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In the face of increasing demands from students and other stakeholders concerned about the role of traditional energy companies in accelerating climate change, institutional investors are asking tough questions about the feasibility of divestment from fossil fuel companies. Based on the real-world experiences of leading asset managers and asset owners that have successfully invested without reliance on fossil-fuel companies over the last decade, this paper charts three distinctive pathways for institutional investors to follow in order to transition their portfolios away from fossil fuels and toward investment opportunities in a cleaner, more sustainable future.
A growing number of individuals and institutions have recognized the limits of shareholder advocacy to secure the policy changes needed and have divested from fossil fuel companies. Green Century believes that divesting from fossil fuel companies is the most effective way for investors to pressure those companies on climate change, and to clear the path for policy and regulatory changes needed to curb carbon emissions.
Resolution urging San Francisco Retirement Board of the Employees' Retirement System to divest from publicly-traded fossil fuel companies.
This act requires that a municipal public fund create a list of fossil fuel companies that match specific criteria, divest all holdings from the companies on this list over a 3-year period, and reinvest funds in socially responsible investments that satisfy prudent person standards. This act also requires investment offerings for participant-directed retirement funds that are devoid of holdings in fossil fuel companies. This act also urges divestment action from fiduciaries of local government investment pools and that credit agencies factor climate risks into their ratings of publicly held companies.
A resolution declaring the intent of a city that does not invest in stock to refrain from investing in fossil fuel companies in the future.
Ann Arbor City Council resolution to divest Ann Arbor municipal employee retirement accounts from publicly-traded fossil fuel companies.
A resolution to divest a city holding fossil fuel stocks from publicly-traded fossil fuel companies.
A resolution declaring the intent of a city without fossil fuel investments to refrain from investing in fossil fuel companies in the future.
Since fall 2012, colleges, churches and cities have been leading robust discussions and moving to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry. Inspired by these actions, individual investors also have been moving their money out of coal, oil and gas companies.
A resolution urging divestment, if the City does not control the Pension Board and does not otherwise invest in fossil fuel stocks.