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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.
The purpose of the Santa Clara Water District Board, on behalf of the people of Santa Clara County, is to see to it that the District provides Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy.
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.
Companies, governments, and institutions of all kinds purchase goods and services for their own use. But what they buy - and how they buy it - has a significant impact on local communities, the environment, and the economy - and in some unexpected ways, on the success of the business itself. When organizations choose to purchase goods and services that are sustainable, in a way that is transparent, they lower their risks, boost their public relations, and become more cost-effective. What\'s more, they help build a broadly sustainable economy - especially when they also require sustainability from their supply chains. By choosing sustainable procurement options, buyers enhance local economic growth, harness the potential of underutilized communities, reduce income inequality, and mitigate the damage of climate change - all while making purchases their operations need. Adding sustainability and transparency to purchasing specifications improves everyday operations and, at the same time, fosters a more sustainable economy for everyone.