The company had opposed the move and claimed that it had looked at a "variety of options" to increase the supply in China which would be "compatible with our mission".
There was also dissatisfaction with the company's handling of sexual abuse and harassment. CNBC noted that a Verily worker asked the alphabet why it did not release the compulsory ruling of Verily and other alphabetically-owned companies beyond Google. This suggested that non-Google employees are "worth less", he said. In a related note, a Google engineer also warned about a cultural change at Google that led to "thought leaders" leaving the company.
The absence of managers at the meeting did not help. Co-founder Larry Page and Sergey Brin did not attend the meeting, while CEO Sundar Pichai did not answer questions.
It is not uncommon for technical companies to reject proposals and dismiss questions on shareholder meetings. However, they rarely need to address large-scale protests by employees or address ethical issues that may have widespread social consequences. The lack of action at the meeting will not ease tensions and can make things worse.