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Fidelis becomes first North American insurer to restrict support for the oil and gas industry

Bermudan insurer extends the scope of existing coal policy to all fossil fuels September 30, 2022 (Bermuda) – Setting a precedent for the North American insurance industry, Fidelis has announced a suite of ambitious climate policies that restrict underwriting for oil and gas activities, including fracking, Arctic oil and gas, and tar sands, as well …

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. …

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, …

Climate Activists Rally Outside Marsh McLennan HQ in NYC, Citing Pipeline Support

See photos from the action. A growing movement is demanding that the world’s largest insurance brokerage drop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Friday, July 1 (New York, NY) – Today, activists rallied outside the headquarters of Marsh McLennan, urging CEO Dan Glaser and other top executives to cut ties with the East African Crude …

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 …

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 …

Utilities Struggle to Insure New Coal Power, Contracts Reveal

Inexperienced insurers now underwriting operating coal plants as mainstream companies increasingly exit market Utilities are struggling to find insurance to build new coal power outside China, finds a report released today by the Insure Our Future campaign and Korean non-profit Solutions for Our Climate, which have obtained documents providing a rare snapshot of the state of …

Arch Becomes Eighteenth Insurer to Sever Ties with the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline

Number of insurers ruling out Trans Mountain continues to grow, following a year of climate impacts along the pipeline route and continued pressure from activists. London, UK (May 3, 2022) – Trans Mountain insurer and Lloyd’s of London syndicate Arch Insurance has committed to no longer insure the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline after its …

Chubb Directors Face Challenge from Climate-Conscious Shareholders

Shareholder advocacy firm Majority Action recommends voting against responsible directors at Chubb Insurance for failing to address the climate crisis. New York, NY (May 2, 2022) – Today, Majority Action, a nonprofit shareholder advocacy organization, filed an exempt solicitation announcing its recommendation to institutional investors to vote against, Chair, CEO and Chair of the Executive Committee …

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 …

Trans Mountain Insurer Aspen Commits to Cut Ties with the Tar Sands Pipeline

Aspen joins sixteen companies that have ruled out insuring Trans Mountain London, UK (April 21, 2022) – Trans Mountain insurer and Lloyd’s of London syndicate Aspen Insurance has pledged to cut ties with the existing Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline when its current insurance policy expires this summer. Aspen joins sixteen insurance companies that have …

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 …

Giant Banner Drop at Insurance Conference Spotlights Chubb’s Role as a Top Fossil Fuel Insurer

Photographs will be available here. San Francisco (April 12, 2022) – This morning, Indigenous Environmental Network and Rainforest Action Network dropped a giant banner outside the largest insurance conference in North America – RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD – to spotlight Chubb Insurance’s destructive climate and human rights record. The banner reads: “Chubb, Don’t Risk Our Communities,” …

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 …

The Hartford’s Net Zero Announcement More Marketing than Climate Action

HARTFORD, CT (April 07, 2022) – Today, The Hartford announced a goal to achieve net zero emissions “for its full range of businesses and operations” by 2050. It did not provide any additional details on short-term actions, interim targets, or metrics to measure progress on emissions reductions. In response, Tom Swan, Executive Director of Connecticut Citizen …

SEC Rejects Chubb’s Bid to Silence Shareholders on Fossil Fuel Underwriting

Green Century’s resolution will be up for a vote at Chubb’s AGM this May The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ruled in favor of a landmark shareholder resolution filed by Green Century Capital Management calling on Chubb to stop underwriting new fossil fuel projects in line with the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Net …

AIG’s New Climate Commitments a Major Step Forward for Insurance Industry’s Transition Away from Fossil Fuels

Insurance Giant Rules Out Support for New Coal, Tar Sands, and Arctic Energy Exploration Projects and Commits to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 for Underwriting and Investments WASHINGTON, D.C. – American International Group Inc. (NYSE: AIG) today announced major new company-wide climate commitments, including commitments to no longer provide underwriting and investments in the construction …

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