How This Insurance Company is Undermining Climate Action

Originally published on Public Citizen’s website.  Since American International Group (AIG) crashed in 2008 because of its reckless bets on financial products linked to predatory mortgage lending, the insurance giant has faded from the headlines. And its CEO, Peter Zaffino, is far for a household name. But we should all pay more attention to AIG …

Will new CEO Tim Sweeney clean up Liberty Mutual’s climate and human rights record?

Will new CEO Tim Sweeney clean up Liberty Mutual’s climate and human rights record? He may not be a household name, but Tim Sweeney just became a critical decision-maker when it comes to the fate of the fossil fuel industry’s global expansion plans. As of January 1, 2023, Sweeney is the new CEO of Boston-based insurance giant …

Caroling Activists to the The Hartford: Do the Right Thing

SIMSBURY – Today (Wednesday, 12/21) climate activists from Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG) and the CT Insure Our Future coalition paid a visit to The Hartford’s new Sustainability Officer, Terrence Shields, in West Simsbury for some climate-themed holiday caroling. The Hartford insurance company has lagged behind leading international insurers on taking substantive steps to address …

Green Century files Shareholder Resolutions with 3 U.S. Insurers

Today, Green Century Capital Management announced that it filed shareholder resolutions with Chubb, The Hartford, and Travelers, calling on the companies to phase out underwriting of new fossil fuel projects. Members of the Insure Our Future coalition responded: *** Insure Our Future U.S. is a campaign of environmental, consumer protection, and grassroots organizations holding the …

Seton Hall Students joined by local activists to urge Chubb Insurance to act to protect the Arctic Refuge

New York City – On Thursday December 1st, Seton Hall Students joined local activists in New York City to support efforts to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling. Organizers delivered almost 70,000 petition signatures urging the CEO of Chubb Insurance, Evan Greenberg, to join other insurance companies across the globe in committing to …

Indigenous leaders joined by local activists to urge Travelers Insurance to act to protect the Arctic Refuge

Hartford, CT – On Thursday November 10, 2022, Gwich’in and Indigenous leaders and local activists gathered in downtown Hartford to support efforts to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling. Organizers delivered more than 64,000 petition signatures urging the CEO of Travelers Insurance, Alan Schnitzer, to join other insurance companies across the globe in …

Activists Build Oil Derrick Outside Chubb CEO’s Home, Spotlighting the Insurer’s Role in Fossil Fuel Expansion

Pop-up action in New York City exposes Evan Greenberg’s climate hypocrisy Photos of the action can be found here. October 27, 2022 (NYC, USA) –  This morning, climate activists built a two-story mock oil derrick outside the NYC home of Chubb CEO Evan Greenberg to spotlight the insurance giant’s destructive climate and human rights record. …

This CEO Could Thwart Global Fossil Fuel Expansion Plans

Evan Greenberg may not be a household name, but he should be, as CEO of the world’s largest publicly-traded property and casualty insurer: Chubb. Chubb provides insurance coverage for everything from individual homes to multinational corporations, and according to our research, is a top backer of oil and gas projects around the world, including offshore …

Small climate steps by U.S. insurers lag behind leaps by global competitors on oil and gas, with new coal increasingly uninsurable

13 global insurers have restricted support for oil and gas expansion, increasing pressure on U.S. insurers to follow suit 18 October 2022 – This year steps by U.S. insurers look out of touch with the escalating pace of climate impacts. Global insurance company restrictions on oil and gas are finally starting to catch up with …

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 …

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 …

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 …

U.S. Insurance Industry Opposes Shareholders on Climate

Chubb, Travelers, and The Hartford have filed no-action requests in response to shareholder resolutions asking them to adopt climate policies February 16, 2022—Green Century Capital Management has filed resolutions calling on insurers Chubb, Travelers, and The Hartford to stop underwriting new fossil fuel projects. All three have filed no-action requests with the SEC. These resolutions …

Major Insurers Invest US $7.9 Billion in Oil & Gas Companies Active in the North Sea

February 8, 2022—Since 2019, 15 of the world’s major insurance companies have invested US $7.9 billion in companies conducting oil and gas drilling in the North Sea, which lies between the British Isles and mainland Europe. The research was conducted by Profundo and published by The Ferret. U.S. companies AIG and Travelers were among the …

Climate Laggard Travelers Adopts Coal & Tar Sands Policy

Policy demonstrates major movement among U.S.  insurers on coal and early movement on tar sands; Travelers is 6th North American company to restrict underwriting for coal and 3rd for tar sands HARTFORD, CT (February 7, 2022)—Insurance giant Travelers adopted a policy committing to not underwrite new coal-fired power plants. It also committed not to underwrite …

Survey of Over 300 Insurance Professionals Finds They Want Climate Action from Their Employers

A recent survey of 345 insurance employees and risk management students found that the majority are deeply concerned about climate change and want the industry to address it.

NEW REPORT: U.S. Insurance Companies Undermine Climate Targets by Supporting Oil & Gas Expansion and Providing a Last Lifeline to Coal

The U.S. insurance industry is undermining efforts to meet climate targets by continuing to support new oil and gas production, the Insure Our Future campaign reveals today in its fifth annual scorecard on insurers’ climate policies.

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.

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