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, …

Congo oil fields are quickly becoming uninsurable

8 September, Kinshasa – Any company granted exploration and exploitation rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) oil auction could find itself without financial protection, according to a report published today by Greenpeace Africa, Insure our Future, Reclaim Finance and Urgewald. If leading insurance and reinsurance companies follow their commitments and their general environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) policies, oil …

Swing and a Miss: Travelers Fails to Champion Climate Change

In June, as an activist with Connecticut Citizen Action Group, I took to the greens at the 2023 Travelers’ Championship to gain recognition for the global climate emergency and the complicity in that crisis of the corporate interests involved in the tournament. Over the past month alone, I have seen some of the tragic effects …

Travelers Under Fire for Ignoring Climate and Human Rights Concerns with Saudi PGA Merger, Activists Rally at Championship Tournament in Cromwell

CROMWELL, CT – Today (6/21/23), Connecticut Citizen Action Group and the Insure Our Future coalition rallied outside the Travelers Championship Tournament in Cromwell, protesting the company’s investment and underwriting of fossil fuel expansion. For the second year in a row, protestors were accompanied by Hartford’s Proud Drill Drum and Dance Corp, an organization that works …

One Year After Explosion in Freeport, 140+ Groups Demand Insurance Companies Stop Insuring Dangerous Methane Gas Expansion

Watch the Freeport community voice their demands at 11am CT on June 8: HERE June 8, 2023 — As insurers abandon communities facing rising climate threats from the Gulf Coast to California, fears of an uninsurability crisis in the US are growing. However, many of the same companies are making these risks worse by continuing …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Chubb Becomes First U.S. Insurer to Limit Insuring Oil and Gas Extraction Projects but Falls Short of Aligning with Climate Science

Insurance Giant Adopts Policy on Conservation Areas and Methane Emissions March 22, 2023 – Today, Chubb (NYSE: CB) announced a new suite of policies to restrict underwriting oil and gas extraction based on conservation and emissions criteria. According to its press release, Chubb will not insure oil and gas extraction projects that are located in specific …

Activists Call on AIG to Disavow Insurance Coverage of East African Crude Oil Pipeline

Groups Deliver Petition Signed by More Than 50,000 Calling on Insurance Giant to Publicly State Position on Project NEW YORK — Outside of American International Group Inc.’s (AIG) headquarters, activists from Public Citizen, Climate Families NYC, Sunrise Movement NYC, and other groups called on the insurance giant to publicly commit not to provide coverage for …

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 …

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