Insurers and Their Largest Shareholders Fail the Climate Test This Proxy Season

Questions about companies’ plans to address climate change dominate general meetings, shareholder proposals fail to receive majority support At their annual general meetings (AGMs) this year, U.S insurance companies Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers and their largest shareholders failed this proxy season’s climate test. Concerned investors filed resolutions to address the climate and human rights-related …

Gwich’in Steering Committee Speaks at Travelers Annual Meeting, Requests U.S. Insurance Giant Not Support Oil and Gas Projects in the Arctic Refuge

Hartford, CT – Traveling over 4,300 miles from Alaska to Connecticut, the Gwich’in Steering Committee delivered a statement today at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Travelers, a major U.S. company with a history of underwriting oil and gas projects. Trillium Asset Management, shareholders of Travelers, invited GSC to speak on behalf of their proposal …

The Hartford Shareholders Fail Climate Test

Hartford, CT – Advocates calling for climate action from The Hartford said the insurer and its largest shareholders failed the climate test in light of results of a vote on a climate shareholder resolution at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) last Wednesday. Shareholders were asked to vote on a resolution filed by Green Century …

Chubb Swings and Misses on Climate and Human Rights

Shareholders reject resolutions on climate change and human rights Zurich, Switzerland (May 17, 2023) – Unlike last year, in which 72% of shares cast supported a resolution from As You Sow, shareholders of Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) did not pass the same measure on if and how it plans to measure, disclose, and reduce its emissions associated …

How does Chubb’s recent oil & gas policy measure up to climate science?

This factsheet compares Chubb’s new climate commitments against science-based recommendations and global peer insurers’ climate policies. Background: In March, the world’s leading climate science body IPCC issued a “final warning” to scale up rapid action to get on a 1.5 ̊C pathway, by stopping fossil fuel expansion. The same month, Chubb announced new policies stating …

In Proxy Statements, Insurers Double Down on Fossil Fuel Business Despite Claims of Climate Action

This past week, Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers released proxy statements urging shareholders to vote against the climate and human rights resolutions on the ballot at their annual general meetings in May. These insurers are facing a growing challenge from investor advocates to curb fossil fuel underwriting, reduce emissions, and respect Indigenous rights, and, in …

Analysis: Chubb’s New Oil and Gas Standards on Conservation & Methane Emissions

Rainforest Action Network’s Assessment of Chubb’s Climate Commitments On March 22, 2023, Chubb announced a new suite of policies to restrict underwriting oil and gas extraction based on conservation and methane emissions criteria. Chubb will not insure oil and gas extraction projects that are located in specific protected areas or do not have evidence-based plans …

Texas bills target shareholders’ ability to hold insurers accountable for climate risks

Texas is ground zero for attacks on investor freedom to assess material risk. In 2023, 21 bills have been filed to prevent financial institutions and the state pension fund from considering environmental and climate risks, including two proposals targeting the insurance industry specifically.  It is critical that insurers are allowed to fulfill their role as …

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SEC Rejects Shareholder Resolution Demanding Chubb Curb Insurance for Fossil Fuel Expansion

But Chubb proxy will include resolutions on emissions reductions and human rights reporting March 29, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shared that it had rejected a shareholder resolution filed at Chubb calling on the insurer to adopt a time-bound phase out of underwriting new coal, oil, and …

Annual letter to the CEOs of 30 major fossil fuel insurers, 2023

Every year, the Insure Our Future network publishes an open letter to the CEOs of 30 major insurance companies whose fossil fuel policies are ranked annually by Insure Our Future, among which are: AIG, Allianz, AXA, Chubb, Generali, Liberty Mutual, Lloyd’s of London, Munich Re, SCOR, Sinosure, SOMPO, Tokio Marine and Zurich. The letter outlines …

A Race to the Middle: North American Insurers Lag Behind European Progress on Oil and Gas

As the global insurance industry’s move away from oil and gas picks up momentum this year, the largest North American fossil fuel insurers – even those who have made significant strides, by North American industry standards—lag behind. Some Bermudan insurers are stepping up to fill the leadership void across North America. This brief delves into …

Brief: Fossil Fuel Insurers Invest Billions in Climate Chaos

American International Group (AIG), Berkshire Hathaway, Travelers, and Chubb are among the ten insurers that collectively invested over $59.7 billion in fossil fuels in 2019, finds an analysis released today by Insure Our Future, Public Citizen, and Rainforest Action Network.  The brief analyzed 2019 data released in April 2022 by the California Department of Insurance …

Top North American Fossil Fuel Insurers Invested $59.7 Billion in Fossil Fuels, Analysis Finds

New brief shows that fossil fuel insurers are heavily exposed to fossil fuels, with $30.8 billion in oil and gas holdings as of 2019. WASHINGTON, D.C – Analysis finds that North American fossil fuel insurers had $59.7 billion in fossil fuel investments—including $30.8 billion in oil and gas—according to recently released 2019 data. The brief …

Film Screening Connects Protection of the Arctic with Connecticut Insurance Company Decisions on Support for Drilling

Hartford, CT – The Arctic Refuge Defense Campaign, CCAG and Sierra Club are hosting a film screening and discussion of The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness this Thursday, July 28th at 6:30pm at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. The 19.6 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are full of life and history. …

Climate Activists Rally Outside Travelers Championship Tournament in Cromwell

Local residents bring message from global campaign calling on the insurance giant to stop underwriting fossil fuels VIDEOS/PHOTOS HERE Connecticut Citizen Action Group, Sierra Club Connecticut and the Insure Our Future Coalition rallied outside the Travelers Championship Tournament in Cromwell, chanting “Travelers underwrites climate change!”  Approximately 50 Connecticut-based climate activists marched alongside the TPC River …

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 …

Travelers Investors Call for Climate Action, but Fall Short of Supporting an End to Insuring Fossil Fuel Expansion

Photos available here Hartford, CT (May 31, 2022) – Last week, Travelers faced an unprecedented challenge from investors with two climate resolutions on the ballot at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM) on May 25. More than 55% of shares voted in favor of a resolution filed by As You Sow requesting the company to …

New York State Comptroller Announces Intention to Vote in Favor of Climate Shareholder Proposals at Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers

Retirement Fund Represents Over One Million Members and Beneficiaries, Supports Insurers Ending Fossil Fuel Underwriting New York – In advance of the annual shareholder meetings for several major U.S. insurance companies, New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has updated the 2022 proxy voting announcements to include the intent of the $279 billion NYS Common Retirement …

In Proxy Statements, Insurers Refuse to Align Business with 1.5ºC Climate Goal

This shareholder season has seen an unprecedented level of action from investors via shareholder proposals urging insurance companies that are underwriting fossil fuel expansion to align their underwriting portfolios with a 1.5°C global warming pathway. And while these insurers tout their climate credentials, they continue to provide the coverage necessary to build and operate new …

Street Mural outside RIMS Demands Insurance Industry Stop Fueling Climate Crisis

Photographs available here San Francisco (April 11, 2022) – A coalition of Indigenous, environmental justice, and climate organizations painted a giant mural outside the RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD Opening Ceremony with a clear message to the insurance industry: “Don’t Risk Our World.”  The mural depicted a globe surrounded by creatures native to California and Alaska, as well …

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