Posts Categorized ‘Climate Change’

New Socially and Environmentally Responsible Fracking Standards
By James Griffitts, Contributor

The first independent social and environmental standards for shale oil and gas fracking operations have been published and the developers are looking for public feedback. Equitable Origin is a non-partisan organization. Founded in 2009, Equitable Origin is currently the only independent standards and certification program exclusively focused on fossil fuels. The organization’s mission is “to Read more »

Posted: April 17, 2015

White House Announces Emissions Cuts as Part of Global Deal
By James Griffitts, Contributor

The Obama Administration has released a plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States by 26% to 28% over the next ten years. Effective implementation of this plan will fulfill U.S. responsibilities in a deal struck with President Xi Jinping of China late last year. The White House’s plan includes a Read more »

Posted: April 13, 2015

Policy Levers for Impact Investing
By Lauren Morrell

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to Read more »

Posted: April 8, 2015

Renewable Energy Calls for Action
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

The future of green energy and economic prosperity rests in the hands of everyone—from small business owners to policy makers around the world. Together we can make a positive impact and promote renewable energy generation. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to avoid catastrophic climate change we need to stay Read more »

Posted: March 30, 2015

What the Frack! Investor Coalition Seeks Environmental Impact Disclosures from Oil and Gas Companies
By James Griffitts, Contributor

An investors coalition representing members of the Investor Environmental Health Network, including Green Century Capital Management, As You Sow, Mercy Investment Services, Calvert Investments, and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia has filed shareholder proposals at six large oil and gas companies which engage in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Many investors are dissatisfied with an Read more »

Posted: March 16, 2015

Big Oil Backs Shareowner Initiative on Reducing Carbon Emissions?
By Michael Schweibinz

The role of supermajor oil companies in climate change is beginning to shift. British Petroleum (BP) has announced that it will advise investors to back a shareholder initiative meant to cut back on carbon emissions. This news came a week after another large oil company, Royal Dutch Shell, agreed to support the same shareholder resolution. Read more »

Posted: March 2, 2015

The Challenge of Stranded Asset Risk
By Lauren Morrell

What is the future of investing in fossil fuel extraction companies? How are investors choosing to proceed? What tools are helping investors make decisions on investments with fossil fuel exposure? A panel of investment experts grappled with these questions and more at the 25th annual SRI Conference. For now, let’s focus the discussion on one Read more »

Posted: January 7, 2015

eBay Leaves ALEC!
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Our leadership blog last week featured a post about the many companies that are leaving (and not leaving!) the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). First Affirmative, along with many other stakeholders, expressed their concerns to eBay about the company’s continued support of this controversial organization. We encouraged eBay to join the “high-tech” defection from ALEC Read more »

Posted: December 22, 2014

Shareowners Press for ALEC Exodus
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Why do progressive companies that have heavy investments in renewable energy, forward-looking environmental policies, and publicly acknowledge the need to tackle climate change still belong to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? Shareowners, including First Affirmative, have been asking this question of companies in their portfolios through letters, dialogue, and resolutions. The good news is Read more »

Posted: December 17, 2014

Millennials Changing the Investment Conversation
By Michael Schweibinz

The millennial generation—today’s young adults born between 1980 and 2000—will inherit the increasing burdens of the world, including the dramatic changes that result from global warming. They will also benefit from the largest transfer of wealth in history: some $41 trillion over the next 40 years, 70% of which will likely go to women. During a session Read more »

Posted: December 15, 2014