Global Week of Action Calls on Insurance Companies to Take Urgent Climate Action

The insurance industry holds the key to a safer, prosperous future if they act now. Over 100 roups in over 27 countries across 5 continents are holding over 80 demonstrations, marches, direct actions and events this week with a clear message: Insure Our Future, not fossil fuels. The insurance industry is uniquely positioned to drive …

REPORT: Risk Exposure: The Insurers Secretly Backing The Methane Gas Boom in the U.S. Gulf South

At least 35 different insurance companies are responsible for underwriting liquified methane export terminal projects across the U.S Gulf South, according to a report by Rainforest Action Network and Public Citizen. The analysis, based on documents obtained through open record requests, details the insurance coverage for existing and projected methane gas infrastructure that, if built, will export the …

Risk Exposure: The Insurers Secretly Backing The Methane Gas Boom in the U.S. Gulf South

Report with FOIA information reveals which insurers are part of the biggest fossil fuel buildout of this generation Houston, Texas –  At least 35 different insurance companies are responsible for underwriting liquified methane export terminal projects across the U.S Gulf South, according to a report released today by Rainforest Action Network and Public Citizen. The …

Climate & Frontline Groups Demand Banks, Insurance & Private Equity End LNG Backing

Over 100 frontline and climate groups have written to the biggest banks, insurance companies and private equity backing liquefied methane gas (LNG), demanding they follow the dramatic change in US policy on the sector and to end their financial support. The organizations, including Texas Campaign for the Environment, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and Friends …

Insurance Certificate Obtained by FOIA Challenges Companies’ Climate Commitments

Chubb, Liberty Mutual, Sompo revealed as insurers on Rio Grande Valley Methane Projects (Brownsville, Texas) A recent Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Chubb, Liberty Mutual, and Sompo are the insurers behind the Rio Grande LNG project, a proposed methane gas export terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast that would annually emit the equivalent to 44 …

Insurers Must Honor the COP28 Agreement

In response to the COP28 agreement to transition away from fossil fuels, Mary Sweeters, Senior Strategist with Insure Our Future, said: “The agreement from nearly 200 countries at COP28 calling for a transition away from fossil fuels affirms what scientists have been saying for years: to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we cannot …

Insurance Capital of the World Called out for Fueling the End of the World; Connecticut Insurer among 10 Worst Fossil Fuel Insurers Globally

Fifty years after the insurance industry first warned about the impact of climate change, it is continuing to fuel the climate emergency. Today, the international Insure Our Future coalition launched its seventh annual insurance scorecard, analyzing 30 leading global insurers on their fossil fuel and climate policies. It finds insurers are not doing nearly enough. So much …

Pollution Premiums: U.S. Insurers Make Families Pay for Soaring Climate Costs

Fifty years after the industry first warned about the growing risks of climate change it continues to provide insurance that allows new fossil fuel projects to go ahead. Insurers are abandoning customers affected by climate risks, yet most continue to fuel the climate emergency by providing cover for increased oil and gas production. Read the …

Insurers Withdraw Cover for Climate Risks while Backing Increased Fossil Fuel Production, Industry Must Act to Support 1.5°C Climate Target After 50 Years of Failure

Global, 9 November 2023 – Fifty years after the insurance industry first warned about the impact of climate change it is continuing to fuel the climate emergency, the Insure Our Future campaign warns today in its seventh annual scorecard on insurers’ climate policies. The growing frequency and severity of floods, hurricanes, wildfires, droughts and other …

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Insurance Giants Deeply Involved in Underwriting U.S. Coal, Undermining Public Net Zero Commitments

Washington, D.C., 28 September 2023 – New Report shows AIG, Liberty Mutual, Lloyd’s of London, Swiss Re, and Zurich insure at least 41% of U.S. coal output, sometimes violating internal policies aimed at slowing climate change. Global insurance giants continue to underwrite U.S. coal production at alarming rates. While more and more insurance companies are …

Fifteen Years after Great Recession, Activists Call on AIG to Prevent Financial Meltdown Caused by Climate Change

NEW YORK — Fifteen years after  American International Group Inc. (AIG) nearly failed due to reckless financial practices, forcing the federal government to respond with a $182 billion bailout, protesters today rallied at the company’s headquarters, calling on the insurance giant to take steps to quickly end its risky underwriting and investments in fossil fuels. …

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 …

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Nationwide Insurance Crisis Sparks Senate Hearing, Focusing on Climate Change Financial Impacts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will take a deep dive into issues plaguing property insurance markets across the country and the impact changes, including from climate change, will impact consumers. Over the past year, several major insurance companies have limited or withdrawn coverage from states dealing with major …

Sustainability Smokescreen – Analysis of AIG’s 2022 ESG Report

Overview AIG released its 2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report in July. The report fails to demonstrate progress on its climate commitments. As a major insurance provider for coal, oil, and gas, AIG does not acknowledge how its continued support for fossil fuels actively exacerbates climate-related threats to its business. On March 1, 2022 AIG purported to commit to …

Insurance Industry Scorecard Update Reports 20 Global Insurers now Protect Land Sacred to Alaska Natives in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

FAIRBANKS, AK – An update to the Gwich’in Steering Committee (GSC) insurance industry scorecard released today reports 20 insurers now have a policy that protects Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit (“The Sacred Place Where Life Begins”) from oil and gas development. The scorecard tracks global insurance companies’ policies on fossil fuel development in the coastal plain of the Arctic …

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 …

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New analysis reveals insurers financed U.S. far-right politicians who are attacking insurers’ business model

A new analysis finds that far-right politicians in Texas and Louisiana, who have been attacking the insurance industry’s ability to factor in basic climate risks for their business, have quietly been receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the insurance industry itself. As the insurance industry faces billions in climate-related losses, this raises the question …

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As Climate Change Pushes Insurers Out of California, Rep. Schiff Calls for Data and Transparency around Industries’ Fossil Fuel Investments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation intended to require insurance companies to disclose investments and underwriting of fossil fuels companies. The Polluter Portfolio Disclosure Act aims to increase transparency around how insurance companies worsen the climate crisis, particularly as they abandon insurance customers in states that find themselves on the front lines of …

Farmers Insurance to Stop Offering Coverage in Hurricane-Prone Florida

Farmers Insurance announced today that the company will not renew existing automobile, home, and umbrella policies in Florida. The company’s announcement comes after it gave Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation notice on Monday, beginning a 90-day warning period for policy holders. Farmers’ decision will impact nearly 100,000 policies. In response, Carly Fabian, insurance policy advocate with Public Citizen’s Climate Program, issued …

Farmers Insurance Becomes Latest Company to Limit Insurance Coverage in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farmers Insurance, a subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group, announced in a statement today that the company began limiting new homeowners insurance policies in California on July 3. Shortly after Farmer’s revealed that it would limit new coverage, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) called for reform of California’s insurance regulatory framework to make …

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 …

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 …

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