a fair day in
court. Although then CEO John Stumpf was forced to resign when news broke that you had
committed two million felonies by opening fake accounts without customers consent, the
majority of the directors and executives who had been responsible for overseeing your operations
remain in their positions. Your fraudulent accounts scandal is just the latest outrage to which these
directors and executives turned a blind eye. It is time for them to go.

We support concerned shareholders who have filed shareholder resolutions calling on you to:

Adopt a global policy regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes respect
for the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous communities affected by your
Conduct a comprehensive investigation into the root causes of the fraudulent accounts
scandal and take steps to prevent it from happening again;
Study whether you are too big to manage and should be broken up;
Prepare a report about the steps you are taking to reduce your gender pay gap; and
Disclose your direct and indirect lobbying.

These are common sense measures that would begin to address some of your predatory business
practices. Unfortunately, all of them are opposed by your board of directorsthe same directors
who were asleep at the switch when workers warned them that they were being forced to break the
law in order to keep their jobs. These directors are either unwilling or unable to do their job of
overseeing you.
Therefore, we also join concerned Wells Fargo shareholders in calling for the removal of all
directors who were on the board or in management positions while you were engaged in the
systematic defrauding of two million of your customers.

These changes will not undo the damage that you have done. They are merely a first step that you
can take to start to repair your relationship with communities. But you must do more. We further
demand that you:

Divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline and all other projects that infringe on the rights
and lands of Indigenous Peoples or harm our environment;
Stop funding companies that build private prisons and immigrant detention centers;
Commit not to finance the proposed wall along the southern border of the United States;
Pay back the money you have made by selling predatory debt deals to Puerto Rico;
Respect your workers right to organize to win a voice on the job;
Help struggling homeowners remain in their homes by implementing a moratorium on
foreclosures and offering them loan modifications that include principal reduction;
Stop funding payday lenders and charging your customers excessive overdraft fees that
are effectively payday loans by another name; and
End your use of forced arbitration clauses, which prevent the customers and workers
who are harmed by your predatory business model from holding you accountable in

The harm that you have caused is immeasurable. You have upended lives, from Standing Rock to
Puerto Rico, and around the globe. Many of your own shareholders are outraged. We join them in
calling for you to change your ways.


Forgo Wells