70 Organizations and Groups Renew Pressure on Insurers to Cut Ties with the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Today, 70 Indigenous rights, climate, environmental, consumer rights, and community organizations and groups sent a letter to 22 insurers that are at risk of insuring the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project and the existing Trans Mountain pipeline network.  Read the letter to Trans Mountain’s likely remaining insurers here. The recipients of the letter were: AIG, …

Recap: Insurers Faced Unprecedented Investor Action on Climate in 2022 Shareholder Season

This spring, investors mounted an unprecedented challenge for climate action at the largest U.S. fossil fuel insurers, proposing a number of independent resolutions and spotlighting key director votes at AIG, Berkshire Hathaway, Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers. Key Takeaways U.S. insurers faced unprecedented challenges from investors who are increasingly concerned about the risk that climate …

Fossil Fuel Insurers will Ignore Climate Change at Their Own Risk

The insurance industry, which is highly exposed to the risks of climate change, has quickly turned away from coal projects in recent years. Ignoring the signs of the times, three U.S. insurance companies continue to offer a lifeline to the expansion of coal production. It is no coincidence that all of them are led by …

Shareholder Activists Take on the U.S. Insurance Industry For Role in Climate Crisis

For the first time ever, insurance companies are facing a broad shareholder challenge for their contributions to the climate crisis.  Every year, interested shareholders of corporations come together at companies’ Annual General Meetings, where directors of the company present the company’s financial performance and shareholders vote on proposed resolutions. This year, investor Green Century Capital …

Why are Connecticut Climate Activists Rallying at a Golf Tournament? The Climate Crisis is Why.

In April 2021, Travelers, the second-largest property and casualty insurer in the US, announced plans to become carbon neutral across its owned operations by 2030. However, that commitment failed to address Travelers’s massive contribution to climate change: its underwriting and investment portfolios.

Life Insurance Giant MetLife Doubles Down on Fossil Fuel Investments

Despite adopting a coal investment screen in 2020, MetLife is on a fossil fuel investment spree in Eastern Europe.

With New Policy, The Hanover Insurance Group Starts to Exit Coal and Tar Sands

Hanover has committed to cease new investments in many coal and tar sands companies and partly divest from these sectors by 2025.

Coal Exit Policies Add Billions of Dollars to Insurers’ Shareholder Value, Analyst Report Suggests

The following commentary by Peter Bosshard first appeared in Environmental Finance. Climate campaigners have pushed insurance companies to exit the coal sector for many years. They have now received support from an unexpected source: financial analysts. “We think the insurance sector’s most important contribution to ESG is exiting coal underwriting”, a recent report issued by the …

Insurance giant AIG still doing nothing on climate

In January 2020, outgoing AIG CEO Brian Duperreault made a point of saying that AIG will continue to offer insurance for the coal industry. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that AIG is at the back of the pack on climate action.

Webinar: Why Health Insurers Should Divest From Fossil Fuels

Why are health insurers investing in the fossil fuels that threaten human health? Please join Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Sunrise Project, and other health and environmental advocates to discuss the health impacts of fossil fuels and climate change and why health insurance companies should divest from fossil fuels. Speakers: — Barbara Gottlieb, Director of …

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