Insurance Companies Feel the Heat on Climate Change and Human Rights at Annual Meetings

Insurance giants AIG, Berkshire Hathaway, Chubb, Fairfax Financial, Markel, The Hartford, and Travelers faced shareholder resolutions, questions from concerned investors and activists, and demonstrations outside of their general meetings. Concerned investors and activists focused their attention on these North American insurers in the past month over insurers’ lack of due diligence with respect to Indigenous …

Analysis: Chubb’s new conservation and methane standards remain inadequate but should exclude support for EACOP

New criteria falls short of aligning with 1.5°C San Francisco – In a SEC filing of “Additional Proxy Soliciting Materials” Chubb quietly updated its oil, gas, and conservation policies. RAN’s analysis, released ahead of Chubb’s Annual General Meeting Thursday, May 16th, has concluded that while the updates are a small improvement, the loopholes and narrow scope result in policies …

Connecticut Climate Activists Rally at Travelers Shareholder Meeting

Hartford, CT — Today, Connecticut climate activists returned to the Travelers Annual Shareholder meeting to demand the company take real action on climate change and human rights. Activists from Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG) and Third Act CT circled the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Hartford, while inside, activist shareholders engaged with management on the dangers …

80% of employees are ready to take action on climate change at work

As one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel insurers, insurance giants like Travelers can play a pivotal role in reaching global climate goals. As Travelers prepares for its annual general meeting, it faces a critical moment—yet again—to align its practices with the climate and human rights expectations of today’s workforce and Travelers’ community. Climate-Conscious Students …

Campaigners Demand ‘Polluters Pay’ as Insurance Industry Meet for Inaugural Sustainability Summit

Today, as the insurance industry convenes for the first Global Sustainable Insurance Summit in Los Angeles, the 32 campaign groups of the Insure Our Future network have sent a letter to the world’s leading fossil fuel insurers, detailing how they can accelerate the transition to a clean and just energy economy.   Demands in the letter …

California Homeowners Face Billions in Property Loss from Climate-Related Insurance Non-Renewals

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ insurers—that restricted coverage in California citing climate risks—have $113B of investments in and $3.6B of underwriting income from fossil fuels. California homeowners face a potentially staggering economic blow due to climate-related insurance non-renewals. Insure Our Future’s analysis finds homeowners could lose between $9.87-32.1 billion in property value as a result of more …

Factsheet: The Future is Uninsured

This fact sheet was developed as a companion piece to Analysis: California Homeowners Face Billions in Property Loss from Climate-Related Insurance Non-Renewals. Page 1: Page 2:

Connecticut To Make Insurance Companies That Enable Fossil Fuel Projects Foot Bill For Climate Disasters

Innovative approach by lawmakers in the ‘insurance capital’ has national significance as soaring insurance premiums driven by extreme weather strain household budgets countrywide HARTFORD, CT – Today, the Connecticut General Assembly Environment Committee voted to approve the Governor’s Climate Resiliency bill (SB11) with an amendment that advances a climate resiliency fund to support communities in …

Millions of Consumers Lack Vital Homeowners Insurance, Resulting in $1.6 Trillion in Unprotected Market Value

Originally posted on Consumer Federation of America.  Washington, D.C.—A new report by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) reveals that over six million homeowners lack homeowners insurance, leaving them dangerously unprotected from natural disasters and other significant damage that might happen to their homes. The report estimates that 7.4% of all homeowners in the country are uninsured, accounting …

Thousands Take Part In Powerful Global Week Of Action Demanding Insurance Industry Take Climate Action

This week has been an incredible global week of action for the Insure Our Future campaign, with thousands of people taking part in over 100 actions across 31 countries in 5 continents, including over 100,000 people taking action online. In-person actions include protests in Japan, South Korea, Nigeria, Uganda, Indonesia, UK, USA, Philippines, Pakistan, Tanzania, …

15-foot inflatable of Chubb CEO Evan Greenberg Erected at US Tennis Open

[photo credit George de Castro-Day] A 15-foot tall inflatable of Chubb CEO Evan Greenberg wreathed in flames appeared outside the US Tennis Open in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Citizen groups had a clear message for the US Open sponsor’s CEO: stop destroying the planet.

Religious Community Calls on Leading Faith Insurer GuideOne to End Fossil Fuel Coverage

Sixty-five faith leaders, religious organizations, and congregations issued a letter to GuideOne Insurance, a leading provider of insurance policies for faith communities, calling on the company to end its practice of underwriting fossil fuel companies, whose products are responsible for climate change.

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.

Climate Activists At Travelers Golf Tournament Call Out Insurer for Underwriting Fossil Fuels

Activists with the Connecticut Citizens Action Group brought banners and a marching band to the entrance of the Travelers Championship Golf Tournament today to protest Travelers’ role in the climate crisis. “Travelers Underwrites Climate Change,” read their banner, referencing that Travelers is one of the world’s top insurers of the fossil fuels driving climate change.

70 Groups Call on Chubb CEO Evan Greenberg to Live Up to His Climate Rhetoric

For more information, contact: Jamie Kalliongis, (314) 651-7497, jamie.kalliongis@sunriseproject.net Photos from Zurich are here Photos from New York are here  May 19, 2021 (New York, NY) — 70 groups delivered a letter today calling on Chubb CEO Evan Greenberg to strengthen Chubb’s weak coal policy and stop insuring new oil and gas. Citizen groups wearing …

Following Pressure from Community Groups and Campaigners, Liberty Mutual Pauses Plans to Build Australian Coal Mine

April 29, 2021 (Queensland, Australia) – Insurance giant Liberty Mutual has indicated that it will not move forward with a massive proposed new coal mine today, after facing a sustained, years-long campaign against the project from local communities in Central Queensland, Australia and pressure from the US-based Liberty’s Climate Crisis coalition. The Environmental Impact Statement …

30+ Groups Call on Tokio Marine to Drop Fossil Fuels

As the Olympics Torch Relay kicks off in Japan, actions  in Tokyo, Seoul, Delhi, Jakarta, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Melbourne demand Tokio Marine take climate action Read the Investor Brief Starting March 25, actions around the world mark the global launch of a campaign calling on insurance giant Tokio Marine to stop underwriting and investing …

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 …

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